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Hello Everyone,

Good afternoon. Sorry I'm a bit late with this today. But I have a good excuse. I was up early this morning bottling home brew cider for the Summer Season. I then was cleaning up the kitchen after myself and my good wife decided it would be a great opportunity to give me a few extra chores around the house seeing as I was in the mood.

I am going to go for my run soon with Oisin and then afterwards we are going to plant some seeds in our raised Vegetable patch after a trip to the garden centre.

If your looking at this and wondering what this post is all about let me explain. A group of us here are big parkrun fans. Obviously we can not do it at the moment. We are all hoping that parkrun will start back up in the Summer of 2021, fingers and toes crossed. It might be a bit later in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but it looks like the return of parkrun is approaching. So until parkrun returns, we take part on our own, in a Virtual parkrun every Saturday morning. We post after our run and let everyone know how we got on. The little run report can be done over a post virtual parkrun coffee and treat/cake. (parkrun is all about the after run coffee and cake, and meeting friends old and new). It can be run/walked on any route close to you which is 5K. Does not have to be done in a park, you can even do it on a treadmill. You can register on the parkrun website if you want and log your (not)parkrun.

Happy running, jogging and walking everyone and I look forward to reading the post (not)parkrun reports.


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Glad you enjoyed your home brew cider Damien, I am sure it tastes delicious.

This morning I ran my 51st virtual, 38th (not) parkrun, my right leg is still a little sore, but only now when I run, not walking fast as well, so today I walked fast and ran slowly in a time of 40.24, last week it was 42.19, like last week I managed to run non stop the last kilometer.

Hopefully next week it will be sub 40 minutes.

Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Great to hear the leg is still improving Al 😀👍

AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Thanks Birdlady64 👍 🏃🏾

Week7Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Sounds like things are really improving AlMorr ,so pleasedfor you.. Good luck for next week!

AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Week7

Thanks Week7, what I did this morning was ran week 3 of C25K, now that is about 16 minutes, had a 2 minute walk, then ran/walked until the auto voice of Alexa told me that I had ran 4K and for the final 1K I ran at 7.11Km pace, last Saturday I also ran the last kilometer, but in 7.51 Km pace.

damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al. Glad to hear that your right leg is improving and getting better.

Hi damienair and running friends, hope you’ve managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine this morning.

I did my (not) Parkrun along the promenade at Bognor Regis at about 8:00am this morning. The bonus of going out a bit earlier was that there were very few dog walkers and pedestrians wandering around, but lots of runners 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Maybe because there were fewer people I managed to finish my 5K in 27:31, which beats my previous Parkrun best achieved in benign conditions in Florida🇺🇸

Also on the plus side, my sister told me I can now book my Covid jabs on the NHS website, which I’ve done. My first jab is on St Patrick’s Day ☘️ It was a very simple process. I’m 57 with no underlying health conditions so it seems things are going according to plan. I hope that continues! 🙂🤞

TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to David_G

Brilliant time David! And great news on your impending jab too 👍👍👍

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to David_G

Sounds like a great (not) parkrun David. I always have great intentions of an early run but it doesn’t happen unless I’m meeting other people. I think I’m the Queen of Faffage, my injection is next week - so excited.

David_G in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5, it was really enjoyable this morning. It’s coming to something when we get excited to have a jab - it just shows what little else there is to do!🤣

skysue16Graduate10 in reply to David_G

Mine’s booked too! 👍😊

AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to skysue16

That's something to look forward to skysue16, I don't think that you will get any bad after effects from the jab, the only after effects I got from the jab 3 weeks ago was a slightly sore arm which only lasted for about a hour and a little shivery later that night, so nothing to worry about.

cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to David_G

I’m 57 too David_G, and I’ve booked my jabs for 16th March and 2nd June. It was a simple process booking wasn’t it? Hopefully it’s our ticket out of this weird period, and the pandemic will end up being a dim and distant memory in years to come. 🤞

Happy running!

damienairModerator in reply to David_G

Well done on your run. Super time.


