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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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RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

Hi damienair & all,

Just no.2 son and me today from our family for park run. Hubby has a calf tear after Sunday’s end of soccer season parent game against the high schooler’s 🙄Willie was happy as he got to go with Hubby to park run to cheer us on. Willie loves park run just hates the running part. No.2 son was running his 25th park run and came in at 21:20. I came in at 29:59. Happy with that as park run took me to 30 miles for the week. I haven’t run that since Covid. 

Happy park running to those who can ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️
TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Ooh, we’ll done RW! Getting there! 💪💪💪

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Everything going in the right direction RW, and a lovely picture. I know that we all have problems, but you seem to be in a lovely phase of life; great to hear about it. 🙂

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Lovely to see you back out there again RunWillie

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damienairAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

very well done and congratulations to Son No.2 on his 25th parkrun and very well done to you too on your sub 30 minute 5K. I love your doggie. A Black Cocker Spaniel looks great. Hope your hubby gets better soon.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Fabulous RW, well done to you and No 2, but sorry to hear about hubby 🙄 Love Willy. What a happy little fellow. ❤️

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Sandie1961Graduate10

Good morning everybody! A beautiful blue sky and sunshine in Lincolnshire this morning, but a very chilly northerly breeze (9c feels like 6c). The long sleeves came out for the first time 🥶 Official time 31.59 and 1st in my age category. That hasn’t happened before 😃 The horses are racing at Market Rasen next week, but I wasn’t going anyway, as it’s my HM next Sunday 😬🦋 Happy running and have a good weekend

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie! Happy tapering 😃

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Perfectly set up for next week Sandie. Top of age category is worth celebrating; but not too much 🍸🍷

Sandie1961 profile image
Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I’m being very good BC and having a dry September (almost 😂😂) Lost 10lbs too since getting back from France!

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Impressive on both counts Sandie! PB is looking good…no pressure of course

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Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Of course not 😂 Although I did throw my dummy out of the pram on Tuesday when I only managed 16k in 2 hours, but was talked back round by my lovely Strava A/VRBs 😊

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Well done! Speedy Sandie is back on the road again

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

very well done Sandie. Great running and very best wishes for your HM next weekend. Have a wonderful day.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie! Your HM is there for the smashing. 💥🏃‍♀️😀

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10

Good morning Damien and all. Volunteering for me again today. A new role as we’ve stopped doing two RDs, one has to be a Volunteer Coordinator and that was me. This basically means chief nag, trying to get people to sign up, mainly for next week but also whenever they can. I’m a bit of an introvert so it wasn’t easy but I got a few so I’m happy with that.

It was a chilly morning so the hat and gloves were out again, but there is a beautiful blue sky. Katnap did some pre setup before he went off to help his new C25k group, youngest kitten was marshalling and it was eldest kitten’s last timekeeping before he goes back to uni. So it was all hands on deck today! I do love it when we all help out.

Next week I’ll be running it, very carefully. I just want one last parkrun under my belt before the marathon as I only have a 10k for my Sunday long run next weekend. This weekend I only have 12 miles 🤣

Have a great runny week everybody! 👏👏👏👏👏

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Every seems set for your marathon TC. No risks at this stage 🙂

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

I know but I do have parkruns as an option in my plan and really every run is a risk. I will take it carefully, promise 😊

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Every run is definitely a risk! I just meant that you seemed to be, very sensibly, keeping things steady. I am doing the same in view of the GSR; I really do want to get one long race done.🙂

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Sorry BC, bit of maranoia kicking in I think. If anyone understands the risks it’ll be you! You’re doing great and we’re all keeping keeping everything crossed for you - not long to go for either of us 😀

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

And we will be with you all the way TC 👍

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

And the thought of that will help me to the finish line BC 😍🤗

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun are so lucky to have your family involved TailChaser .

And I bet Katnap makes a fantastic C25k coach.

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, they do appreciate it. We do have a few families, particularly for Junior parkrun, which is lovely. And you’re right about Katnap, he was made for C25k coaching I think.

