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How did your parkrun or (not)parkrun go?

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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

Unfortunately no parkrun for me again this morning. I arrived home from Holiday late last night with a head cold. I’m thankfully not Covid positive. But it is also bucketing down with rain this morning. I was going to go to parkrun and walk it but not in that rain. Happy running everyone.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Feel better soon Damien. Smart not to take a cold out in the rain. 🤧

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks I’m glad I didn’t go. I’ve dosed myself up with panadol. It’s thankfully just a head cold but I know I couldn’t run with it.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Look after yourself Damien and take advantage of being able to put your feet up for a bit longer 👍

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

I hope your cold disappears quickly damienair

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Hope you feel a bit better soon Damien, rotten to come home from a holiday feeling bad!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Morning folks! No PR for me again either this week. That’s 3 weeks in a row. 😱 All for good reasons though (wedding, then hols 🇫🇷), and we’re currently driving up through France ahead of our tunnel reservation tomorrow morning. Hearing the news, I’m thankful we’re not going in the other direction, either by Eurotunnel or ferry. 🙏🏻 🚗 🚘 🚙

Anyway, I did a lovely pootly 5k as my (not) PR yesterday morning. I’ve had a great running week, clocking up 24.5k over 4 runs. ❤️

Happy running everyone. 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ 😀

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

3 in a row for me too. Safe driving home and very well done on all your running during the week.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. I managed 6.5k, 10k, 3k (intervals) and 5k. I was pleased with that, especially as it went some way to burn off some of the million or so calories I consumed this week! 😂

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Have a great trip back cheeky 👍

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks. Hoping not to get affected by the border malarkey, but I don’t think we will. 🤞🤞🤞

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

🤞 hope it’s not too unbearable cheekychipmunks

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5 . We’re not booked on the eurotunnel until tomorrow morning. We’re keeping things crossed. 🤞

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

We missed you in Southsea this morning Cheeky! See my post below

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Ahh of course JonathanP ! I did think of you. 💯 🏃‍♂️ 💥

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Your thoughts were appreciated!

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Bristol area parkruns have put out an all points bulletin wondering where you are cheeky! But you’re still running and have had a great holiday so it’s all good! Have a good trip home!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Haha yes OGR, this is my longest absence from PR since I started. Next weekend I shall return. But which one? 🤔🤔🤔

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beth_fGraduate10

Morning damienair and all.

After not running for a couple of weeks I’ve dived head first into Parkrun and today we went to Kingdom.

Kingdom Parkrun is a lovely trail run set in Penshurst Kent.

A 3 lap run with views across the Kent countryside and a rather fabulous cafe at the end.

It wasn’t quick but I think I came in around 38 minutes. Not very many runners but such a friendly venue. I’m sure we will return.

Hope you feel better soon

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to beth_f

Fantastic and very well done on your parkrun this morning. The course sounds lovely.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

I bet that was gorgeous beth, I know Penshurst from visits when l was a child x

beth_f profile image
beth_fGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

It really was TailChaser . Made up for the hilly climb that I wasn’t quite expecting 😂 x

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to beth_f

Excellent Beth. Is it the grounds of Penshurst Place?

beth_f profile image
beth_fGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It’s probably about half a mile out of Penshurst, tucked away down a country lane. This place is a popular venue for weddings and I can see why.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

Welcome to parkrun beth_f ; Penshurst sounds a great place to start, it’s beautiful there isn’t it!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10

Hey folks. I did my solo 5k for the week on Thursday. It was pretty cool up here and I managed 5k in 33:36 with an average heart rate of 131. So nice and steady. I fitted in a 10k this morning with my running buddy (!). It was quite hot and a bit hilly at 92m total ascent, so I was quite pleased with 69 minutes and a 143 average heart rate. VO2 max didn’t reduce my score, so all good. Everyone seemed really relaxed and friendly up in the forest today; funny how my run finished about 2 minutes from the cafe!😋

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

It must be quite cool in the forest Beachcomber. Well done in training your Buddy to finish up in the cafe.

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Ha….he dropped out at 8k….I needed to kick on with my 10 mile build up. He will need to work harder for the coffee 🤨

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

🤣 ☕️ 🏃‍♂️ 🏃🏻

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes funny that BC!😜 Chocolate brownie for me too today 😋

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Nectar of the gods JP; really good for keeping AF at bay I hear 😁

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I've heard that too......

