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damienair
damienairModerator

Today is dedicated to TailChaser and all my parkrun friends. This time last year we did our last parkrun. The previous weekend parkrun had stopped in the South of Ireland. I worked in Belfast this night last year and ended up doing my first Northern Ireland parkrun at Queens University in Belfast the next morning. Little did I know it would be my last for some time. We didn’t think that Covid life would take over for so long, take so many loved ones and disrupt life so much. It’s a special weekend this weekend. 50 weeks. So I’ll be wearing my red 50 parkrun T-shirt and running with my son Oisin in his 10 white junior parkrun T-shirt in remembrance of all those whom have lost their lives to Covid-19. In remembrance of how life used to be and of how it will be again.

Please join us for a 5K walk, jog or run. I’m dedicating this run to everyone on this forum. My virtual friends. I’ve had the pleasure to meet some of you in Eastville parkrun. For the rest have a lovely 5K.

@Tailchaser thanks so much for thinking of this.

Damien

217 Replies
Now63
Now63Graduate10

Count me in Damien!👍😀

Jericho2332
Jericho2332Graduate10

Just about to head to local park for a quick 5k, red t-shirt at the ready! Hopefully we all be back to normal soon and I can have a go at parkrun for real 🤞🏻👌🏻

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Jericho2332

Nice. Happy running Flash.😀

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Jericho2332

Great shirt!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Jericho2332

Brilliant shirt Jericho! Done in a flash?!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

I'm in Damien, although I don't have a red t-shirt, I have only run 17 official parkruns, this morning will be my 50th virtual parkrun.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Go Al!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

My right leg is getting less sore, this morning I ran/walked my 50th virtual parkrun in a time of 42.19, last week it was 56.06 when I could only walk slowly for my 49th virtual parkrun, so things are slowly improving, for the last kilometer this morning I managed to run non stop, happy 50th not parkrun to you TC.

Week7
Week7Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Congratulations!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Week7

Thanks Week7 😊👍🏃🏾

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

well done Al

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Thanks RunaroundSue, 56.09 last week, today 42.19 which is almost 14 minutes quicker.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I hadn’t realised you were injured Alan, hope you’re on the mend now!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

I am not on the IC, but I have to take any runs slowly for the moment, this morning I ran/walked, jeffing as they call it for the first 4 kilometers, I ran the 5th kilometer non stop in a pace of 7. 51km, thanks for asking OGR, I hope I am on the mend, last Saturday's time was 56.09 compared to 42.19 this morning.

Rennur
Rennur60minGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al - back in harness.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Rennur

Yes, getting there Rennur😊🏃🏾👍

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Same to you Al, congratulations on your 50th. I hope you're treating yourself this afternoon?

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TailChaser, I treated myself this afternoon by taking my neighbours dog Holly a walk on part of the route I ran/walked this morning, it's all off road, the walk or run starts less than 3 minutes walk away from where I live, earlier on this morning before I got out, guess what? I looked out of my window and saw a "gazelle"🏃🏾 a runner, I would reckon that he was running sub 25 minute 5K pace, wow, I thought, 'only in my dreams could I run like that'🏃🏾.

PandaCory
PandaCoryGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Glad you're feeling better Al; sciatica is a nightmare.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to PandaCory

Over the last 25 years I have had mild versions of it, usually only lasting a few days, since I took up more exercises, including running I very seldom have had back pain, the recent leg pain was caused by a twinge on my right leg when I was sleeping, not running, however, when I do walk fast or run it does get sore but the soreness is easing which allowed me that run yesterday and did not stop me going a 12K walk this morning which I have just returned from, there is no pain on my leg after yesterday's run and this mornings walk, which is a good sign, tomorrow morning I am going to walk around part of the route which is one of the parkruns I run.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al. Great going with your non stop run and improvement over last week. Delighted to hear that your leg is feeling better.

Damien

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien 👍🏃🏾

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

I am so pleased that you will be running with young Oisin today Damienair. We will definitely be out later, in our red shirts. Fingers crossed that England will start the ball rolling for the return of parkrun in June, and you will be following quickly.

Loved that Eastville run!

🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🐕

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Fingers crossed Dexy. Have a lovely run. I'm going to be going soon myself. Rally Oisin together now before he gets comfortable on FortNite.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Happy (not) PR day everyone! How delightful to have end to end sunshine with virtually no wind! Hallelujah! 🥳 I even left the trail shoes at home as my little circuit is dry enough now.

