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How did your parkrun and (not)parkrun go?

damienair profile image
damienairModerator

Hello Everyone and happy weekend. Today is parkrun day, a free 5K event which takes place every Saturday morning all around the world. It is for everyone, slow, fast, able, disabled, big, small and everyone in between. Oh and don't forget about the super Mum's and Dad's who push their babies in buggies. You can walk, jog, run, run/walk, it's not a race, just a run in the park and loads of us here on Bridge to 10K do it religiously every Saturday morning.

parkrun is back thankfully in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

The Republic of Ireland unfortunately is still awaiting a parkrun return. So until parkrun returns fully for everyone some of us will continue to take part on our own in a Virtual parkrun every Saturday morning called a (not)parkrun

Please post a little run report after your parkrun and let everyone know how you got on. The little run report can be done over a post parkrun coffee and treat/cake. (parkrun is all about the after run coffee and cake, and meeting friends old and new).

If you are a new graduate and would like to start, all you have to do is run, walk or jog at a parkrun or a 5K run/jog/walk (not)parkrun anytime today or tomorrow and write a little run report under this post. It's like a little community and it is good fun, sets you up nicely for the weekend. If you want to you can register on the parkrun website and you can log your 5K (not)parkrun. In fact you can log any 5K done during the week as a (not)parkrun on the website. I only log Saturday runs, when I remember. :-)

For anyone whom has not done a real parkrun yet and if it is available to you, give it a try. It is the most wonderful community event. Saturday mornings will never be the same again.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you who ran in real proper parkruns and (not)parkruns. Happy running and have a lovely weekend.

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H4CS profile image
H4CSGraduate10

I was looking for your post earlier but maybe you posted while I was typing my separate post, I think this might be the second time I have managed to align a Saturday and a 5k! Still not brave enough for a park run but it isn't out of the question anymore for me, so maybe one day soon , anyway I had a lovely run along the river in the sunshine with my dog, fab start to the weekend, hope you enjoy your run too!

Blue sky
damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to H4CS

Very well done. parkrun is great, you will love it. Definitely give it a try some day soon.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to H4CS

Going to parkrun is a bit like starting C25k, getting out on the first day is the hardest. But you’ll find when you get there it is not as scary as you thought.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

And it will become so much part of your routine that you’ll forget you were ever worried about it 👍

skysue16 profile image
skysue16Graduate10

Hi, I wanted to join a Park Run in North Wales last Saturday but unfortunately the nearest one was cancelled 😔. So went for a run from our accommodation in the mountains instead - which was wonderful! Today I need a rest day after lots of big days in the mountains but hopefully next week I will get to our local PR.

SueKen profile image
SueKenGraduate10

I had a good run this morning, felt strong and a bit faster than last week. Added bonus to discover that the Parkrunner I was encouraging at the top of our “hill” was doing his first Parkrun!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to SueKen

Well done, that's what I love most about parkrun, friendly support and encouragement for all. Great running.

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10

Good morning everyone! I have been out for a 10k with my new running friends from the Eymet Social Running Club this morning. After last week’s hilly 6.5k/136m elevation, they assured me they had mapped out a flatter route. It was only 82m in 10k and pretty much all in one go 😂 Still, it has to be good for me. This week’s (not) parkrun was, therefore, on Thursday and a solo run along to Monbazillac in a time of 31.47. Happy running and happy weekend!

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

How lovely to find a social running group Sandie - it sounds as though they’ll definitely be keeping you on your toes!

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Sadly we’re leaving for home a week on Thursday so I’ll only get one more run in. They’ll be here next week though 😃

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

And doubtless they’ll still be there when you go back next time!

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Absolutely!

Coddfish profile image
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

And you can run parkrun once you are home!

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Indeed! 18th September is on the diary

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Well done on your group 10K and your (not)parkrun during the week. Great time. That is great that you have a running group you can join.

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Unfortunately our time is drawing to a close for this year, but they’ll be here next year

Mumpark profile image
MumparkGraduate10

Unfortunately our local parkrun was cancelled last night no defibrillator available don’t know why ?I was looking forward to trying to beat my last weeks 3rd PB since we came back.

But my knee was a bit stiff this morning so I don’t think I would have beat my time.

Always next week.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Mumpark

The beauty of parkrun Mumpark - there’s always next week!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Mumpark

Ah that is a pity. Yes indeed, always next week. Happy running in the meantime.

Ian5K profile image
Ian5KGraduate10

My fourth ever parkrun and I’m learning to be a bit more confident and assertive. I’m still not starting anywhere nearer the head of the pack, still somewhere at the rear, so it’s probably costing me a few seconds just to get to the actual starting flag.

But I was determined not to get caught up in the early bottleneck this time where it all converges into a narrow footpath for a stretch! A quick look over the shoulder, a bit of signalling, and run through the gaps.