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Very well done and best wishes for the rest of your Marathon preparation. I try to volunteer 1 in every 6-7 runs. I feel guilty otherwise. I’m at 111 parkruns now and will be doing my V25 on my next volunteering day.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. That’s a really good ratio, I wish more helped like you, we’d never have any trouble getting volunteers. You’re beating me with runs now, I’ve really slipped back. I think I’m on 107 runs but today was my 90th volunteer so I’m in danger of reaching parity!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Whenever you post I get 🦋 TC! You’re almost there! Can you believe it?

Well done on all the volunteering duties afsin. Team Kat is epic that’s for sure. 👊

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Cheers cheeky!

Love it 😁, you have to do the ballot again, I want to be excited for you next year!! I still can’t believe I’ve got this far in training to be honest. Last long run done, tough work outs done, Expo day out train tickets booked, race weekend coach booked (due to train strikes 🙄), just got to hang in there now!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

Dendev75 profile image
Dendev75Graduate10

Hi Damien and everyone, I got to the park run location this very cold morning (6 degrees) and found it wasn’t on 😮 a few people turned up and then one person googled and found there was an art exhibition on so park run was cancelled (boo)! Anyway we all decided that while we were there we would run the usual 2 lap route 👍🏻 I’m now getting more used to running an undulating track which I wouldn’t have attempted a few weeks back so I’m happy with my ‘not park run’ this morning! How was your morning?

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Dendev75

Sorry about your parkrun being cancelled Dendev75, always check your parkrun facebook page either late Friday night or around 8am on a Saturday, nevertheless well done on running the 2 lap route.

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Dendev75Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I’m not on Facebook but my friend, who I run with, is. She didn’t check but I bet she will from now on 🤣 - thanks AlMorr

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Dendev75

just to let you know for the future, there is a website you can check each week Dendev75

parkrun.org.uk/cancellations/

Dendev75 profile image
Dendev75Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

ah thank you - very useful - I’ll save that link in my phone 👍🏻

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Dendev75

That is such a bummer, but amazing that you all grouped together and enjoyed your (not)parkrun anyway. That’s the true spirit of parkrun there.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10

Hi Damien. A steady 5k today following an interrupted 10 mile run on Thursday. It was a two shirt day up here as well; ok in the sun, just a few wispy clouds about, but distinctly chilly in the shade. Pace was a steady 33:34 but final lap was the quickest. An easy run; just what my plan required.👍

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Fantastic and very well done on your parkrun. Happy running.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Ticking along beautifully BC. Things are looking gooood. 🙏🏻👊 🏃‍♂️

DiogoC profile image
DiogoC

I overslept, so I went for a run on my own. Finished consolidation week 1!

They should make parkrun an hour later. 9am on a Saturday is too much ;)

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to DiogoC

Parkrun one hour later DiogoC, really 😂😂, in New Zealand parkrun start at EIGHT O'CLOCK. 😊 🏃🏾 Well done on your week 1 consolidation runs. 👍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to DiogoC

parkrun is set up at that time as many landowners would not allow it to be later as it conflicts with the time other visitors want to attend these locations. It also allows runners and volunteers to then do family things without it taking up half the day.

I thought it was a bit early to begin with but you soon get used to it.

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DiogoC in reply to Dexy5

i know. was joking. i'm sure i'll get used to it once i finally start going

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damienairAdministrator in reply to DiogoC

😂😂😂 Your just not addicted yet. In Ireland and Scotland it starts at 9:30. I get up at 7am so as I have time for coffee, breakfast and a good old fashioned toilet break.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to DiogoC

As a dedicated morning person I think 9am is too late! 😅

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Dendev75Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

me too, sitting round waiting after all my warm up stretches and leisurely brekkie 🤣

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Newbierunner84

Good afternoon, my second go at Parkrun tourism today. I travelled down the east coast to Sizewell. A chilly morning but beautiful blue skies. I arrived far too early at 8am and there was no-one to be seen! I took a little walk along the beach, enjoying the sunshine and peace and quiet. I was debating if I needed to change into the long sleeved top I had in the car but I decided I prefer to be cold than hot so I stuck with my PR 25 t-shirt. It was a small but friendly crowd. There was a silence for her majesty before we took off. The course is an out and back along the sand dunes. It’s a mix of firm grass, sand and gravel. I did find myself hopping about a bit to find the best bit of ground to run on! My main aim was to run continuously and not have walking breaks. I managed this (which I haven’t done at PR in quite a while!) and I finished in 39.42. Slow and steady! There was a slightly nervy moment when as I ran back past Sizewell B, there was some sort of alarm going off! 😬☢️ Not what you want to hear close to a nuclear power station! 😳 I picked Sizewell this week because it was my chance to pick up my first Fibonacci challenge number-144! I also got an S for the Alphabeeter and Namely challenges! Running in a crowd of 84 when you’re used to 300+ was a little different but a good chance to get a double figure position number rather than triple! 😂

Sizewell B
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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Newbierunner84

Great touristing Newbierunner84 , we always get to a new event early too and it’s nice to see people drift in. Oh isn’t it great to get that low number finish place at a small parkrun?