Did mine in 34:31 today - my quickest since 17th October before winter set in and the common turned feral! 😅

Thanks for rallying the troops again damienair and thanks for alerting us to the significance of this week’s 50th “anniversary” TailChaser. Red 50 top duly worn! 🥰

Female runner wearing red top and sunglasses
TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yay cheeky! How do you get up so early every day? We’ll be out in a bit! It’s gorgeous here too!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC. It’s because I like the common to be as empty as possible or I get cross (because it’s mine and how dare they!) 😅

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

it was definitely busier today, with the nice weather

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Yes, the common was full of dog walkers when I was cooling down.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

😂 I have the same feeling about the petrol station corner on our run but I don't learn, the bed is just too comfy.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Great time Cheeky!👍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks Jonathan. 😀

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Excellent. You look fantastic Cheeky in your Red parkrun 50 T-Shirt. Great time. Very well done.

Damien

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien! I’ve only worn it a couple of times so it’s nice for it to have an outing. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

You are catching me up cheeky!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Only marginally Dexy!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

😳shucks Damien, thank you 🙏 We couldn’t really let this one pass us by.

Damien, you have been the glue that had held us together this past year with your weekly posts. You’ve done a brilliant job of holding the Saturday 5ks together right from the very beginning, pre (not)parkrun.

In a funny way it will be the end of an era if they are to come back on 5th June (and hopefully on the Irish mainland, Scotland & Wales too?), we will have to try and keep this chat up as it’s been a wonderful thing each week.

Have a great run today everyone, wear your shirt and do your run with extra pride 😍

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Well done Tailchaser for recognising this weekend as 50 weeks since the last UK parkrun. And the idea to wear red and the red 50 milestone T-Shirt from parkrun if you are lucky enough to own one is a fantastic idea and a lovely way to mark it. It is all your idea and I will be going out to do mine soon before coming home and doing a little gardening.Yes I agree. I think it would be lovely to keep this post going every week when the real parkrun returns. We could each give a little parkrun report. I'd love that.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Before the official Parkruns finished there were always reports from runners on how well they ran at their parkrun on a Saturday morning, it was their reports that inspired me on signing up for them.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It was RunaroundSue who really thought of it Damien, I just did the marketing! 😊 It will be fab to go back to our little parkrun reports, particularly for those who haven't been able to experience parkrun yet, what a buzz that is going to be!

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

But you did all the work, including getting that fabulous mention on the parkrun programme

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

🤗

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

RunaroundSue that was a great idea. Well done. So sorry I didn't realise you were the brains behind the great idea. TailChaser did you a great job on the Marketing and PR Front.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Oh yes we should definitely keep this chat going when we’re back up and running for real. It’s part of my Saturday mornings now as well as the 5k! 🥰

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I agree, parkrun chats are fun on here

Hi damienair and running friends. I ran my (not) Parkrun at Bognor Regis this morning. My time was 30:50 which I’m pleased with. There were so many runners🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ out this morning, perhaps it’s a combination of the proposed return of Parkrun and the lovely sunny weather?!🌞😎 I ran in my red 50 Parkrun t-shirt as promised!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to David_G

A excellent David. Very well done. Nice time too. Must have felt good running in your parkrun milestone T-Shirt.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to David_G

Fab David, thank you! It'll be good to see all our fellow local parkrunners donning their shirts again David, I think they must be lost in the backs of drawers around here but no surprise really.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Yes thanks for keeping this going over the past year Damien - it's really helped to keep us all motivated.👍

It's a beautiful morning down on the South coast so I thought I would treat you all to a photo from Portsdown Hill, overlooking Portsmouth with the Isle of Wight in the distance - one of my regular 5k routes.

As I'd done a fairly strenuous 5k intervals session yesterday (28.34), I thought I would take it a bit easier, so it was a very pleasant 29.50 this morning.😀

Happy 50th (not) parkrun to all and here's to a very welcome return in England on 5 June (hopefully with the rest of the UK not far behind)!🎉

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Very well done Jonathan. Great running and a sub 30 minute 5K any day is a good day. Looks lovely there. Many years ago I flew out to the Isle of Wight in my Microlight. So I probably flew over you there. It looks lovely. You look great in your Red 50 parkrun T-Shirt. Suits you Sir!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien - enjoy your run!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Hi Jonathan, nice teeshirt! Awesome time too! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I love the way that your easy run is sub 30 JonathanP. I wish....

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I was thinking the same Dexy! 😅

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Easier!😜

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Two days running too! Brilliant JP!