Strava claimed a PR over 5k of 24:43 - however, the official timekeeper clocked me at 26:35, so I’ll go with that.

It was a lot cooler - in fact, I felt quite chilly as I had arrived 20 minutes too early, so I had a gentle trot up and down for a while. Very few runners seem to warm up at these events but I saw a few doing the James Dunne routine, like I do, so I didn’t feel too self-conscious about swinging my stuff about.

Yes, I may get to like these parkruns. 😄

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Ian5K

Very well done Ian. Super running and fantastic finish time. Your becoming addicted already.

Katnap profile image
KatnapGraduate10 in reply to Ian5K

Already around the 25 minutes mark! Well done 👍🐱👍

UpTheStanley profile image
UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Ian5K

For my own records, I don’t start my watch until I get to the actual start line. I keep records of this (“watch time”), official “parkrun time” and even “5k time” on those occasions when the watch thinks the run was more than 5k (e.g. 5.05 this morning). I really should get out more …..

Coddfish profile image
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

In a spreadsheet?

UpTheStanley profile image
UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

How else?🙄

Coddfish profile image
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Well it’s what I would do if it mattered to me (and at my pace there’s no point worrying about it) and I know you share my (and Mr C’s) love of all things spreadsheet

Ian5K profile image
Ian5KGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

It’s easier with a watch, I guess. I just use a phone and I’ve just thought how much pointless seconds I use up getting it secure and zipped up in my armband. I should just start the thing well before the shout “Go” simply to record the event on Strava but go with the official timekeeper’s time.

LottieMW profile image
LottieMWAmbassador in reply to Ian5K

I have running shorts with pockets! Caught in action by Nia the photographer at my local Park Run…I'm really not some sad person who can’t be separated from their phone! 😂

Starting my Park Run timing on Strava…
Ian5K profile image
Ian5KGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW

Were you playing Angry Birds or Gem Wall? 😁

I found a secret pocket in the rear of my shorts, putting them in the wash the other day. It’s too small for my phone. I suppose people use them for gummy bears - whatever those are. It seems an inaccessible place to put a runner’s pocket but probably the one place it won’t chafe.

LottieMW profile image
LottieMWAmbassador in reply to Ian5K

Pet Rescue 😂

Could be a key pocket at the back?

Ian5K profile image
Ian5KGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW

Oh yeah, didn’t think of that. Keys are a problem, always afraid I’ll drop mine and have to run around again. Only on parkruns though, it’s the only run I drive to. 🙂

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Ian5K

Really well done Ian 👍👏👏👏. Sometimes it’s fun to stay towards the back. It’s more fun back there apparently. I did it when I was injured a couple of years ago and the camaraderie was super. But as you say if it’sa run where there’s a potential log jam ahead or you’re after a fast run, then always head for the front. But not too near unless you’re going under 20 minutes as you’ll get trampled on. 😂 Well done on your time 👍👍👍

Ian5K profile image
Ian5KGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Thanks, Brian. 🙂

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10

A fun-filled parkrun meet up this morning with me , UpTheStanley snd Oldgirlruns driving to Portsmouth Lakeside to meet up with JonathanP . A plea for more Volunteer marshals was made before the run could go ahead. Our parkrun is having a similar problem at the moment with new volunteers required to help out.

It was a lovely day for a run with a nice cooling breeze. The route goes under a motorway slip road and round a lake in a business park. It’s just perfect for parkrun.

Thank you for hosting us JP.

Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun
Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It was good wasn’t it Dexy! Even if I did walk a fair bit of it! A very friendly PR!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Yes I walked a bit too Oldgirlruns . No shame in that.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Hi guys! Looks like you all had a great time as ever. 😍

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oh yes. We had to get UpTheStanley away from Southsea. He’s a trainee Run Director so he needed to just run without seeing what was going on.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

When is UTS set loose on Southsea RD duties Dexy5? He’ll be in his element!

Coddfish profile image
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

They have to fight to stop him managing the funnel every week as it is, it’s only going to get worse.

Blackberrypie profile image
BlackberrypieGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Let me know when you're next planning to come over to Portsmouth again, would be lovely to have a real life meet up!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

I'm at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun most weeks Blackberrypie and Dexy, UTS and OGR are at Southsea. Not sure where your 'home' parkrun is but I'm sure we can arrange a meet up soon!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Oh yes Blackberrypie. We are at Southsea most weekends but happy to go to Portsmouth Lakeside too. Mind you, after reading your post, you’ll be waiting around a while for me to get to the finish line.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

You're very welcome Dexy! Great to meet up again with you, UTS and OGR - very enjoyable morning. The only fly in the ointment was that my mission to get back under 30 mins post parkrun restart was foiled for another week - 30.02 this time!😫

