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How did your parkrun or (not)parkrun go?

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damienairAdministrator
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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.

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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damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator

No parkrun for me this morning. I’m away with my family on holidays in Spain. It is hot. I have managed a 6K run on Wednesday morning and a 5K run yesterday morning. Both were done at 7:30am. But it was still very warm and sucked the energy out of me. I’ll attempt a longer run tomorrow morning. Happy parkrun everyone. I’ll be back to my local parkrun next weekend.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Have a great family holiday Damien; and stay cool! I set off at 9am this morning to try to catch the coolest bit of the day. This was the third run in a row of 8k plus. The quickest (least slow) 5k section was 34:28, so that will do nicely for today. I am keeping average whole run pace at about 7min/k. I might try to sneak in a very early 5k on Monday morning and up the pace a bit; but only if the temperature is right. I introduced my pal to the cafe…..an Americano man……it takes all sorts 🙂

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

A friend of ours chose a cortado last weekend. What’s one of those? 🤷‍♀️

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Obviously very sophisticated. 🙂

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Newbierunner84 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I learnt only this morning from another volunteer that it’s like an espresso with steamed milk. It looked and smelt lovely!

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Well done on your run.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Happy holiday Damien! We’re on hols too, en route to Brittany. Currently in traffic on the Pont de Normandie with Flossie in the back!

So no PR for me this week or next either, but I’ll do a (not) PR during the week to make up for it. 😇

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damienairAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Have a wonderful holiday Cheeky. Enjoy it.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Enjoy your holiday cheeky!

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beth_fGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Happy holidays damienair .We are also away in Rhodes and although I’ve packed my running gear I just can’t muster up the energy to run as it’s so hot. Might have to hit the gym later.

Hoping to also Parkrun next weekend now that our trips to London have finished for the summer.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to beth_f

Have a lovely holiday in Rhodes. Yes I’m really finding it hard to run over here. I break into a sweat as soon as I walk out the door.

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AlMorrGraduate10

Good afternoon Damien, I hope you are enjoying your holiday in Spain with your family, keep cool, the temperature in some parts of the UK is to go to 40C/104F on Monday and Tuesday so it would be wise for no one to run in those temperatures.

This morning I ran my 51st parkrun and 3rd at Springburn Parkrun in Glasgow, that's the one I get the train to, the weather was cloudy but dry, the temperature around 15C, and my time was 30.54 with an age grading of 62.41%

I met a marathon runner who recently ran the Yorkshire Marathon, I think her time this morning was around 26 minutes, I was happy with my run this morning I even lapped the tail walker, ha, anyway that's No. 51 run, enjoy your holiday.

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Newbierunner84 in reply to AlMorr

Did you get to wear your new 50 t-shirt Alan?

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Newbierunner84

This morning I wore my red 50 T Shirt 👚 at Springburn parkrun, I told many runners that I was wearing my 50 shirt for the first time, they congratulated me.

When I was almost home I noticed a man running in the park near to where I live who I knew runs 10Ks in around 33 minutes, he asked me "how many parkruns have you ran? " I told him 51, he also congratulated me, I wished him well for his HM tomorrow.

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Newbierunner84 in reply to AlMorr

Glad you got to christen the new t-shirt! 10k in 33 minutes? Wowzers! 😮

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Newbierunner84

I am happy to run 5K in 33 minutes, certainly I could never run 10K in that time,

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done AlMorrI missed your 50 post last week as we couldn't get a phone signal or WiFi most of the weekend (at the Folk on the Farm festival in Anglesey)

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

👍 🏃🏾

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damienairAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Very well done Alan on your 51st parkrun. Great running as always. Brilliant that you were wearing your new milestone 50 t-shirt.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I haven’t been checking the site much recently Al so managed to miss your 50th! But congratulations and onwards to 100!

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks OGR, I enjoyed my 50th parkrun and running No. 51 in my new red 50 T Shirt 👚, I hope you are keeping well ✅. 😊

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

All well All thanks, apart from my back which keeps going into spasm and is really annoying me! But I’ve had it for years and it will sort itself out eventually. I hope!

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Doris8Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done on your 50 th Parkrun brill time. Yes it will be too hot Mon/Tues, glad I do my walks early. Will put my walk into NotParkrun. ☀️

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Doris8

👍

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RunWillieGraduate10

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

We’re away on holidays this week in the beautiful Margaret River so it was time for our very first park run tourism - hubby, no.2 son and me.

It was cold and very wet which made for an unpleasant wait at the start. We were warned it was going to be very muddy and very slippery.