RunWillie
RunWillieGraduate10

Hi damienair and non park runners,

I ran my ParkRun today in honour of all my UK VRB’s. 33.8 so not my best 5k but heartfelt for all those that are missing ParkRun. ❤️🏃‍♀️

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Great run RW 👍

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunWillie

Very well done. Great running and thanks so much for joining us all here.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Happy 50th (not) parkrun day everybody. My son said last night that he’d like to come with me this morning and what a glorious morning it is. I haven’t got a 50th parkrun t-shirt (only managed to get to 36 ☹️) but I dug out my 2019 Turkey Trot red t-shirt. After much faffing (him, not me!) we finally set off in the sunshine about 10.15. I’m sure he slowed down for me, although he said not by much. Result! 31.34, my fastest time since 5 September. So nice not to be running on my own for a change. Happy running all and bring on 5 June 😃😃

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Supersonic speedy Sandie! Well done on that great time! 💥💥💥

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Running with a 25 year old obviously brings out my competitive streak 😂😂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Mine (who’s 25 today as it turns out) wouldn’t want to run with me and there’s no way I could keep up with him anyway! 😅

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

It’s only the 3rd time in the 12 weeks he’s been here!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Speedy Sandie is on the comeback! 🏃‍♀️⚡️

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Wonderful Sandie! Not much to go before you hit the sub 30 again 👍👏 You'll have that 50th shirt by the end of the year too I bet! Your son helped you in the way Katnap does each week (although I think reigns attached to him and a skateboard on my feet would be much easier😂 ).

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

😂😂😂

Katnap
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

🎉👏👏👏🏅

Well done Sandie1961

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Excellent running Sandie1961 that was a great time. I too ran with my Son today. I was lovely to have the company for the first 2 K, he was a blip on the horizon after that.

Now63
Now63Graduate10

Hi Damien! Well this is me ready and raring to go. It was a slow time as it was so so misty and occasionally a wee bit of ice not much though. Anyway my run in memory of all who died of Covid ( my brothers wife included.she was only 68.) she was the best sister in law one could have. Just over 5k time.It was slow48.54 mins. 5.22km.😀😀

Happy running all and keep safe all.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Now63

Sorry to hear of your sister in law Now63 (me too), you did her proud today.

Now63
Now63Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5.👍😀😀

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Now63

Oh Now63, I'm sorry to hear about your sister in law. What a way to honour her memory. Thank you for joining us. Keep safe too 🤗

Now63
Now63Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TailChaser for your kind words. There are so many families effected. and it was an honour to be able to run for them and their loved ones.

Happy running.😀😀🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Now63

Very well done. Not slow at all. That was a great run and a poignant one as well. Thank you so much for joining us again this week.

Now63
Now63Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien for your kind words. I enjoyed taking part.👍😀😀

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Ran 5k round and round and round and round a small park, never again 😂

Red t-shirt, red face!
AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

I know what you mean roseabi, on 30th December 2020 I ran 8K in just over a hour, I ran no less than FORTY times around a football pitch, never again, I might run 8K, but not around that football pitch.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

What about all those people last year who were doing marathons in their back gardens 😱

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

.... or on rooftop verandas in Spain, if nothing else I would think they would get a bit dizzy, well done to all of them

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

...and end up with one leg considerably longer than the other! 😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

FORTY TIMES!!!!! Hat of to you, sir!!! I feel like a massive wimp now 😂

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

I ran a 5000m race on a track just once. 12.5 laps of unrelieved drudgery .....

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

UpTheStanley, I can better that! If the weather/footing isn’t in my favour on either 14th or 28th March, there’s a high chance I’ll be running my HMs round and round my (not) PR course which is a 0.47k loop. 😳😩😅

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yikes!! Kudos 😍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Hence the continuous fair weather dancing! 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

That's about 45 times for you and Flossie to run around that not parkrun course. for your HM.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Something I wouldn’t particularly want to do AlMorr! But I will if I have to ....... 😳

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

0.47k (lap of the course) multiplied by the number of laps for a half marathon is 45, 0.47*45 =21.15

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I’m hoping I won’t need to do that Al! 😩😩😩😅

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Perhaps a longer track, I read that Bristol and Glasgow have the longest off road cycle routes, you could run on one of the Bristol cycle paths if you live near one of them.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

There are plenty of sensible HM routes that I could run around Bristol Al, but I’ve challenged myself to run these next two on my local common which is where I’ve done all my running during this lockdown. It’s only a mile from my house. Rather crazy I know, but I have to see the challenge through! 😀

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Good luck to you and Flossie. 😊 🏃🏾

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks. 😀😀

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

That is quite common place in summer, the 10,000 metres (10K) is 25 times around a 400 metre running track, but of course the athlete who comes first is around 26 minutes, last in those summer events runs it in around 28 minutes.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to UpTheStanley

Argh!!!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Hey roseabi!! Take it you're not a fan 😂 Thank you for joining us!!😁xx

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Hey TC! Not a fan of running round that little field 6 times, that is a one and done!!

