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How did your Parkrun (not) parkrun go

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Hello all runners, joggers and walkers, I've been asked by Damienair to host this week's parkrun reports as he is away this week, could you please let me know how well your run, jog or walk went, it's not a race, parkrun is a free 5K event that takes place every Saturday morning, I hope you all have a wonderful run, jog or walk today, once you have completed it report back here on this forum

Regards Alan (AlMorr)

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RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10

Hi AlMorr & all,

Goal of park run for me was to not run at my park run pace. Hubby was volunteering doing bar code scanning so there was no rush to finish. I had set myself the goal of 10.18 min mile pace & I finished with an average of 10:16 so very happy with that. Some good banter with some park run regulars as I got beaten by a dachshund & got “told to get a wriggle on & “you’re getting worse” as I crossed the finish line🤣No. 2 son had a great run. He was flying when he came past me. 20:49 🔥

Happy park running, jogging or walking ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️
AlMorr profile image
AlMorrAmbassador in reply to RunWillie

Hi RunWillie, I love that bit about the Dachshund and get a wriggle, lol.

Well done on getting your average of 10.16, you deserve to be very happy about that, I am sure it won't be long before No. 2 son gets a sub 20 minutes 5K at parkrun, that's a lovely photo of all the runners at your parkrun today.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10

Hi Al, super to see you hosting this week 😀

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I enjoy hosting this forum when our friend Damienair asks me to do it.

GTFC profile image
GTFCGraduate10

Hope yours goes well Sir Alan if you're out today. Great memories with you!

Super Al Morr and Tasha99 😊
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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to GTFC

Hello GTFC and Tasha99, I see you have posted that photograph from 6th August at Drumpellier Parkrun, this morning I ran my 59th parkrun and No. 31 at Dunfermline in a time of exactly 33.00.

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GTFCGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

That's brilliant Alan!! Happy 60 to come next time 😀

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to GTFC

Hi GTFC, I have just been looking at where most of my parkruns have been ran to make up that 59 Dunfermline :-31 - Drumpellier :-19 Springburn :-5- Stirling :-3 and the new parkrun near Cumbernauld which is Palacerigg :-1, number 60 will probably be ran at Palacerigg.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Hi Al, you’re an excellent Damien stand-in, and thank you for hosting this week. 😀

Back to PR for me today. No prizes for guessing which one. A beautiful day to run on the Severn Bridge; sunny, fairly cool and a refreshing side wind so we got the benefit in both directions.

I’m thrilled that, whilst still not 100%, I’m feeling a whole lot better. Legs are still lacking power, but they’re getting there, and even though I coughed for a good 5 minutes back in the car (sorry, did you need to know that?!), I think my wretched cold is on the way out. Hallelujah. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Garmin showed time of 36:37. That’s ok in the circumstances. On to the Bristol 10k tomorrow. I have bling to chase. 😍

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to cheekychipmunks

That's a good time CC, I am happy that you are almost, 100% better, I know that you enjoy your running, especially over the Severn Bridge on a lovely morning like today.

Good luck for your Bristol 10K tomorrow.👍✅

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al! 😀

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Enjoy your run today Cheeky!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks Jonathan, I’m on the Park & Ride bus now! 😀

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

👍

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beth_fGraduate10

Afternoon AlMorr

I had all good intentions for a ParkRun this morning.

Daughter was going up to The Globe with other family members however I woke up on Thursday with a sore throat.

Needless to say I’m full of cold so no running for a few days ☹️. Luckily I did a (not) ParkRun on Monday when the roads were quiet

Wishing everyone a good weekend.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to beth_f

Sorry about your cold beth_f, I hope it won't be long before you are better, well done on running that (not) parkrun on Monday when the roads were quiet.

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Dexy5Graduate10

Thank you for hosting us this week AlMorr , and hello all. I wasn’t sure how far I’d be able to go this weekend with only a 2k run under my belt since my shoulder injury, but I took a paracetamol just beforehand, and it turned out fine by not pushing it too fast.

