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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

Who would have thought that you could get an awful cold from air conditioning. I’ve suffered all week, I’m still up most of the night coughing. I’m on a course of steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines and a Ventolin inhaler. So obviously I can’t even think about running at the moment. I’ve missed 3 parkruns in a row due to Holidays and being sick. But today I’m going to go, my cocker spaniel Ruby and I will walk parkrun today. Weather is awful again. Drizzle drizzle drizzle. I’ll put on a rain coat and brave the day. Have a lovely run everyone.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Hope you feel better soon damienair

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Better to be ill in bad weather Damien….you don’t waste nice days that way. It doesn’t surprise me that air conditioning can carry colds……and legionella of course if it’s not properly maintained. Get well soon.👍

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Oh Damien, how miserable. Chase those bugs away and tell them not to return. Hope you’re back up and running for next weekend. 🤞

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Sorry to hear Damien. Well at least a walked parkrun is better than no parkrun...

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

So sorry to hear you’re still feeling bad Damien, fingers crossed you start to heal soon!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Sorry to hear you are still not well damienair. Well done for getting to parkrun anyway.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Oh no Damien! How miserable, I hope you are able to get back out there soon. Are there any air purifiers? Maybe you can suggest some get put in if this is a common thing? Well done getting out there 👍

Newbierunner84 profile image
Newbierunner84 in reply to damienair

I hope you feel better soon. Well done for still going and walking it 👌🏻

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

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

Still no running for me this week but I’m healing so hope to be back out there soon.

It was a very windy park run today! Hubby and no. 2 son did well even though the headwind was brutal on the way back. Hubby came Ist in his age category with a time of 25:18 & no.2 son ran his fastest mile (6:16) with a finish time of 21:32.

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

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Good evening RunWillie, I hope you recover very soon and you can run parkrun again, congratulations to your husband on coming first in his age catorgary and No. 2 son running his fastest mile 🏃🏾👍

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks AlMorr 👍🏻

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Good to hear you’re on the mend RW - and well done to Hubby and No.2 son on their runs. What a great runny family you all are!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thanks Oldgirlruns 😍

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Hope you’re soon back RunWillie. Well done to your family

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5 😍

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Your no.2 son is incredible RW, I could only dream of a mile that fast!

Hope you’re healing up ok. Katnap joined the falling over club today. He has two sore hands and a very grazed knee. Who would have thought this club would be so popular!

Fingers crossed you’ll be back very soon x

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TailChaser 😍

Sorry to hear about Katnap - It is certainly a club no one wants to join.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

It’s definitely one of those RW 😩

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Your no 2 son is something else RW. As is your whole family! Hope you’re able to get back running yourself soon. 🤞

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheekychipmunks 😍

It has been wonderful to see no.2 enjoying park run. Our really fast runners are all encouraging him as well. Park run is the best.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

It sounds like you have a real superstar in the making RW! How exciting. 👏👏👏

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

Fantastic and very well done to hunny and son no.2

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks damienair - Glad you’re feeling better 👍🏻

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10

Sorry about the air conditioning causing all those problems for you Damien, as I write this post at 10am you will still be walking parkrun today, no parkrun for me today but I did run a "3K maintenance run" at 8.30 this morning around the park very near to where I live in a time of 20.17. I just hope that you recover soon from your bad cold,

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al. I’m bouncing back thankfully. Finished the steroids today and should be finished with the antibiotics on Wednesday. My cough is improving and I don’t feel as caught up. Well done on your maintenance run.

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10

An 8k for me this morning. The first 5k was in 33:16, so I was quite happy with that given it was part of a longer run. It was drizzling but so warm that it didn’t matter. I am enjoying doing different routes and having someone to run with. We seem to be picking up pace, run on run, at the same rate, on the basis that we can walk for a few minutes if either of us needs it. Just the odd encounter with dog walkers this morning, and one young woman who overtook us with a cheerful hello, a smile and a clean pair of heels! So all good.🙂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Nice one BC! I’m saying nothing, but (woohoo, you’re on a serious roll!) There, nothing to get the jinx gremlins interested.