You got an S for the S-s-snakes challenge too.

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Newbierunner84 in reply to Dexy5

Ohhh yes I forgot that one! Thanks Dexy!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Newbierunner84

Well I have to say, for someone who has just started parkrun tourism you sound like a dedicated tourist already. Very well done. It’s a lovely way to meet people.

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Newbierunner84 in reply to damienair

Thank you, I really enjoyed myself.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Newbierunner84

You’re definitely hooked NR! Sounds like a lovely successful morning, and I totally understand you getting there early. 😀

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Newbierunner84 in reply to cheekychipmunks

I think I may be! I’ve got another Fibonacci planned in a fortnight’s time!

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beth_fGraduate10

Afternoon damienair and all

Thankfully my daughter had a school trip today so no traipsing into London and judging by the news I’m very glad not to be.

So we headed to Bedgebury Pinetum which is set in Forestry Commission land.

Beautiful setting with running trails from 2km to 10km and cycling routes with bike hire on site.

The course is described as a “lollipop “ with a 1.5km out and back with a 2km loop in the middle. It was undulating as well.

I got chatting to a man who had done the course over 100 times and we both seemed to be comfortably pacing each other round the course.

A slow 38.51 but I had intended to take it very easy today.

Excellent cafe with a good selection of cakes 😋

Have a great week everyone

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to beth_f

That sounds lovely Beth, and cakes make it all the better. 🧁 🍰 🎂

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damienairAdministrator in reply to beth_f

Brilliant and very well done on your parkrun. Great running.

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AlMorrAmbassador

Good afternoon Damien, No. 58th parkrun for me today, this morning I got the train into Glasgow and ran my 5th parkrun at Springburn parkrun in a time of 31.32 and I am happy that I got a +60 age grading of 61.15%. When I left my home the weather was quite cold but once I got off the train and walked up the hill to the park I had warmed up.

I met a few runners who I met last week at Palacerigg parkrun, all in all I enjoyed my run this morning.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

very well done Alan. Great running and thanks again for volunteering to look after this post for next weekend. I’ll be back the week after.

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Dendev75Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

sounds like a great run 👍🏻☺️

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Dendev75

It was Dendev75 ✅👍

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Doris8Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

well done.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Doris8

Thanks Doris8, I hope you enjoyed your Sunday morning 🚶 walk 👍

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Doris8Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

yes thanks did 10 km for the Garmin and Strava . Tried my interval of 1 min run/ 7 minwalk. Mostly on the slopes . Getting colder and darker in mornings. Time of 1 hour33

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Doris8

😊 ✅🚶‍♂️🏃🏾 👍

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damienairAdministrator

This morning I traveled with my friend Petula to do a parkrun in Dublin. We did Darndale parkrun. It was a very small crowd of maybe 14-15 runners and walkers, but an extremely friendly and welcoming crowd. The park was in a built up residential area and was a flat 3 lap course. I managed to stay with Petula at a 5:50 pace for the first 2 kilometres but then I was tired and needed a couple of walking breaks. The next 2 kilometres were slower but I picked the pace back up again for the final kilometre. My finish time was 31:24. An improvement over the last few weeks by nearly 3 minutes. So I’m happy with that. That was my 111th parkrun and my 41st different parkrun.

I’m away next week and AlMorr has very kindly agreed to host for next week. Happy running everyone.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

That sounds exactly the type of course that parkrun wants to gain new participation. A residential area where people don’t have to worry about transport to get there. You must have done all Dublin’s events now damienair .

