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How did your parkrun or (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 most Countries around the World. I am hoping for any Countries still struggling with COVID-19 that it returns to you soon.

Some of us may not be able to do a parkrun at the moment 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. Or if you are away on Holidays, prefer to run on your own, or do not have a parkrun close by you a (not)parkrun is perfect, please feel free to join in.

Please post a little run report after your parkrun or (not)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.

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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JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

No parkrun for me today unfortunately. Visiting my son for his birthday - and a heavy cold!

Happy running one and all!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Ahh, not that cold Jonathan? Hope it passes soon. 🤧 🤞

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oh no JP, hope you feel better very soon 🤧🤧🤧

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC, it's more of a nuisance than anything else

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky, I think it's on the wane

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Good riddance to it! 🤧😀

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Happy birthday to your Son. Enjoy your time together and hope you feel better soon.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien - we've had a lovely day

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

This year’s cold seems to be hitting us all one by one. You need a hot toddy JP. Hope you feel better soon.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Hot toddies are definitely on the menu Dexy!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

No park run for us as we also had a birthday in the house! I did run my first sub 60 10k yesterday in 58:56. Happy park running everyone! ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

Hargo profile image
Hargo in reply to RunWillie

Absolutely fabulous milestone sub 60 is!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

Thank you Hargo 😊

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to RunWillie

Excellent, very well done on your 10K yesterday. Great finish time and pace.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks damienair 👍🏻 Felt slightly ridiculous running solo yesterday giving it my all trying to crack a PB. Think that’s why I love Park run so much. No shame in being red faced and grunting there 🤣

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Fantastic RW! Well done 👏👏👏

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TailChaser

I can walk today as well which was a relief 🤣

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

That’s always a bonus RW 🤣

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Congratulations on your first sub 60 RW - not sure I will get back to that again!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I’m sure you will JonathanP if you want too! 👍🏻 I’m quite happy running easy miles most of the time.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator

Just back in the door from parkrun. No touring today. Oisin and I stayed local and ran at our nearest and home parkrun Navan. There were about 80 runners and walkers I would guess, it was cold, windy and started raining just as I reached the 3K point. I took it very easy today. I am waiting for my result, but my watch time is 33:15, 2 minutes slower than last weekend. Ah well, I don’t mind. It was good to be out there and meet some of our parkrun friends. Actually results are just in as I type, Oisin ran his 37th parkrun in a time of 27:02 and I ran my 82nd parkrun in a time of 33:13.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Good afternoon Damien, talking about slow and quicker runs, I ran my 22nd Parkrun this morning at Drumpellier Parkrun in a time of 32.01, two years ago on the same course it was 30.56, I just couldn't go faster today, the weather was cloudy with a temperature of +3C compared to - 6C two years ago, I didn't consider this morning's run as bad, but sometimes you can't always push yourself as much as as I did two years ago.

This afternoon I am putting on all the Christmas lights in the house and the lights on my two Christmas trees, one in the hall, the other in my living room, I will also eat two Mince Pies and have a drink of "Bottle Green Full Bodied Elderflower sparkling presse", all that around 4pm.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

I am 6-7 minutes slower than I was 2 years ago. My goal is to get back in 2022 to running at least 5 minutes faster than I am now at the moment.Hope you enjoyed the decorating for Christmas along with your mince pies and Elderflower presse. Well done on your parkrun this morning.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It's just after half past five,now all the Christmas lights are on, I enjoyed eating those two Mince Pies and the drink Elderflower presse, I have also been listening to Christmas music as well including a beautiful version of Silent Night, sung in Irish by Enya.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Sinead O’Connor also does a beautiful version.

Doris8 profile image
Doris8Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done ALMorr on your run . A run is a run no matter how fast or slow . Think the same temperature here at 6.30 am . Went for a walk and forgot there wouldn’t be much light so had to contend with a wee torch. A bit scary with no lights, wouldn’t do that again. Enjoy your mince pies and your elderflower presse.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Doris8

Thanks Doris8, I did enjoy the Mince Pies and the elderflower presse on Saturday afternoon, I wait until daylight before I do any 🚶 walking or 🏃🏾 running, the exception being on a Tuesday morning when I leave the house at 7.50 am to do my weekly shopping, however, the 20 minutes walk is well lit.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

You’ve got your decs up early Al! I haven’t even been in to the loft to dig mine out yet! Hope you enjoyed your afternoon!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Saturday afternoon was very good, I got all my Christmas lights on around 4pm and enjoyed two Mince Pies and the Elderflower Presse, still plenty of time for you to get to the loft and get the Christmas tree and decorations up, ready for Christmas Day.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Next weekend, maybe!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Well done both of you 😀👏👏

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Well done to you both Damienair

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Well done father and son

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10

Good morning everyone! After wimping out of running in Storm Arwen last week, I was back to Market Rasen this morning. Sunny, but chilly with a brisk breeze. Only 78 runners this week. I came 52nd and 13th female, but a somewhat disappointing 31.55. Oh well, it was worth it for the post run bacon sarnie 😂

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Sandie1961

Very well done Sandie. It's another one done and you were faster than me today. 👏

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Oh yes 😋 Just doing ours 👍

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Well done for getting out in the cold Sandie

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Against all odds I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Severn Bridge today. I’ve been on a real downer running-wise since returning from hols and I’d only run 3k since last week’s hideous (not) PR.