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Well done on your 5K and 10K runs.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10

Good afternoon Damien, I hope you recover from your head cold very soon, this morning I ran my 52nd parkrun at Drumpellier Country Park Parkrun which was it's 3rd birthday, my time today was 31:01 with a age grading of 62.17%, I had a piece of birthday cake after the run, I followed a visually impaired runner who was running with his guide, the visually impaired runners time was exactly 31 minutes, his guides time was given as the same time as mine, after the run I was congratulated by both of them, the weather was dry but as I write this that ☔ rain you had in Ireland has now arrived where I live.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Not too much cake I hope Al! Enjoy the rain while it lasts, we really could do with some down here!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

No Oldgirlruns, I only had a small piece of birthday cake, 🎂 I admit that I like going to parkrun birthdays, I have attended 3 different parkrun birthdays since May 14th, no more for a while. 😊

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Maybe it could be a new parkrun challenge Al - the most PR birthday events!

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

There are 16 parkruns over the year that I could attend within 30 miles of where I live by car on their birthday, two are on the same day in October, there are 3 in May and July and many more spread throughout the year, even if I had a car I wouldn't go to all of them, perhaps 15 😂

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I can see you’ve already done some investigating Al!

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

👍

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Doris8Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al Morr good time as well. You deserve your piece of cake. Just. Sprinkle of rain here , could do with more. As long as not on my walk tomorrow morning. World games are brill on tv, not long to the commonwealth games.

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Doris8

Your long weekly walk tomorrow, for me I'll probably go a 20K short bike ride tomorrow, I have been watching the World Athletic Championships, even the last runner in the 5000 metres /5K ran a sub 15 minutes time.

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Doris8Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Enjoy your bike ride

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Doris8

👍 I always enjoy my Sunday morning 🚲 bike ride Doris8 as you enjoy your Sunday morning 🚶 walk

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Wow, fantastic running Alan. Great finish time and very well done. That really is super running.

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

PS, I have just realised that the visually impaired runner and his guide were the same two runners that I paced almost 3 years ago at the same parkrun, my time then was 30.56 so only 5 seconds slower on Saturday,

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RunWillieGraduate10

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

No park run for me as I totally stacked it (as my boys would say) on Wednesday on my run. So bad that I had to visit a medical centre for a tetanus and to dress wounds. I even managed to destroy my Garmin Fenix😭 I’m totally blaming TailChaser , Cmoi & linda9389 for making me want to join the cool gang 🤣

Hubby did his 50th at our home park run today coming in at 24:55 & no.2 son came in 6th at 21 something. I was sad that I couldn’t be cheering them on the finish line.

Happy park running to those who can ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

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linda9389Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Oh noooooooo RW! I SO feel for you. This is not a good trend is it ... not a cool club to be in. Are you OK? Healing? Able to run?

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to linda9389

Thank you! linda9389 - I don’t think anything is broken but I’m pretty sore. No running for me until I’m out of bandages. Garmin are kindly sending me a new watch at cost price so hope to be ready when it arrives next week 🙏

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linda9389Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Oh wow, RESULT, how did you manage that?

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to linda9389

Hubby is very charming. I will now love Garmin for life 😍

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Oh RW, just when you were getting back to it, and trashing your watch 😳 extra ouch!! I hope you heal quickly 😢 We are a club no one really wants to join!Congrats to hubby and speedy no.2 👍

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TailChaser 😍

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Oh no, So many falls this summer. I hope you are soon recovered RW. Well done to OH on his 50th run.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5 😍 My first proper wipe out and I was only doing a gentle jog a lot slower than my 5k pace.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Ouch RW! Hope you recover soon

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JonathanP - I hope I recover soon. I can see my annual distance goal falling as well if I take too much time off.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Oh whaaaaaat RunWillie , not you too? 😩😩 Hope you’re ok. Watch clearly was not!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheekychipmunks - I’m still pretty sore as grazes are mainly on my knuckles and wrist so taking ages to heal. Garmin took the main hit which might have saved me a broken wrist 😍

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Ouch RW! Hope you’re on the mend again soon!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks Oldgirlruns 😍

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CmoiGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Oh no RunWillie , not you as well! I'm sure I speak for my sister faceplanters when I say that we love you, but we'd really prefer to keep our club very small and exclusive.