Happy training. Only 10 weeks to go. 💥

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Even my VO2 max is behaving. I think it likes average heart rates below 140…..for old geezers like me anyway!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I keep forgetting about that one cheeky, I have tunnel vision at the moment 🤣 Keep the countdown going 👍

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Excellent BC - definitely 'no, nothing to see here'!😜

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

🤞🤞🤞🤞

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

A quiet whoop whoop from me.

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5. Just trying to keep a lid on things and avoid getting over ambitious. I like these regular longer runs and my legs seem to be in sync with that too. 🫢

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

🤫👏👏👏🤫

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

🙂 Thanks TC.

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Very well done on your 8K run

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Morning fellow running chums! My first PR after a 3 week break, and it was a no brainer which one I’d pick. Severn Bridge! It’s so much of a favourite that I think I’ll do my 100th there! Number 91 today, so not quite yet.

No Jenny with me today as she’s whooping it up in London. No worries, I trundled over solo. It was the B course (will be for a while) due to roadworks, but it’s basically identical except for running down the slip road at the end towards the finish! I was stride for stride with another lady, and we sprinted across the line pretty much together. I let her ‘win’ by one second as we were going at quite a clip and I had visions of us entangling our feet! I didn’t fancy a face plant, and I’m sure she didn’t either! We high fived as we finished, and it was such fun! It’s not often I go fast. 😂

Anyway, 35:47 Garmin 35:50 official. Happy with that in the extremely humid conditions. 🥵

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

So your 100 is close to the GSR. A long way from those C25k days. Good run for you today cheeky; I remember stepping back to allow Tasha99 to finish before me on one park run. On her subsequent park run, she and her mate sneaked up and galloped past me at the last minute; youth of today eh? 🙂

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes it is BC. I need to orchestrate when best to do it. 😀

Oh yes, fast youths. I’d say I remember those days, but I was never one for speed even then! Today’s sprint was about as fast as it gets! 😅

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Nice to have a downward finish Cheeky, but sprinting?! Heaven forfend!!😜

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It’s a nice bonus of the B course Jonathan. 👏👏 Although even for a sure-footed mountain goat like me, it felt like we were somewhat out of control! I did NOT relish falling flat on my face. 😳😵‍💫😅

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Welcome back cheeky and I will be watching out for your 100th run date. We are running twins today- exactly the same time as me.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy! Yes I’m doing some date calculations. 😀

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done not face planting cheeky, I’d like to think our club is closed to new members now but Katnap snuck in this morning 🙄

Ooooh wish we could join you for your 100 but if it’s October we’re already ridiculously booked up 😩

Cmoi profile image
CmoiGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Oh no TailChaser , didn't Katnap get the "Faceplants'r'us Club Now Closed" message? Hope it's nothing serious.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Cmoi

I did tell him but he was too keen! He’ll be ok, one sore knee, washed off in the sea and dabbed with cream, two sore hands, one with a bandage whilst he drives. Just got to keep the other one moving as I think he’s bruised the tendons.

Cmoi profile image
CmoiGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I'm pleased to hear it's not worse. 👍

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Cmoi

Update on Katnap’s wrist: suspected fracture in his wrist (difficult to see on the X-ray apparently) and it’s now got a brace on it. About 10 days recovery, but he still wants to go on my interval run with me tomorrow 🥰

Now let that be an end to the HealthUnlocked run of accidents please 🙏

Cmoi profile image
CmoiGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Appreciate the update TailChaser but obviously not good news. Hope Katnap 's wrist mends fully and quickly, and please ensure the pair of you don't do yourselves any more damage!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Cmoi

We’ll do our best Cmoi 🤞

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I might put it off to November actually TailChaser . I haven’t factored in volunteering, not running the day before the GSR etc.

Yes I saw Katnap had joined your dubious club! I had a feeling if I lost concentration I might have joined it too! 😅

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done keeping that concentration up, we don’t need any more members!