Hope your journey back through the Victorious traffic wasn't too bad.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I spotted that JP. So close….. move up the line next week Jonathan.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

By hook or by crook!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Fab Dexy! Strange how some Parkruns overflow with volunteers and some struggle. We always seem to get our quota but it’s holiday time so it takes a little longer.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Yes I’m sure our local festival had an effect on our volunteers this week. But it’s sad that the RDs have to plead for volunteers every week when there would be no problem if each runner just volunteered once a year. You’d think that people would stepup after a year without parkrun.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Ours do the same plea week after week but it’s still the old faces. You’re right, once a year wouldn’t hurt anyone’s stats.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Fantastic to see friends together again. Great running and well done to all of you. Great way to kick off a weekend. I'm not even the slightest bit jealous (super lie).

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Still looking forward to your visit to Southsea with Oisin Damienair. It will happen.

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Wonderful! Can’t wait to start touring again 🤞🤞

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

There’s no doubt that lots of people are parkrun touring while on holiday . Looking forward to seeing you in October Sandie, even if it’s not parkrun.

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Can’t wait 😃😃

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I can , I can’t run 10

Miles yet 🤣🤣

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I’ve still to go above 10k for over a year. Serious training required when we get back in 2 weeks

Coddfish profile image
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Argghhhh the old IBM building in shot, still gets me every time. Glad you all had a good run.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

😂 yes they should have put the parkrun sign next to the lake. So much prettier.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

😂 yes they should have put the parkrun sign next to the lake. So much prettier.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10

Good morning Damien, I did hear in the RTÉ News yesterday that they hope to have big events starting again in around 6 weeks time, hopefully parkrun will start then for you.

I had TWO PB's this week, I ran my 63rd (not) parkrun on Wednesday in a PB not parkrun time of 31.52, this Saturday morning I ran my 19th Official Parkrun in a PB time of 30.20 at Drumpellier Parkrun, unlike last week that is the correct time, both the official and the 2 unofficial parkrun apps I have show the same time, the age grading is the highest I have had at 62.47%,my friend Keith whom I ran with on his graduation run from C25K took me to Drumpellier by car but we did not run together, his time for his first parkrun was 36.51, he liked his run so much that he hopes to go back next week.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

My goodness, there’s no holding you back is there Al! Well done on your 2 PBs! It sounds as though you’ve made a parkrun convert in your friend!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

He has texted me to say thanks for going with him to his first parkrun, his time was 36.51, not 36.25, nevertheless it was good to get a sub 37 minutes 5K time for his first parkrun.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

It certainly was!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done speedy AlMoor 🏃‍♂️⚡️

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5 and Oldgirlruns, I was the ONLY runner at Dunfermline (NOT) parkrun so far this week, that doesn't bother me too much, as UpTheStanley said I could run a official Parkrun then run a (not) parkrun on the same day, however, Wednesday is the day that I run a (not) parkrun, sometimes it's a 5K split for a longer run, at other times like this week, just a 5K run. 🏃🏾

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Smashing it Al! Very well done! 👊👏🙌👏👏

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC, I hope it won't be long before you are back running again after that injury.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al. I’ve done a couple of short ones that weren’t too bad, today I’m going to do a longer one. Fingers crossed

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Fantastic Al - congratulations on your PB!👍

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP👍

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Oh wow, Al, fantastic running and what a super time you did. Congratulations to you and your buddy too. Really well done. Yes I hope parkrun returns here to Ireland sometime in October. I can't wait.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Breaking News regarding (Not) Parkrun, I have just noticed that the not parkrun reports have been stopped, so it now seems from now on only the official Parkruns will count, this maybe a glitch, however, as I was the only person who ran (not) parkrun last week I understand why they have stopped them.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I have just noticed a new feature on my result page, it's called "New Freedom parkrun" this may be instead of (not) parkrun, as it allows you to record a walk, jog or run at any parkrun course at any time, it has the same features as (not) parkrun such as the date and place run.

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Congratulations on your two PBs this week Al 👏👏👏

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Thanks BrianUK, I enjoyed both runs. 🏃🏾 👍

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Brilliant running Al 👏👏😂

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

👍 🏃🏾

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Oh wow AlMorr, you’ve turned into a speed machine! Well done on those epic PBs this week! 💥💥💥

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks CC, at the moment I seem to be in a fast running mood, hence those personal best times.

Week7 profile image
Week7Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

An excellent week's running! And so nice for your friend to have company for his first live patkrun!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Week7

Thanks Week7, I was in a bit of a dilemma on Friday night and early Saturday morning, recently I have been running sub 33 minutes 5K runs, Keith on the other hand has been running around 37 minutes for his 5Ks, so do I run with him at the parkrun or go ahead of him leaving him alone, but he put my mind to rest when we got to the parkrun by telling me to run at my pace, not his as he said I was quicker than him, that is what happened, I was around 6 and a half minutes ahead of him yesterday, he congratulated me later on my PB time of 30.20, his time was 36.51, he liked the parkrun so much that he hopes to run there again this Saturday.