I will be keeping on with the faster 5Ks, painful though they be 😊😊😊

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to roseabi

Very well done Abi. Great time too. Your flying. It's a long time since I last ran a 26:29 minute 5K. Thanks so much for joining us all this weekend.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Oh what a beautiful morning for our 50th week of no parkruns. We had a prior appointment with a tree surgeon so decided to head to Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun route to avoid the masses on the seafront. This is JonathanP’s home parkrun so we said hello to the coots and geese on the lake for him. Some of the route had been gated off so we had to improvise a bit, but it was so good to be back there. There weren’t any cyclists due to the closures, so just a few runners and walkers, plus the fishermen safely distanced around the lake. The potholes are still there, but muddy rather than wet and we were prepared with trail shoes on this mixed route. Starbucks provided post run cappuccino and a brownie/millionaires shortbread which we consumed on a bench in the sunshine. We also waved to JonathanP on Portsdown hill, although he was back home before we even set off. A 34.05 time for me, which is not my best but this is my 2nd not parkrun this week.

Thanks for keeping this virtual parkrun group going Damienair and fingers crossed that Ireland will be parkrunning soon too.

Dexy5 next to Portsmouth Lakeside
cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Well done Dexy! Great smiley photo in red! 🥰

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Nice photo of you Dexy5, glad that you enjoyed your run today, I notice that double the number of runner's run at Southsea Parkrun compared to Portsmouth Lakeside, that was a wise move to where you ran today., well done 😀 🏃🏾

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Yes we get a lot of tourists at Southsea because it is the 2nd fastest/flattest parkrun in the country. Also a lot of people in the city can walk to it. Portsmouth Lakeside is in a business park just out of town so a short drive away.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It looks a really nice place to run, on my Smartphone I have Google Earth, I can home in on it to the extent if there were any runners I could almost recognise them, I notice that Lakeside is next to the M275 /M27 motorway.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Yes it is lovely Al. The parkrun usually takes you underneath the motorways but that part was closed off today.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

That's where I'll be going then to get my South. Southsea.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Looking forward to it Damienair

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Well run Dexy - thanks for keeping Lakeside warm for me! Bonus too that Starbucks was open.🍰

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Looks lovely there Dexy, and a great photo! Ooh, brownies 😋

Now63
Now63Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Lovely photo Dexy5.👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Excellent running Dexy and the post (not)parkrun Starbucks sound great. You look the part in your red milestone T-Shirt. I forgot you could put a pic in the posts now. I never took a pic of me and Oisin earlier. He wore his white 10 Junior and I wore my Red 50 Milestone T-Shirt. We did not meet any fellow parkrunners on our 5K loop.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damienair You’ll have to put your shirts back on when they come out the wash and add a pic to your post .

Yes we were surprised to see the cafe open for takeaway as there’s not a lot of passing trade.. but I think some people are working in the offices in the park.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

Not the most flattering photo, I was just coming to the end of my 6K run (before the 2k walk up the hill to the bacon butty!).

A lovely run, lots of fair-weather walkers were back so it was busy today. A bit sad that we should have been running with Lanza Road Runners this morning and for some reason our 5K's didn't register on their VRun5 results table. Doubly sad for me because at 34.55 it was my fastest since the VRun5 started :(

Yeah, yeah, I know I have often said that times don't matter to me but a pb is a pb 🏃‍♀️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Well done RAS! I know what you mean. I don’t like running fast at all, but I love it on the rare occasion that I do and I need to see a record of it! 😅

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Always Sue, much as we don't want them to, it's always a great way to push yourself and feel proud of your achievements. Annoying though then it doesn't register (my last actual parkrun was a guestimate as my watch wasn't connected to the GPS, so I feel your pain there!).

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Very well done on your PB. And great photo, I always wondered what that hill looked like on the way to getting those famous bacon butties. Great running.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to damienair

That's the flat bit! Not the hill. The hill has a 1 in 4 sign at the top.

⛰️

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Ah, I just realised you meant that green hill at the left of the photo! The hill on the way to the bacon butty is a country road.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

OH yes, meant to say it is great that Oisin is running with you. Hopefully he will get his enthusiasm back with parkruns in sight.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Thanks. He came for a run with me on Thursday and loved it. He joined me again today in his white 10 parkrun milestone T-Shirt. He is running really well. I can't keep up with him.

Jools2020
Jools2020Graduate10

When I started my C25K journey last May, my ambition was to run in a parkrun. I was aiming for September /October time last year, little knowing that they would still be closed. I don’t think any of us believed that Covid would continue to take so many lives for so long.

I still want to run in a parkrun 😊. I want to see what it feels like to run with other people who like running! I went out and ran for 5K this morning and was rewarded with a PB of 36:14. Gorgeous sunshine, frost on the grass, beautiful day for running.

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Your time will come - soon!

Jools2020
Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Can’t wait!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Fingers crossed you will be able to experience the real thing in June, and find out why we get up early every Saturday to do it.