🤞we can join you in November, just the Winter Series again atm 🙄

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Fantastic running Cheeky. Just 9 more to go.

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Chinkoflight60minGraduate

Well today was Parkrun 4 for me and run in 39.39 so very happy with that in the very humid conditions. BUT a big SHOUT OUT to Sixfields Upton Parkrun ratcheting up their #150 event. Thank you to all the volunteers. I'm still enthused to keep running as many events as possible for now but will volunteer soon, perhaps when run 10 has been done! The volunteers are just the best. (Profile M70 stroke recovery)

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Chinkoflight

Well done COL. I think you'll enjoy volunteering - it feels great to give something back!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Chinkoflight

Well done you! Yes volunteering gives a different post run high and you get to know people easier.

Chinkoflight profile image
Chinkoflight60minGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Good point about getting to know!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Chinkoflight

I seem to remember I started volunteering after 10 Chinko, I think that’s a very fair number to have under your belt. Well done on your run 👍👏👏👏

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Chinkoflight

Very well done. Yes volunteering is lovely and it is a great way to get to know the core team and fellow parkrunners.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

Well I was all set for my 101st parkrun this morning, but after checking online I realised that there was a severe shortage of volunteers and particularly marshals. So at the last minute I changed my plans, did a nice 3k down to Portsmouth Lakeside and offered my services - which were gratefully received. I was also rewarded with an extra point on VO2 max - not sure why!

I was marshalling at the point where a cycle lane crosses the course. We usually have 2 marshals there, but today it was just me and there were a couple of hairy moments - some people are very impatient!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Oh well done Jonathan. Very noble of you to forego your run and go to marshal instead. Eastville was pleading yet again - I get so cross that it’s always the same faces who volunteer. 😠

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky - mind you, I wanted to wear my 100 shirt today, but my size isn't currently available, so hopefully by next week.....

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done you Jonathan- I saw the desperate pleas on the Facebook site last night.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for your shirt. TailChaser has been waiting months for hers , and me for my V50. I will copy the email I had from the supplier to you

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy. I did a 'live chat' on the ProDirect website and was told that there was a delivery tomorrow, but that seems unlikely given that it's a Sunday!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

My email and Dexy’s ProDirect response emails were identical JP, which is strange given that they were 3 months apart! However, they have to be right at some point surely?

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I'll let you both know if tomorrow (or Monday) produces any changes TC

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Fingers crossed JP 🤞

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Very noble JP. I think a 3k is the closest I get to an almost sure fire increase in VO2 max. No time for the heart rate to build up.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC - I'll take it of course!

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Makes up for all of the mean-spirited and random deductions!! 👍

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

That’s brilliant JP, I think they’re all a bit short at the moment. Our parkrun commandeered an old RD who was over from New Zealand today - most of us other RDs were off gallivanting across the country!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

You need a break sometimes TC!😀

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done JP - a true parkrunner!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

😊

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to JonathanP

Fair play to you and very well done for Volunteering Jonathan. I’ve put myself down to volunteer next weekend as timer. It will be my 24th volunteer day.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien - today was 22 for me

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10

It’s a great parkrun family isn’t it Damien? I didn’t run today as I didn’t feel brilliant when I woke up but I toddled down later to see the finishers and do a bit of chatting! Met a lovely couple of ladies from Chew Magna who often run at Ashton Court - they were celebrating 200 parkruns each and one of their group was doing his 100th different parkrun. And they brought cake! What wonderful tourists, you’re welcome in Southsea anytime! Dexy5 and UpTheStanley had run so deserved their post run breakfast; but, feeling better, of course I had to join them! Happy “sort of” parkrunning folks!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

You need the energy OG! Glad you’re feeling better 🤗

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC, I certainly need energy at the moment - I feel completely drained for some reason!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Hot weather OG, it’s really draining 🥵

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

I'm sure that breakfast helped your recovery OGR!😜

Oldgirlruns profile image
OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP, brekkie always helps!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Ah great, nice to meet up for the post parkrun breakfast. I walked along with my doggie, I was the only one out of 58 parkrunners walking so had a lovely chat with the Tailwalker. A young boy aged 12 did his 100th parkrun in a sub 20 minute time this morning.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Funnily enough Mr Cheeky and I were in Chew Magna yesterday evening Oldgirlruns ! We took the grandsons out for dinner by the lake, it’s lovely!

