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50th parkrun and a nice little bonus !

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10
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My first parkrun was 28 July 2018 with a time of 37.27 shortly after completing c25k - doesn't seem that long ago but a lot has happened since then, including recently running 10 miles.

So today was my 50th parkrun and it was really great that a small but perfectly formed group of running buddies cheekychipmunks , Dexy5 and UpTheStanley was able to join me to celebrate - not forgetting Flossy the dog! I had resisted the fancy dress option, but Dexy made sure the occasion was marked by supplying me with 'the big 50' numbers for my shirt (see photo)! It was nice to have some 'well done 50' shout-outs from other runners.๐Ÿ˜€

It was quite windy at Portsmouth Lakeside this morning but thankfully we had a dry spell in between last night's and today's rain - not that you would have known it from the puddles around the lake! I'd decided to take it easy and not push for a PB - UTS and I set off together with the first km only 5.59, but then upped the pace with UTS kindly 'pushing' me for the last km (5.28) and an official parkrun time of 28.51. Dexy and then Cheeky & Flossy were clapped in.

We adjourned to the local Starbucks to refuel, with the 'scores on the doors' that matter being carrot loaf cake - 3, lemon muffin - 1. A great time was had by all !

Oh and the bonus? On Wednesday I knocked 29 seconds off my 10k time - 59.29๐Ÿ˜€

Happy running everyone!๐Ÿ‘

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

So lovely to meet up with you again JonathanP for that special 50th run. Iโ€™m glad you also managed to get the photo without the photo bomber. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

You timed this run well as the seafront would have been sooo windy today. Really enjoyed Portsmouth lakeside again. I think we are going to have to apply for residents status for cheeky!

We managed to watch the rugby as if live and no spoilers. Just need Wales to win now.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes these celebrations are becoming a habit!

Glad you avoided any spoilers - it reminded me of that episode of the Likely Lads (showing my age!).

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

UTS remembers it. Itโ€™s not that Iโ€™m too young unfortunately, but didnโ€™t watch them. Maybe we should watch some reruns ...

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

And small is the appropriate word for me and cheeky.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Hahaha yes Dexy, that photo shows up our diminutive stature doesnโ€™t it? ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Don't forget the perfectly formed๐Ÿ˜œ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

That was such fun JonathanP. Iโ€™m so glad I was able to make it for your landmark run, and yet again the weather behaved for us. Flossie and I seem to be lucky on our travels, although we drove back through the ๐Ÿ’ฆ ๐Ÿ’ฆ on the M4 as expected.

What a lovely course! ๐Ÿ˜€ I really enjoyed it and especially loved the underpass bit (no idea why, it just appealed to me ๐Ÿ˜…). Not too many puddles either, and I was pleasantly surprised at my Garmin time of 36.11 (36.47 โ€œat the back with the dogโ€ PR time) with still weary GSR legs! Always nice to follow up with coffee, cake and a natter, so thank you for inviting me. ๐Ÿ˜€

Now weโ€™re just looking forward to hearing which race you (will definitely) enter! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

๐Ÿ˜‰

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes it is a nice course and glad you had a reasonable journey back after coming all that way.

You might be waiting a long time!๐Ÿ˜œ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I donโ€™t even consider 2,5 hours very far now, and itโ€™s certainly worth it when meeting up with lovely VRBs - plus Iโ€™ve done that trip so many times now my car knows the way! It was a brilliant Saturday morning. ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you enjoy wearing your red 50 shirt. ๐Ÿ‘

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I certainly shall! ๐Ÿ‘

Well done to you Jonathan! 50 parkruns! Yikes! Wow!

๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒŸ ๐Ÿ’ฅโšก๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ

How long does it take you to travel to the parkrun from your house? What ever the distance 50 times is amazing! Fantastic and of course so lovely to share the big 50 with cheekychipmunks , Dexy5 and UpTheStanley .

You must have called on a talented photographer, because the photo is so lovely capturing your happy milestone and joyful foursome or should I say fivesome? ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•

And well done too on a massive 29 seconds off your 10km time. Brilliant!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

Yes sub 60 10k is fantastic.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

Thanks over61 - I'm really lucky as it's only a 10 minute drive.

The photographer was an unsuspecting passerby who did a very good job, but we did have somebody trying to get in on the act in one of the other shots - all welcome at parkrun!

