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A wonderful weekend of parkrunning

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I have had the most fantastic weekend of running!

As many of you know I very rarely run parkrun at my "race pace" as I enjoy getting my son Daniel round it more than constantly chasing PBs. I thought it was about time to see what improvements I'd made so, for the first time in 7 weeks, yesterday I ran on my own. So Daniel didn't miss out his Dad and stepmum very kindly said they would come to run as well.

I actually felt quite nervous but had lots of good advice from people at my running club on how to approach the PB attempt - basically warm up properly and don't go out too fast!

My first km was strong and I got faster to the halfway point. I hate coming back - particularly kms 3-4. I'm going to ask one of the coaches why but I suspect it is psychological. Into the last km and I felt quite strong again. With about 400m to go two people came running towards me. I thought they were front runners on their cool down but as the lady said to me "you're doing really well - keep going!" I realised who it was:

Unbeknown to me someone very special had also decided it was a good day to attempt a PB - Dame Kelly Holmes!! Hastings is known for being a very fast course and she had arrived unannounced for her attempt. Suddenly my legs found a bit more - not quite enough for a full sprint in the final 150m but I was moving. Clocked in at 26:54 just over 9 mins slower than Dame Kelly's 17:48 PB but I'll take it πŸ˜‚

Daniel's stepmum came in about a minute behind me and we waited for Daniel and his Dad who we knew would be about 8-10 mins behind us. Daniel finished with his usual fast sprint with his Dad 30 secs behind him. Dame Kelly had run part of the way in with them and told Daniel he had to beat his Dad. When he started to sprint she said "that's how you do it!". He had no idea who she was and thought she was just a really nice front runner encouraging everyone. I've shown him the videos of her Gold medal wins in Athens and he is absolutely chuffed to bits 😁

Unfortunately none of us made the video:


As if that wasn't enough for one weekend this morning I also took part in the Eastbourne junior parkrun running with my 7 year old nephew Ollie. He loves running and told me last week he wants to be a sprinter. It was absolutely fantastic! It's a 2km run for 4-14 year olds and the way they all sprinted off the start line was brilliant - no care for how far it was or whether they would be able to make it just the pure joy of running!

We went off quick and I was a bit worried I might not keep up with him but our pace settled and the questions started "Is running good for you?...Is it good for your legs?....What other bits is it good for"....to halfway where the marshal was high-fiving all the kids. He didn't realise we were turning (think he was just going to carry on running up to Beachy Head!) and tripped over my foot and fell, got straight back up and carried on running....."How far's left?....Is it good to have a stitch?πŸ˜‚ He started to get tired but then the finish line came in sight and off he sprinted. Finished in a time of 10.28.

Daniel ran by himself for the first time a fair bit faster than he manages with me and without the need for an inhaler. My eleven year old nephew also made it round. It's not on next week unfortunately but they all want to go back and do it again :-)

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What a fantastic weekend. Beats tiling floors πŸ™ƒπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ’¨

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to YoureDoingGreatPet

Haha! Got to get myself motivated to actually do something useful now like make dinner/wash up/put the washing on πŸ˜‚

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks Jay! She was so amazing - she ran alongside loads of people giving them encouragement. Just wish I'd had chance to speak to her. She was in the army and I'd love to have asked her what time she did for the 1.5 mile run πŸ˜€

telford_mike profile image

Wonderful, a great time for PR and a great weekend!

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to telford_mike

Thanks Mike x

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Sounds wonderful and that’s a super speedy time you got there too...

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to ju-ju-

Thanks ju-ju I've been conscientiously working on speed by attending the sessions running club do to improve it. Don't want to run parkrun fast every week like some people do though - it's too knackering! x

Dexy5 profile image

That's a brilliant post pianoteacher. It encompasses everything that's great about parkrun. An excellent time for you too.

How wonderful that the young ones are showing an interest in running with you What a privilege to have Dame Kelly there cheering you on too. I think she still gives a lot back to sport and is so inspirational.

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I was really impressed with junior parkrun too. I thought there might be a lot of very fast kids but there was a really good mix just like at adult parkrun. Some of them were tiny and so sweet 😍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to pianoteacher

Yes I checked out our local junior parkrun and there was one today. Sadly, it looked like only 13 children took part. I think we have more than that at the 5k parkrun. Maybe school holidays have reduced it or not enough know about it.

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Oh what a shame! 65 at Eastbourne this morning x

Madge50 profile image

How amazing! Wow! Kelly is so inspirational, I’d love to have shared a parkrun with her, what a buzz for you and the family! And your time is pretty brilliant, did you see Kelly’s age grade 91%.....blimey, the girls still got it! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ


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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to Madge50

She's absolutely amazing! She's gone to the top of the Hastings age grading surpassing even Adam Clarke who ran the 4th fastest parkrun in history (14:14!!) here at the end of last year x

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What a fabulous post! Love this. You ran with Kelly Holmes!!! 😁 And how wonderful to read about the kids getting into running too, heartwarming.

Well done on your fabulous time. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Sadie xx

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Thank you Sadie! Very pleased with my time made even more special by having her there. I'll always remember the first time I went sub27 as the parkrun with Dame Kelly 😊

BrianUK profile image

What a wonderful post. Really captures the moment so well. Well done on that fabulous time! I shall have to try the Hastings run on my next tour!

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Thanks Brian! Do come it's a lovely flat run along the seafront :-)

Ang33333 profile image

What a brilliant weekend you've had! I ran up some hills in the rain...!πŸ€ͺ

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to Ang33333

A run is a run Ang! Well done :-)

FlickM3 profile image

Crikey, I don’t know what to say! Your amazing weekend has trounced every other post on here. Phew! πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

Haha! Thanks Flick - feeling a bit knackered now!xx

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FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to pianoteacher

I'm not surprised - not least because of your amazing parkrun time I suspect! x

Wow!!! What excellent fun and a super time too! Congratulations! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰ Pleased to say that I ran my very first Parkrun yesterday and am still buzzing about it!

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Excellent! So glad you enjoyed it 😁 I love it and know loads of people there now.

Volunteering is really good too - will run with Daniel a few more times to see if we can get his time down then we'll put ourselves up for tailwalking again x

Saartjie profile image

Brilliant! Saw her on Instagram and wondered if you might have been there. What an amazing moment and we'll done on your PB πŸ˜€

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to Saartjie

Thank you! x

Wow Marie! What an amazing, inspiring and uplifting post that is! So much that’s good! Well done on your PB! Kelly Holmes 17 minutes? Bonkers!

The park run with all your family and junior run with all your family little ones sounds great!

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to _SimonT_

Thanks Simon 😁

Wow this is incredible! What an achievement to get a PB - and made all the more memorable with Dame Kelly. Just fantastic! x

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pianoteacherGraduate10 in reply to Little-runner

Thank you! I still haven't stopped going on about it to anyone who'll listen 😁🀣

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