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How did your parkrun or not(parkrun) go?

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damienairAdministrator

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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damienairAdministrator

I’m not running at a parkrun today. But I will be volunteering as timer at my local parkrun and this will be my 21st volunteer day. I hope you all have a lovely parkrun day and weekend.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

How did you get on Damienair? I must try that role- I was a bit scared of it before the volunteer app came in.

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Oh it’s fine Dexy. You pair up with another timer and double check each other during the run. So if you have tapped the phone on the 70th finisher, your fellow timer should also be at 70 and the person handing out the finish tokens should be ready to hand out token number 71.So the 2 timers and finish token person work together and check each other. It’s a lovely volunteering job, nice to be saying well done to everyone crossing the line.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Yes I think the virtual volunteer has made it easier than the old clicker. I’ve done the number checker role running between the time keepers and the finish tokens to make sure they are in step. Our funnel is so long that they can’t talk to each other.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Give it a go Dexy5 nice easy role with the app, so long as you kill the display / lock up your phone as soon as the run starts (else you will find stray finishers on it when you come to finish runner 1), and put it in a plastic bag if it might rain.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

I might do it with you one day Coddfish (after my 100)

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Definitely. If we do it when UpTheStanley is RD there will be no embarrassment if it goes wrong (which it won’t). I will be chasing down my 200 not long after you have your 100 and hopefully running parkrun by then (successfully completed Garmin’s 3 x (1minute walk - 7 minute run) today by slowing down a bit. Next 3 runs in the programme are 1 mile, 1,5 miles, then a repeat of the interval run.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Well done for volunteering Damienair; I hope the timekeeping went ok, I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet - too much responsibility for me!

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Oldgirlruns

It's really fine, nothing to be worried about. It's a nice job.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Nice easy role Oldgirlruns plus with 2 of you one of you is effectively the backup.

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RunWillieGraduate10

Hi damienair & park runners, and (not) park runners,

I love park run but we’re on our fifth consecutive day of temperatures over 40C 🥵 so we ran a (not) ParkRun early to beat the heat! Hubby and no. 2 son shot off at 4.56 pace which is far too fast for me. Here are my more sedate splits.

5.52, 5.48, 5.53, 5.45, 5.51

Garmin was happy and put me back up into superior which I’m sure will be gone by Monday 🤣

This was taken after our run at 7am. ParkRun was at 8am and it was already over 30C
JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Those splits don't look very sedate to me RW - well done!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

They certainly didn’t feel sedate today JonathanP with the heat but compared to the boys in front 🤣

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

I love your idea of a sedate run RW! 🤣 Brilliant, and gorgeous. 😍

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I was joking cheekychipmunks 🤣 My normal everyday runs are very sedate which is why Garmin is never impressed.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

😂😂

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Excellent run for you today RunWillie, especially in that 30C heat, in the UK the temperature has also been around the 30/40 range, but in Fahrenheit, not Centigrade, I would prefer to run in 30F, not 30C, this morning I ran my 34th parkrun in a temperature of 7C/45F.

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

Great running and nice splits. Wow 40 degrees C, that would be way too hot for me. Well done on getting out early too.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

When I first read your post RW, I read it that you personally had a temperature of 40C (😳) so I thought your going out and running those splits was amazing! Having now read it properly, I’m still impressed with them! Hope it cools down a bit for you!

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Not sedate! Mine today were only a little faster: 5'58", 5'33", 5'44", 5'37", 5'34".

Because of the many corners and tree cover at my local parkrun, my watch always under-records the distance by about 500m, and drops my VO₂Max accordingly. (Strava using the phone's GPS receiver gets the distance right.)

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Sandie1961Graduate10

Good morning everybody! Minus 3 and very frosty here but a glorious crisp winter morning so I headed off to Market Rasen with fingers crossed that it wouldn’t be cancelled again as this was my first parkrun for 6 weeks. In luck, 114 hardy runners! I am still struggling with post covid fitness, so a rather pedestrian 33.57, but I didn’t stop. Onward and upward 😃

Winter morning at Market Rasen racecourse parkrun
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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie! That picture makes a great contrast with RunWilie’s!

