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Oh well, l guess it was to be expected 🙁

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Just heard on the radio that Parkrun has announced there will be no return at the end of October. Can’t say I’m surprised, so it means that (Not) PR will remain which is still fun.

Also got an email from the Bath Half saying they’ve postponed the HM from 14/03/21 to 05/09/21.

Virus, you’re more than welcome to leave whenever you wish. ➡️ 👋

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Sooo sad Cheeky, but as you say, not totally unexpected after the rule of 6 came in straight after the announcement was made.

I agree , we’ve had enough of this virus now.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Let’s hope that we can all return to PR next Spring, it’ll basically a year without it. Please no more! Crazy. 😩

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Yes that was sad but expected news regarding parkrun NOT resuming at the end of October.

For me Saturday 31st October I will have ran 50 parkruns, 17 official Parkruns and by then if I don't miss any Saturday I will have ran 33 virtual 5K parkruns, o I know I won't get a 50 T shirt but it will for me be a milestone run.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Ahh Al, you’ll need to commemorate your 50th PR/(Not) PR somehow! We can help you celebrate! Virtual cake and bubbles all round! 🎂 🥂

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

👍 🏃🏾 🎂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Just tell us when it’s happened AlMorr! 😀

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

You will have to buy a red running T-Shirt and get 50 printed on the back. And underneath a little sentence like ''Virtual 50th (not)parkrun/actual parkrun''. Like you I'm closing up on my 100th.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

That’s a good idea Damien! 👏👏

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I might just do it myself. I'd have only been about 2-3 runs away now from my 100th. I had it all marked out on our 2020 calendar downstairs. What a waste of money that calendar was!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Absolute waste indeed Damien! The year 2020 has been something else.

You’ll definitely need to celebrate your would-be 100th. That’s a huge achievement. 😀🎉🏃 I haven’t worked out what I’m up to, I’ll need to do some calculations I think! It would be fun to mark all our milestones when they occur over the next few months. 😀

Runsome
RunsomeGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Hi AlMor I’m the same been sitting on 49 parkruns since it was halted . 🙁

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate

Was going to happen, once the numbers were low enough everyone was let out and he numbers would rise again, the scary thing hing is short time span of immunity once you’ve had it

Shame though, so many people love park run

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

They certainly do W&S, but not (Not) PR so much it seems. We used to get 500+ at our PR, sometimes over 600, but there were only 23 results for (Not) PR last week. I’ll still continue doing it. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

It’s very different running on your own

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

I totally agree, but in my opinion it’s better than not running at all, and I fear that lots of people are dropping away. 🙁

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

It's the same everywhere, low numbers at (not) parkruns, perhaps knowning that the official Parkruns won't start until at least sometime next year there maybe more runners doing the (not) parkruns, I have always wondered why there has been so few runners running (not) parkruns.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

You’re right Al, it might pick up in popularity now that the hope of the real thing has faded for the time being.

Hi, so I completed c25k on 30/6/20 doing about 2..or 2half miles in 30 mins. Great for someone who hated sport..I've been running 3x a wk since and the last 12 runs I've managed between 3 & 3.8miles in 40 mins..so was thinking of challenging myself by doing a first park run, read these posts and it's not happening! Pls can u tell me about notpr?! Does it have to be done sat mornings as I work then?

Thanks

Natascha

SadlyBroke
SadlyBrokeGraduate10 in reply to Ilikepeanuts

Hi, it's quite simple, register with ParkRun site, assigning yourself a 'home' ParkRun site - this is where your (not)pr times are recorded. Whenever you go out and record a 5k time you can log it on the site - at the end of the week your fastest time will be locked in for your nominated PR site, with results published each week. FAQs are here: support.parkrun.com/hc/en-u.... Good luck.