We have to bow out this week, Willow had his jab yesterday and is taking it easy and I went out had a lovely run but due to a niggly calf cut short to 4 k

Well done for getting out there! Hope you’re both feeling better and able to get out there again soon🙂🤞👍

WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to David_G

Thanks David, it was lovely out and I had wondered if i should put a tubi grip on then didn’t, that hill climb earlier in the week gave me a bit of a pulled calf, teach me to run down 😂 it’ll soon heal if i don’t overdo it, at 3.5k I did think if I could run 1.5k in 15 minutes I would beat my last 5k and decided not today

damienairModerator in reply to WillowandSola

Glad that you got your Jabs. Excellent news. You'll have bounced back for next week.


Hi Damienair, glad to se you are keeping busy,!

The cider sounds good. I haven't made home brew for decades.

I already posted separately, with my photos of the hill I walk home. I forgot that I could have added the photo to a comment.


damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Well done RunaroundSue , So sorry for my late reply. I had a jam packed weekend. Made dinners, gardening, spent time with the kids and left the phone out of my hand for a few days which was lovely. The weather was great so I made the best of it. I tried home brewing back after I finished college. My friends Dad had some Home Brew kit at home so we borrowed it and tried our hand at a beer. It was awful. So back in December I thought I'd try it again with maturity, research and a more measured scientific approach than my previous attempt. I've made 3 x beers, a white wine and an apple cider so far. The results have been really good. First 2 beers were quality control, and are gone. So now I'm building up a stock for the summer season.😀 Running will be more important now.


No run today. I ran yesterday. I'm going to see if I can drag Herself out for a stroll in the sunshine this afternoon. Then tomorrow morning is pencilled in for an 8k run.

nowsterGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Saturday's walk was short. We're trying to get her back to being active.

This lunchtime, I did my usual 8km route. Nothing special. No PRs broken. A stubbed toe didn't stop me, though. I'm late with writing it up...

damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Well done on your 8K.


Good afternoon Damien & all!

Out a bit late today as we were recovering from the posh takeaway meal we had last night for Katnap’s 50th birthday. Very odd eating Michelin starred food at home but I’d promised to take him there months back. It was still totally delicious but I’m hopeless at presentation 😂

So I’d already decided to take it easier this Saturday as I need to start winding it down in preparation for the virtual Bath Half next Sunday. Full tummy was definitely helpful in this but legs muscle memory kicked in down the last 1.5km and I ended up with 28:14.

Starving now so just getting the bacon rolls done 😋

Hope you have a lovely run with Oisin Damien and cheers to you all 🍻

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Happy Birthday Katnap . 🥳

Yes we have been indulging with 3 course take always too, anything to help our favourite restaurants to stay afloat.

TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Exactly Dexy. There was an option to get a Rick Stein delivered but when I saw we could do just as well locally it was a no brainier.

damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Well done and Happy Birthday to Katnap. Great running as always. Sorry I'm late with my reply. Had a full weekend, spent most of it outside. And left the phone behind which was great. It was a 1990's weekend. 😀 Technology free. Hoe, spade, rake and basic gardening equipment was that I needed.

TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Oh good for you Damien! We should all have tech free days occasionally, I bet it felt so good! Just done a bit of gardening myself, it’s nice to get out there again 👍


Hi, I am pleased to stumble across this post 😊 I didn’t know there was a (not) Park Run ‘group’ post.

Nice morning for a run, cold but no wind. I did a 5k warm-up jog and then recorded another 5k for (not) Park Run. I am very pleased to say that today was my fastest (2nd fastest ever!) 5k - 31.08, so very happy with that 😀

JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to skysue16

Great to have you join us skysue - well done on your time!👍


Mmm...home brew cider sounds yum! 😋

This week’s 5km was run on Thursday, my penultimate run of the Magic Plan...10km Sunday 🤞🏼

Without particularly going for it, I managed a PB with 46:05 ☺️ and duly entered it for my local NotParkRun. It was my 27th (not) Park Run. Previous fastest was a walk/run over the Park Run course (46:58)!

...Can’t wait to run on the flat again 🏔

5km stats and weather

Hi Damienair and fellow virtual (not) parkrunners.

Glad to hear you have got the homebrew sorted Damienair. These lovely light mornings make it so much easier to get up and get things done don't they?Enjoy your run later.

I haven't run since Monday. After RED February which I really enjoyed I felt that my legs needed a little break so I skipped the midweek run.

Felt really good to be out this morning even better when I got back from my 8k for Mr Garmin to tell me I had a 5k pb 28:42. All that effort in February followed by a few days rest was obviously good for me!

Safe running and have a good week all.

JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Week7

Well done on your PB Week7!👍

Week7Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks. It was a nice surprise


Hello everyone! Isn’t it lovely that we can start doing Spring things again. I had a Chinese takeaway last night so wasn’t very optimistic after a bellyful of fried rice. I also didn’t have my pacer this week (he said his knee hurts!) It was rather chilly and a bit grey, but I went off along my usual (not) parkrun route and came in at 30.42. That’s 1 minute and 2 seconds quicker than last week and only 3 seconds slower than my (not) parkrun PB. More Chinese required I think 😃😃

1st jab booked for 16th March with the 2nd on 2nd June, hopefully 2 days after the Vitality London 10000 🤞🏻🤞🏻

skysue16Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

That’s a great time, well done! 👍😀 My jab is booked too!

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Isn’t it funny how we can do so well after an evening of indulgence. My niece says her best parkrun times have been after boozy nights out (if you can remember them?). Maybe it’s because the pressure is off with thinking we have an excuse for not doing well.


Hi all

Out at 9 today - beautiful morning, if a little on the chilly side. Lots of walkers and runners along the top of the hill - including my son-in-law coming the opposite way! Didn't push it too much and ended up with a nice 29.22. Back home for a lazy day and home-made choc chip rock cakes this afternoon - yum! 😋

Interestingly as a parkrun volunteer I had an online survey emailed to me this week about my views on parkrun's return - things are happening behind the scenes!👍😀

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done JonathanP. Yes we have completed our surveys too. Our RD had a meeting with the Council last Monday but haven’t heard how it went. I also emailed my councillor to ask him to support it’s return in June (elections in May).

JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy - good plan re councillor.🤞


There was no (not) parkrun for me today Damienair as I did a 12k yesterday. But I ran one on Tuesday with a 32.50 time which is the fastest since 1 December, and I was unaccompanied by my friendly pacers, Mr Coddfish or UpTheStanley . I’m glad that Oisin is getting interested in running again with Junior parkrun starting soon , or is he over 10?


Slow 7.3K today. My 5K split was slower than my first midweek 5K on Tuesday. I had been icing my knees a bit this week. They were fine of course, but my calves kept shouting at me until I told them I wasn't listening (I was!) after 5K, by which time I felt in the zone, albeit the slow one. Missing the warm weather we had the past few weeks. Ah well, it is early March. Temperatures are due to rise in 7--10 days time at last. That might prompt me to start earlier.


Just a walk today on a beautiful morning, still trying to avoid running at the weekend as it’s so busy. Looking forward to April 12th when non essential retail reopens in England and the promenade hoggers will retreat back into their favourite shopping malls....

JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

We're counting the days to various activities at the moment Coddfish!


Well aren’t I the late one to the party this week Damien? 🤣 Hope your run was lovely with Oisin, and, being a West Country lass, I highly approve of your cider making! 🍻😋

I did run today, honest! In fact I was out nice and early to beat the weekend dog walkers. There’s one lady who insists on standing on one side of my circuit and chucking random things for her dogs - who often end up fighting. She’s perfectly within her right to do that ..... but really? Right on the path? 🙄

Anyway, drama free for me today. Sunny and chilly and and I tootled round in 34:59. My legs felt fresh but I’m treating them with kid gloves as they have lots of work to do soon. And the weather is on the turn I hear ..... 😩


Hi good morning have done my not park run today a day later if that still qualify for virtual. My time was 40.31 for the 5km. I put it in as well to not park run. I can’t do park run when it starts in Scotland as working every Saturday and in lockdown , but maybe hopefully when retire will get a chance to do park runs . Enjoy the rest of your weekend🤗


I ran 6k yesterday but my 5k time was 42:20. Not my fastest but I'm happy with that as it's better than the 45 (ish) mins it took me the week before. Will enter it into notPR nevertheless!


I ran in the woods for only the second time since the beginning of December. This was a slow, no pressure run to test out my knee after a trip up the stairs at home a few days earlier. It was hard work for the first 4k, but having got to 5k I felt like I could have gone further. My time was a slow 43.44, but the knee was fine and Strava gave me a few segment PRs - so pretty happy overall.


Sorry I'm late checking in! Took the dog for a nice long walk in the morning (took my jacket off 🎉🌞), and fitted in my 5k in the late afternoon: 37.43. Home to special fried rice with extra sauce because I am an athlete 😁.

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