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

It does doesn’t it? Same blue sky and about 35c difference in temperature. I love sunny cold mornings!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Me too. Contrast to today where the sun is having a lie in…

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Here too after a whole week of blue skies ☹️

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Nice to be back to parkrun Sandie!

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It really was!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

So good to see you back again Sandie. You’ll soon be back to speed I’m sure. Just enjoy getting out in the meantime.

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

My thoughts too Dexy. I’m sure I’ll get back given time

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie, great run! Just think of the summer heat. You’ll be happy about today’s temperature.🙏🏻 Your Covid unfitness Is only a shade slower than my all time 5k PB by the way! 😂😂

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Haha! I always think that when Tailchaser says she had rather a slow run 😂 Definitely would rather run in the cold than the heat. Not looking forward to training for a September half 😬

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Indeed, which is why I’m extra cross about the Bath Half being shifted to the end of May. The last couple of May bank holidays have been scorchers. 🥵😩

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

Very well done Sandie.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Glad you are coming back to health Sandie1961 and hopefully there are no long term after effects. Awful disease. I met up with someone recently who had Covid in November and is still struggling with his sense of smell - apparently it smells as if there is cigarette smoke everywhere - which sounds awful to this never smoker.

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

That must be awful! Strangely, I had a runny nose and a tickly throat for 4 days, but otherwise felt fine. It just seems to have sapped my energy. I’m sure it will wear off and I’ll be back to normal soon. Mind you, this cold weather doesn’t help!

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TailChaserGraduate10

Good morning Damien and all!

Stratford was cancelled again today due to path widening works along our route, so finally we did our NENDY at Warwick Racecourse. It was a bit of a HU meet-up in the end with both Shake-and-run and Windoze being there.

It’s an odd, crescent shaped out and back with a hill at the far end and a muddy off road bit at the start, the rest is on path. Shakes and I had done the Reindeer Run there early last month so we knew the hill already and it’s not so bad.

Always happy to get a sub 30 tourist run and this was a shade under 29 minutes, so I’m happy. I should have taken it slow as it’s the 4th Winter Series run tomorrow but I just can’t do it 🤣

Have a great runny week everyone 👍👏👏👏

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Cheering for you tomorrow TailChaser ❤️🏃‍♀️

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Thanks RW! It’s going to be extra tough as I don’t usually run PR beforehand but I’ve done it before other races so we’ll see 👍

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Today was just your warm up 😍

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Of course 🤣

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done TC - have a great run tomorrow.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP 👍

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done on your run today TC, good luck for tomorrow. 👍🏃🏾✅

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al, all ready to go 👍

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Go Speedy TC! Have fun tomorrow. 😀

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheeky 👍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done on your tourist run TC. Path widening sounds a positive move for your parkrun , once done.

Good luck on your sausage run tomorrow.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes, it should ease those pinch points on the bends and possibly make the course faster.

Always a good reason to do this run - I don’t need to worry what to have for dinner! Thanks Dexy, all ready to rumble all over again 👍

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damienairAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Very well done TC and nice running. Nice to get your NENDY done, but now you have a new one. Enjoy your run tomorrow too.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Yes, our new NENDY is the one that had Vassos’s ‘Puddle of Doom’, but apparently it doesn’t have it any more 🤨Thank you - all ready to rumble, just need to get the trainers on 👍

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Good luck tomorrow xx

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie 👍

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JonathanPGraduate10

Good conditions this morning at Portsmouth Lakeside - only a small amount of mud! Progress continues with my best parkrun time since the restart - sub 29 (28.54) and 95th out of 208. Onwards and upwards! 😀

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done JonathanP 👍🏻

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Thanks RW

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Fabulous JP, always very satisfying to break through those milestones 👍👏👏👏

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Yes, a real sense of achievement TC

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done Jonathan! Wasn’t it an incredible morning for running? 😍

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky - yes, a little bit of sun and it would have been perfect!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Sub 29! Wow Jonathan. 🏃🏻⚡️

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy - it's taken a while to get there!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to JonathanP

Fantastic Jonathan, great running and well done on your sub 29 minute parkrun.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Cheers Damien!