Week7 profile image
Week7Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

The perfect solution. Having someone to start with is the most important thing I suspect. It also meant you could be at the finish to cheer him in!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Week7

I did

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10

Good morning Damien.

A sunny but cool parkrun this morning. I paced well today and completed it with no walk breaks. I'm still waiting for the official time but it looks like I've done another one in about 30'30".

(And once again the Garmin watch under-recorded the distance. The course has lots of 90° turns and plenty of tree cover, and that confuses its GPS. My phone got the distance right.)

Ian5K profile image
Ian5KGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Hold your watch arm out to the side when you go around the right angled bends, that might increase the distance! 😆

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Ian5K

I did go wide at most of the corners.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Very well done. Nice pace and nice finish time.

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Well done on your Parkrun today 👍

SueKen profile image
SueKenGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Cracking time! That hill through the rose garden 4 times is a killer!

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to SueKen

The S shaped hill up to it, definitely. It's an odd "rose garden" that has no actual roses in it.

I take it you've visited Chadderton Hall Park before?

SueKen profile image
SueKenGraduate10 in reply to nowster

A few times when visiting my dad, but he’s moved now.

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to nowster

I guessed well. My official time was 30'31". There was a clear 30 seconds before and after me.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10

Good afternoon Damien and all.

I volunteered this week, timekeeping again. Taken it very gently this week and I didn’t want to be tempted to speed up. Knees and Achilles still a bit twingey. The good news is they didn’t spot my deferral request for the Big10k next Sunday and as the Physio says I’m ok to run so I’m still going to do it👍

For all those who do yoga, keep doing it! The Physio says it’s the reason why I’m recovering quickly as I’m strong and flexible. For those of you who don’t, I really, really recommend it 👍👍🙏

Timekeeping was odd this week - we had a couple sneak in mid way, clearly hadn’t run it, just wanted the experience of crossing a line. Then there were the two who came in after the Tailwalkers. My fellow timekeeper clicked them in but I’d already stopped the clock. So we were a bit all over the place. And our RD is trying out a Bluetooth connected clicker which I didn’t get on with at all. Apparently a few parkruns are trying these out.

I intend to run next week as I’ve had quite enough of this rest and rehab! If I can’t do 5km then I’m not much good for the Big10k!

Have a great runny week everyone 😀👏👏👍

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Oh crikey that sounds like tech too far for me TC! 😨 And what was that couple trying to do to you timekeepers? 🙄🙄🙄

I can imagine you’re chomping at the bit wanting to get back running properly. Hopefully the rest has helped. 🏃‍♀️🤞🥰

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

It was a very strange timekeeping day. Apparently there were some who came through twice as well! It must have been quite a challenge to process the results today. I think the tech is to help those out who have big phones or when it is raining. My phone is a really nice size but I can see the logic for bad weather…as long as the Bluetooth connection stays good.

I am running to a friend’s tomorrow cheeky and I can’t wait! Off to try the new machines at the gym this afternoon as it’s just had a refurb. The rest has helped physically; mentally I’m all over the place!!! 🤗🤗🤗

SueKen profile image
SueKenGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Simon’s Facebook post said it all - confusion reigned for the results processors - the one volunteering role I don’t think I ever want to do!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to SueKen

Didn’t it just Sue? I’m glad he stuck up for us in his reply too. It would be easy to see it as the timekeeper’s fault.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Timekeeping sounds very confusing for a bear of very little brain (me not you TC!). Glad the injuries are continuing to heal.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP 🙏 I don’t think it’s usually that bad (certainly wasn’t the first time I did it), we just seemed to have everything thrown at us today!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Yes it’s the role I have avoided up to now, but Coddfish says it’s much easier with a smart phone. I haven’t heard about an alternative Bluetooth gadget.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I’m not really selling the role am I?! I like the app but our RD is a business consultant so it’s his job to always find new ways of doing things.

Coddfish profile image
CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It’s the role I prefer to do, you get to see all the runners, and (a boon in the weeks before my surgery) you can do it sitting down. App on your phone, start the time, touch the screen once every time someone crosses the line. So much easier than their old timers. You can see it add an entry and hear a sound every time you add a result.

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Good luck with the Big 10k TC👍 I hope you’re fully fit for the run. Well done on volunteering too. This is something I really must do but I never am quite sure from week to week where I’ll be running so planning for it makes it tricky. I must do better. 😬

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Thanks Brian. Haven’t been this worried about a 10k in years! It’s my fault, I’d planned an illustrious pb! 🙄You could always have a quick chat to the RD when you turn up. Katnap now runs and scans because he’s sub 25 minutes and they need a lot of them because of the Covid framework.