Glad you felt well enough to have breakfast.

😀

Mudita11 profile image
Mudita11Graduate10

I was a tail walker today with a lovely bonus - one of the marshals asked if I’d mind taking her dog with me to give him a walk. Mind? Blooming delighted 😀. He had a tail and we were walking so he was also a volunteer I reckon. It was good to be able to talk during parkrun as I can’t normally say more than a word or two. All in all a great morning!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Mudita11

I think dogs should get running and volunteer credits too Mudita, as you say, this one is was volunteering after all!

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Mudita11

Very well done on Tailwalker volunteering today. I walked today with my doggie due to being sick. I was the only one walking so walked along with the Tailwalker having a lovely chat.

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Dexy5Graduate10

Gee it was warm at Southsea again this morning. I don’t blame some of the men running bare chested, but I went for a running vest and shorts as bare minimum. After a fairly fast run to the turning cone, I decided to Jeff the return leg and came in at exactly the same parkrun time as cheekychipmunks . 35:50 (35:10 Garmin)

Rewarded with chocolate brownie from milestone tourists!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yum 😋 what lovely tourists you have Dexy!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Tourists are always made welcome but bearing cake, doubly so!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

You're very good at milestone cakes at Southsea Dexy!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I’m very good at eating them JonathanP

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

PR time twins Dexy5 ! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 😀

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I bet you’d be in front of me on the bridge though cheeky.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I suspect we’d be very similar Dexy5 ! 😀

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Brilliant effort and very well done Dexy.

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beth_fGraduate10

Afternoon damienair and all

Sorry to hear you are still under the weather.

Hot on the heels of Dexy5 we had been plotting our pilgrimage to Bushy and today was the day to do it.

Myself, husband and Dad made the 100 mile round trip up at the crack of sparrows to ensure we didn’t get held up or struggle to park.

Fortunately everything was plain sailing arriving at 8am.

We worked out roughly where the start was, and very grateful that it was near the loos!

Husband and Dad went off on their own run into the distance and I trundled off in the hope of being able to run the whole distance without walking.

Thankfully all went well, and apart from it being very warm I was pleased to get round in 35.40.

There was 1090 runners in total, the biggest I’ve ever run with.

Post run cuppa was very welcome!

Pic of me & my dad at the start (I didn’t look that fresh at the end 😂)

A male and a female runner standing outside
AlMorr profile image
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

Lovely photo of you and your dad beth_f, great run as well, Bushy Parkrun seems to be the Mecca for parkrunners, they should all run there at least once in their lifetime, it was there that the first parkrun took place on the 2nd October 2004.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

Very jealous! Well done to you all getting down there, it’s hard work getting up early to tourist but it’s always so worth it!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

Very committed with that early start beth_f - glad you had a good time!

beth_f profile image
beth_fGraduate10 in reply to beth_f

Thanks all. It’s an area we know quite well & used to frequent regularly as both my Sister in Law’s lived very close by until they moved down our way but that was before I was running 🤦🏼‍♀️😂

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to beth_f

So glad you made it Beth, and 100 more runners than when we were there. Did you enjoy the dusty start?

beth_f profile image
beth_fGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I couldn’t see some of the runners ahead with all that dust! When we were driving back I noticed how grainy my face and arms were 😆

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to beth_f

Yes I’d put suntan lotion on and the dust stuck on that. 😂

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to beth_f

Ah how wonderful. Great that you were able to experience it with your husband and your dad. Huge congratulations to you on completing the Bushy pilgrimage. Amazing and lovely photo.