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Congratulations on your SB.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Thanks Coddfish!

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nowsterGraduate10

Parkrun number 19 and RED January day 22.

Oh dear! I'd set the alarm for 7.30am but the snooze button gremlin attacked, I overslept and didn't get out of bed until 8.20am. (Not getting to bed until after 1.30am last night had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that, of course...)

A mad scramble with minimal faffage, and I was out of the door at 8.40am, arriving at the park about 8.50am.

Good running conditions: cool and slightly damp.

It somehow seemed busier than usual, more than the tallied 76 finishers.

Several were running with dogs today. There was one very well behaved one who seemed to be used to the routine, and one chocolate lab who really didn't have his mind on it.

I did my usual trick of holding back at the start then after a couple of minutes gradually moving up the field. I passed several runners who were new to the course, had peaked early and had to walk parts of the later laps.

There was one guy who passed me at one point with a very high cadence, who sounded a bit like a steam train. We passed each other a few times during the run.

I finished half way down the table as usual, 36 out of 76, with a second best time of 28'50".

I hung around chatting for about twenty minutes afterwards before I started to get cold and made my goodbyes.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to nowster

Lucky that your parkrun is so close nowster. 😴

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damienairAdministrator in reply to nowster

Great running and nice finish time. Well done.

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Dexy5Graduate10

Well done on your volunteering stint today Damien. You’ll soon be getting your purple volunteer’s shirt.

25 volunteers
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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Got mine now Dexy5. ❤️

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Whoop whoop cheeky- wear it with pride.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes, I wore it last week Dexy. I’d only earned it at Juniors 2 weeks ago, so it arrived really quickly. 👏👏

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damienairAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done Cheeky

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Thank you Dexy. Yes just 4 more to go. I feel guilty doing parkrun tourism sometimes and a stint of volunteering helps. I usually volunteer once every 5-6 runs. I’ll be back doing some tourism again next weekend.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

No need to feel guilty damienair , I’m hoping we can do some as soon as UTS stops playing hockey.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Woohoo, back to Wales for Jenny and I. We love Severn Bridge PR and it’s our consistent favourite, especially seeing the pleading Eastville messages for more volunteers otherwise it would be the B course again. Didn’t want to risk that. Come on guys, step up and volunteer, please! (Think they had enough in the end, but another 11th hour scenario 🙄). I’m marshalling next week. 😇

Anyway, perfect conditions for Severn Bridge today. Next to no wind, and bright sunshine. I didn’t PB, but I was pleased with my 34:55 Garmin time (35:08 official). Jenny came in at 30:31 official time, and we’ve both decided to gun for PBs on this course some time in the next few weeks/months. It’s the best bet for one of all the PR choices we have.

Love, love, loved it. ☀️☀️☀️

Beautiful Severn Bridge
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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

How beautiful cheeky- I’m definitely coming to do that one with you in spring. We had to plead for volunteers too this week. Now that we have 3 parkruns in our area to cover, I hope that more runners will step up to help out. Even if people did it one or twice a year it would help.

I am now the keeper of the tokens so I replace the missing tokens and prepare them for the following week. It takes a job from the RD.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

That's what I call a course with a view Cheeky!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It really is Jonathan! 😍

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damienairAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Fantastic photo, looks brilliant. Well done on your parkrun Cheeky. Great running.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I really fancy that route sometime cheekychipmunks . I am glad the Welsh runs have reopened (just as NZ shuts down again). One day at a time.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

It’s wonderful Coddfish. Gentle incline up, gentle incline back again, usually with lovely views. Interesting in strong winds though, but you know all about those! 💨

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AlMorrGraduate10

Good afternoon Damien, this morning I completed my 34th parkrun, No. 20 at Dunfermline in a time of 32.55, always nice to get a sub 33 minutes time at my home parkrun as there are a few hills on the course, there was a man who will be 80 next week who ran his 100th Parkrun today, he of course got the loudest cheer at the end of his run, I am sure everyone on this forum will wish him a very happy 80th birthday.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al, a great run for you today. I too will be chasing sub 33 mins next week so I’m on your tail. 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I wish all the very best for your sub 33 mins next week.

