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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

Thanks so much AlMorr for looking after this post last week. Happy weekend everyone. This morning I am not running. However I shall be volunteering and this morning will be my milestone V25 parkrun volunteering day. Have a great day everyone and enjoy your parkrun.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Excellent news on your landmark 25 volunteering roles Damien! Hope you enjoyed your break. 😀

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to damienair

It was a pleasure hosting last weeks post Damien, I am not running at parkrun either this week, however, this morning I did go to Dunfermline parkrun to spactate and talk to some of my friends there before they ran, next week I intend to run my 60th parkrun at Palacerigg parkrun not too far away from where I live.

AlMorr profile image
AlMorrAmbassador in reply to AlMorr

PS, congratulations on your V25 parkrun 👍🎊🎉

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Thank you Alan. I can claim for my 100 and V25 T-Shirts now. I’ll wait until the spring as I won’t be wearing them for a while.

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to damienair

well done damienair, that purple V25 T-shirt is my favourite .

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, yes I know I’ll be very proud wearing it.

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RunWillieGraduate10

Hi damienair & all,

Beautiful day for park run. Just me today. Hubby still not running due to his calf injury. No.2 son stayed in bed.My new park run goal is to run at threshold pace. I find it very hard to hold back at Park run but I managed again today.  Intensity discipline✔️All of our faster runners were away today. I’m not sure whether there’s an event on this weekend. Perth Marathon is on next week. No. 2 son would have easily made top 3 if he had got out of bed. 

Happy park running, walking or volunteering 😎
cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Bet no 2 son is kicking himself now RW! Top 3 would have been epic. He’ll get it another weekend though. Well done on your run. 👊🏃‍♀️😀

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Snooze you lose 🤣 I love watching our elites fly past on the loop back. It wasn’t the same today without them.

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

very well done on your parkrun and your threshold pace. I’m building back up again and feel like I’m starting from scratch again. By December I want to be running 5K in 30 minutes and then in the new year work towards faster times.

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RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to damienair

You will get there damienair 👍🏻

I’m not interested in fast times at the moment. Just want to keep my mileage consistent until the end of the year. I’m 566km off my annual target so don’t want any park run injuries 🤣

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Early onset teenage behaviour ? 🙂 Good discipline RW, mileage target is your priority so no need to take injury risks. I wish that I could be as sensible!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Both older boys had been on a camp all week so super tired. It’s very rare for no.2 to want to miss park run. I’m going to try & be good for the rest of the year 😇

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to RunWillie

Ah, fascinating new evidence 🙂; he definitely deserved his sleep! Is there a fittest family in Australia award? 🏆

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Volunteering for Flossie and me this weekend Damien. Lucky really as I wouldn’t have run due to the everlasting cold which has refused to budge for over 2 weeks now. I’ve actually only run once since last weekend’s race, so I’m hoping it slings its hook so I can get myself ready for the GSR in 2 weeks. 🤞

A beautiful morning in Eastville Park, really autumnal. A few conkers were lying around which needed to be kicked off the paths, other than that the conditions were perfect for the many runners/joggers/walkers who came along. I had my favourite marshalling station; one where there’s action to be seen at all times, so Flossie and I had fun. She’s always appreciated and sits patiently watching everyone! If she could clap, she would! ❤️

Eastville Park
damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Brilliant Cheeky and Flossie. I was volunteering as Marshal today too. I’m going to go for a run along the river later with Ruby.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Have a lovely run, both of you! 🏃‍♂️🐕

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Your everlasting cold sounds very similar to mine Cheeky - except i had to get a chest infection on top!😩 Volunteering seems to be the order of the day.....

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I’m wondering if mine is going the same way Jonathan 😩 I have a tickly cough now which is super irritating. I won’t run until it goes. 🥺

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Sounds familiar......😞

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Ohhhhhh 😩😩😩😩😩😩

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Dendev75Graduate10

Hi, hope you enjoyed your trip 😊 and well done on your 25th volunteering this morning 👏🏻👍🏻

I went alone this morning and the sun was shining with a lovely warm breeze - perfect. It was one of those mornings where I felt really happy and grateful to wake up early and be alive to enjoy a lovely run 🏃🏽‍♀️ 😊 I found a lady wearing pumpkin leggings (so cool) in front so used her as my pacer, near the end I managed to run past her fabulous leggings to the finish. I’m now wanting some autumnal leggings 😂 hope everyone enjoyed their runs this morning 👍🏻

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dendev75

Fantastic running and what a great way to link off the weekend.

