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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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damienairAdministrator

Unfortunately I will not be doing a parkrun this weekend. I will however be doing a 10K hike over a mountain which I have wanted to do for a while. I’ll be doing the hike with my brother in law, Ruby my doggie and Ruby’s sister Molly. Have wonderful parkruns everyone.

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Have fun! damienair 👍🏻

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Crikey that sounds amazing and hard work too Damien. Enjoy the views at the top! 🏔 😍

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CmoiAmbassador in reply to damienair

Saw your hike on Strava damienair . It looks fab and, from my point of view, infinitely preferable to any Parkrun!

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Cmoi

Thanks. It was fantastic. My max heart rate got up to 184. It was such a beautiful hike.

Morning hike
Cmoi profile image
CmoiAmbassador in reply to damienair

184?! Good grief, mine's gone to that and more when running up proper hills, but never when hiking. Well, at least afaik 🤔 Well done!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

How beautiful damienair. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Dendev75Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Hope you enjoyed your hike, I love a good hike. 4th park run for me today ☺️

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RunWillieGraduate10

Hi damienair & all,

No park run for us either today. Hubby is at a conference all day & no.2 son was happy to sleep in as it was very wet & windy.

I did manage to get out for a 3 miler. I’ve been trying to be more disciplined with my heart rate training so today was supposed to be a zone 3/4 run but I was all zone 2/3. Think I need park run to get that heart rate up!

Finished my(not)park run in 33:07 but perhaps more importantly - I got to see the ocean, a rainbow & finished my run smiling😍

Happy park running to those who can ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️
cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Lovely run RW. You got your fix. 😍

I struggle with my HR too. Mine is always (naturally) ridiculously low and my legs would fall off if I ever run in Zone 4 or 5! My overnight resting HR is usually in the 30s!

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Wow! cheekychipmunks That is a very impressive resting heart rate. I don’t normally struggle to hit zone 4 but I’ve been doing some really slow runs in zone 1/2 this week.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Thanks RW, but it’s nothing impressive! It’s just my rather bizarre normal! 😅

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

cheeky’s heart rate is the stuff of legends RW!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

😂😂😂 TailChaser 😂😂😂

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

Very well done on your 3 mile run.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

No PR for me either Damien. Jenny, Flossie and I are volunteering at Eastville this morning ahead of our Severn Bridge 10k tomorrow. We’re then going over to Chepstow to pick up our numbers just to add to the excitement. It’ll be Jen’s first ever race. 😀

No excuses for me - we could easily get them tomorrow morning, but I’m in pre- race excitement mode and want to get my mitts on that number as soon as possible! 😂

Enjoy PR today everyone. ❤️

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Have an awesome time cheekychipmunks

Cheering for you and Jen 😍

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Thank you RW! 🙏🏻

GTFC profile image
GTFCGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Go go cheekychipmunks wishing you all the best!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to GTFC

Thanks so much GTFC, can’t wait! 😍

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Have a great time tomorrow Cheeky- I'm sure Jenny will enjoy her first race!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks Jonathan! She’s as excited as I am. 😀😀

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Nah, not possible 😂🦋🦋🦋

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

You know me too well Dexy5 ! 🦋🤸‍♀️😅

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to cheekychipmunks

I wish you good luck CC for your Severn Bridge 10K tomorrow, well done for volunteering, especially Flossie for BARKcoding at at Eastville Parkrun this morning. 😊

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al! Looking forward to tomorrow. Actually Flossie marshalled today - she enjoyed that too! 🐕😀

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damienairAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Well done for volunteering last week. And hope the 10K was fab. Sorry I am only replying now. Life has got extremely busy recently and I am trying to stay off my phone as much as possible.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

No problem Damien. Yes the 10k was awesome. Jenny’s second ever run at that distance and she smashed it in 1:00:27! 👏👏👏

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Brixcos

My first Parkrun today! I'm not going to lie, it was tough but I finished 5 mins quicker than expected! Unofficial time 45 mins - so I'm a pretty chuffed snail today! Everyone was very supportive and the weather was fab - and I'm going to make this a relatively regular fixture to get me running perhaps a little quicker over time.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Brixcos

Congratulations on your first parkrun Brixcos! Glad to hear the bug has got you already!😜

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Brixcos

Your Saturdays will never be the same Brixcos. Glad you enjoyed it.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Brixcos

Fantastic and congratulations on your first parkrun. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend and a lovely way to meet people and make new friends.