BrianUK profile image
BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC. I will do that next Saturday. 👍 I hope your run goes well today. Don’t push it too much. “Live to run another another day.” 👍 But I know what it’s like as I’m the same. I’m chasing a PB at the Brighton 10k and trying so hard not to get injured because the training is quite tough. Good luck

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Fab Brian! 👍 I’ll try not to but you’re right, I can’t help myself. All the best to you too, fingers crossed as it looks like you’re well on course with the runs you’re doing 🤞🤞🤞

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Well TC for volunteering and wishing you all the very best for your 10K next weekend.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. Today’s run will be a good test 🤞

sTrongFuse profile image
sTrongFuseGraduate10

My official stats are: finished in 76th place and were the 56th Male out of a field of 178 parkrunners and you came 6th in your age category VM50-54. Time 26:59.

It was a wee bit slower than two weeks ago where I set my all time parkrun PB of 25:58, but the pacing felt better and I was still upright at the end, so it's all good.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Hi Damien, Dexy’s beaten me to it with her post on our visit to Lakeside this morning. I’ve run the route before but it was my first ‘real’ parkrun there, so definitely required the wearing of my tourist tee shirt! Very slow at an official time of 48:45 and with a fair degree of walking involved (which for me is quicker than running anyway😂) and 230 out of 234 but it was a glorious morning for a run in a park and a very friendly PR! And lovely to have a catch up coffee with JonathanP afterwards! Happy runny weekend one and all!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done OGR, so glad you had a great time with the happy crew this morning. 🥰

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheeky - I spotted an Ashton Court tourist T-shirt as well!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Woohoo! Bristol on tour. 👊

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done to you Oldgirlruns on that run this morning with other members of the Southsea Crew although you ran at Portsmouth Lakeside, congratulations 🎊 😊 🏃🏾

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al!

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Sounds lovely OG 😻

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Certainly was TC!

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

I'd forgotten it was your first 'proper' Lakeside parkrun OGR - y'all come back soon! 😜

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

We’ll be there JP!

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done OGR on your lakeside Parkrun today. Sounded like you had a good run and most importantly, enjoyed yourself. 👍😊

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Yes it was fun thanks BrianUK!

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RunWillieGraduate10

Hi damienair, not park runners and park runners,

No park run for me today but here’s a photo from last week. Always humbling to see the reality of your running 🤣

Race face 🤣 even though it’s not a race!!!!
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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Deep in concentration 😁

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Looking the perfect gazelle RunWillie. 🦌

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KatnapGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

At least you were captured with both feet in the air! 👍🐱👍

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

That’s a fabulous photo of you RW. You meant business! 🏃‍♀️👊

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Looks great RW! Any pic of me ‘running’ is normally accompanied by a chorus of “is that a sack of potatoes?” Or “should we call for an ambulance?”

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Afternoon Damien and everyone. 👋 The perfect weather for running today here in the SW. It was cool and cloudy when my daughter and I headed to the Severn Bridge for the first of my two visits there this weekend. Today PR, tomorrow the 10k race.

It was the last PR we did in 2020 before lockdown no 1, so it felt great to be back. The atmosphere is the friendliest of all the PRs I’ve done, and it has to be my favourite. It’s never the same, as the weather makes all the difference in the world on the exposed bridge - and I’ve experienced most! 💦💨☀️🥵 🥶

We both felt strong and wished each other well at the start before she darted off. 🏃‍♀️ We crossed paths just before the turn for me, just after for her. She was waiting at the finish, grinning from ear to ear as her watch registered 29:51. Mine said 33:08. 👏 We both knew we’d done well and were equally as happy with the official PR times of 29:59 and 33:19 respectively. Second quickest 5k for her and a PB at any PR for me - it might even be a 5k PB, but my watch registered 4.98k. Cruel! Either way, it was close.

Collected my race number on the way home. Can’t wait for tomorrow now! 😀

I hope you all had great runs too! ❤️

My daughter by Severn Bridge PR sign
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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yay!! Congratulations to you and your daughter! And 4.98 is just not fair at all! Good luck for tomorrow, looks like you’ve had the best warm up 😻

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC! What was confusing is that Jenny’s Garmin registered just over 5k! What? 🙄 Yes, a great warmup for tomorrow. 😀

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Congratulations to you and your daughter on achieving those PB's at Severn Bridge Parkrun today, I wish you another great run tomorrow. 😊 🏃🏾

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al, really can’t wait. 😀

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

GPS makes no sense sometimes! All the best for today!! 🥳🥳

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC. All done - and more GPS shenanigans, robbing me of 0.07k, and therefore an official Garmin/Strava PB, yet again. 🙄🙄🙄

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Grrrr 👿

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Whoop whoop Cheeky and daughter. The girls did good. Good luck for your return visit 10k race. No doubt who your daughter looks like.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