Just loving the cooler weather, although the sun came out just before the run and putting long leggings on turned out to be not such a good idea. The sea was calm and the triathletes were swimming as we ran along. The wind was a cooling northerly so we didn’t have to battle against it today.

Once I caught up with someone I knew to be around my pace, I purposely ran behind him as a pacer to stop me doing my usual set off too fast and have to walk trick. He said if he was going to be stalked , he was glad it was me. 🤣 parkrun time 34.38, exactly 3 mins slower than my PB from 2019. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to that time again, but I’ll keep trying.

It was Southsea’s 399th run today, but we will be elsewhere next weekend so we can’t join the 400th party.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Great that your shoulder is on the mend and you were able to do parkrun this week Dexy. First time I've ever heard pacing described as stalking though!😜

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I think he was expecting me to overtake him just before the finish line JP, but he shook me off in the last 500m . He was pleased as punch that he got negative splits so I must have scared him.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

One good turn deserves another Dexy!

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TailChaserGraduate10

Good afternoon all, thank you for officiating Al.

Nice to be able to run at parkrun today and even nicer to be able to run with Shake-and-run ! She kept me on the straight and narrow, making sure I kept to my marathon pace and in turn it looks like I was able to keep her paced for a good time. I have to admit to really wanting to speed off, particularly when we saw the tailwalkers and I wanted to get past them. It’s been nice being able to take things more easy but I am looking forward to some speedier runs again in the near future.

Shakes has been my rock when it comes to learning to run slower though, I’m really not sure I could have done it so smoothly without her. We’re meeting up for my last taper run on Thursday and this time next week (all being well) Katnap and I shall be in London 😬👏

Have a great runny week everyone!👏👏👏

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Very well done TailChaser , you are definitely ready for that London Marathon. I know the benefits of how you and Shake-and-run work. UpTheStanley says he finds it impossible to run slowly on his own so I act as his brake. It works well when I am trying to improve my pace, but not so well if I’m trying to do an easy run pace, which is far too slow for him.

So excited for you.

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Same with Katnap Dexy. He’s done loads of miles with me these past few months but I know he really struggles trying to keep as slow as me, especially on the shorter runs. I can really appreciate how they both feel now.

I think I’m ready 😎😱

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to TailChaser

You must thank Shakes TailChaser on being your rock when it come to running slowly, enjoy your last taper run with her on Thursday, glad you enjoyed your parkrun this morning with Shake and run, you have a great week and good luck for your London Marathon next week. 😊 🏃🏾

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TailChaserGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thank you Al, and I will do 😍

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Looking forward to hearing about your marathon experience TC!

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That's such a pity Dexy5 that you can't be a Southsea's 400th parkrun next week, anyway well done on your run today in a time of 34.38, a sub 35 minute 5K parkrun is a great achievement, I am so happy to know that your shoulder is completely better.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10

Hi Al, Thanks for hosting. I have had a busy week, so my last run prior to today was my 10 miles last Monday. I went for a slowish 10k today at 1:09:95, 34:12 being the least slow 5k. Part of the run was on roads and for some reason there were lots of cars about today, so time was lost waiting to cross the road! My sub 30 minute days are a distant memory….but my legs seem to like the slower runs. 👍

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Beachcomber66

That was a good week for running Beachcomber66, well done on those 3 runs, you will be pleased with that sub 70 minutes 10K time of 1:09:45, even as you say it was "slowish" I have ran 30/10Ks, but I think only 3 have been sub 70 minutes, I never run on roads, perhaps that's because I have had enough of roads when cycling, my runs are all off road.