Jools2020
Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Haha, I’m an early bird anyway but I’m really looking forward to the experience. 👍

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

You'll love it Jools, especially on days like this where you can go for a drink and cake afterwards 😀

Jools2020
Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Ooh! I’d definitely want coffee and cake!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Jools2020

Congratulations Jools2020 on your 5K PB. Great running. You will love parkrun. it is very addictive. But what is so special is that every Saturday morning the same people turn up each and every week. Strangers at first, but they soon become your friends. The nicest people run at parkrun and volunteering too is a wonderful way to feel part of the community. Nothing like going for a post parkrun breakfast in a cafe to celebrate a PB.

Jools2020
Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to damienair

It sounds great. I need to meet some people and I love my café breakfasts! 😀

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10

Just to add to Dexy5's report, for those who know Lakeside the bit we couldn't get at was the out and back through the subway under the motorway, which you normally do soon after the start and just before the end, so 4 sharp little inclines in all, 2 when you least want them. So we had to find an extra 1400 metres, by going 200m past the usual halfway mark and then doing an extra 500m out and back along the lakeside path, hopefully without annoying two many fisherfolk. It was a really beautiful day for a run, but we'd both run fairly hard on Thursday and indulged fairly hard last night, so no records in prospect or threatened.

I think despite having to drive this will become somewhere we run quite a lot as our prom becomes more and more congested. If we get anywhere near our 500+ record parkrunners on the prom in June 🤞 things will become very interesting .....

Thanks to D (and O) for keeping this going for so long 👍

50 weeks? Really?
JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Sounds complicated UTS - hopefully it will be back to normal by June! Yes we've noticed that the foreshore by Mountbatten Centre is also getting quite crowded now with walkers, runners and cyclists.

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

The locked gate is at the top of that little bump where the path narrows - iirc you were marshalling there the first or second time we met you.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

It's going to be the same with us UTS, the park is going to be an interesting place when all the new dog walkers come across our regular 450 runners at 9am on a Saturday morning.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to UpTheStanley

Love the photo. It is so great to see all the red 50 T-shirts. Well done UTS.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10

I so agree Damienair - I think TailChaser’s idea of an ‘anniversary’ (not)parkrun is brilliant! And so is all the work you’ve done in the last few months to keep the Saturday morning parkrun spirit up! Thank you! I’m still firmly wedged amongst the cushions of the IC so couldn’t celebrate this morning with a run and I’ve only done 14 actual parkruns but I can walk so dug out my trusty Volunteer T-shirt (so proud😀!) and set off to do my normal 5k route. Our seafront was super-busy in the gorgeous sunshine so there was a bit of weaving in and out but it was lovely to be out in it. If we’re recording times, it was 58:46 - but as I was walking with a grumbly hip, I don’t think that was bad! Happy running folks!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Not too shabby at all OGR!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thank you JP! But I’d still rather be running it, even at my slow trot!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

I hope you are soon off that IC Oldgirlruns- s’not fair. You be proud of that parkrun volunteer shirt, you have definitely earned it.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

And it’s the right colour for an old girl isn’t it - I just need a hat to match!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Just dye your hair OG! 😉

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

😂

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Sorry about your grumpy hip OGR, I have had a "grumpy right leg" as I reported here over the last few weeks, I did reply to you elsewhere that today I walked/ran my 50th virtual parkrun, last week it was in a time fairly similar to yours today, however, for me today I did manage a short run, especially the last kilometer in a pace of 7.51, running non stop, I hope soon that you will get back to running 🏃🏾.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Alan, I never thought I’d actually miss running but I felt quite envious of the the runners when I was out this morning! I’m pleased you’re able to do the odd bit of running while you’re out, hope it continues!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

👍 🏃🏾

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thank goodness you’re allowed to walk Oldgirlruns. 😀 Do you have any clue when you can resume running again? I bet you can’t wait.

Great that you wore your purple teeshirt this morning! I think I’m somewhat close to mine, but I forget exactly how many times I’ve volunteered. 😀

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I’ve got an app to keep up with it all cheeky- I’ll send you a link!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Ooo yes please! 🙏🏻

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

apps.apple.com/gb/app/runni...

Just in case anyone else needs it for iPhone. It makes parkrun bingo easier too

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It’s brilliant, thanks Dexy! And I found out a bonkers fact when I checked my stats damienair - today’s (not) PR time of 34:31 is identical to the last real PR I did on 7/3/20 at Severn Bridge. Spooky! 👻

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Hi cheeky, the physio said no running until I was pain free again so I’m doing the exercises as prescribed and will see what she says at the next appointment. Which should be next week but as I just missed almost a week when I wasn’t too well, I’ve asked whether I should leave it another week before she sees me again. We’ll get there eventually I’m sure!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

You will get there OGR. You’re so good at doing your exercises. Hope to see you this summer! 😀

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

That is good OG, we take longer on our 5k walks most of the time. And it's all about the taking part anyway. It's so nice out there how could you not go out. Shame we can still only (officially) do it once a day.Hope you are off of the IC soon, and we'll all be VRBing at a parkrun near you before you know it!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC! Yes I’m so looking forward to the odd VRB meet up! I still have to get to Redditch parkrun when I’m up with my brother - I haven’t been there for a year , fingers crossed it will be on the list for summer! I’ll let you know!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done Oldgirlruns , great idea to wear your Volunteer T-Shirt whilst you walked your 5K (not)parkrun. When parkrun returns I'll be working towards my volunteer and 100 T-Shirts. I hope your hip is getting better and you'll be off the IC soon.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks damienair! It’s all a bit slow but hopefully things are on the up!