Nice customer service from Garmin, just wish it hadn't been necessary. The only reason mine wasn't trashed was that I wasn't wearing it when I fell. Could you possibly claim via your household insurance? A Fenix isn't cheap, after all.

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, plus lots and lots of patience and positivity while you're waiting to get back to running. xx

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Cmoi

When I had my fall, the first thing I did was save my run on my garmin! 🤣🤣

Cmoi profile image
CmoiGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

You're so virtuous Dexy5 , I don't even track all my runs with Strava, let alone with my Garmin! In any case mine would've been smashed to pieces if I'd been wearing it when I fell, no chance of saving anything. 🤣🤣🤣

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Cmoi

Glad you didn’t have a smashed watch too Cmoi.

I’m still amazed I’m a runner, even 4 years in. Garmin proves it. 🤣🤣. And of course it’s counting the kms towards the next pair of running shoes.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Cmoi

I quite agree Cmoi! So glad that didn’t happen to my Garmin, but sounds like they’ve come up trumps. I smashed my Goodr sunglasses but thankfully they’re not quite as expensive as a Fenix and they saved my nose.

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Cmoi

Thanks Cmoi 😍 Patience isn’t my strong point but I’m going to try. Garmin were amazing. I love that you are able to run without tracking. I don’t think that I can do it without my watch 🤣

Cmoi profile image
CmoiGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

I have no patience at all. I started running again very, very slowly and short distances only two weeks after I fell, taking at least one rest day in between. Super frustrating.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

Hope you recover quickly, ouch 😣. Congratulations to your hubby on his 50th parkrun and great running again to Son no.2

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks damienair 👍🏻

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TailChaserGraduate10

Katnap and I were touristing today with youngest kitten, collecting our last Compass Point at Henley Wood, Oswestry.

There aren’t many ‘wests’ but this one is conveniently placed on our way to my parents in law. We’ve done Southampton, Northwich and Eastleigh, so we now have the set 😀 Oswestry was a nice, mainly trail course, a long 2 lap circuit, through the wood, running parallel to the A5. Some tricky bends and lumpy bits but no great height changes.

Katnap and kitten speeded off quite early on but I was very pleased to come in 1st in my age category even though I was trying to go steady.

We went to the lovely cafe run by the local church afterwards: lots of homemade cakes and biscuits, with a special ‘Park Run’ breakfast menu.

Now for a relaxing week in Wales, apart from the 14 miles I have to do tomorrow 😳

Have a lovely, runny week everyone 👍👏👏👏👍

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Congratulations on your compass point challenge Kat family. I’m now going to have to search out a west and a north! Have a wonderful holiday.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Shame that one of the ones local to me, Weston-super-Mare, is called Marine Parade! 😅

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes, I remember when I heard about that one feeling very disappointed as it’s not that far to go for us.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I thought the same TC! 😅

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Now that is a shame cheeky, we could have joined you.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy. We have to find another East as youngest kitten didn’t do Eastleigh with us, so he’s not quite there. A good excuse for another spot of touristing. Hmm…Eastville… 🤔😉

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Well done on being first in your age category TC - I might need to wait till I'm 90 before that happens!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

The joys of being a middle aged lady JP, there’s not so many of us running. There were only 31 of us ladies in total, so not too much competition.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I’m happy to announce that it’s highly likely I will never be first in my age category! Unless I snook in an appearance at Juniors one week ….. 🤔 😈😅

Amazing achievement TC! 💥💥💥💥

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

🤣🤣

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

🤣🤣 I’m not sure you’d get away with that one cheeky 🤣 Thank you, it would never happen at Stratford, so I have to take it where I can 😊

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Ooh, a complete set of a challenge - well done TC! The run sounds lovely - and church run cafes often do excellent eats don’t they! Have a wonderful holiday!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks OG. They had some really good value breakfasts as well but the ginger and cinnamon biscuits had my name on them 😋

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damienairAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Have a great time in Wales and congratulations on finishing your compass challenge. I have west (Westport) and East (Eastville). I must organise and plan to complete my challenge too. I need to travel to the UK to do it. An excuse to fly over and meet some of you lovely people.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Definitely Damien! I know of a particularly scenic parkrun where you can get a PB and later take in a Shakespeare play and eat some very good ice cream 😁

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JonathanPGraduate10

So the long-awaited, slightly delayed day of my 100th parkrun had arrived. As the Southsea crew weren't able to join me at Portsmouth Lakeside, because they were all volunteering at Southsea, I decided to join them there. UpTheStanley was RD and also in attendance were Dexy5 , Coddfish , Oldgirlruns , Mr C and OGR'S brother. Unfortunately cheekychipmunks wasn't able to join us due to being on her hols.