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to Brixcos

Oh dear. Yet another PR Addict. The worst part is not being able to go when you get ill or injured (hopefully not the latter and rarely the former!)

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Mudita11Graduate10

Tail walking for me today at Southampton. 688 finishers, 46 minutes for us tail walkers which seems pretty fast! Very enjoyable

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Mudita11

Yes remarkably quick for 688 runners Mudita!👍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Mudita11

Well done Mudita

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Mudita11

Well done. That’s super fast for Tailwalker.

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DiogoC

I really wanted to do it this weekend. my plan was to do Hampstead Heath park run and go for a dip in the ponds before the summer's over, but a few things conspired against me:

1- park run starts at 9am and I'm not a morning person (plus getting to Hampstead would take me an hour, so I'd have to wake up at like 7.45);

2- i'm still in week 7, running roughly 3k in 25 mins so it would take me closer to 50 mins to do the 5k and i don't want to be the last one across the finish line;

3- i've been told Hampstead is actually quite hilly, so probably not the best for a beginner.

next 2 weeks i'm doing swim events, so it probably won't be then either

my first park run might well be after i graduate

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to DiogoC

Not to worry diogoc - there's plenty more parkruns to come! By the way, you wouldn't be last no matter what your time was - there are always tail walkers who make sure that they're last!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to DiogoC

A post graduation parkrun is a fitting end to c25k DiogoC. I took Jo Whiley along with me on my first one , even walking the first 5 minutes. No pressure on speed so just run at your pace.

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Come to Tooting. It is flat and we are a nice bunch. A bit if a trek from Hampstead, I suppose.

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RennurGraduate10 in reply to Rennur

...Plus I am coming back from injury/illness etc so I will be jeffing next week so you may overtake me!. I did my first run in 6 weeks. I did 3.2K in 30 minutes jeffing (3 plus 2.) Nothing special. Still got a slight cough, but much better now. But being back after so long is such a brilliant feeling. Hope everyone is healthy or at least getting there.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Rennur

To DiogoC I think 😉

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AlMorrAmbassador

Good afternoon Damien, I had an amazing run today considering my circumstances, most of this week I have had a sore hip and it's slowed me down a good bit, on Wednesday I ran my 115th (not)parkrun in a time of 44.04 which for me is around 10 minutes slower than normal, however, my hip isn't as sore now and this morning at Springburn Parkrun my time was 33.58.I went to the back of 99 runners, I told the tailwalker about my week and she told me to take my time, I went at a slightly slower pace so I hoped to get a sub 40 minute run, let alone sub 35 minute 5K, so I am very pleased with my run today.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al - best to take it easy just in case!

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to JonathanP

👍 Thanks JonathanP, my hip is only a little sore now, I took Holly the dog her usual 2pm walk,. I have just discovered that there is a new parkrun only 4 miles from where I live, the new parkrun is Palacerigg Country Parkrun, the first one was this morning, I will still get the bus to the nearest part of Palacerigg Park and walk around 3K to the start, I may try that parkrun in a few weeks time.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Nice to have a choice locally Al

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

How exciting Al. They like to keep the first run secret so the volunteers don’t get overwhelmed by huge numbers of tourists.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Dexy5

There is a YouTube video of the first run entitled "Inaugural Palacerigg Country Parkrun" (12.27) it's speeded up a little, this coming Monday I am going to walk the course as I used to walk in Palacerigg Country Park many times years ago before moving to the other end of Cumbernauld where I now live.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

It’s very narrow at the start isn’t it. Enjoy next week Al

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Sounds like a great idea. Enjoy your new PR. You may find it too easy knowing you!!!!