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Almost, 1 more left to do. Malahide parkrun where it all began in the Republic of Ireland. Petula did her last one in Dublin today.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Excellent

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to damienair

That's a good time for you Damien at Darndale parkrun, well done, I am sure it won't be long before you can get a sub 30 minute 5k at parkrun, I will be very happy to host next week's park and (not) parkruns forum. 😊 ✅👍

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

I’m on the hunt for a D PR Damien. I’ll need to orchestrate a trip over to 🇮🇪 at some point as there aren’t any local to me! 😅 Well done on your great time! 💥💥

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Dendev75Graduate10 in reply to damienair

well done, great finish time 👍🏻

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Beachcomber66Graduate10

Good run Damien; I am sure that pace will show through in your next Park Run. Enjoy your break.

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Thank you. I’m going to work on getting back to sub 30 now.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to damienair

Well on your way 👍

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

Back to parkrun this morning after last weekend's short break in Cornwall. I volunteered for car park marshal, which takes me to 24 - only one more to go! Mind you, it was our first really chilly morning down on the South Coast, so I had to break out the gloves for the first time.

Took it easy once again this week(33.40), firstly because of the tail end of a chesty cough that has been plaguing me for 3 weeks now, but secondly because of a slight niggle from my right Achilles, which appeared after my sloooow 10k on Tuesday - not what you want 4 weeks before the GSR! It doesn't seem any worse, so 🤞 that it will subside with some exercises and some ibuprofen gel......

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Oh no Jonathan, UTS has just visited the physio and has a whole set of exercises to do. I’m sure he will share them with you.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy - that would be really helpful.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Morning fellow Hacking Buddy (not a club you want to be in is it?) I love that you have a carpark marshal meaning you can volunteer and run on the same day - knowing your carpark I can see why one is useful! 👊

Nice run too. The cooler temp was lovely wasn’t it? 🙏🏻

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Morning Cheeky - yes, much more pleasant but still quite warm by the end!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to JonathanP

well done Jonathan. I hope your niggle goes away very soon. I am also at Volunteer number 24, also 1 more to go.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien. Looks as though it might be a photo finish!

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Mudita11Graduate10

Hi damienair . More tourism for me this week with a trip to Andover parkrun which is fairly flat with lots of grass and a beautiful lake to run around. There’s a golf course alongside the park and there are signs warning us to not let the ducks and geese get onto the golf green 🤣 🦆. I finished 6th in my age group which is better than I usually do. Only 266 runners which helped 🤣. Very enjoyable and a nice coffee afterwards before heading home.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Mudita11

Very well done on your parkrun tourism and great running.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Mudita11

There’s no stopping this lady! Well done Mudita11 - I think that will be our letter A too.

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Mudita11Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

thanks Dexy5 . Keeping my fingers crossed 🤞🏼 that your shoulder heals quickly xxx

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Not Ashton Court Dexy5 ? 😈

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

😈 All As are of course possible, but I’ve just remembered that we said we’d do Alice Holt.

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Dexy5Graduate10

I’m on the IC with a shoulder injury at the mo but I fully intended to do parkrun as a walk. Unfortunately, UpTheStanley and I had supper at a friend’s house last night and We didn’t get home until 1.00 this morning.

So after a bit of a lie-in we walked down the promenade as the fastest runners were coming back in, and then helped out a bit. A beautiful sunny morning but an autumnal wind, so jackets on for the volunteers today.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

I'm sure even Eliud Kipchoge neds a lie in sometimes Dexy!😜

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

So true JP. I did take the tokens home for sorting though, so another tick towards my next V shirt.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Sounds like you had a great evening Dexy! 🍷

Isn’t the cooler weather delightful? 🙏🏻😍

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

It feels right for September with the cooler evenings doesn’t it?

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YesletsgoGraduate10

I knew that my local Parkrun was cancelled today as the funfair is in town and traditionally sets up on the area where the Parkrun starts and ends. Took advantage of this to lie in a bit and set off on my not Parkrun just after 10 am.

Our route was over the fields towards the marshes, as usual, avoiding the overgrown bits and making the most of the many paths that criss cross the farm.

It was a bit chilly when we set out, only about 16C, but I decided I'd make the most of the sunshine and wear my shorts and vest. I don't know how much longer this will be an option. I soon warmed up and was pleased not to be all covered up. It's just fantastic not to feel too hot!