Hi, great ok thanks for the info, I shall look into it! Tasch

jorgeRuns
jorgeRuns60minGraduate

thanks for the news cheeky , 😢, my Parkrun t shirt will be worn out before I’ve run my first real Parkrun 😱, keep smiling everyone 🤗

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to jorgeRuns

Haha, you’ll need a new one to celebrate eventually JR! I feel fortunate that I was able to run my 50th PR in just before lockdown. It would have been tantalising being stuck on 49 all these months!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Or 99, there is a Parkrun somewhere in the North of Scotland which have had 99 events, most flustrating for them

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

That would be even worse! 😩

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

At least for the moment my Thursday walking group is back, we go a 4 Kilometre walk round part of the same course as I run my 5K not parkrun in a Saturday morning, but once the walk is over we all just go home, normally, like after a official Parkrun on a Saturday we go into the cafe at the local leisure centre have a chat but that is closed.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Definitely a new normal Al.

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10

Not unexpected, given the developments. We will get there.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

We will, Coddfish, especially if people do what’s being asked of them. 🤞🤞

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

So depressing 😢 Guess my Monsal 10k on 7 November will probably go the same way. I’m fed up of living in a virtual world

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

So sad isn’t is Sandie. 🙁😩

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

It sure is!

Elfe5
Elfe560minGraduate in reply to Sandie1961

Is this the Monsal trail in Derbyshire? Mr E & I have just cycled the whole trail a couple of weeks ago - very exciting route through tunnels, & views of the limestone gorge. 😄

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Elfe5

Yes it is. There’s a 10k and a half marathon, usually in March.

Elfe5
Elfe560minGraduate in reply to Sandie1961

Great place to run. 😄 Fingers crosses for the HM for you. 😄

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I love the Monsal trail. The longest run I did on it was about 13k, in 2017, when I was training for my first Great South Run. An out and back from Hassop Station taking in 3 tunnels, one of which was very long. I am guessing your 10k (if it goes ahead) would also be from Hassop Station, if so I think you would go through 2 tunnels, including the long one.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

It starts and ends at the old Bakewell station but goes past Hassop Station. I’m not sure how many tunnels the 10k goes through but I think the Half Marathon goes through 3!

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Bakewell is south east of Hassop Station so I think you would only get Headstone tunnel (the long one) in a 10k out and back. The main view from the viaduct over Monsal Dale is just as you come out of Headstone when heading north west. Hope you get to run it. Definitely worth catching breath there.

How have things been since your 10 mile run? Will you be looking at anything over the next few months virtually at all? You've been running so well 😁

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to GTFC

Oh really good thanks GTFC. I have a nice routine of a hill run, long run and (Not) PR each week. This week’s long one was a super relaxed no pressure 10k and I have my HU virtual HM on 14th October to look forward to, followed by the Virtual Vitality 10000 with some friends on here at the end of October. 😀

Then I’ll just pootle around between 5k and 10k over the winter now there’s no Bath Half in March to train for. Could be worse, and I know lots of people aren’t able to run as much as I am. 🥰

GTFC
GTFC in reply to cheekychipmunks

Bloomin' love this. It sounds crazy!!! Take a moment to read back what you just wrote...

See, you are incredible..

You are talking distances you never thought possible and you are doing them!! This is utterly amazing 😁

I've read it back twice...honestly, what you have achieved and are achieving is totally fantastic!!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to GTFC

Aww thanks so much! I do laugh at myself when I don’t consider 10k hard any more. I’m a long long way off your superhuman achievement of running a marathon though - and in such an unbelievably short time since starting running too! I began over a year before you! 😅

damienair
damienairModerator

It's going to be a while yet unfortunately before we come out the other side of this. It appears to hate the word normal. Once normal life starts to even show signs of returning Mr Covid-19 starts to spread like wildfire. It's such a pain. But it's going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. It is going to be a really hard winter. But your right Cheeky, we will keep our Saturday morning (not)parkrun community going. See you at the virtual start line on Saturday morning.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

You bet Damien! I’ll be there. 😀

Both of my favourite things have been affected by this ****** virus. I also sing in a couple of choirs - and they’re a total no-no at the moment. Zoom just doesn’t do it justice, but we try! 🎶🎶🎶

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I have not played the PlayStation in a long time. Since lock-down I've been playing in a Virtual Battleground called Verdansk in a game called Warzone. I was terrible in the beginning, but I've been slowly improving. I go online with friends some evenings when I get to kick Oisin and Lorcan off the PS4 and we have fun trying to be the last standing at the end. Not what a 46 year old should be doing in his spare time, but it's fun. In fact it is the only Virtual thing I want to do other than our Saturday morning Virtual parkruns.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Oh that’s brilliant Damien! Your boys have serious competition! 🤣