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Rennur

This Monday morning I walked the course, it's a one lapper route, a trail, I wore walking boots as some parts of the course are very rough which could be quite muddy in wet weather so when running I will definitely wear my trail running shoes even in dry weather. The first 3K's are slightly downhill, it's only the last kilometer which is slightly uphill with 2 short steep hills which I may walk while running at this parkrun, there is a small part of the route where there is a sharp U turn, I didn't go along that bit this morning because I don't exactly know where that sharp U turn is, I just hope that the marshalls and whoever is volunteering knows where it is, there maybe a permanent mark to tell the volunteer where to stand at that U turn

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Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Excellent Al! Well done 👏🏽

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Tasha99

👍 Thanks Tasha✅👍

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Doris8Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al Morr , hope your hip eases, I know what it’s like, mines been sore and sacroiliac joint . Take it easy.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Doris8

It's eased a lot thanks Doris8, it won't stop me going my Sunday morning 🚲 bike ride 👍

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damienairAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Alan I am so sorry about my late reply. I have been crazy with work and in the evenings I am trying my best to stay off my phone. Very well done on your great time last week considering you were struggling earlier with your hip. I hope this week has been way better for you and your hip is back to normal.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to damienair

No need to apologise about the late reply Damien,, I did take that run slow and steady because of my sore back, normally my time at Springburn parkrun is around 32 minutes, on Saturday 27th August it was 33:58, glad to tell you that this morning, 3rd September my back isn't sore at all, I ran at Dunfermline parkrun today, all the three's, my time was 33:33.

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nowsterGraduate10

Ideal weather this morning at Chadderton for parkrun number 42. It's about 16°C and partially sunny, but we're under tree cover for most of the way.

Some regulars are missing which is to be expected during the holiday season.

There was a lady from Edinburgh wearing a tartan skort with saltire patterned shorts underneath.

A couple of dogs and someone with a pushchair too.

I took up my place at the rear of the pack as usual. I know my place. 😆

I also know that the best way to tackle this course is to start off slowly. Unusually, I'm overtaking people in the first 100m.

I advance most in the first lap, then set into a steady rhythm. As I'm passing the marshals at the start/finish point I call out, "They're after me! They're after me! I keep running but they're still following."

On the second lap, I call out, "Are they still after me?" They told me they were.

On the third I remark that today's runners are slow as nobody's lapped me.

On the fourth, I'm doing a sprint finish and someone's almost on my shoulder as I pass the timekeepers. (We record identical times.)

Afterwards I chat with a few of the other runners and clap in the last few finishers.

A good run. I also improved on my PB for this course by a whole... second. I think the Garmin training plan is starting to show results.

I finished at position 25 out of 63, with an official time of 27:43.

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to nowster

Well done! I could potentially meet you there one day for a VRB meet up since my sister is in Warrington!

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Tasha99

I could do a bit of tourism to Pennington Flash or Worsley Woods if necessary.

PS. Chadderton is in the top 50 of hard parkrun courses.

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to nowster

I’ll let you know when I’m over that way again!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to nowster

Well done on your new course PB. So sorry I am only replying now. I made a conscious decision to stay off my phone as much as possible this week. Great running. Sorry for the late reply.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

Suffering from a heavy cold this morning (I blame the grandchildren last weekend at Center Parcs!), but had already volunteered to be car park marshal so thought I would see how things went before deciding whether to run.

In the end I didn't feel too bad so took it relatively easy and came in on 33.28. Quite a few tourists I think as I had a few queries about parking arrangements and 227 runners - largest number since May.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done Jonathan! Impressed with you running with a heavy cold and getting such a good time. 👊 Hope you feel better soon. 🤧

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky - it's more of a nuisance than anything else

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

That sounds hopeful at least Jonathan. 🙏🏻

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Well done JP. Hope you are fit and healthy again soon.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to JonathanP

Well done to you JonathanP on your run today considering you were running with a heavy cold✅✅👍🏃‍♂️

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al

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damienairAdministrator in reply to JonathanP

Well done Jonathan and great that numbers are coming back up again since May. I hope your feeling much better this week.