Today the sun shone and Jenny and I went to our favourite PR. No PBs for either of us (biting headwind on the return leg certainly didn’t help! 💨) but woohoo we loved it! 36:21 (36:19 Garmin) for me and 31:15 (30:58 Garmin) for Jen. Way off our best, but we had a blast, and we celebrated with breakfast afterwards.

My mojo is back. Doesn’t take much does it? 👏👏

Approach to Severn Bridge PR
nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Whereabouts do start the run from? Is it the Aust or the Chepstow side?

A few years ago we broke the return journey back from a holiday in Cornwall by staying overnight at the Travelodge at Severn View Services, and I did a bit of exploring, including walking over the bridge on top of the toll booths (now gone).

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to nowster

The Chepstow side. We run 3/4 of the way over the bridge, towards Aust, then back again. It’s awesome. 👏👏

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

This was me and my toe shoes on the Severn Bridge back in June 2012. Yes, that's where my avatar picture comes from.

Toe shoes on the Severn Bridge
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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to nowster

🤣🤣

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

You can’t keep a good chipmunk down for long. 🙂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Sure as heck can’t BC! They bounce right back! 😅

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Fantastic Cheeky, your well exposed to the elements on that parkrun. Very well done to you both. I could see that bridge very clearly last week from a Ryanair flight on our decent into Bristol.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It’s iconic Damien. So much more character than its big upstart brother! 🥰

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Good news cheeky 👍👍👍

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I’m relieved too TC. 👏👏

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I bet 😍

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done for being on the bridge in the cold wind cheeky.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, it was still lovely, and at least it was nice even footing for a change! 😀

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Sometimes runs just work Cheeky - no rhyme or reason to it!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Yes you’re so right Jonathan. It’s a great feeling isn’t it? 🥰

4th turn at glossop and 19th overall today. Never known it quite as muddy. Felt I could definitely have had a pb if it wasn't quite so horrid. Was pushing hard all the way round but the wind and rain combined to thwart me. 8th place out of 60 brave souls so my highest finish here. Time was 22:21 so not sure how I'm gonna get back under 22. Next year perhaps when the season turns again.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Hargo

Wow what a fantastic effort, great running and fantastic finish time especially considering the conditions. 👏

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

That would be considered a fast time at Chadderton. The first finisher today was at 22'45". The record for the course (set five years ago) is a little under 18 minutes.

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10

Thought I’d chip in as a volunteer. I’m up to 36 now as I prefer to run alone but love to help out on Saturday mornings (not so much last weekend when we arrived to set up in sleet and hail!). Runners were oblivious as the photo shows conditions at 9! 🤷‍♀️If you’re not sure about running but are curious I urge you to volunteer as a marshal to see what a great event it is. No experience necessary - just enthusiasm. Walkers, runners, dogs, buggies - it’s quite a mix. Please try it out.

Timekeepers are you ready? . . . GO
damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Sybilw

Very well done and thanks for volunteering. Volunteering is a vital part of parkrun and no one could run or walk without you.

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to damienair

It’s quite addictive just watching people run too. Who knew!! 😆

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sybilw

We’re volunteering twins today Sybilw- isn’t it fun?

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes!! Except when one lady came to be scanned saying - I think I’m going to be sick!! 🤢😳

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sybilw

Yes the aftermath of the funnel is a mixed experience.

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes I think I had a few close calls as Funnel Manager a few weeks ago. I told them they could spew up after they'd been scanned!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Rennur

🤣🤣

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw

Well done Sybil. I love volunteering too, and aim to do so once a month. I just signed up to marshal on NYD. That way I can enjoy a beverage or two on NYE without worrying about having to run! 😅

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Good plan! We’re doing New Year but not Christmas this year. We were quiet last week too but I counted 25 women in a field of 65.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw

I wouldn’t want to hang around the funnel too long on NYD 🤣

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw

Well done - we have car park marshals so I can run too!

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

We can manage with 15 marshals! It’s a two lap course and an average of 120ish runners. Only our tail walker missed top 50 this week!!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw

Too right Sybilw! parkrun can’t happen without its volunteers. Well done doing your bit and thank you 🙏

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10

Good morning Damien and all!