Rennur
Rennur60minGraduate

I did it. I ran 7K in 62'15'' Not a spectacular pace but very proud.

My last 2K was actually a tad quicker than my first 5K which was 44'40'' - not ideal for my (not)parkrun time but good pacing overall by my standards.

Lovely weather - not all in the shade.

I am building up my "medium" run mid-week so I may be doing a mid-week 5K too on a couple of weeks.

Very happy.

Lovely weather. I actually ran out of the shade for about half of it - all good practice

Repeating the 7K next week.

I like running - who'd've thunk it!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Rennur

This time of year, in this weather Rennur, it's the best! Great run! Those last 2k on a long run - I think a lot of us go quicker as we can see the end and just want to sign it off and get that cake and coffee!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Rennur

Very well done. Any run where you are happy with it is a good run. Best of luck on your mid range mid-week runs too. Happy running.

Damien

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10

If I have calculated correctly then the return of parkrun in England on 5th June will be 50 weeks since the first (not)parkrun.

Hopefully they will return at the same time in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. And of course Ireland for you damienair

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

That is correct Sue, there has been a little confusion between the virtual and (not) parkruns, today it has been 50 weeks since the virtual parkruns began, that is one week after the last official one on 14th March 2020.

The organiser of the official Parkrun came up with the brilliant idea to have what they call and we all know now as (not) parkrun, the first of which, according to my 2020 diary was ran on the 20th June last year, so the 5th June this year will see the 50th (not) parkrun run alongside, if it happens the resumption of the official Parkrun, it will be interesting to see how long the (not) parkruns will continue with the official Parkruns

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I knew you would double check my dates AlMorr . Thank you.

My spreadsheet agrees with your diary.

I think they will keep (not) parkrun going as long as some regions are unable to resume the real thing.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

I am really looking forward to the return of parkrun. That will be a very exciting and a very emotional day. Whenever that day is. We in Ireland I fear will be a few months behind the UK. The roll out of the Vaccine is very slow in Ireland.

RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to damienair

That's a shame. But at least the return is a bit nearer now.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Hiya all, sorry bit late again (as usual!), living up to my name (as usual!). Katnap and I did our trusty 5k (not)parkrun route in our 50 tops this morning. Unfortunately eldest kitten has the photos on his phone and he's doing a (horrible) job for me so I don't want to distract him or he'll stop (he's raking the moss from our grass, it's good for him honestly)! I'll post them later!It's a gorgeous day, just a light wind and bright sunshine - I fished the sunglasses out. Still a bit chilly though so still wore the bobble hat - but no vest or jacket! Yay! It was quite busy by the time we started - Stratford upon Avon is very popular when the sun comes out, even though we aren't supposed to really have visitors. Thankfully our route takes this into account now we've been doing it for nearly a year, as we go away from the centre.

So...I wasn't going to beat last week's pb was I? I didn't intend to...it just happened... 26:23😱 That's definitely it for now, I'm concentrating on getting this Virtual Bath Half in the bag!

Thank you everyone for joining in, it's been really good fun and a great excuse to dust the 50 shirts off again. Soon we'll be wearing them at a parkrun once again (did anyone hear Tom Williams get choked up on the Free, Weekly, Timed podcast? parkrun means so much to so many people!).

Happy running everyone; onwards and out of this pandemic we go!!! 🙌🤞🤞🤞

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

A PB 2 weeks in a row? Fantastic! You're on a roll TC - how about a hat trick ?😜

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Actually JP, it is a hat trick 😜 I got one two weeks ago as well 😅 That's definitely it for now I promise!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I should hope so!!😀

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

🤣🤣

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Wow well done and congratulations TailChaser on your PB. That is a great achievement. I was just out in the garden tidying up after the winter. I dug up the Vegetable patch, raked up the remaining leaves and raked up some of the moss in the lawn. I am going to mow the lawn now and then I shall spread some fertiliser and moss killer for good measure. It is a beautiful spring morning here and I am loving being out in the Garden.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thank you Damien 😀 Gardening is good for the soul, it's one of my favourite things too. Good going there, it's hard work digging. Eldest kitten just needed to be out there more than me (and much as I love gardening, I hate raking up moss!). Got some 4 in 1 weed and feed for when he's done but it already looks much better. Hope you had a great run with Oisin 👍

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Nice running there TC! I imagine running round Stratford is a bit of a nightmare when it’s nice - I remember seeing thousands of people around when my sister and BIL used to take their narrow boat into the basin!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks OG! It's been soooooo busy again this weekend. Probably not a patch on what it normally is but we're just not used to it!