I’ve been trail running & re-hydrating at local brewery’s, distillery's and vineyards with hubby all week so I certainly didn’t have high expectations of my run. The wooded trail made it very hard to keep track of pace. I ditched my plan of running at marathon pace and just ran. So much fun, so much mud & so incredibly beautiful.

I came in last out of our family. Strava recorded the ParkRun segment at 28:50 which I was super happy with. Official park run results are all off by 2.5 minutes.

The finish line is set up to end at a local cafe so we ended with two flat whites & a hot chocolate.

A perfect park running morning.

Happy park running to those who can ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️
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damienairAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

Fantastic running all of you and great to get a tourist parkrun done whilst on Holiday. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Sounds like a very different parkrun to your normal one RW but it does seem that the RW family are having a great holiday! Enjoy the rest of your time!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Glad you are fit and well again for your holidays RW. Great to have your first tourist run too.

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TailChaserGraduate10

Good afternoon Damien and all. Just back from shopping after a bit of parkrun volunteering.

Timekeeping with eldest kitten today - it’s his birthday 🥳 We made a good team I think as it’s definitely both our ‘thing’. Afterwards we went in to town and we got his present.

Out this afternoon to celebrate but not too

much, as for some silly reason, I’m doing a half marathon tomorrow 🥵

Happy running all, and be careful out there ⚠️🕶🧊

Even Shakespeare wears a hat in this weather!
JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Hope all goes well tomorrow TC - keep hydrated!

Newbierunner84 profile image
Newbierunner84 in reply to TailChaser

Best of luck tomorrow! 🥵

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I hope you are ok tomorrow. Take care in the heat

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Happy Birthday to youngest kitten TC. He didn’t get running shoes for a present did he? Good luck tomorrow in your marathon and I hope you get sprayed by lots of hosepipes on route. 💦💦🏃🏻‍♀️💦☀️

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thank you JonathanP , Newbyrunner84 , RunaroundSue and Dexy5 . Soft bottles are full and frozen, and I’ve been keeping topped up all day. I’ve plugged a 5/2 Jeff into my watch so I can keep it steady and I will dive into every hosepipe spray and water pistol along the route! Fingers crossed I’ll be all done by 10:30 👍

He’s got some reactive lens glasses Dexy, it’s eldest kitten. Not much point getting him running shoes, I think I’m beaten on that one 😭

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Ha ha. Shows how well I read that then. 😂

One of the marshals at Bushy had a water gun today.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I do that sooo often Dexy 🤣 glad it’s not just me!

You were at Bushy??? Have you done a post????

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Oh yes, a very long one

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Ah…I’ve just spotted it in my email feed…I will have a read, you lucky things! 👍

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RennurGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Ouch Take it easy tomorrow

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Belated happy birthday to your eldest kitten, well done too for Volunteering and wishing you all the very best on your HM today. Your probably running it as I type.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien, I hope you’re having a lovely, relaxing holiday. 🌞☺️

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nowsterGraduate10

Good morning Damien.

No parkrun running for me either. I was one of two timekeepers at my local venue this morning.

A cooler morning, made more comfortable by the park having a lot of tree cover.

I saw my "rival" there, doing his first run since his operation about three months ago. He'd volunteered on and off for the last six weeks or so.

I fumbled the volunteer app, forgetting that the volume controls on the phone are also used to register a "finish". I was able to tell everyone involved to ignore places 5 and 6 on my tally.

Our first finisher looked effortless (as they usually do) and came in a clear two minutes ahead of anyone else.

The bulk of the finishers came in at over 30 minutes, with some finishing together in pairs (which is tricky to record).

Two ladies ran with dogs. The lady with the chocolate Labrador who is often Run Director here had trouble with him. At the end of their third lap the dog simply decided to lie down and stop running. Eventually she was able to chivvy the dog into continuing.

Then when she approached the finish on their final lap, the dog flopped down about 10m from the end and wouldn't move. She dropped the lead, ran through the funnel, grabbed her number token, then circled back to retrieve the recumbent dog.

There were many here who were alternating between jogging and walking.

The final runner had walked most of the route but was persuaded to jog (gently) the last 50m to the finish. We had a photographer today.

Unusually we were waiting another two minutes for the last of the tail walkers.

A quiet week: 61 tallied in total.

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Next weekend, I should be in Pwllheli. It looks like it might be just after a (neap) high tide at parkrun time. Not too bad.

It must have been hard there this week as it was just before a very high tide, with everyone having to run on the fluffy soft sand at the top of the beach.