Both Katnap and I shared the Run Director post today. From now on the plan is to do it once per month but we definitely feel we’re up and running now (excuse the pun). Whilst we’ve enjoyed it, it’s quite a lot of work and we’ve had the Bag of Power for three weeks now so it will be good to pass it on and get some time back.

It was a very chilly day in Stratford but also beautiful. At one point there must have been fifty or so geese flying over in formation - not too shabby a place to RD really 😍 Numbers were up on last week and about average for a post lockdown run. Katnap’s C25k group were graduating so there was quite a joyous atmosphere.

We split the job both at the pavilion and back at home. Katnap has just processed the results and I’ve sorted the volunteers out ready to send the thank you emails. Mug of hot chocolate drunk, rolls ready to go in the oven to be filled with bacon and an evening of token sorting ahead if we don’t go out for our 30th anniversary meal!!!

Back to running next week, ankle permitting. Aiming for 90 runs on Christmas Day 🤞🤞🤞

Have a great, runny week everyone 😍😍😍🦆

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Congratulations on your 30th anniversary and hope you get to celebrate later. Very well done too to you both for another successful RD volunteer day.

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Our token sorting was easy today. Only 51 due to a local Santa run. Lots of very happy finishers “I’ve never been that number before!!” 😆

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw

Excellent! It’s great when you can be that high up 😆 I have 254 to sort 😳 But it's a pleasure doing them at home at my own pace, in the warmth, now we have to sterilise them. I used to have to sort 400+ standing outside in the freezing before we could go home🥶 Now I can do it in front of the telly 😀

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

We have token sorters as a Volunteer role which you can do after running. We do have ca 400 runners. It might be more by Spring.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done TailChaser and Katnap , you are well and truly initiated as RDs now. I know what you mean about the work involved, before and after the event. UpTheStanley took me through the finishing process after parkrun today and the Trolley of Power is with us for 2 weeks.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It’s wiped me out again Dexy 😩 We had a takeaway as I was shattered! It’s easier running 26 minutes! Are you thinking of RDing as well? You’d make a great pair 👍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I’m not going to be an official RD - they don’t do it as pairs here. But I’m supporting UTS when he does it. Thankfully we’ve had 2 more people volunteer for it so will have 5 keen RDs soon. One of the original crew is starting a new Portsmouth parkrun next year .

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Shame you can’t get a credit for it. I don’t think I could do ours on my own. Another RD I spoke to said she wouldn’t either.There’s lots of new ones popping up. We have a new one near us, Dallas Burston, at a polo club. I’m not going to do that one for a while because our ED wouldn’t ever let me live it down….you may be able to work out why…

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I usually get some sort of credit such as token sorting when i finish off that job at home and replace missing tokens or course set up for helping get the equipment out of our new store. Next week I’ll do first timers briefing as I want to run.

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I’ve been assured it’s a dawdle now it’s all on the app. At least that’s what I was told as they said they’d like more diversity in the RDs so would I be interested!! 😆 Tick 2 boxes - female and old!! 😂

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sybilw

We haven’t got any females now but UTS fits the old ! Yes downloading all the information from timekeepers and scanners is much easier now but there’s still adjustments to do with scanning/token issues, encouraging volunteers before the day. It’s amazing what goes on behind the scenes. It is fun to be part of it though.

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It’s filling the roster that worries me but our guys are very good!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Happy anniversary TC. The geese sound lovely!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP, they’re quite something. We’ve had quite a bad avian flu outbreak so it was good to see so many of them again.

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10

Chadderton Hall Park again. Just the hardcore devotees there today. Even so, there were seven more than last week.

It wasn't raining when I drove there, but started to rain as I arrived at the start line. Then it got heavier. A group of us gathered under the tiny shelter nearby as the rain got heavier and turned into hail.

Thankfully it eased as 9am approached.

One of the few running said he was often a run director at a Bolton parkrun and was doing a bit of parkrun tourism.

It felt a hard one today. Possibly because I'd run yesterday, but more likely due to the rubbish weather.

On lap 3 I lapped the Bolton RD and his daughter. That surprised me. I asked, "How are you finding it?" on passing. I got a non-committal reply.

Today's official time was 29'31". I'm very happy with that.

I hung around for about 10 minutes afterwards doing a little bit of chatting. Unfortunately, I started to get cold, so I walked back to the car to towel off and put on an extra layer.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to nowster

Very well done on your sub 30 min parkrun. Great running.

Cp1965 profile image
Cp1965Graduate10

Afternoon all. Didn’t get out last weekend on account of the snow, so I was determined to get out and do the local Parkrun this morning- it was a struggle though on many levels, the cold, slippy paths due to leaves, my left sock getting rucked up and rubbing on my heel, and generally feeling a bit “out of condition” due to not having run for a fortnight.