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TailChaserGraduate10

Good afternoon Damien and all!

Annoyingly I have no photos from today's run but we have been touristing at Newborough Forest on the isle of Anglesey.

Originally we were going to meet up with nowster , Oldfloss and a fellow RD from our home parkrun. However, Oldfloss had to go home early and the tide was high which meant running on mainly soft, deep sand, which I really didn’t want to risk. So it was Plan B, which thankfully nowster was happy to oblige with.

With our fellow RD risking it all at Pwllheli, we met up with nowster in the Newborough car park and he showed us his impressive collection of ‘Five Finger’ shoes. Then we made our way to the start and before we knew it we were off!

Newborough is a mix of sand (with a small dune) and trail paths. Katnap shot off with nowster not far behind and then youngest kitten followed them once the undulating first 3.5km was over and the downhill 1.5km began! I was happy with my 30:23 but this week I was only 5th in my age grade even though I was the 20th woman. The majority of the 109 were tourists so I reckon most were keen regular runners.

As mentioned in a few replies, Katnap had an accident but he’s all patched up now. Grazed knee washed off in the sea and two sore hands, he’ll be ok.

Due to the rainy weather and lack of cafe we had to say farewell to nowster without the traditional post run coffee, but hopefully we’ll do this some other time, and maybe when the tide is lower at Pwllheli 🤞🤞🤞 It was great to meet you nowster and well done on your run 👍👍

Have a great runny week everyone 😍💪👏👍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

it seems like a face plant at parkrun is obligatory this year TailChaser . Sea water is a great healing solution, so long as its not sandy. Super that you managed a meet up with nowster - Shame about the coffee, but you probably just wanted to get dry and on your way by then. Safe journey home.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, I think you’re right! Remember those badges we used to have? Maybe we should resurrect them for face planting?!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Ha ha. You’ve just reminded me, I’ve still got badges for the postponed Queen Elizabeth Park parkrun. Maybe it needs redirecting as it’s platinum year , and before it gets muddy again . What do you think cheekychipmunks and JonathanP ?

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

It's a yes from me!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I’m in Dexy5 😀

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

I’m just impressed that you even considered running at Pwllheli TailChaser . It sounds energy sapping without even being there! Glad Katnap is ok. What a club! And how lovely to see Oldfloss again this week, and to meet up with nowster ! 😀

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yeah, he’ll be ok. It was lovely to see both, shame she couldn’t join us but family commitments called. We’ve been trying to meet up with nowster for ages so it was great to finally do it. If Pwllheli had been the same consistency as when we last did it, it would have been fine but I dragged everyone up and down the steepest road in the world (allegedly) twice yesterday and I think we were all grateful not to have to lift our legs up too high today!

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

She is tough!! You should have seen her shinning up the rocks at Capel Curig!!!!

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

🤣🤣🤣

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

I can imagine OF! She’s a taskmaster alright! 🥵🥵🥵

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Floss’s suggestion 😅

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

You had a great run..and remained injury free... unlike the speedy katnap!

As I am not back to full strength.. I did not mind missing the PR tooooo much. especially an early start! It was just great getting together in the week anyway!

It sounds a lovely route, but obviously I just love the Pwllheli one!!!!!!!!Heal well Katnap xxx

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks Floss, yes, I wasn’t impressed having to get up at 6am during a holiday!Lovely to see you again, and maybe one day parkrun again…🤞xxx

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damienairAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Very well TC on your run and great that you got to meet nowster too. Hope katnap is OK.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. His knees are ok but his wrist is a concern. We may have to get it checked out tomorrow 🤞🤞🤞

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damienairAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Hope his wrist is ok 👍

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

He’s had an X-ray and he’s got a suspected fracture. It should be mended in 10 days and he only has to wear a brace, thankfully it’s not too bad and at least it’s on the mend now.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Sounds like another great HU meet up TC!

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It was JP! Who would have thought in deepest, darkest Wales too!

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nowsterGraduate10

Good afternoon, Damien.