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Newbierunner84 in reply to nowster

Well done Nowster! Timekeeping makes me nervous!Not so sure about the lady running with a dog in this weather! No wonder he stopped! My local Parkrun doesn’t allow dogs in July and August, which I think is very sensible 🐶

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Newbierunner84

I agree NewbieRunner. parkrun HQ and our local team put a message out encouraging runners to leave dogs at home today. They shouldn’t need telling really.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Yay, fellow Timekeeper 🙌 I think the dog had the right idea tbh. We had no dogs in our field of 301 today, I think they’d all been taken out earlier on.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to nowster

Very well done and thank you for volunteering.

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Hargo

Number 50! The glorious half century.

Had to be at lyme park of course, my local and most frequented event. 15th time I've seen the view from the cage and it still never gets old.

Put an event up on our local runners Facebook page and got some excellent company out on the course and even a guard of honour coming up to the finish funnel!

What's the plan now? Hope to make the full century before the end of 2023 so gives myself a chance to get some volunteering stints in.

Quite a few events I want to try out as well. There's a new one at alderley park that has become my nendy so will do that at some point. Want to give watergrove a try. It's supposed to be even tougher than lyme! And there's one up near keswick called whinlatter forest that is the toughest of the lot although with amazing views of Grisedale pike.

I'm not keen on the red top so I've ordered myself the red 50 ultraband instead. Should be a lot easier to get on than having to stretch the plain wrist band over my hand every Saturday morning!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

Congratulations Hargo - here's to the next 50!👍

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

Congratulations on completing 50 parkruns Hargo, I remember you telling me two weeks ago that you were around parkrun No 49 when I ran my 50th, a great achievement, I ran my 51st this morning wearing my new red 50 T Shirt, remember to order it for your 51st parkrun, I ordered mine on Thursday, it was delivered the following Monday.

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Hargo in reply to AlMorr

I much prefer the black 100 top. Will get one of those I suspect. Went with the red 50 ultraband this time. One of our local runners got his 250 tshirt recently although he wasn't wearing it today as he didn't want to take the focus away from my milestone!

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

Fair enough Hargo, that was nice of one of your local runners not wearing his 250 T Shirt to help you with your 50th parkrun, I now have more running T Shirts than ordinary ones, when I ran my 25th parkrun I got the 25 T Shirt and the purple 25 ultraband so I don't need the red 50 ultraband as well.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

Congratulations on your 50th Hargo 👏👏👏

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Hargo

My goodness Hargo, you certainly like the hills ! Congratulations on your big 50. I look forward to your Whinlatter Pass post.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Hargo

Congratulations and very well done on your 50th milestone parkrun. Brilliant news.

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

Maybe one day I'll get to Lyme Park. Perhaps some time in August.

I need to find out whether it's harder climbing than either Watergrove or Chadderton.

Hargo profile image
Hargo in reply to nowster

I feel like lyme is tougher than most of the others that are called 'hilly' as the first half mile is up a 10% gradient on a super rough loose stony path whereas watergrove appears to start on a flat bit around the reservoir to warm you up before it gets to the steep bits.

Feel like lyme is a lot tougher than its 7th toughest rank suggests as it gets a lot of talented fellrunners there that pull the average finish times down.

I'll let you know when I try watergrove. May well be next Saturday. Will have to have a peek at chadderton as well.

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

Chadderton is sneaky. It seems easy, but on the fourth lap, the gradual climb up the river side followed by the s-shaped steep climb to the rose garden (with no roses) is very draining.

At least Lyme seems to get the hard bit over first.

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RunaroundSueGraduate10

After a trip to Anglesey and a return tourist to Penrhyn last week we were back at Marple for my 180th parkrun. I seem to have settled on a 60 second run/30 second walk routine.

Last week I was aware of someone behind me all the way, she later told me that she was using my GymBoss beeps to pace herself. Although she did whizz ahead for the final 1km lap!

This week I stuck to the timings apart from the final 30 seconds to the finish which should have been a walk.

My time was 40.29, which was my best Marple time since my knee started to play up. And even before that I wasn't running much faster, usually 39 to 40 minutes in January and February, so it seems a good strategy for me.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunaroundSue

It sounds like you’ve found something that works for you Sue. Keep it up.

RunaroundSue profile image
RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

So far, so good. Thanks Dexy5

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damienairAdministrator in reply to RunaroundSue

Very well done Sue and great to see nice steady progress.