Of course having UTS as the RD meant that I was guaranteed a shout out before the start - coincidentally there was also another Lakeside refugee there celebrating his 100th, at the fantastic age of 83!

367 of us set off along Southsea prom - thanks to Dexy, who had made sure that I had a '100 today' pinned to my top, I had quite a few congratulations from other runners. It was quite warm, so very pleasant to turn at the halfway point and benefit from a breeze on the return journey, finishing in 32.34.

It was a bonus to also gain a volunteer 'tick' by sorting tokens until we were all able to retire to a local cafe for breakfast or cake - chocolate brownie for me but I understand the banana bread with ginger cream was also a big hit. Here's to the next 100!

A Southsea/Lakeside celebration!
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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

The motley crew are very forgiving of my Celebration ideas and fancy dress themes. The milestone T-shirts were out In force today, and I look forward to seeing you in black next time.

A very well done on your 100th parkrun JonathanP, and for tourist volunteering.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy - yes my order will be in tout de suite!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Congratulations to you JonathanP on completing your 100th Parkrun, well done 😀 🏃🏾 👍

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al!

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

PS, I have just looked at a photograph of Bushy Park Parkrun on their Facebook page, it looks like they are running in the Sahara Desert, look at the amount of dust the runners are churning up.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Yes, some rain desperately needed Al

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

It’s a great pic, Al and running in that dust is not easy.

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

If I could I would send the rain we have had overnight down south to where it is needed, this Sunday morning I have just returned from a short bike ride, the grass is nice and green and there were even a few puddles I had to 🚴 cycle through, I hope it rains down south especially to help the farmers.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al, we had some rain Thursday and Friday but not enough. I have a vision of you on your bike with your legs in the air as you go through the puddles!

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

The puddles weren't that deep, just a few short ones, that's the part of my 5K run through the woods where I run if the puddles aren't deep, my next run is on Wednesday on the another course which is the same course as our local Santa Dash in December which I intend to run this year, my PB (not) parkrun is 31.30 which I ran on that course last September.

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I’m now on 44 runs Dexy ………..

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

The count down begins…

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

🤔

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Woohoo, you did it JonathanP ! 💯💥🏃‍♂️ So happy you were able to celebrate with the Southsea crew, and as an honorary member, you know I’d have been there if we hadn’t been in 🇫🇷

Well done you! 😀 I’m stuck firmly on 90!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky - I'm sure you'll soon knock off those 10!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Congratulations JP, a fab celebration there too 🥳🥳🥳

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

A fine collection of milestone T-shirts! It was great to have you with us JP, congrats again on the 100!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks OGR - yes I think the blacks are slowly winning!

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Congratulations JonathanP on a massive 100 parkruns.👏💯🏃🏻‍♂️ Seems so incredible to me, particularly as my parkrun total stands at 2! Sounds like you must be over your recent health concerns which is very good news.On a different note my Marathon 2 headphones which I have so appreciated and I purchased on your helpful recommendation are not working properly. They turn on, but if I want to pause my listening, they won't let me. I have had a flare up related to my knee injury, so two months of no running and now I'm back to week 5 of C25K. So I would like to pause my Desert Island Discs podcast while listening to Denise Lewis, but pausing isn't working. Have you had this problem or are yours still working well?

My apologies for my question in your celebratory post. Again well done to you! 🏃🏻‍♂️💯🎈🎉

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

Thanks over61 - you'd be surprised how quickly they build up! Sorry you're having problems with your headphones. I haven't had that problem, but I did have an issue with the battery not holding charge - I contacted the sellers and they sent me a replacement so that might be worth a try? I think they were worried about a bad review if they weren't helpful, so it might be worth hinting at that!