No PB, more a PW! 29:50, slowest time yet and my slowest 5k since last March. I really need to sort myself out and get out there more, sadly work has been a mare over the last 5-6 weeks, booked a couple of days off last weekend but frost and snow got in the way! Ah well, at least I finished without having to walk. Hope everyone else’s Parkrun went well, back out there next week.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Cp1965

Very well done and nothing at all wrong with a sub 30 minute 5K parkrun. I know what you mean, work has been getting in the way of my running lately. I’m a long long way off my PB times. But for now I’m just going to keep bimbling away. I’m going to work hard to get back to faster times in 2022.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Cp1965

Well done Cp1965. What I’d give to have a PB of 29:50, let alone a PW! 😂

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Dexy5Graduate10

Hello everyone, I ran 5k on the parkrun course yesterday but was still a bit weary after my booster on Monday so I came in at 35:00. It was good to get out all the same.

UpTheStanley was Run Director this morning so I was number checker for the first time, checking that the time keepers and the finishing tokens were in step. A bit chilly but I was wrapped up and wore my bobble had and gloves on. A few adjustments had to be made but I think it went well.

We were at a birthday dinner last night, so having had champagne and wine I was quite glad I wasn’t running. 🍷🥂🍾🎂🤪

Southsea parkrun
damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

I had my 3rd vaccine on Thursday but I can’t blame that on my slower run today. I’ll work hard for 2022. Well done on your run yesterday.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I know what you mean about the booster after effects Dexy. I felt wiped out this week and really didn’t fancy running which is so unlike me. Well done running yesterday and volunteering today. Hope you had the ☀️ we did. 🤞

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I love the picture Dexy! See you all soon ☺️

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It is isn’t it.? We have gained a volunteer photographer with a great deal of talent . He also runs an incredible time while doing photos on the run.

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

What does he use? A smartphone, a compact camera, or a full SLR?

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10

A slow 46.5 minutes ( official PR time a minute slower). A month ago I was on my first run after a one month IC lay-off so I'm happy. I also did 2K after on the way home as part of my plan to get back to 10k and beyond. Putting up the decs this afternoon which was a good stretch! Comfortably tired tonight.Oh and the weather was fantastic: 6 degrees and sunny.

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Rennur

Well done on your 7K

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Raisemeup60minGraduate

Good morning all. My not Parkrun yesterday afternoon was through the edge of the Parkrun park, but out through woods, tracks and paths to a small wood where there's a mini assault course! We did a few balances on beams, body lifts, and pull ups from a low bar, running round the circular track and back onto the equipment 3 times. It was exhilarating and soon had us quite warm on a very cold, icy wind type of day.We then ran back and covered almost 6k in all including the circuits in the woods. Gave the run an interesting diversion while staying in the zone. Time it took was about an hour which would seem on the slow side, but given the introduction of circuits, seemed pretty OK!

Best wishes for satisfying, interesting runs. ☺️

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to Raisemeup

6K in an hour. Even I can do that! As for pull-ups etc on the way, I can't even pull sideways! Your day sounded like Park Run Ultra!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Raisemeup

Well done on your run and assault course.

I did my 5th Parkrun at Lowestoft yesterday, 7th overall. I sat at home from about 6.30am umming and ahhring about whether I wanted to run or volunteer given the weather! I opted to run as I’ve volunteered the last two weeks. Luckily for me by the time 9am arrived, the rain had stopped so it was just a puddle dodging game. I felt fairly comfortable most of the way round for the first time and didn’t consider walking any of it. As I was coming into the final straight I heard some other runners coming up behind me and I surprised myself at how much my competitive streak kicked in and I found the umph to break into a sprint! I knocked 1 min 45 secs off my PB and finished in 36.31. Totally thrilled!

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Newbierunner84

Fantastic running and huge congratulations to you on your new parkrun PB. Well done.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Newbierunner84

Amazing how we can find that spurt when we hear people catching up on us. 🤣

Newbierunner84 profile image
Newbierunner84 in reply to Dexy5

Isn’t it just?! 😂

Thank you 😊

Hiya, my 4th Parkrun: slow but improving. First two at around 40 mins, Second two around 37 mins, it's getting less difficult and I enjoy starting my weekend with a run before breakfast (exercise in fasting adding more benefit). It's only a 15 min walk from home, good warmup/down walk and I plan to keep going through the winter!

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to Ktkinns

It is addictive. Plus you can carry on after if you want a longer run. ( or volunteer to do token sorting)

damienair profile image
damienairModerator in reply to Ktkinns

Very well done. It is such a lovely way to kick off the weekend and it is a lovely way to meet new people and make new friends.

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