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I prefer off road too Al. GSR is all on road so I thought that some hard surface experience was needed. I have been running on a mixture of surfaces for weeks now and have been varying the pace too. For some reason the traffic was heavy today, hence the hold ups. As for speed , I really don’t care anymore. I was running 10:02/10:03 10 ks, but I have finally learned that this is a short cut to IC. So when I describe today’s run as “slow” I am being positive 🙂

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

💡 😉

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

only took 4 years 🙄

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Newbierunner84

Hi Al and all,

Today was my 33rd PR and 29th at Lowestoft. I’ve recently been able to up my weekly runs from 2 to 3 per week and so I’m giving the JuJu 60 min plan a go. I’m noticing the benefit of the extra mileage and today I managed another PR without walking breaks (with the exception of the rather steep cliff slope but I’ve never managed to do more than power walk that! 😂). Lots of encouragement from the wonderful volunteers as always. Our first placed runner was in the 11-14 age category with an amazing time of 16:49! I was somewhat slower with a finish of 37:38 but still very pleased to just manage not walking. Home for a chocolate croissant and coffee, which seems to have become my regular Saturday routine!

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Newbierunner84

It's always amazing to see a young lad with a time of 16.49 at a parkrun, it's a natural running gift they have, possibly future Olympian.

Well done to you on completing your 5K parkrun in a more normal time of 37.38 and that was without any walking breaks, you thoroughly deserve that chocolate croissant and coffee when you got back from the parkrun.

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DiogoC

i woke up with every intention of going today, but was slightly indisposed due to a spicy dinner last night 😅

i ended up going later and had my last run in consolidation week 2 in a different park on my own.

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YesletsgoGraduate10 in reply to DiogoC

Oh, that Saturday morning after a Friday curry feeling...best to delay a bit until you are, shall we say, settled ;)

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Yesletsgo

lol Yesletsgo, I do think after you have a big curry on parkrun eve, Friday it is better not to run a parkrun on parkrun day which is on a Saturday. 😂

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YesletsgoGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Wise words AlMorr 😂😂😂

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DiogoC in reply to Yesletsgo

yes, the "settling" came an hour or so after, so I ended up running at the more sensible hour of 10.30

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to DiogoC

You were very wise for not going to parkrun today DiogoC.

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DiogoC in reply to AlMorr

thank you. knowing you approve makes me feel less guilty 😜

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😊 😘😇

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YesletsgoGraduate10

Our local Parkrun was cancelled today, again, as the funfair is still on the field. Never mind, this meant I could sleep in with a clear conscience and go for a 5km run later on.

Before the run I told my husband I wanted to start slow and take it easy at first. He said OK but as soon as we started to run he set off at his normal pace, i.e. faster than I like. I kept up and it didn't feel too bad. I realised that today was one of those days that things were going to work.

I prefer to start my runs pretty slowly and speed up but today the first km was quick (for me). He suggested that I just keep up with him and only do 3km. I didn't want to admit defeat this early on in a run so just carried on. By 3km I was still raring to go, and my 4th km was still pretty quick. My husband detoured at this point to add in a bit of distance as the route we'd taken wasn't a full 5km. I decided to just carry on and stop once I finished running on footpaths, rather than the road. This would take me to 4.5km. He carried on and did 5.5 km so that means that on average we ran 5km each. Does this count as a not Parkrun for me? ;)

If I'd done 5km at this pace it would have been a little slower than my average Parkrun time. I think my competitive streak makes me go a bit quicker in a crowd lol

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Yesletsgo

Great run for you today with your husband Yesletsgo, by all means you can count that as a (not ) parkrun, post your time to your home parkrun page, let's hope by next weekend that funfair will have gone and you can run at your home parkrun.

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YesletsgoGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Tonight is the last night, so by next Saturday you won't know they had ever been there!

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Yesletsgo

Well I hope they cleanup before they leave and don't leave a mess for the council to clean the park before parkrun next Saturday.

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YesletsgoGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

This fair has a long history of coming to town. There have never been any complaints on the local FB page that they have made a mess (though the local FB mafia complain about a lot of other things regarding the fair lol) so I'm sure we'll be able to run!

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👍

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ArthurJGGraduate10

I was sharing Run Director duties today as required by parkrun rules as the duty RD was under 18. Her first time in the white vest and she did really well. Her mum made her RD debut last week and they will be a mother and daughter team as joint RDs in future, at least till the daughter is 18 then we’ll review it.