We love it there Dexy! Especially nice because we stop for breakfast at the Severn View Services too 😋

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

What a way to start off a running weekend Cheeky - congrats on your PR PB!👍

And all the best for tomorrow - forecast looks good!🤞

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks Jonathan! The perfect start indeed. Sounds like you had fun too. 😀

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

We certainly did!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Look forward to seeing you soon too Jonathan. 😀🤞

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

👍

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damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Congratulations to you and your daughter Cheeky. Your daughter just pipped in a nice sub 30 minute 5K. Great running and wishing you a fantastic day tomorrow. Enjoy your 10K.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

She did indeed Damien! She was pleased with that, especially as she’s been improving each week since returning to running. She hadn’t run at all during lockdown, and even now she only runs once a week! Oh the benefits of being 27! 😂

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Brilliant runs by both of you!! Well done 👍

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Thanks Brian! 😀

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done cheeky, a great way to warm up for your run tomorrow! Super times for both you and your daughter - doesn’t she look like you! Hope your run tomorrow goes well!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks OGR, yes we are similar. She’s about 3” taller though with lovely long legs. She didn’t get those traits from me! 🙄😅

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Woohoo, well done to both of you. Sounds like a great run and a perfect rehearsal for today. Good luck! Pom poms are waving

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Good luck with your race Cheeky

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Thanks Coddfish, all done now. It was fantastic! 🥰

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

That’s good. Looking forward to seeing you all in October, I should be mobile enough by then to watch some of the race.

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BlackberrypieGraduate10

Did my first ever parkrun today, also my ever first organised event. It felt very odd to head off in a big group, and I was a bit worried about being in the wrong place or getting in the way. But it was fun too, particularly when we turned at the halfway point and people were encouraging each other as they ran past. Lots of running club people on the course, and a nice relaxed cup of tea at the end. I went out a bit too fast so flagged a bit towards the end (positive splits!), but came in 3rd female and 2nd in my age group which I was fairly pleased with, particularly as I'll be going up an age group in a fortnight!

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Good timing then BBP 👍 You’ll relax the more you do it. That’s really good placings too. Hope it gave you a taste for more 😀

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Well done on your first parkrun Blackberrypie - 3rd female is fantastic! Watch out - it's addictive!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Well done on your first parkrun Blackberrypie. Glad you enjoyed it.

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Congratulations on completing your first Parkrun today 👍

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

I’m glad you enjoyed your first parkrun BBP! I always run on my own and wasn’t sure how I’d get on in a big group but I found it made a really nice change and now really enjoy it, hopefully you will too. Well, I suppose it helps that because I’m so slow I’m usually running at the back of the pack on my own! The best of both worlds perhaps!

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damienairModerator in reply to Blackberrypie

Congratulations on your first parkrun, very well done. I have made some lovely friends through parkrun, it’s a lovely way to be part of your local community.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Welcome to the parkrun club. I can promise you it will become addictive, maybe it already has!

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beth_fGraduate10

Hello damienair and fellow runners,

Another week, another location (beginning with P🤪) and headed south to Preston Park in Brighton. 3 laps round the park saw me in at 33:22.

I can't say I enjoyed that one much for some reason. It was quite warm, I didn't enjoy the laps (difficult when the fast runners were sprinting up behind) but as it is paths I think it will be a good one in the winter months.

Not sure which PR we will do next week, very fortunate to have quite a few that are 30/40min drive away so will decide nearer the time.

Have a great week all.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to beth_f

Well done Beth, I’m with you on the 3 laps, far too many. I don’t mind two but prefer out and backs.

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

Well done, Beth 👍 I have run that Parkrun several times and it is very busy for such a short course. I also dislike that hill at the end of each lap 😅 Sucks the life out of me. 😂If you want a fast flat PR you could try the Hove Promenade PR.

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beth_fGraduate10 in reply to BrianUK

Thanks BrianUK . Yes that hill definitely sucks! And having to run past the finish each time I was sorely tempted to stop! We usually do Seaford PR as parking easy & free but I haven't been back since my PB and not sure I will be able to replicate it 😆. Would like to do Hove so that might be the one to try next week.

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

😂 I’ve not tried Seaford but it is definitely doable from Brighton. It’s lovely down there too. Might make a day of it. There are two Hove Parkruns one is the Hove Parkrun which is run in Hove park and the other is the Hove Promenade along the seafront. The seafront tends to have a lot of gazelles and is fast. Today I believe the first 100 we’re all under 22 minutes.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

Well done beth_f! Three laps is hard isn’t it? Our B course does that and it’s hard work, and of course 3 hills. 🥵 Have fun picking next week’s venue. We too have several close by. 😀

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damienairModerator in reply to beth_f

Very well done on your run and I think you’ve become a parkrun tourist. 😀

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berrinioGraduate10

Hi Damien and everyone, I did parkrun this morning and managed not to worry about being at the back and just keep at my own comfortable pace, finishing in 36:11 so roughly at the 7 min/km mark, almost. I’m finding I can keep going quite happily at that speed but if I try to go any faster I’m wiped out for much of the day, so I’ll stick with that for now and hopefully start to increase distance at a similar pace.