Last week I told you about a YouTube video of Drumpellier Parkrun, today I ran at my home parkrun of Dunfermline, I noticed that there are two videos, the first video, taken in October this year, it is

"Dunfermline Parkrun " 7.35, there is a female commentary,

The other, taken in April 2018 by the same man as last week is

".Scottish Parkruns #17 Dunfermline parkrun" (7.35)

If you wish to have a look at them, you are welcomed, once again good luck for next Saturday. 😊 👍🏃🏾✅

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

👍

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damienairAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al, great running and your well on your way to that red 50 T-Shirt. Well done to that gentleman too, what a great way to celebrate your 80th Birthday.

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Dexy5Graduate10

Hello damienair and friends, it was cloudy, cold and still at Southsea today. Our 3rd Portsmouth parkrun (Great Salterns) also opened quietly today which meant our numbers were down to 427 which is much better than last week’s 532.

UpTheStanley was a floating volunteer to support our new RD, Mr Coddfish and I were running and Oldgirlruns and Coddfish were walking as they are running on non parkrun days as they increase time and distance.

This was a very enjoyable run which had me and another runner sprinting in together at the the finish line for my fastest parkrun of this year 33:16 (32:43 Garmin time). I also crossed 16 seconds off my stopwatch bingo leaving 10 numbers to go. 93 runs down now so I am looking forward to earning my black T-shirt by Easter.

No parkrun is complete without breakfast so We all headed off to the Southsea Beach Cafe and I tucked into French toast and cappuccino . Heaven.

🏃‍♀️🏃🏻🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻🏃‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚶🏻🐕🚶‍♀️🐕‍🦺🚶🏻

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Well done on fastest this year Dexy. I'll be interested to hear how Great Salterns went - a bit soggy I expect!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Definitely a trail shoes run Jonathan, if the Billy trail was anything to go by this week. We should try it as a group one day when it’s drier and UpTheStanley isn’t committed to hockey/Southsea parkrun .

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes that would be good. I had a look online and they had 238 today - good for the first one!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Yes over 800 runners in our 3 parkruns- that’s a great turnout in the city.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Definitely one to try when the ground is dry - trail, grass etc plus 280 parkrunners doesn’t make for a great experience for those of us unfortunate enough to be near the back.

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Congratulations on completing your fastest parkrun of this year Dexy5, well done, I have posted another post here telling you how my parkrun went today.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al, I got 32:45 in November so I hope to get that again soon.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Well done Dexy, great running and your well into your countdown to 100. I’ll hopefully be earning my black 100 T-Shirt in late April or May.

Marshal duties for me today. Always worth it when the deer 🦌 come out to play.

Deer
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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to

How delightful - no wonder you run for joy 🤩.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to

Well done and thank you for volunteering.

00marks profile image
00marksGraduate10

My first parkrun today. What have I been missing! Splits of 5:12, 4:52, 4:50, 4:41 and 4:35 with an official finish time of 24:14. Well pleased that I finished, didn't fall over or get lost! I think this could become addictive.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to 00marks

It is addictive 00marks, and your Saturdays will never be the same. Negative splits and Wow you are fast!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to 00marks

Congratulations on your first parkrun and wow you did it in style. Brilliant running and brilliant finish time. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend and yes it gets very addictive.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to 00marks

Congratulations 00marks - I'm sure you will be back!

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Hi Damienair, a quick report from me today. I walked parkrun with Coddfish again and as our hips improve (hers new, mine just plain grumbly) we’re getting faster - 1hr 2 min on 1 Jan down to 51:50 today. Although I confess to a bit of a sprint as we got close to the finish and I decided I just had to get past the 2 walkers who’d just passed us and who we’d passed earlier on! Tut tut but it had to be done. We’re both getting back into running again, I’ve just redone Week 1 of C25K, so in a few weeks we’ll be incorporating our recovery runs into Parkrun - I’ll miss our walks and chats but I’m looking forward to actually running at Parkrun again!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Brilliant to hear your on a return to running again. Well done on your parkrun today

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Sprinting OGR?! Woohoo!😜

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Er, well, call it a shift from walk to OGR trotting pace JP! I confess ‘sprint’ may give an entirely false picture!