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Well done to mother and daughter regarding their duty as RD at parkrun, nice that you were sharing Run Director duties as the duty RD was under 18, is it West Links parkrun in Arbroath or am I thinking of another Arthur JG or ArthurG who used to be a regular on this forum?

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ArthurJGGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

yes same person and yes West Links, I’m the event director there now.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to ArthurJG

Congratulations, I have now ran 19 parkruns at Drumpellier, that's near to where you used to live near Coatbridge..

ArthurJG profile image
ArthurJGGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

yes and Palacerigg is a pleasant stroll from where I lived in Abronhill so must do that some time too.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to ArthurJG

I have only ran at Palacerigg parkrun once since it began, I intend to run my 60th parkrun there in a few weeks time.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to ArthurJG

It is brilliant that a youngster is volunteering as a Joint RD Arthur. It will be good for parkrun and good for her.

ArthurJG profile image
ArthurJGGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Absolutely. One third of our volunteers yesterday (six out of eighteen) were under 18.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to ArthurJG

I’m very impressed. Have you got a junior parkrun that feeds in?

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ArthurJGGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

No, there are no junior parkruns in Angus yet. We only started in January and then Forfar Loch started in February so the number of parkruns in the county has trebled, from one to three, this year. But no junior events.

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Kat332zzGraduate10

hi Al and all,

Cold and sunny with damp grass but a good turn out for Walthamstow. Pacers week again here and I’m still trying to do the 35 min one with some accuracy, 4th go, so I’ve been happy dancing, as I ran all the way at a reasonably even pace and came in at 34:59, give the girl a prize! Cake and fizz at the end again too.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Kat332zz

I can just imagine you Kat332zz running and dancing around that Walthamstow parkrun in just under 35 minutes at 34:59, well done. yes you deserve a prize, I am sure you enjoyed that fizz and cake at the end.

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WbrigGraduate10

I volunteered for the first time so missed the buzz at the start as I was in an isolated spot by the lake. It was nice to get shouts of THANK YOU MARSHALL!

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Wbrig

Indeed Wbrig, I also hear shouts of 'thank you marshall' or 'well done' while running at parkrun.

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JonathanPGraduate10

Granddaughter's 2nd birthday party yesterday, so no time to post, but did find time for parkrun before we set off! Have at last seen off the virus/chest infection that has dogged me for the last month and the Achilles niggle i was concerned about last week seems to have subsided, so decided to increase the pace a bit from recent weeks. After the first km a fellow parkrunner mentioned that he'd noticed me running past his house on my weekly 10k route, so we trotted round together swapping running stories. Not my usual parkrun practice but made a nice change! Time - 31.46, nearly 2 mins faster than last week😀

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I’m glad you are shaking off that infection, JP, and also kicking that Achilles niggle into touch. I hope the exercises helped.

Wasn’t it lovely weather for running today?

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy - yes, the exercises were very helpful. It was perfect running weather!

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to JonathanP

Happy 2nd birthday to your granddaughter JP, well done to you on that 31.46 time at parkrun.

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Al

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Mudita11Graduate10

Hi AlMorr . More tourism for me yesterday at Melksham parkrun. A small field of 112 runners so my finish position was higher than usual 😃. Cheered on by some family (nephew and his family) who live in nearby Bradford on Avon. My niece-in-law is a former gold medal winning runner at the World Transplant Games - inspirational!! All good practice for the Great South Run in 3 weeks - eek!

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Mudita11

You have definitely caught the tourism bug Mudita11, and so good to join it up with meeting family members.

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Good run for you Mudita11 on your latest tourest parkrun at Melksham, good luck for your Great South Run in 3 weeks. 😊 🏃🏾 👍

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Dendev75Graduate10

hi AlMorr 👋🏻 My park run this morning (7th one) was probably the first one where I knew I could comfortably finish it which is a lovely feeling and I put that down to increasing my distance on the magic plan. How was yours?