I must have done something right as, although my time of 39'48" was slower than my average Parkrun time it was my fastest 5k since July and I managed negative splits :)

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nowsterGraduate10

Good evening Damien and fellow running buddies.

It was a chilly start this morning. I decided to wear two long sleeved layers on top but still wear my trail shorts. It proved to be the right decision (for me).

The house had a slight chill this morning it hadn't had in previous weeks. I'd been planning to replace the central heating valve (2 port) tomorrow. It had been sticking in the spring and once we had warm weather I closed the isolation valve next to it so the house wouldn't turn into a sauna every time the hot water system called for heat. This morning I decided to open it to let the radiators get a little warm.

Bad move! The isolation (ball) valve immediately started to leak. Open or closed, it dribbled. OK. Sometimes these things seal themselves after a few hours. I put a bunch of rags underneath and a bucket to catch any drips if they got saturated. I'd check it once I got back after parkrun.

Almost out to parkrun, with (another) quick visit to the loo. I arrived at five to 9 and walked to the start. The Run Director joked with me that I was late and they were all waiting for me.

Numbers were down a little. Just 51 today, including tail walkers.

I started back a little, as usual. I ran along side my "nemesis" for a little while, and then naturally pulled away gradually. Headphones lady was running with a dog again. I mentioned that course records set by "dog assisted" runners didn't count.

I gradually moved up the field until I found my level. At the start of the third lap as I passed the finish line marshals pulled my leg, asking me if I'd been lapped yet. The first finisher came in just as I'd passed them.

I had enough left to speed up during the last 300m. It wasn't a PB though. Because of the low numbers today, I came in at my best ever position here: number 12, and second in my age group.

I hung around chatting and clapping in the final few to finish. Once the tail walkers crossed the line and the marshals started to clear up I decided to leave.

A visit to the Costco petrol station (massive queue) and then Lidl, where I met a friend from the drama group in the queue for the till.

And then home. The drip hadn't stopped. Blast and botheration!

That meant my plans for today had to be changed. Two trips to Screwfix, draining down the central heating system, undoing of compression fittings, calling on next door neighbour to get help getting the last nut off (it needed two of us pulling in opposite directions). Then fitting all the new valves, wiring in the valve motor, refilling the system, draining radiators, and testing the system. A few failures as the neutral cable on the valve kept coming out of its position in the junction box. Eventually all fixed. Now to do all the things I'd planned for today, tomorrow.

And my time today? 27'49", a bit slower than last time's PB of 27'30".

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to nowster

Very impressed with your plumbing skills nowster

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Here's the result. It's in the utility room: hence the rough walls. You can also see where the previous isolation valve had leaked and soaked into the plaster.

Pipes and valves
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SunnytomGraduate10

first park run after covid for me. Even dragged the hubby along. Didn’t break any records and was defeated by the pesky hills but was so good to be back. Felt great afterwards and even hubby promised he had enjoyed himself and would be back.

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Chinkoflight60minGraduate

Hi Damienair, a clear, crisp morning, blue sky, crystal clear Solent and a gentle breeze was the absolute perfect running weather this morning (Saturday)for my Not Parkrun. A slightly different route along the cliff top path overlooking Totland and Colwell Bays was added to my normal morning run here along the Bay promenade to make up the 5k distance which I completed in 43:41. The promenade is used by several runners (good) not joggers like me, but I was amazed today to become the local legend from Totland to Colwell on Strava. I'm pleased but can't help feel someone else might be annoyed ! It won't last of course as I'm not a caulkhead (Isle of Wight resident, born and bred). Sadly I will have to return to the North Island for my normal Parkrun territory next week! On a cool down swim later in the day as I entered the water I was slightly amazed to see a rammed full Waverley sailing by, grainy picture below. What a day.

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RennurGraduate10

PR done. Closer to 45 minute target: 45'33". On the way back to chipping away to 40, but that will take a back seat. But first to slowly get back to 10K by the time the clocks go back. My third 10 mile can wait til next year (or December) but anobe all, I must listen to my body and avoid the IC again.

I gave blood today so tomorrow may be a short run. First time in years the needle hurt a bit ( I let out a profanity!) Bit of a bruise now . Twice in 45 donations is a small price to pay.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10

Late again but ran a slow 5k after work today, just lovely to be out but i’m struggling to stay awake now.

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