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

It seemed pretty sprinty to me Oldgirlruns as you left me in the dust. Admittedly the walking shoes and walking poles I was using were a bit of an impediment to my attempt to follow you, but you managed it in a ski jacket!

Hi all, 9th Parkrun for me yesterday and 7th at Lowestoft. Beautiful day but very cold and the promenade was so slippery! The first 700m was pretty dicey! I knew after getting through that it wasn’t a PB day! 37.41 for me which was fine given the conditions and my dodgy calf muscle. After I got through the finishing funnel, the RD was calling for another scanner on his megaphone as the queue had got long so I jumped on scanning and earned a volunteer credit too! Bonus!

Lowestoft
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damienairAdministrator in reply to Newbierunner84

Brilliant and very well done on your parkrun and also for volunteering.

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Wavy-chick28Graduate10

Well I did it my first park run!!! Danson Park Bexley. I walked to the park and at first thought there was nobody there and then I found the start and gradually crowds turned up.

There were a few newbies like me one of them had never even run before and just turned up to have a go brave or foolish? I blathered on to him about C25k so hopefully he might get better prepared. I past him after the first lap but never saw him at the finish.

I didn’t get my best time but it’s a narrow path round the park with an incline from the start, and was stuck behind people and their dogs so had to keep upping my pace to get round them and find a gap which completely set me off my usual pace. I also didn’t switch on mr Strava who kindly tells me my pace and stops me going too fast.

I know for next time to get more towards the middle of the pack, not sure if it’s for me at the moment but will give it another few goes.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Wavy-chick28

Congratulations on your first parkrun Wavy-chick! Hopefully another few goes will convince you!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Wavy-chick28

Congratulations on your first parkrun. Don't worry about position or finish times. parkrun is not a race, but a lovely free community event. It can also be a great way though to work on improving your fitness and running. I've made some lovely friends through parkrun. You can just turn up and run or jog, or you can turn up and try to beat your previous best time. Give it a few more tries. I wasn't sure my first time either but 87 parkruns and 21 volunteer days later I'm hooked.

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Wavy-chick28Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Perhaps after nearly a year of running on my own I felt a bit hampered but will def give it another few goes thanks for the encouragement as ever!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Wavy-chick28

You will get to know the runners whom are similar to your pace and even a little faster. You can stick close to them and it will help. As you say, perhaps next time start in the middle of the pack. Also nice sometimes to pop along without putting yourself under any pressure and just enjoy a nice run in the park with others.

Was back home at lyme park for the 9th time. Decided to walk up the first ascent as I'm taking my steady runs super easy to prep for the stockport 10k next Sunday. Just about got round the rest of the course under 30 minutes. Next saturday I'll be plodding a nice flat one in manchester in an attempt to get mum (getfitordietrying) to participate in one at last.

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

I'm told Alexandra Park, Platt Fields (South Manchester), Fletcher Moss and Wythenshawe are flattish ones.

Sale Water Park has a few inclines but is generally flat. The big problem is that the route is very stony. Worsley is mostly on an old railway track (with a brief excursion into woods).

On the North side of Manchester, the courses tend to be hilly. Chadderton and Watergate are hard. Heaton Park's current route is not as hard as I'm told it used to be.

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Hargo in reply to nowster

Yes have done platt fields. 11 metres of elevation over the whole course. This is the one I was referring to.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Hargo

Well done, that's a fantastic finish time especially considering it was your easy pace. Great running.

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Hedgehogs123Graduate10

Hi

I had a really good ParkRun yesterday, was pleased with my results, 26.58, although not my quickest, it was pretty slippy, with various patches of ice in places where a couple of runners did actually fall. I read somewhere about trying to breath in via the mouth rather than the nose, as it said that it gets more oxygen into the lungs. I found it a bit difficult at first and can't swear that it made that much difference but worth a try. Don't know if anyone else has tried that method??

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Well done on your parkrun and great pace.

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