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Dendev75

Good morning Dendev75, I agree with you that it is a lovely feeling once you finish a run, not because it's over but a great achievement on completing it.

How was mine?, yesterday Saturday I ran my 59th parkrun, No. 31 at Dunfermline parkrun in a time of exactly 33 minutes. 😊 🏃🏾

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Dendev75Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

oh well done (59)! I wasn’t far behind you 33:50 👍🏻

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😊 👍🏃🏾

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Doris8Graduate10

Did a walk (6min walk/2 min jog )7km this morning, but my 5 km time was 45:19. This was my 97 Not Parkrun as put times in on a Sunday . . Cold needed the gloves this morning. I see month of October is a walkers Parkwalk . Well done on your run yesterday Al Morr

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Doris8

Good walk for you today Doris8, well done, 45.19 is fast walking, I also noticed that October is park walk month, that's to invite people who don't run to have a 5K walk around a park where a parkrun is taking place.

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Doris8Graduate10

Thank you. My 5km walk was 2 min run /6 min walk) part of my 7 km walk/jog.

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Chinkoflight60minGraduate

hi AlMoor

Parkrun 7 had a very different feel at Sixfields Upton. Firstly for me, it was my first distinctly autumn feel Parkrun and the dilemma was whether to layer up a bit more! That said, there seemed a bit if a buzz on arrival as there were two groups of people joining in. One from a fitness group looking very keen and the other lot with numbered bib vests on looking very confident!

The briefing, back to normal celebrating achievements, went on to explain that we were joined by Daventry Road Runners who were providing additional marshalls and 'pace runners' explaining the numbered bibs!!! Now, however much you decide you're going to run your own race, your eyes are drawn to the numbered bib in front of you! So having found my bib inside 100 metres (at the back) the dilemma was to follow or overtake and risk seeing another one to chase! I hung back for about 500m and although I knew better I felt like overtaking and not to be destined to achieve the target pace. It was always going to be a folly. And sure enough after another 500m I was magnetically drawn back to follow the bib and thereafter pay for the ambitious start! The invisible rope from my target stretched as we went round , desperately trying to upset the equilibrium of her metronomic pace. Not to be until near the end when taut almost to snapping it elastically stretched my stride for the last 100m to pull away from the pounding feet behind who had me as their target! It's not a race, I briefly thought, but a conversation with my adversary said he was desperate to overtake me, where did I get my pace from!? We laughed.

My bib gave some gracious comments, and explained she was normally a tri-athlete but this was a way of giving something back! Brill.

Oh and the fitness group. Whizzed round and busily huddled comparing data I suspected. Courses for horses......have I got that right.

100 Lines - It's not a race!

Oh, still hot and sweaty at the end, no extra layers.

Cheers.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Chinkoflight

Good post from you Chinkoflight, sometimes at parkrun there are pacers, you did well on following that pacer, of course the fitness group would run round the course like gazelles, I have only been at one parkrun where there were pacers, I followed the 32 minutes pacer, I kept up with him and ran it in under 33 minutes.

If there was a 30 minutes pacer where I have ran several PB's of under 31 minutes I would follow him and see if I could get just under 30 minutes at parkrun, my PB at that flat course is 30:09

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Hargo

hello AlMorr

I've not posted on here in a while. Think my last post was for parkrun number 51. 9 weeks ago! I did number 60 yesterday back at my home course of lyme park. The view from the top of the hill will never get old but its such a tough climb to get up there! I'm always happy to get round in under 30 minutes as it's in the top 10 toughest parkruns in the country!

Hope everyone else still loves the parkrun community as much as I do. Such a lovely happy place to be on a saturday morning! Cheers

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Congratulations to you Hargo on completing that hard hilly parkrun, No. 60 for you in under 30 minutes, as far as I know everyone in this parkrun community loves running at a parkrun on a Saturday morning, it's their highlight of the week, cheers to you. 👍🏃🏾

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