My lockdown non running hobby was jigsaws and still is! I’ve done multiple 2,000 piece ones and buy a new one when I’m close to finishing. The funniest thing (in hindsight) was my cat tipping the first one I did off the table with only about 200 pieces to go. It had taken me 8 weeks! I almost cried! 😅😅

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I feel the same. Our musical director is sending out weekly chin up emails, but is increasingly pessimistic

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

It’s impossible isn’t it Sandie? Some friends and I met up a few times over the summer and we sang outside, plus they all came here for a singing barbecue a little while ago, but that was before the rule of 6. Back to Zoom it is (and it’s not good is it?) 🙄

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

We haven’t even tried Zoom. Not sure I want to hear myself that much 😂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

The problem with Zoom is the time lag between voices so it’s impossible for even a small group to sing together. So we sing along with the MD, or a backing track, whilst on mute. Kind of defeats the object of singing in a choir really! 😅🤪🎶

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Mmmm! It does rather. Our latest email offering was a Covid song by the West Australia Symphony Orchestra to a Gilbert &Sullivan tune. Good for a giggle 😂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Oh wow! That must have been a hoot! 😅😅

Ditto. About this time of year we'd be ramping up rehearsals for a concert to go on in the half term break. I even wrote a SATB arrangement of "Flower Power" songs for us to sing.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to nowster

It’s sad to be missing out on singing too isn’t it nowster? We have a wonderful Christmas repertoire that we’d be starting on in October ....... won’t be the same online. 🙁🎶

We usually do charity concerts alternate Decembers. The play I was rehearsing from February for performance in June was cancelled too (obviously).

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to nowster

One day we’ll be back doing what we love nowster. 🤞🤞🤞

Katnap
KatnapGraduate10

<sigh>

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Katnap

Indeed Katnap ...... 😩

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Disappointing, but keep the faith everyone - our day will come !

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It will, and imagine the fun we’ll have at our first post-covid meetup! 🎉🎉🎉

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

👍

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador

Sooo sad - plus all the events that are now being pushed further back too.🙁

I have a 10k in November and am just waiting for that to go the same way too...😢

I have entered a couple of virtual challenges over the last few months and love the effort that is going in to some of these but nothing quite beats the buzz of race day does it? 😁

Any way, we keep on running on.🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏻💪

Keep safe everyone.🌈🙂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Staying safe is most important, you’re right Sandra. ❤️

I’m desperate to run the Bath Half for real. This year I chose to run it virtually even though it was held (I didn’t feel happy doing it on March 15th), and next year’s has been pushed back - but run it I will!

I hope your race can go ahead. 🤞 I did the Severn Bridge 10k in August which ended up being a time trial - but it was a real race with real people! So it can be done. 😀

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes, I remember your Race report Cheeky - it can be done! The race I've entered is on an old airfield, masses of space. Limited entry and lots of safety measures in place...but cases are rising so I worry that by the end of November they may not be allowed to go ahead. I will keep everything crossed until then!🤞🤞

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

I’ll keep everything crossed for you too Sandra. It would be nice to think you could get one real race in before next year. 🥰🤞🤞🤞🤞

Jell6
Jell6Graduate10

Hopefully we will arrive at a position where they feel we are safe enough to get on with life before too long. 🙏🤞

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Jell6

I guess we all need to be super patient Jell. We’ll be experts at that by the time this is all over. 🙄

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Here we go again...all the postponed races being postponed again. I know none of it’s a surprise and definitely not parkrun but really, enough already 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Yep, it’s all very samey isn’t it TC? And not in a good way. One day we’ll be back to normal, surely? 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

We will, I know we will 🤗 Just getting fed up with the words ‘cancelled’, ‘postponed’ and ‘virtual’ (sorry roseabi!) and I’d really like to stop running up that flippin’ hill each week for (not) parkrun when there’s the lovely flat course 10 minutes away 🙄 (sorry, mini rant over - I love this forum!!!)