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RunaroundSueGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks. I am not worried about progress, just keeping going will suit me fine. 😀

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

Lots of people on holiday then - have a great time everybody!

Back to Portsmouth Lakeside today for its 250th parkrun - hooray! It was quite a small field with only 173 finishers, possibly due to the temperature (already 20°), so I was grateful for the shady patches by the lake. Still keeping an eye on heart rate following my AF diagnosis, so eased off on the pace in the second half and finished in 32.14 - I was pleased to see afterwards that I avoided HR zone 5 completely.😀

And that made 99! Looking forward to meeting up with the Southsea crew next week for 💯

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Roll on the drums starts now 🙂

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Crash on the cymbals to follow!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I bet you could have done with a sea breeze this morning JP. Looking forward to celebrating your big 💯 at Southsea next weekend.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes, it would have been very pleasant - no shade though!

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done on avoiding that zone 5 in the heat JP, that’s a tricky one 👍

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Yes, a pleasant surprise

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damienairAdministrator in reply to JonathanP

Very well done Jonathan and best wishes for your 100th parkrun next weekend. Looking forward to reading all about it.

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Newbierunner84

Hi Damien and everyone, Happy holidays to all of you on your hollibobs! ☀️ I did barcode scanning today at Lowestoft. It was very warm today for the brave runners. Despite the heat we got not just one but two new course records! The female record has been standing since 2017 so that was exciting! Male: 15:40 Female 17:24. I did my not Parkrun at 5.30am this morning. It was lovely and cool when I set out but I was very hot when I finished! 37:23 for me today. Enjoy the sun everyone and stay safe.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Newbierunner84

I bet those records were done by people who just wanted to get in the shade and eat an ice cream newbie🍦 🏃‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️

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Newbierunner84 in reply to Dexy5

Haha! The need for a Mr Whippy could well be the secret to their success! 😂 🍦

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Newbierunner84

Very well done on your (not)parkrun and thank you for volunteering at parkrun too.

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Dexy5Graduate10

My post went into a black hole !

Happy hols everyone. I must say Southsea feels like the Mediterranean at the moment and I was even tempted into the sea yesterday.

UpTheStanley and me ran at Bushy Park today to see where parkrun began all those years ago.

I was 824th out of 981 runners on their 855th run. What big numbers! What an experience.

I’ve done a separate post

Bushy Park
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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Oh wow, well done both of you. I’m hoping to run at Bushy some day, it’s on my bucket list. What an amazing experience. I’ll keep an eye out for your post.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Hi Damien, a short report from me, just to prove I did actually turn up for Parkrun today! I put my back out a week ago and it still isn’t right so I decided just to walk today and was joined by Coddfish who felt up to walking it as well and by Mr C who joined us with his dodgy Achilles! A beautiful sunny and hot morning, a great walk in good company and a very nice coffee afterwards sitting on a bench watching the good folk on the beach sporting that lobster look! Enjoy your holiday!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Sounds like a very pleasant walk for the tremendous trio OGR!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done for getting the trio out there Oldgirlruns

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done on your parkrun walk and hope your back is better again soon.

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RennurGraduate10

Token giving and sorting today. Took the kit wagon to Tooting athletics track with another chap who had been timekeeping. He was staying to do results processing for an all day athletics meet then the same task at the Swimming club meet tomorrow - that is Volunteering to new levels!I sneaked in another sneaky 3.5K as it was only 22-23 degrees and 60% in the shade - I won't be running til Thursday at the earliest (I said that last week, but this time I mean it!)

Be careful out there.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Rennur

Well done on your 3.5K run and well done too for your volunteering day.

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Sandie1961Graduate10

Sounds like you are having a lovely, well deserved holiday damienair 😃 Shake-and-run and I are still going for a weekly Sunday morning run with our French running group, although we weren’t sure if it would be cancelled today. After 12.8k of hot, hilly trail last Sunday, we were somewhat trepidatious. However, decision made to do a short (6.8k) circuit of our lake, which is shady and flat and an earlier start time of 8.00am, when it was only 20c worked perfectly. It is now 39c in the shade on our terrace and the furthest I am going is to the fridge or the pool for the rest of the day 🥵🍻 Take care in the heat (not RunWillie obviously!) and those who are on your holidays, have a great time.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie. I can’t run in this heat. The days are around 35 degrees and even at 7:30 it is around 28 degrees and very humid. I’ll try another run tomorrow morning. But I am loving having no TV, no news, just living in the moment and relaxing. I’m on my third book.

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Just what holidays are meant to be 😃😃

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