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damienair profile image
damienairModerator

Hey everyone. Good morning. I had not listened to any parkrun related podcasts for almost a year now. But yesterday I was in the car a lot with work and listened to a couple. The delay in the return to parkrun in England has been delayed by 3 weeks, however it looks very positive after the political support that the London parkruns and other land owners are granting permission to return. Instead of parkrun headquarters calling them the landowners apparently are calling parkrun HQ asking how can they make this happen. So very promising and I noticed last night that work is now beginning for Northern Ireland.

But until parkrun returns we will continue to do our (not)parkrun every weekend. I was just out at Rugby training with one of my boys. I will be going out soon to do my 5K. Everyone is welcome to join in and write a little run report below. Happy running everyone.

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AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10

Nice that the official Parkruns will start soon again, this morning it was a case of graduation run revisited, I ran my 49th virtual parkrun on the same route as run 3 of week 9 of C25K with a little additional running to make up the 5K distance, my time was 35.21 so not too bad as I had my metromone app at a low set of 165 cadence.

Week7 profile image
Week7Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Another good run. Are you going to do anything special yo mark your 50th virtual parkrun next week?

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Week7

I intend to run my 50th (not) parkrun at the place I ran, run 3 of week 7 of C25K, its around a beauty spot that I have been going walks for decades, around a reservoir

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damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al. So sorry for not replying sooner. I’ve been crazy busy in work and I’m sick of the phone and PC at the moment. Great running. I’m trying to get out running more myself now.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

👍 🏃🏾

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10

Hi Damien & all! I think Bushy coming through with permission last night makes all the difference. Is your foot feeling better this week?

We’ve been on holiday in North Wales this week but it’s been very frustrating as the weather has been so bad, so we’re coming home early. We were hoping to take advantage and do a bit of hill training but it never happened. We made it out this morning though, for our first tourist (not)parkrun, around the caravan site. 28:53 so at least it was still sub 30. Now on our way back home 😢

Have a lovely runny week everyone 👍

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damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

What a pity with the weather. Summer is finally starting to show some signs of coming now at long last. May must be the coldest and wettest on record. My foot is much better thanks. I ran on Monday and ran today too. All good. I’m very unfit now but I’ll start doing something about that. I’ve listened to a few more parkrun podcasts this week. I couldn’t bring myself to listen for a long time.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

No, I can imagine. It's starting to sound very positive. The email they sent out today particularly as they've been getting a lot of government backing.

We were thinking the same about the weather today at work but it's definitely getting better here now (*touch wood*). Good news on your foot, you'll get your fitness back in no time 👍

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

A return for my fitness is a long way off. I just need to be consistent and get out there 3-4 times per week. I need to put in a lot of work.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Fingers crossed 🤞

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10

Good morning everyone! I was sitting having a cuppa in the campervan on the Isle of Skye at 8.15 watching the rain streaming down the windows and the wind whipping the trees around and had decided I was going to give it a miss this week. However, less than half an hour later, the rain stopped, the wind dropped and the sun came out. Scottish weather eh 🤪 Quick change of clothes, out of the campsite, up past the new hospital that’s being built, along the seashore, through Broadford village and back to the campsite for a 32.38. (Not) parkrun #48 - intention had been I would do my 50th next Saturday before the return to the real one. Ah well 🥲🥲 Now waiting for the ferry to Mallaig and heading for Oban. Happy running and have a great weekend 😃😃

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

We camped there a few years ago, it was nice being able to walk down onto the shore in the evening

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I wish Welsh weather changed as quickly as Scottish!

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Been lovely for the rest of the day - currently sitting outside the van in the sun in Oban 😃

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Gorgeous photo Sandie, so glad the weather turned out nice for you today. 🥰

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Ah the pic looks lovely and very well done. Great running as always.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

Hi damienair and (not) park runners,

I’m so hoping you get back to parkrun as quickly as possible. It has been a very long wait for you 😢

Here’s my park run report.

Big question for me today! Was last weeks sub 30 a one off? I set myself the goal of trying to make sure every split started with a 5.