LottieMW
LottieMWGraduate10

Happy 50th (Not) Park Run Day, my VRBs 🥳

I did my long run yesterday (9km), so had planned a 5km Walk today...but only managed a gentle stroll around my allotment as feeling a little under the weather...

However, pleased to say that Strava awarded me a 5km PR during yesterday’s run of 47:33...so I’m happy with that and will enter it for my local (not) Park Run ☺️

Happy running everyone! 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏽‍♂️🐌🐢🥰

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to LottieMW

Very well done on your 9K run and also getting a 5K personal record during it as well. Great pace. Happy running.

LottieMW
LottieMWGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thank you 😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

💕💕💕💕💕 to you, Damien and Oisin - and everyone xxxx

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to roseabi

Thanks Abi.

Week7
Week7Graduate10

Hi there to Damienair and all virtual ( not ) park runners. I have never done a real parkrun, only (not ) park runs but have loved reading all the posts today.(park run stopped before I even started c25k)

I have loved doing the not park runs on a Saturday for the last few months and reading all the chat so it would be brilliant if this chat were to continue come the return of the real life runs. If it weren't for Damien hosting the chat each week I know that I would be less motivated so a big thank you as usual.

Tired little legs today so 31:58 was a pleasant surprise, even if it was a minute slower than last week.

Happy 50th to all those of you who have achieved it-amazing!

Week7
Week7Graduate10 in reply to Week7

I mean 2 minutes!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Week7

Very well done. Nice pace for your 5K. Yes absolutely, It will be a weekly feature going forward and even better when the real parkrun returns. I'm looking forward to running and volunteering at my local parkrun and also starting back at some parkrun tourism. It would be lovely to continue this thread so as everyone can join in and report on their own parkrun and post parkrun breakfasts. These posts have kep-t me going too. I started doing it each Saturday so as to try and keep myself motivated. It has been amazing sharing the stories with all of you. We will keep it going together. Happy running.

Damien

Week7
Week7Graduate10 in reply to damienair

That's great news especially for anyone who is unable to get to a nearby Parkrun! Thanks

nowster
nowsterGraduate10

Another long run this week: 13.2km running with warm up and cool down walks taking the outing to 14.7km. Almost three park runs again!

Although they felt fine whilst I was running, when I stopped running and started walking, my legs were like jelly.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Well done. Yes I have done 15K a few times and just like you afterwards my legs felt like Jelly. I did a 10K road race one time too in Dublin and I gave it my all finishing in just over 56 minutes and once I stopped running at the finish line I found it so hard to walk. Well done again, super running.

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Great run for you today Week7, 31.58 is very good, I found running with others at parkrun got me two PB's, 30.55 and 30.56 within a few months of each other in September and November 2019, whereas my PB running alone was 32.11 in October 2019, my last sub 35 minute 5K was last December 12th with a time of 34.07.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Definitely easier running in a crowd and your more focused on running faster and better too. I'm the same now Al, running on my own has got boring. But I'll keep a base level of fitness and continue to run so as when parkrun does return I'll be ready to start chasing after that PB again. 25:36 feels like an awful long way away at the moment.

Week7
Week7Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks AlMorr . The way things are going your hopefully your leg problems will all be sorted by the time Parkrun restarts for real and you'll be back to running as you did before!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Week7

👍 🏃🏾

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

It's amazing the difference running with others makes Al. So looking forward to being able to do it again. The important thing though is that we've all kept going and look at all these brilliant new runners too!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Yes, since the beginning of lockdown there have been a record number of runners graduating from C25K, whether that is reflected in the number of people who will go to the first few weeks of parkruns when they return remains to be seen.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I hope so 🤞

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10

Yesterday was quite a big day as I had my first vaccination appointment. So, having last run on Thursday I decided the important thing was to work the arms in case I had a few days afterwards when I couldn’t. So Mr C pootled around in our 50 shirts and also did one of our home gym routines. And the good news is there are no after effects from the vaccine so I will take it easy today but run tomorrow

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Great news on all counts Coddfish. Hope to meet up later in the year when things are somewhat normal. 😀

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky, that will be great

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Glad to hear all went well with the jab Coddfish - one step nearer 'normality '!