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

We can vent can’t we TC! 🤣

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oh yes 🙌🤣

This is such a shame cheeky but not unexpected - my grand total of 14 Parkruns is looking like it may be stuck there for some time! At least I have my Volunteer T-shirt to flaunt! I don’t think Parkrun HQ had any choice when the rules changed, did they? Ah well, at least we have (not)Parkruns and the forum to keep us going!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Cherish that teeshirt OGR. That’s one I didn’t reach, although I’d have been close by the end of this year if things had been normal.

I know it was inevitable - in fact I was very skeptical when they said PR hoped to return. It gave us that tantalising glimmer of hope - how cruel! 😩😅

Runsome
RunsomeGraduate10

Hi CC it’s soooo frustrating but I guess as you say expected. Perhaps parkrun more than others as it as much a social event as a run. But disappointing never the less. And sorry to hear it’s the bath half as well 🙁

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Runsome

It really is, isn’t is Runsome? The tiny glimmer of hope was real! Oh well, (Not) PRs throughout the winter it’ll be, on my soon to be squelchy common! I think the word for that will be character-building! 🤣

And definitely a shame about the Bath Half. I’m sooo looking forward to running a real HM, not just a virtual one! 🏃‍♀️

Gutted ☹️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to etwickenham

Such a shame isn’t it etwickenham?

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

It’s been coming... while parkrun would currently still be legal, I think it would not be good for the anxiety around covid and could see runners become the target of abuse out there. Very good decision by parkrun, even though I’d love to run one tomorrow.

My first thought was to how early Bath Half had made their decision... but I think they’re being very sensible... London Marathon cancelled way too late for people who need to make sacrifices to fit the training in, an early call is better than that... and also are any runs likely to get the road closures the need and permission for thousands or runners in start pens? Unlikely over the next few months I’d have thought.

We can do many amazing runs... take notes... and have tons of stories to swap after the next parkrun!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes UNM, I agree. As I said on Strava, I’m uber mindful enough as it is when passing walkers out running, and even then I get the (very) occasional “look”.’ Imagine how bad we’d look to walkers using a PR route on a Saturday morning and having hundreds of runners descending on them? I think PR definitely made the right decision at this time.

I was relieved the Bath Half called it now, rather than say February! We can adjust our training appropriately. There’s always next September ....... 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞😀

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yup... and I’m sure that even if covid is around this time next year, we will have learned enough from what’s happened this year to at least control it a little more predictably.

Locally someone accused runners of being the reason it hasn’t gone away... pretty ridiculous to not accuse the walkers, shoppers, diners and drinkers too if you ask me. On a regular run we are within 2 metres of others for a very short time, if at all.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

All so true. People love to point fingers. 🙄🙄🙄

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate10

Hi CC. So frustrating, isn’t it? I used to love doing Parkrun with my son every week. That seems such a long time ago now.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Stephen_UK

It is Stephen. 🙁 But we’ll be back won’t we? 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃 Imagine the moment when PR returns for good and the vile virus is history, or at least under control. What an amazing day that’ll be! 😀

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Absolutely. Can’t wait. And I reckon they will have record high attendance too.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate10

Just like this amazing Community, together 🤝....WE will give the virus 🦠 🗡 🔨 🥋 the Gremlin treatment and slay!

I’m going to join in on (Not) Park Run 🌲 🌳 🏃🏽‍♀️ Saturday’s!! Perfect for my running plan! 😉....!

Today...I’m a very late entry (yesterday), but doing The ‘Very 2020 Race for Life’ for Cancer Research! 👩🏽‍🔬🧑🏼‍🔬👨🏻‍🔬....🦾

Stay safe 😷 and run on 🏃🏽‍♀️ 🏃🏻‍♂️! 👊🏽...🤗❤️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

We sure will Fab. Virus, be afraid! 😡

How wonderful you’re joining (Not) PR! You’ve also no doubt seen damienair’s posts on a Saturday where we our log (Not) PR run reports too. 🥰

And woohoo for you joining Race for Life! You’re certainly on a wonderful running roll! Yay! ❤️😀👏👏

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Ah thanks so much Cheeky!! 🤗 I’ve realised though with the current run/walk Garmin 10k plan, it’s not going to make as much sense to do Not PR yet 😳. The distances for the long run are a bit more than 5k now. I’m very happy about that though!! 😄

Race For Life was brilliant!😄❤️

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