5.29, 5.44, 5.50, 5.48, 5.50

Official park run time 28.30 👍🏻 I won’t mention my heart rate and will work on negative splits next time 🤣

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Very done, not a fluke after all.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5 🥰

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

The first rule of heart rates...we don’t talk about heart rates... just bask in the enjoyment of your fantastic time! 👏👏

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

🤣

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to RunWillie

Oh wow. Huge congratulations and great running. Very nice finish time.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks damienair 👍🏻

Good to read you’re back running 🏃🏻‍♂️

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

A very chilled run for me today at 34:42 and I’m delighted that my chilled run is now a good couple of minutes quicker than a year ago. My splits were all very even too. 🏃‍♀️

I was also happy to receive my 2nd negative covid test result this morning, following the Reunion 5k last weekend. We had to take one on the morning of our race and one on Thursday. Hopefully if a high proportion of runners had double negatives, it’ll go a massive way to helping racing and PR come back with confidence. 😀

Excited to be volunteering at Junior PR tomorrow. Things *appear* to be looking up. 🙏🏻

Happy running everyone. 🥰

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Have fun tomorrow cheeky.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, I know I will. 😀

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damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Fantastic Cheeky. Isn’t it great when your easy run is faster than you were running a year ago. I’m a long way off it but I’ll get back there.Great too with your double negative test, I hope it goes a long way towards bringing a return to running at races and parkrun.

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Looks beautiful! Eyes open for sea eagles and minkie whales etc? We have only been up there once but it made a lasting impression. We are starting to get excited about our trip to Scilly in late June; sea travel is always special.

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I was on the lookout for cetaceans all the time but nothing 😢😢 Apparently a pod of orcas was spotted off John O’Groats but they’d gone by the time we got there and even Wally the Walrus has gone to Cornwall before we go to Tenby in mid June. It will be great for you to finally go back to Scilly won’t it? It’s felt so long!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

We are really looking forward to Scilly. We stopped counting the number of holidays we have enjoyed there when we got to 30! It is definitely our safety zone. It is another place where there is always a chance of seeing something exciting in the "wrong"place, either in the sea or in the air. I wouldn't be surprised if Wally were to end up there; he could find a whole island to himself.A trip from Arisaig to Eigg and Rum in 2006 produced a lovely encounter with a Minkie. The skipper switched off the engine and the whale circled around and under the boat for a few minutes; the water was so clear we could look him or her in the eye! Definitely a memorable "moment". We have seen basking sharks and schools of Dolphin off Scilly too. Makes you smile inside 🙂

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Sounds wonderful. The only place we’ve seen dolphins in the wild was in the Red Sea. That was pretty magical

Aspire24 profile image
Aspire24Graduate10

Morning everyone. Did my not PR on a Saturday this week. Came in just under 35 but pleased I went out. I can’t believe how miserable the weather is but will be moaning it’s too hot soon 🙄🤞. Reading Sandies posts my route seemed very suburban but hey ho it was 5k done 🏃‍♀️

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damienairModerator in reply to Aspire24

Very well done on your 5K run.

RunaroundSue profile image
RunaroundSueGraduate10

We ran our usual route this morning. Once again I was Jeffing at 4:45 My legs seemed a bit heavy today but I got a decent time (for me)

Our favourite cafe in the village was supposed to be open today but has been delayed until Monday so we walked around to the golf club (same owner). Luckily we are now allowed to sit inside because it was raining lightly.

Usual bacon, egg and mushroom toastie plus a bonus of two portions of chicken curry, rice and naan to take away. It was leftovers from a "do" last night and she is trying to give it away. That's tonight's tea sorted 😀

Needless to say we left a big tip.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

Double yum! 😋

RunaroundSue profile image
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Indeed

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to RunaroundSue

Well done. I did a run earlier. My legs felt a little heavy too. Hope the curry was lovely. That’s one meal which is even nicer the day after.

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It was very nice thank you

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10

Hello Damienair, I was on my own today as UpTheStanley travelled to Kent to play hockey with his SuperVet team.

Thank goodness the wind has died down to a mere 20 kph westerly after the gales of the last 2 days. So I popped out for a gentle saunter along the prom, just to let people know that runners are still running. in fact there were more runners than walkers; maybe more people were in the cafes where it was warmer. I saw a group of 6 at the parkrun start/finish and recognised them as local parkrunners. I am more positive about its return now, having seen a surge of permissions since they changed the date.