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to berrinio

Well done! Stick to your own pace and enjoy it. Perfect. 👍

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damienairModerator in reply to berrinio

Perfect, very well done on your parkrun. Your dead right, run at a nice pace which is comfortable to you.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Glad to hear you’re on the mend TC. The very thought of timekeeping terrifies me - I’d far rather just hand out tokens at the other end of the funnel! But despite the ‘ irregularities’ I’m sure the runners were glad you were there!

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RennurGraduate10

My first Park Run - as a Volunteer! I was a Marshall on the final "Hairpin" bend of our 3 lap route at Tooting Common (Wolfie Smith was absent). It was also one of the entries to the park so I was advising people where the Start Line was, how to join in next week, warning entrants into the park that runners were about, cheering people on, holding up a "Caution Runners" card, shouting "Keep Left" and trying to keep warm once the shade came over (who says men can't multi-task!) Then an espresso, a warm up and a walk and the little matter of my first 15K, albeit VERY slowly, powered by water and jelly babies (Haribo ones - not the real Bassetts with icing sugar on, otherwise I would have been as fast as lightning).

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Rennur

Well done for volunteering on your first parkrun Rennur and for your 15k later. Get the real thing next time! 😜

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RennurGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I had done three Parkruns before so felt like it was my time to volunteer. Plus I wanted to do a longer run this weekend. I think I only woke up after the Tailwalker passed me!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Rennur

Well done for volunteering Rennur! Sounds like a fun role! And to follow with your own 15k makes a very special morning! 🏃

Might you be returning to PR as a runner soon? 😀

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RennurGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

PR next week and volunteering again in a fortnight. I am doing a 10K fun run on the 19th.

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damienairModerator in reply to Rennur

Well done for volunteering and well done too on your 15K run.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Rennur

Thanks from every park runner Rennur. Hope you also get to run one at some point.

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RennurGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

I have done 3 PRs. I just thought it was time to pay something back. Plus it fitted in with my preparation (I hasten to use the word "training"!) for my 10K fun run in 3 weeks time. I will run next week and volunteer the week after again. It is great fun - not sure I would want to be time keeper (yet) - and definitely not pre-race route-checking. 8.30am for volunteer check-in is bad enough for me!!!!

Hi, first one for me. Nervous but did it and really enjoyed it. First time running in a crowd (don't like crowds) but it was absolutely fine and everyone was really friendly.

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Foxile

Congratulations on your first Parkrun 🥳 🎉 Glad you enjoyed it 😊

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Foxile

Yes Foxile, but the crowds at parkruns are the best friendly crowds you could ever meet, well done on completing your first parkrun, I am sure it won't be your last.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Foxile

Glad you enjoyed it, it’s really addictive.

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damienairModerator in reply to Foxile

Fantastic and very well done on your first parkrun

Hello Damien I managed my first ever not Parkrun yesterday after reading and gaining lots of encouragement and tips from this group. I graduated from C25K in June but it’s taken me ages to build up to 5K and I only got there through some Jeffing after reading about it here. My routine is now 4.5 minutes running and 30 seconds walking and I can’t believe how much difference it’s made in terms of being able to keep going.

I’m very slow - time yesterday was 42 minutes - but I loved the run on a nice cool but sunny morning and might even be brave enough to go to my real local Parkrun in Reigate this Autumn.

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BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to Redpenguins

Really well done on getting out there on your first not Parkrun. 🎉👏 If there’s a Parkrun nearby it will be worth going along. 👍😊

Sorry just read that you are thinking of going to your local pr. seriously worth going. They are so much fun. 👍

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RennurGraduate10 in reply to Redpenguins

As per the old Nike advert - "Just do it!" I was surprised how having someone just 20 yards in front of you can act as a spur to go faster. Then the next person.. then the person in front of her etc.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Redpenguins

Congratulations on joining the club, you will be back!

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damienairModerator in reply to Redpenguins

Very well done and huge welcome, great to have you here with us. Remember time is not important. No one here is an Olympic athlete. Just run and enjoy the peace and good health it brings.

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Rogie55Graduate10

Hi unfortunately my knee is poorly so I have to rest it. So I was a scanner. It’s great fun enjoying the run, seeing the fastest and the lest fast complete the run. Without volunteers, it would not happen. I’m doing it again next week and hope to run the week after 🤞

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damienairModerator in reply to Rogie55

Hope your knee is better very soon. Very well done and thank you for volunteering.