Yes I was really pleased - running longer distances has definitely helped๐Ÿ˜€

over61andstilltrying
over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Clearly the photo bomber that Dexy mentioned! On the subject of PBs, I wondered whether I could run like I had before my injury and my halt/ticking over running period one day this week. Answer! Absolutely no way!! Only up to 6km in my re-start. So mustn't expect too much, I suppose. One week at a time. You seem seriously in the groove! I wonder what plans you have for your running?

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

I'm sure it's only a matter of time before you get back to your previous pace - sometimes us runners just have to be patient! At present I don't have any particular plans except to keep running 3 times a week - parkrun, 5k intervals session and 10k or thereabouts. However as you may have noticed,some of my RBs are 'encouraging ' me to enter a race - we shall see !

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

You realise, in HU parlance, that โ€œwe shall seeโ€โ€˜translates as youโ€™ve pretty much agreed to enter one Jonathan! ๐Ÿคฃ

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Curses - foiled again!๐Ÿ˜œ

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

You canโ€™t get away with it that easily! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿคฃ

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10

Great effort and lovely team photo

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Grannyhugs

Thanks GTB!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10

Brilliant! Well done Jonathan on a magnificent 50th Parkrun! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ And what fine company you had for it, too. I LOVE the photo! So full of joy. ๐Ÿ˜ Now on to the 100!

Sadie-runs x

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Thanks Sadie - yes, excellent company and I'm sure another 50 will soon fly past!๐Ÿ˜€

backintime
backintimeGraduate10

Great photo and a great occasion.

Congrats on your 50th run

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to backintime

Thanks BIT!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator

Oh wow, well done JonathanP ...and congratulations on your big 50!! another VRB envy moment for me as you all get together!! What a great photo, you all look like the best of friends!! The treats afterwards sound well deserved...it would've been carrot loaf cake 4 if i'd have been there! Enjoy the rest of your weekend you brilliant runner you!!!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Mummycav

UTS and I shared the lemon muffin and carrot loaf - best of both worlds. We did get cinnamon buns on our first visit but none today ๐Ÿ™

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Mummycav

Thanks MC - yes some strong bonds have been formed through running.๐Ÿ‘

Mummycav
MummycavModerator in reply to JonathanP

I see that and I love it x

Yay! Happy 50th :-)

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Couchpotato2

Thanks CP!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate10

Congratulations on your 50th JonathanP!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ! And doing it with those amazing VBRs! ๐Ÿคฉ! Wonderful picture with big smiles to match the occasion! Well done! ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks F450 - I agree, the good company makes all the difference !

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

What a great week! Congratulations on all those achievements ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to linda9389

Thanks Linda!

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

Congratulations on your 50th parkrun hope you had an amazing day ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy - I certainly did!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Many congratulations on the 50 up and the 10k PB and a great time today too... what a week!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks UNM - running is the gift that keeps on giving!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to JonathanP

It certainly does... Iโ€™m still under 20 parkruns (I got addicted to volunteering, Iโ€™m over 50 of those) but the progress has been pretty amazing over the last year and a bit.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Well done on your volunteering - I have a few under my belt but more to do !๐Ÿ‘

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate10

Wow thatโ€™s an amazing achievement - well done!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Tasha99

Thanks Tasha!

Well done JP - a job well done! And a lovely photo of everyone, 2legs and 4!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks OGR - I think Flossy is smiling too!

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10

A great pleasure to run with you JP๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Good splits too ๐Ÿ˜€

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Thanks UTS - and with you๐Ÿ˜€

Thecko
TheckoGraduate10

That's excellent ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป I'm nowhere near 50 park runs yet because I spent so long this year opting out and instead doing training for half marathon, I think that's just become my main running "goal" for next year, get my "50" T-Shirt ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Thecko

Thanks Thecko - nice to have a new goal. Well done on your Manchester half.๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰

Sp81
Sp81Graduate10

Super run and time. Congratulations on your 50th park run. Fab picture too. Canโ€™t wait to give lakeside park run a try soon xxx

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sp81

Thanks Sp81! Do let me know if you decide to come to Lakeside - I'm sure we can arrange another VRB meet-up.๐Ÿ˜€

Sp81
Sp81Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thank you that would be awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž xx

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sp81

No doubt Dexy5 , UpTheStanley and cheekychipmunks would be interested!๐Ÿ˜€

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sp81

Yes , easy for us as it is next nearest one.