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thank you JonathanP. I can't imagine that you hinted that you would give them a bad review, did you? I have really so enjoyed my headphones, the facility that enables my husband to telephone me being an added bonus. I think that I read that (not surprisingly) they are not waterproof. I always carry one of those old fashioned shower caps and put it on at the first hint. So have endeavoured to look after them well. My battery has bee fine so far. Thanks again 😊

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It’s always a pleasure to welcome you to Southsea. Congratulations on #100

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Thanks Coddfish

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Fabulous 👏👏👏Congratulations JonathanP

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie

Hargo profile image
Hargo in reply to JonathanP

Excellent milestone. Should be there soon enough myself if I can keep this streak up!

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

Thanks Hargo

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damienairAdministrator in reply to JonathanP

Great photo and huge congratulations Jonathan on your 100th parkrun. Fantastic and what a great way to celebrate it.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien - it certainly was!

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Dexy5Graduate10

It was so great to have JonathanP at Southsea so that we could share his big 100 celebrations today. 🥳 💯 🏃🏻‍♂️

As he said, UpTheStanley was RD today so his Motley Crew were in full support. Coddfish and Oldgirlruns were tail walkers so get the double tick along with JP. Mr C, a marshal en route, and I was number checker. I was very pleased to see the timekeepers and finish tokens were in step all the way. OGR also enlisted her brother to start on the token sorting, and he did very well considering she forgot to tell him to bring his glasses. 🤓

UTS did brilliantly, handling some delicate incidents, and one marshal went beyond the call of duty and drove a runner home after she got tripped by a dog lead and hurt her ankle.

The volunteers do a wonderful job, so please remember to thank them as you pass, and perhaps give it a go if you haven’t tried it yet.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

My bro is old enough (and then some!) to remember his own glasses Dexy!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

🤣🤣

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

You have a lovely parkrun community there Dexy 😍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

It’s lovely how friends and family rally to support their RD!

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Oh yes 🙌😁

We’re a bit wobbly for next week as all our RDs are on holiday, so we’re not sure it’s going to be on 😳

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Brilliant and very well done to you all. Yes indeed, volunteering is so important and there would be no parkrun without volunteers.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Hi Damien, today was a volunteer day as UpTheStanley was in charge. Coddfish’s chemo cycle meant she was able to walk it so we volunteered to tailwalk; there weren’t many walkers so it was, shall we say, a little brisker than some weeks which wasn’t quite what we’d planned (well I’d planned for a gentle walk and a chat!). Jonathan P joined us for his 100th parkrun (celebration!). I have my brother staying with me so we signed him up for his Barcode and he had a volunteering initiation - a little token sorting, marshalling and breakdown! I’m hoping he’ll volunteer at his local PR when he gets home! It was warm out there but with a gentle breeze on the return leg, thank goodness! A great breakfast at a local cafe to finish! Lovely!

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

‘Twas a little brisk for my ravaged red blood cell count, but I have lived to tell the tale.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

That’s good to hear Coddfish!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

I hope you’re back on the couch now Coddfish

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well done both with your volunteering and big, big kudos getting your brother to both sign up and volunteer OG!!

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC!

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Yes keep twisting your brother's arm OGR!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Super well done to Coddfish and all of you for volunteering.

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Hargo

Number 51 saw me undertake an experiment. Have seen a list that suggests that lyme park is the 6th toughest parkrun in the UK and that watergrove is 1 place tougher. Went to test this theory today.

Pb at lyme after 15 attempts is 23 flat. Today's time at watergrove was 23:07 but interestingly lyme always measures 4.95k on my garmin and today measured 5.01k so the average pace came out the same.

As far as elevation gain goes lyme wins easily with 127 metres compared to 111 at watergrove.

The clincher that makes me feel like watergrove is slightly easier is that watergrove starts with a 600 metre flat start whereas lyme starts with an immediate 9% incline over 800 metres on a super rough boulder strewn track.

Obviously I'm being biased but lyme also has the view from the cage which is the finest view from all the parkruns I've completed so far.

Was wearing my red 50 milestone ultraband today. I'm definitely pleased I went for it as it's so much easier to just clip on compared to wrestling the plain band over my hand.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Hargo

Very impressed Hargo 🙌🙌

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Hargo

Great running Hargo. Nice experiment.