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Had a couple of days of fairly mild after effects - fatigue on Sunday and a heavy aching arm on Monday so the run hasn't happened yet - hopefully tomorrow

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Interesting - my wife had hers last Wednesday and has had very similar side-effects.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Coddfish

Fantastic. Great that you had your appointment and got your Vaccine. Great to see the Red shirt too.

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Looking forward to when I can continue the journey towards the Green 250! Stopped on 179.

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Excellent news Coddfish!

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

So grateful to the scientists that we are making these steps forward

Hedgehogs123
Hedgehogs123Graduate10

Yep all set for my 5km today, got my red top ready and I'm raring to go, although not sure my time will be good judged on my latest results but heyho it's the taking part isn't it. Are we posting pics?? Reckon my face will be redder than my top!!😂😂Thanks to TailChaser for organising! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🌝😷

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Hope you had a lovely run.

Hedgehogs123
Hedgehogs123Graduate10

Well just shows what a goal can do for motivation! I've just ran my fastest 5km, 30m 57s!!!🥂😁😁 Not quite the sub 30 I'm chasing, but my runs have been rubbish just lately. I got out, the fog had lifted, albeit still a bit nippy, but the sun was shining and it felt soooo good.Coach Bennett accompanied me all the way round whispering his words of wisdom in my ear which obviously worked.Thanks TailChaser for organising this and thanks damienair for maintaining the momentum for 5kms in the absence of parkruns, which I've still not done, as I registered then they were cancelled. Bring them on, I'm ready now!!!😁🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Fantastic and very well done. You'll get that sub 30 minute 5K someday very soon. Great running. When parkrun does return you will love it. Congratulations on your PB.

Damien

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Hedgehogs123

Brilliant Hedgehogs - well done on your PB! 👏👏👏 You'll smash that sub 30 when you're least expecting it, especially once you're able to run with groups of others again, it really helps. And so does this beautiful weather. Loving the t-shirt btw 😍😍😍

PandaCory
PandaCoryGraduate10

Hi all VRBs! Just back from a tough 5k - lead legs & too many layers - I was cooking! I should've ditched the long-sleeved top & just worn my C25K graduate top on its own (closest thing I have to a Parkrun one 😉). On the plus side, the sun was out, I found my long-lost favourite running sock (so glad I kept its partner all this time), and a Peacock butterfly kept me company for a bit. 38.32 minutes of slog, though.

Red running top.
damienair
damienairModerator in reply to PandaCory

The slogs are known as training runs. They are great for building Character and let you recognise the good runs. 85% of my runs are training runs. Very well done. I love your graduate T-Shirt.

PandaCory
PandaCoryGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Hahaha thanks, I must be full of character right now!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to PandaCory

Ooh, a butterfly! That shows it's definitely spring! This time of year it's really tricky to know what to wear. After weeks of wrapping up, all of a sudden you only need one layer to run in but as soon as you stop your sweat makes you freeze. Great shirt, I haven't seen that one - got shirt jealousy now 😍! I agree with Damien, a character building run!

PandaCory
PandaCoryGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I know, it was a really nice surprise to see one in what is still (just) February after all. Shirt is from here: completerunner-online.com/s... (hope it's ok to include this). I'll need to remember that the weather is slowly improving, even in darkest Lanarkshire!

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10

My first run in the woods since the beginning of December. I treated my trail shoes to a trip out as they have been sulking in the corner for ages now.Boy - this was a bit of a struggle of a 5k. I don't think I was in the right mindset and I just couldn't get any head of steam up at all. The Salomon's felt stiff and heavy compared to my road shoes and I'd forgotten just how undulating the route is.

Anyway, a 5k it was in a slow 42.40.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Birdlady64

Well done. I had a slog of a run yesterday. But it was still great to do it. Very well done. Happy Running.

damienair
damienairModerator

I ran my (not)parkrun yesterday at around lunch time on my usual 5K route. It was a lovely day and I was joined by my 11 year old Son. He wore his white Junior 10 milestone T-Shirt and I wore my Red 50 milestone T-Shirt. Oisin was flying, I tried to stay with him and managed for the first 2K but after that I slowed down and he disappeared off into the distance. I had to take a couple of quick walking breaks, but did not pause the watch and finished in a time of 32:55. I'm going to start increasing my running now that the weather is getting better. Well done and thank you everyone for joining in again this week.

Damien

WillowandSola
WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to damienair

That’s wonderful, we didn’t manage to run this weekend due to work and tiredness but I’ve enjoyed reading all these (not) parkrun posts, a brilliant thing you’ve done Damien and congratulations on 50 weeks of (not) parkrun

PandaCory
PandaCoryGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks for organising this. Go Oisin!

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Fab Damien! Isn't it amazing how easily they run? My youngest has just slipped back into running a 10k like it's the most natural thing in the world (which is possibly is for him!). Thank you for doing what you do 👍

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