Sp81
Sp81Graduate10 in reply to Sp81

Am I right in thinking itโ€™s a flat course?

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sp81

Relatively flat - just a small slope and an underpass

parkrun.org.uk/portsmouthla...

Sp81
Sp81Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Fabulous thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Granspeed
GranspeedGraduate10

Well done. 50!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰And a great photo. Donโ€™t know how you managed to find non-rain today, as the New Forest was in full-on shower mode. Great team youโ€™ve got there and all looking remarkably smiley. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Granspeed

Thanks Granspeed! Yes the sun was definitely shining on us - or at least the non-rain!

Granspeed
GranspeedGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

And today is gorgeous here - but chilly! Autumn = changeable for sure this year. ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒž

what a great day and look at your faces in the photo, huge smiles. you've done brilliantly

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Jalk

Thanks Jalk!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Jalk

I donโ€™t know about a smile - I think I must have been laughing at the photo bomber as he revealed himself. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Katnap
KatnapGraduate10

Happy splashy 50th parkrun!

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โ˜•โ˜•โ˜•โ˜•

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Katnap

Thanks Katnap!

HeavyFoot
HeavyFootGraduate10

So good to put faces to the forum names. Congratulations!!!! BTW do you need a licence for those knees?!!!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to HeavyFoot

Thanks HF - yes, by special application only!๐Ÿ˜€

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Brilliant running and a wonderful occasion JP. Great achievement in fantastic company; doesnโ€™t get any better really ....ok maybe no mention of triple chocolate brownie, but each to their own ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅ‡

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC - I did look but I don't think they were up to your standard!๐Ÿ˜€

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Outrage! Somebody devaluing the brand ๐Ÿ˜Š

Slinkymalinki
SlinkymalinkiGraduate10

Congratulations all round!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ‰ You have come such a long way in a year not forgetting triumphing over the glucose levels too. Onwards and upwards!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Slinkymalinki

Thanks SM - yes good progress but still room for improvement!๐Ÿ‘

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Massive congratulations on reaching your 50th parkrun JP and in such wonderful company ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป T-shirts looking good Dexy5 and UpTheStanley!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie - yes there were quite a few others on show yesterday morning!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Yes it definitely felt like we were in the GSR club this morning. They wonโ€™t be so common in Lincolnshire

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I will fly the flag ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Lovely photo and well done on your awesome times and your 50 parkruns JP! Sounds like you had a brilliant morning. Iโ€™d noticed cheekychipmunks had been touristing from her Strava feeds and just thought she was trying to get her Cow Cowell in super speedy time!

Thereโ€™s nothing quite like running at your home parkrun in a new, shiny milestone shirt ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC - hopefully it won't be long before it arrives and I can wear with pride!

Well done.

I hope I can follow in your footsteps. Iโ€™m gradually knocking seconds off on each of my park runs. So hopefully when I get to 50 my time will be as good or as near to you (Iโ€™ve done 13) so a little way to go yet !

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Tonj

I'm sure it will - and running longer distances has also definitely helped me to improve my pace.๐Ÿ‘

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

The red shirt has appeared against your name and looks so good

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Ooh thanks! I hadn't noticed that.๐Ÿ‘

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

My actual shirt is now on the way!๐Ÿ‘

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Brilliant JonathanP- wear with pride.

If the forecast 24mph wind is blowing on Saturday, I may well be back again this week with Oldgirlruns !

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

You might have to brave Southsea no matter what - no parkrun at Lakeside due to maintenance work on the bridge! I will be away visiting our son & daughter-in-law - which reminds me, I must research the Swindon parkrun๐Ÿ˜€

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks for that info. Southsea prom it is.

Run46
Run46Graduate10

Wowee, 50 Parkruns ๐Ÿ˜ฎ, an amazing 5K time, brilliant 10K time, and cake! What a great week you've had ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Run46

Thanks Run46 - yes a week to remember!

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10

Glad it went well Jonathan. Sorry for not being there and not responding sooner, was rather preoccupied in Yokohama at the time!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Thanks Coddfish. I'm not surprised, it must be very exciting ! Have you managed to get tickets for the final?

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Yes - we bought a flights, hotel and semi final / final tickets package from England Rugby Travel about 18 months ago. Costs an arm and a leg but itโ€™s a guaranteed way of getting match tickets. It was fabulous being there last week.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Fantastic - that's what I call forward planning!

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