An early start today after getting to bed late last night.

There was a last minute change of plans, and Pwllheli was no longer the venue for the meet up. TailChaser , Katnap and one of the Kits had decided to break their journey home by stopping off at the Newborough Forest parkrun.

The journey there was about 90 minutes but the roads getting there were quiet.

The group arrived after me. I spotted TailChaser just as I was leaving the toilet block in the car park there. It was drizzling. They watched me change into my "tractor tread" shoes (Spyridon MR) then we ambled over to the start position, reaching it about ten minutes before the off.

The start point has its own permanent marker and the route also has little white on blue "running stick figure" signs throughout. There were the usual yellow-backed parkrun arrows at all the turns.

The RD did a very short briefing from a rise at the side of the main path. It came as a surprise when she said "Go!"

As usual I held back at the start, a few metres behind TailChaser.

Katnap pulled away first. Once I started to feel confident (and the crush of runners had thinned a bit) I started to move up the field too.

The first stretch was a gentle rise on gravel, then a gradual drop to a left turn, then a right turn. The first surprise: a climb up soft sand. I went "stuff it" and powered up the dunes. It was firmer at the top. The rest of the course was a gentle climb on packed gravel or earth tracks, then from about the half way point, things levelled off and we started to gradually go downhill.

As I'd kept my powder dry at the start, I had enough left to overtake a few folks during the last km. The very end was a sharp right turn on sand into the finish funnel.

A very interesting course!

The rain held off during the run but started to come back once we'd finished.

Katnap finished first. Then me. Then the Kit, and finally TailChaser.

I came in at position 42 (of 105) with an official time of 26'50". That's an official parkrun PB for me. Unofficially, Blickling was still faster (26'26").

We chatted near the finish area for a bit until Katnap had cleaned his grazed knee and the rain started to get heavier. The parking was free until 11am. Normally it would be £2 for two hours.

Splits (on the watch): 5'57", 5'39", 5'14", 5'03", 4'52". Another first: negative splits at a parkrun.

Great to actually meet some people from here in real life! Hope you all had a safe journey home.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to nowster

So glad you got to meet the Kat family nowster.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Great to finally meet you too nowster and thank you for joining us after the last minute change of plans. Well done on your PB, especially on such a technical course. Your splits are very impressive!

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Yesletsgo60minGraduate

Hi damienair and everyone else. I haven't run for 17 days, too hot then away in Crete then too tired from lack of sleep lol but today was the day.I decided I'd just take it very easy. Mr YLG said he'd run with me but he couldn't hack my slow pace and slowly but surely pulled way ahead of me. I was happy with just Coach Bennett (Running for more: Joy) and an indie playlist off Radio 6 to get me through.

A lot of the time a woman about 10 years younger than I were running together, taking turns to overtake and even having a bit of a chat. She blamed her boobs for running slower than the guys who were miles ahead of us. I blamed myself for being old and decrepit. Eventually she pulled ahead. Normally I'd make a point of overtaking her but I was just enjoying the easy run. She finished 25 seconds ahead of me but I was just happy to be running again.

I finished in 39:11, not too bad, not my fastest but not my slowest either. Other half finished in 32:07, his slowest for a long time.

I felt really good once I finished but that treacherous Mr Garmin obviously didn't agree. My age according to the VO2 was 39 at the start but when I checked it after he tells me I'm 44. He's usually such a sweet talker, instead of being glad he's clocking me as 20 years younger than my real age I now feel cheated!!

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Hargo

Number 52

Planned to do glossop as hadn't been there since number 25 but saw that woodbank was celebrating their 600th event so changed it last minute. They're coming up to 13 years now since event number 1!

Just a base plod this weekend but decided to press the pace on the last k on the flat section and pulled out a 4:04 which surprised me in the hoka shoes. The big wedge of cushion and lack of plate normally prevents me from going so close to 4. Quads must be getting stronger.

Feel like it may be time for another pb attempt so perhaps next Saturday I'll travel to the super flat rother valley parkrun.

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