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TailChaserGraduate10

Good afternoon Damien and all. No parkrun running for me today as I’ve got 18 miles tomorrow 😬 I did, however, marshal and I’ve got the tokens to sort.

I wasn’t sure about my marshalling position at the start of the car park but it was pretty good actually and I got quite into it. I also got to have a quick chat with Runnerno which was fab because when we last talked I completely forgot his HU name and felt really bad about it. Lovely to meet you again Runnerno!

We also got to have a post PR drink with Sandie1961 and Shake-and-run before their Cosford 10k tomorrow. So a bit of a mini HU meet up all in all.

Good luck with your hike Damien and all the best to cheekychipmunks and everyone with their runs and races this weekend. Have fun 🤩💪👏👏

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thanks TC, and well done on your marshalling duties too! I was also doubtful that I’d enjoy my position, but I’ve decided it’s now my favourite and it’s one I’ll request again! Shows how good it is to try different marshal stations doesn’t it? 😀

Nice that you had a mini meetup with Sandie and Shakes. Good luck with your (gulp) 18 miles tomorrow. My 10k race seems teeny tiny in comparison! 😅

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damienairAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Well done TC on your volunteering stint. Sorry to be only replying now. Crazy weekend last week and crazy week. I tried to stay away from my phone as much as possible. Hope you Marathon training is going well.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Got to be done sometimes Damien. Thank you, and thanks for replying 🤗

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Dexy5Graduate10

I can’t believe my post has disappeared down a black hole again! Long story short.

It’s Portsmouth Victorious Festival this weekend, which normally has no affect on parkrun but this year the organisers started opening gates at 10.00 and placed a queuing system for the park and ride bus right on parkrun start/finish area! Metal barriers everywhere.

A mad panic as RD and UpTheStanley agreed new procedures (it was too late to cancel) , while I did the pre-run check along the rest of the course.

All went well considering, but I think our ED will be sending a strong note to the council events team.

Mr Coddfish , myself and Oldgirlruns ran, UTS filled in as timekeeper to cover an absent volunteer and Coddfish jumped in to marshal the end of the route. Breakfast followed!

Have a good weekend everyone.

parkrun start/finish area
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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Whoa what a palava Dexy. I can imagine the panic. Well done to all who helped it run as smoothly as possible, and I hope the council events team get a flea in their collective ears. 🙄

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thankfully everyone listened to the briefing, and the masses didn’t all arrive for the festival too early

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Sounds like everybody pulled together to make sure that it went ahead despite everything Dexy - and ain't that the spirit of parkrun!👍

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

It sure is Jonathan. My best time since May too.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Fantastic! 👏

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Mudita11Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Crikey Dexy5 ! You all did a brilliant job to make parkrun go ahead in very trying circumstances x

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Mudita11

Lucky you visited last week Mudita11!

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I have no doubt at all that you coped admirably 😃Congratulations on a great time too 👏👏

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

I’m hoping that extending my distance again will help my parkrun time Sandie. My PB was set in 2019 after running a few 10ks and regularly running 3 times a week .

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Well done Dexy. Hope parkrun was back to normal for you all this weekend.

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Graduate10

I continued with some parkrun tourism today. I ran Riverside parkrun in Chester le Street, County Durham, which is right next to the cricket ground. It was a lovely run and the volunteers were brilliant.

Riverside parkrun Chester le Street
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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Tasha99

Lovely photo of you Tasha, great run today for you at Riverside Parkrun, , ✅👍well done 👍🏃🏾

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Tasha99

It sounds like you are getting lots of tourism in Tasha99. Are you choosing weekends away to try new parkruns.

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Some of them are weekends away but some I’m just travelling further afield from home. I’m enjoying the new routes 😍

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Tasha99

Very well done on your parkrun tourism.