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Sandie1961Graduate10

Hello parkrunners! I’m still sweating in the SW France temperatures with no parkruns nearby. However, as part of my half marathon training plan I was down to do sprint intervals today. 10 minutes easy pace warm up, 10 x 20 sec sprints/45 sec recovery, 10 min easy pace cool down. Made it up to 5k for a sub 35 time. Amazing considering I walked quite a bit of it 😳 9 weeks to HM!

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Amazing how quickly you can rack up the kilometres with interval running Sandie, and you don’t even really notice them 👍👏👏

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

Very well done Sandie. I’m 5 weeks away from my Half Marathon. Training has taken a serious nose dive. A month ago I was at 14K, since then I have been away on work trips, 2 week holiday in Spain where I just couldn’t manage to run with the temps being so high and then came home knocked out with a horrible head cold, I’ve even managed to lose my voice. So I’m not at all looking forward to it.

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Oh no! That’s a real shame. Funny how we always manage to come down with colds around holidays isn’t it? I’m sure you’ll be fine. If you can get in another couple of long runs, the adrenaline will keep you going

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Newbierunner84

Good evening all! Sorry for the late post! PR no.26 today and 23rd at Lowestoft. I got to wear my new milestone T-shirt which I was excited about. I was sweating before I’d even run anywhere this morning as it was so warm! There was a particularly lovely friendly atmosphere today. I am quite used to ending up running on my own after the first km, once the crowd has spread out a lot but today I was playing cat and mouse with quite a few other runners who, like me, were taking short walking breaks. Given the heat, I was really pleased to finish in 37:58. I took a slow walk back to my car after doing my stretches and enjoyed the sea breeze, which helped to cool me down. My step count is pretty healthy today as the family and I went for a 5k walk round the local nature reserve after lunch.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Newbierunner84

Sounds good fun newbie runner, and congrats on the purple shirt, it’s my favourite.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Newbierunner84

Very well done on your parkrun. Nice to be able to wear your new T-Shirt.

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FitwannabeGraduate10

Parkrun 26 for me was Holyrood in Edinburgh with my son and daughter. It's a new PR, this was week 2. It's very scenic, running round Arthur's Seat - a hill near the centre of Edinburgh. The first half is pretty steep uphill, most of the second half is downhill. My splits varied between 7 minutes and 5.33 minutes! Considering how hilly it was I was happy with my time of 32.51.

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Hargo in reply to Fitwannabe

This sounds like a glorious parkrun. Have been up Arthur's seat so many times when visiting Edinburgh.

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FitwannabeGraduate10 in reply to Hargo

It was, great views over the city, the castle and the Pentland hills. I think it will be a popular tourist run.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Fitwannabe

Fantastic and very well done. I adore Edinburgh, another reason to visit some weekend.

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Chinkoflight60minGraduate

Hi, Parkrun 3 completed with support from my supporters who helped me start the C25K journey back in April.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Chinkoflight

Well done Chinkoflight and your supporters!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Chinkoflight

Fantastic and very well done on your 3rd parkrun. Great way to spend time with family and friends. It’s a great motivation too to keep running and stay active after completing C25K. I’m still running 6 years after doing C25K. But I know I’d have given up a long time ago if not for parkrun.

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Kat332zzGraduate10

Hi all, sorry to hear about all the falls and colds, wonderful for all the new park runners and volunteers and those with milestones. It was Pacer week at Walthamstow again this week. I had signed up for the 35min spot earlier in the week, determined to be nearer to 35 mins this time. Suffered from cramp two nights before then got a stinking cold courtesy of my daughter and granddaughter, so was not looking forward to the run. It isn’t covid I did check before attending. It was hot again too. I did manage it, still on the fast side (34:22) but as there was no one in my vicinity I wasn’t too worried. My watch had predicted getting in on 34:45, but at the finish it read only 4.95 with a time of 34:22, so still some tweaking to do but getting better. Cakes/chocolate again this week. Looking at the weather next week it might be a volunteer role instead of running!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Kat332zz

Great running and very well done.

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Doris8Graduate10

Hope your cold better today. Did a 10 km walk but incorporated with my 5 km walk for not parkrun. My 5 km walk time was 47 min 28. Enjoy your day😄

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Doris8

Great walking Doris. I’m feeling much better thank you. Although it is taking some time for my voice to return.