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ChesterloveGraduate10

Did the Andover Parkrun this week and got a PB of 28:49, which was good. Always a shame that when I record on my Apple Watch and/or Strava they’re different in length or time - my Strava time was 28:08 but it got to 5km before the end. The watch recorded the same time as Parkrun but not the full 5km. I know, it doesn’t matter but … 😂. Great fun though.

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damienairModerator in reply to Chesterlove

Very well done on your parkrun and great finish time.

We went away to Ely for a couple of days break. Gorgeous place. The nearest Parkrun is Littleport...about ten minutes away so we went there.I _really_ didn't like the course. Two and a half laps around a leisure centre starting on path, crossing a playing field and then a long stretch down a track they call The Drove... apparently a mudbath in winter, but no fun in summer either. More or less single file and bumpy underfoot. I walked through that part both times as thought I was in real danger of tripping over something.

Lots of dogs though so that was a bonus, including a gorgeous, very friendly golden doodle

So that's a L done :)

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Ritmo

Well done and even if you never run that course again you can tick it off your list.

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FionamagsGraduate10

I still haven't been brave enough to join a park run although I bought a wristband during C25k. I unregistered from the Edinburgh PR as friends told me it is heavily used by running clubs and is very fast. I tend to be in the west most weekends now so i registered on a PR near where I stay. Checked out their latest results and I would have come in something like 165th out of 175 runners 😱. So I think I'll wait till I get back under 40 mins before I give it a go.....

Did a 'not' PR yesterday and it was boiling hot so I was very slow - came in at 43:53. This might actually be a PW 😅. Was good to get out and get the 5k in the legs though!

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RennurGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

I am sure there are loads of parkruns where there are people doing 45 to 50 minute runs. These also include people on the road back from injury as well as snails like me. Don't be put off by speed freaks.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

I am slow and have completed Edinburgh parkrun. They are always inclusive, don’t worry if there happens to be some quick runners there, there will also be lots of slow runners. Please give it a try, it’s a lovely course.

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damienairModerator in reply to Fionamags

Well done on your run. Don’t worry about parkrun, it does not matter about finish times. At my local parkrun a few people walked the full 5K in around 60 mins. The only person you are competing against is yourself. It’s a lovely way to meet people and feel part of a lovely community.

Hi hope you don’t mind me posting as I seem to be one of the few walkers. Can’t do parkrun as working every Saturday, so (not) parkruns for me. Did my 5km walk in 49.10. Was a bit slower as taking some photos to put on Active10. Enjoy the rest of bank holiday not for me in Scotland 😊

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damienairModerator in reply to Doris8

Very well done and of course your very welcome to join in. I’m glad I’m not alone doing a (not)parkrun. Well done on your walk. Not a Bank Holiday for me here in Ireland either.

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Deals1Graduate10

Hi. Attended my local one yesterday again, which is great cos in walking distance. Managed to meet up with my pal again.. We don't normally agree to meet up as most of the time I set my alarm and decide when I wake up! 😂 But we do tend to stand in around the same place for the briefing. Good run with a bit chat untill I got to out of breath to talk!! 😂

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damienairModerator in reply to Deals1

Very well done. It’s lovely running with a buddy and having a chat.

Hi I graduated in July so have just been doing consolidation runs and have now reached 5k in around 48 minutes. I really want to try a park run but I am a bit nervous about it all having never competed in anything since school- that’s a very long time ago- maybe a silly question but what do I do about the warm up? I am still doing a 5 min fast walk to warm up, do I do this beforeI join the park run or make it part of the run?Many thanks in advance

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damienairModerator in reply to Lola-bear

Ah seriously there is no need to worry about doing a parkrun. It is not a race, or a competition. You basically just turn up and run a 5K route with other people. All shapes, sizes, ages and abilities take part. It is a lovely way to meet other people and feel part of a community. Some people walk it all. So you can still do your warm up walk at the start line and then run. Then the following week you can turn up and try again.

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Lola-bear in reply to damienair

Thank you that’s good to know sounds like fun. I’m going to give it a go as none of my friends run so it will be a way to meet like minded people who share my joy of running.

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Hi there! Sorry I’m a little late 😬

…so ran my 2nd ever real Park Run on Saturday. The weather was much better, cloudy and windy…but dry!

There were more people there this week, and I finished 166/179, and 57/67 female. My age grading was 48.95%…and my official time was 42:42…a PB! 😊

As I’m not fast, I started near the back and started Strava when I crossed the start line. It gave me a second fastest 5k of 41:19…but then put 41:29 on the screen 🤷🏻‍♀️

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damienairModerator in reply to LottieMW

Congratulations on your PB and very well done. Happy Running.

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LottieMWAmbassador in reply to damienair

Thank you 😊

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