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Sandie1961Graduate10

Hello everyone! As Shake-and-run and I have the Spitfire run tomorrow, I couldn’t resist coming over a day early to meet up with TailChaser and Katnap for Stratford -upon-Avon parkrun this morning (and dinner out last night!) TailChaser was marshalling as she has a very long marathon training run tomorrow and Shake-and-run was tailwalking, so just Katnap and I running. It was quite crowded at the start so a bit slow getting away, but official time of 31.30, negative splits and a final sprint PB 🥳💥😃

Parkrunners
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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Very impressive Sandie - time, splits and PB?!👍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Very impressed with you doing parkrun the day before your 10k Sandie

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

My HM plan has Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday runs so I’ve been doing them for a few weeks. Be glad when it’s done though - got to try to fit short sprint intervals into tomorrow’s race! 😬

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Coach Bennett has me doing that on his guided runs. I think it’s to stop you drifting along without concentration, and going into auto pilot.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

Fantastic running Sandie and congratulations on your new PB. Brilliant and what a lovely morning you had. Hope you enjoyed the spitfire run.

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Tasha99Graduate10

Super well done! That’s a great time! Someone should organise a huge VRB parkrun meet up on middle ground 😍

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Tasha99

We would love to, but given we have NE, South coast, South West, West Midlands, East Midlands at least, that’s some distance to cover 😂

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

We’d have to do Birmingham or something🤣

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Tasha99

I think, at one point, we identified Abingdon but that was before we factored in the more northerly contingent

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beth_fGraduate10

Hello damienair and all,

Beth’s Parkrun tour bus 🚌 took us to Tilgate Park in Crawley.

A loop around the lake then up into the woods and then back round for another run round the lake. Thankfully plenty of Marshalls to keep us on track. The route was lovely and definitely one to return to.

Interestingly they sensed there was going to be more than 300 runners so the 21-27min runners were moved to another bit of the course but within eyeshot of the start. It meant that they could avoid overcrowding on some of the narrow paths at the start.

In bribery to get my daughter up this morning I said we would go for a swim at the K2 leisure centre after. So my post run stretches were done in the pool 😁 🏊‍♀️

Have a great weekend all.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to beth_f

Ooh I used to take my nieces to Tilgate park when they were young, and wondered what the parkrun was like. The separate starts sounds a brilliant idea to make sure the faster runners are not held back by the slower ones and smooth out that difficult section at the beginning.

We are going to the youngest niece’s wedding in October so we may visit ourselves, although East Grinstead is closer it doesn’t appeal so much.

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beth_fGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

We haven't done East Grinstead either (and it will be near the bottom of the list to do as heard its a really tough one) but we did enjoy Tilgate and hope to return at some point as my time was terrible! The 'Fisherman's' carpark is free till 11am which is a bonus.

It is mostly flat but there is one steep(ish) hill 😬 but you only have to do it the once and they do warn you about it on the briefing!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to beth_f

That parkrun sounds lovely. Well done and a swim afterwards, nice way to stretch out and spend quality time with your daughter.

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Newbierunner84

29th Parkrun today (and 26th at Lowestoft). I was so happy to see clouds when I got up this morning and feel a chill in the air. I’m so over running in the heat. I’m not built for it! 😂🥵 I thought there would less people today as there is a local scores race tomorrow which consists of running up and down lots of steps and slopes. Not my idea of fun but it’s clearly popular as it’s in its 25th year. I’m going to go along to spectate and cheer everyone on. Anyway, there were 363 participants today, coming from as far as San Francisco and Australia! I got round in 37:25 today which is my quickest since early May so I think the cooler air definitely helped. There were a lot of PBs today. I think my next PB is some way off but I’ll keep pushing. Happy weekend everyone!

Never have clouds been so welcome!
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damienairAdministrator in reply to Newbierunner84

Lovely pic and very well done on your parkrun.

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WbrigGraduate10

It was very hot but got a PB knocking a few seconds off last week's PB so back to pre COVID speeds at last. I'm now back in the 35 mins range!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Wbrig

Fantastic and congratulations on your new PB. Great running.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10

Is it too late to add? I ran a not park this morning along the river and completed in 46 minutes and some seconds

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damienairAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

Very well done on your (not)parkrun. It is never too late to add. So sorry I am only replying now.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to damienair

No sorry needed damienair I just loved that run, I haven’t been running 5k very often lately so it was good to do

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