So at 37.47, my saunter was 5 minutes slower than the epic Reunion run, but did include crossing roads towards home. Healthy breakfast at home and a disappointing cappuccino, after which I was on the phone to John Lewis and Nespresso to get the machine in for repair under warranty. 3 weeks without it! 😱🍮

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Hi Dexy5, Al here, talking about proms, I ran my graduation run just under 3 years ago along a promenade about 30 miles away from where I live, this morning for my 49th (not) parkrun I ran on the very same prom, a little further to make up for the full 5K, however, I saw far more 🚴 cyclists than runners🏃🏾 cycling along the road parallel to the prom, that run brought many memories of my graduation run. 🏃🏾 to me. 😊

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

That’s nice Al, it’s good that you are able to get out and about further afield again. I hope you enjoyed running by the sea again.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes indeed Dexy✅🏃🏾😊👍

RunaroundSue profile image
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

There were a lot of runners about today, more than over the last few weeks

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It’s got to be back by the end of June otherwise there’s a risk I might be back in France before I get the chance. Mind you we’re not getting our hopes up just yet about France

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

🤞🤞🤞

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damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Well done Dexy. I was awful lazy this weekend. I got busy doing jobs around the house, gardening and preparing food for a BBQ and never got a chance to do my run. Yesterday I was a little under the weather thanks to some beers from Saturday night. So I will go out now this evening and run instead. Going to aim for Monday, Wednesday and Friday runs this week and try and fit a few walks in as well.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Yes the running has to fit around your life ( and hangovers 🤕 ). It’s been hail, torrential rain and sunshine here so I haven’t chanced it today. I hope you have better luck this evening.

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10

I did 5km on Thursday morning and got a PR of 29'17" and entered it on the (not) parkrun site.

Today was a 10km. I knocked 8 seconds off my previous PR and did it in 67'24".

I'm now enjoying a bacon roll as a late lunch.

How's parkrun looking in Ireland at the moment?

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Very well done and congratulations on your PB and also well done on your 10K. Great running. Ireland I think is a long way off returning yet. Although Matt Shields who heads up parkrun in Ireland was asking Volunteers in Northern Ireland to start mobilizing for a return of parkrun. So that is promising. I can't imagine Northern Ireland getting going without the Republic of Ireland as well, as people will cross the boarder and travel to get some parkruns done. But who knows. It is all looking pretty positive.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

Glad to see that parkrun permissions seem to have 'turned the corner' with 56% approved and 42% under discussion - 26 June (in England) looks eminently possible!

My (not) parkrun today was very pleasant - I've had a crick in the neck for the last couple of days but thankfully it seems to be waning, so my usual just sub-30 (29.46) was very welcome.

Happy running one and all!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Very well done Jonathan. Hope that your neck is feeling better. Nice sub 30 minute 5K. Yes it is great to hear some positivity in relation to a return of parkrun. Hopefully they manage to cut through the red tape.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien - hope you enjoy your run this evening (rain allowing!)

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10

I’m so pleased to read this news Damien after Sebastian Coe’s words of doom earlier this week. Fingers crossed we’ll all have the chance to run together in a few weeks time. I’m going to tweak my training slightly to coincide. Today I ran my deferred run from yesterday. A 10k along the seafront, initially into quite brisk southwesterly winds for the first 5k yielding a split of 26.37, the return 5k was a much more enjoyable 23.59 with a final sprint to the line at 3.40 pace and a final km of 4.20.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to BrianUK

Wow very well done Brian. Super speedy running.

LottieMW profile image
LottieMWAmbassador

Hi Damien!I think Park Run in Wales has similar issues as Ireland...we can’t get going until England does.

Any way...I ended up with only one run this week, so I thought it had better be 5k!

So Sunday morning I ran my 39th (not) Park Run, using the local Park Run course in a time of 41:06 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️

Splits: 8:01, 7:56, 8:25, 8:15, 7:56 with an average of 8:07/km...😊😊😊

So although I didn’t feel I was at my best with aching legs...I took 17 seconds of my PB!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to LottieMW

Fantastic running and congratulations on your new 5K PB. It will be great once England are up and running at parkrun, it will make it so much easier for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the rest of Ireland to return. I think it will be a few months yet for me.

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