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nowsterGraduate10

A very late report from me this week. It's been one of those weekends.

I did get to parkrun at Pwllheli on Saturday morning. It was raining. Not heavily, but if I wasn't doing parkrun I might not have bothered to go out.

I arrived at the car park at about ten to the hour. It was busier than I'd expected. I delayed as long as I dared before getting out of the car and changing into my grippy shoes. Two tee shirts as it was windy.

My fifth run on the beach here, and each was different to the others. The sand moves about so much depending on the weather and tides that you can never predict what the surface will be like.

The numbers are increasing for the summer. 61 there this week. Almost all of them are tourists. I recognise the tokens lady. She was Run Director at one of the events in May.

I chat with a few of the others before we start, explaining how it's a really simple course but how hard it is to run on sand, and comparing stories of where people usually run.

We get the shout to go (a minute late), and everyone sets off.

The first 100m is always soft as it's half way up the beach and it gets a lot of foot traffic, being at the entrance to the beach.

The tide is out. The sand is more evenly spread and there is much less shingle, but there are no areas packed hard like last time I was here.

If you've never run on sand before, beware. At its worst it shifts under your feet and robs you of all momentum: you're pushing hard all the time and have no bounce as you would on a harder surface. Often the texture varies from one step to the next. When you do encounter shingle, the larger pebbles have the potential to turn your ankles. In summary, it's hard.

I find a more stable strip of sand that doesn't give quite as much, and hasn't already been trampled by the herd in front of me.

As usual, I hold back a little at the start, because I'm never properly warmed up at the start of a parkrun. Let the mob wear themselves out in the first km and then plod past them when they've gradually slowed down is my strategy.

The turnaround point is invisible in the distance, doubly so with the fine rain in the air. The watch counts off the kilometres.

Then it's the cone which marks half way. Hold on, I know the marshal from a few months ago. He was taking photos last time I saw him. I joke that I could do with some windscreen wipers on my glasses.

The return leg. Now I'm facing the other runners who had previously been behind me. I also can't take the route that I'd used on the outward leg as they were using it.

A lady in a brightly coloured tee shirt with lots of logos on it is ahead of me. She gradually inches further and further ahead.

The wind was from the side at the turnaround, but due to the curved shape of the beach, the closer to the finish you got, the more it was in your face. I slowed. And I slowed more.

The final 100m was over the churned up loose sand where we'd started, and the finish funnel was the worst bit of all. No hope of a sprint finish.

I get in, stop the watch and collect my token. My time is OK, but quite a bit slower than last time.

After being scanned, I chat with other finishers and clap in those coming in.

A couple of young ladies decide to cool off by putting on swimming costumes and going for a dip in the sea. Brave people!

One guy crosses the line and falls to his knees in the sand for a minute. He's OK, just absolutely knackered.

Near the end a little girl finishes ahead of her dad. She's totally had enough and cries as she stops. I chatted with her family afterwards. Not her first parkrun, but definitely the hardest they'd done.

Afterwards, a quick coffee in the cafe on the other side of the harbour, a chat with some other parkrunners, then I was off to do some errands for my father.

The first finisher did it in an impossible 21:42. The seasoned regular who Oldfloss met was over three minutes after that, and commented (via Strava) that the conditions were very hard on the day.

As for myself, I came in at position 21 of 61, with a time of 29:02, with no walking breaks. The lady in front was a minute ahead of me.

Looking forward to meeting Katnap , TailChaser and the Kits there next weekend. Pity Oldfloss is on the IC and will not be joining us.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to nowster

I am hoping to be there.. even if I do not run!

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Fantastico!! We may be joined by another of our parkrun’s RDs as well 👍

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Yeayyyy. If I feel strong I may Jeff it..if not I will be there anyway, cheering you speedsters on xxxx

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Bad news for us: at 9am it will be nearly high tide with the tide still coming in.

bbc.co.uk/weather/coast-and...

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Ok, thanks nowster, will keep an eye on their website.

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

It's not usually cancelled other than for storms.

The high tide means we'll be running on the softer sand further up the beach.

The page to watch is: parkrun.org.uk/hafanpwllhel...

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damienairAdministrator in reply to nowster

Great running and brilliant finish time considering that you were running on sand.

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