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nowsterGraduate10

Back to my usual stomping ground this morning. I didn't get a chance to parkrun last week due to travelling on the Saturday morning.

Things didn't bode well, with a very heavy rain shower at 8.30am whilst I was drinking my pre-run coffee and having a (Lidl) jam doughnut. I arrived (after another precautionary bathroom visit) at 8.55am.

Whilst we were lining up the rain started again, but thankfully not with the ferocity it had done earlier. The Run Director waffled on in the distance. Apparently one of the volunteers was doing his 99th volunteer today. We had 58 here today, but it seemed more.

Eventually, at 9.05am, the RD counted us down and we were off. The rain eased and stopped.

As usual, I held back a little. I know the course and also know I need to take the first few hundred yards easier so that I'm not conking out at the end.

And there were lots of conkers, especially around the start/finish area and the rose garden (with no roses).

As a bit of fun I started to think of silly things to call to the marshals as I passed the lap ends. "Hail the conkering heroes come." "♫ Underneath the spreading chestnut tree. They've done four and I've done three. ♫" "I came, I saw, I conked out."

I gradually moved up the field after getting stuck for a while behind a trio of guys of about my age.

I was lapped about three quarters round lap 2, which meant that either I was slow or the guy lapping me was fast. Both were true. He did it in 19'10".

My intention today was just to have a bit of fun and not get too wet. As I passed the last corner I decided to accelerate. I felt I had it in me.

I didn't even notice the guy almost on my shoulder who came across the line three seconds after me or the other three guys on his tail who finished in the following ten seconds.

I hung around after, chatting with various folks. A lady (a club runner) was running here the first time but hadn't remembered to register. Her phone battery was dying, so she couldn't even register on the spot. She'll remember to do it for next time.

The tail walkers came in, one with a mock sprint finish, and the marshals went into a huddle. At that point we decided to disperse and I walked back to the car.

Official time: 28'27", placed 28 out of 58.

A horse chestnut shell in a puddle
damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to nowster

very well done and great finish time. I’m just back from a run. There were loads of Conkers falling with the strong breeze.

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Sandie1961Graduate10

Good morning everyone and congratulations Damien on your 25th volunteering 👏🏻👏🏻 A beautiful sunny day in Lincolnshire after heavy rain last night and parkrun number 61 at Market Rasen. I’m still suffering from stiff hips after last week’s HM so decided to take it steady and jogged round in 34.03, 76/99 and 2nd in my age category (out of 5). I finally also managed to keep my heart rate lower than usual. Have a great weekend!

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

Thank you. Very well done on your half marathon last weekend. And very well done on your parkrun this morning. Happy weekend.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Well done Sandie - very wise to take it easy today

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Newbierunner84

Hi Damien and all, Congrats on the volunteering milestone! I did a bit more tourism today and visited North Walsham to get my Fibonacci 34, north for the compass challenge and a new letter with N. It’s 2.5 lap course around the high school field and neighbouring park. I took the family with me and whilst they enjoyed the two play areas, I did my run. I’m used to running on tarmac and concrete so I found a whole course of grass quite hard work! It was wet and covered in acorns in some places. It was a friendly lot of volunteers and they marked out the course very well with cones, etc. It looks on paper like you could get lost with a fair few turns but I needn’t have worried! I finished in 38.19 and 65/78. It was my 34th PR aswell as their 34th and most importantly (to me) it was my 1st PR anniversary. I’ve loved the last year of Saturday mornings. I think I’ve only missed two or three and I’ve volunteered when I haven’t run. PR is good for the soul! 💜

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to Newbierunner84

congratulations on your parkrun anniversary and very well done 👏. Yes Parkrun is great for the soul. Like me your hooked.

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Newbierunner84 in reply to damienair

Most definitely!

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10

No run for me at parkrun today - I developed a niggle in my knee after Wednesday's 5k and as the GSR is only 2 weeks away, decided it would be better to give things another couple of days before my next run.

So it was volunteering today, my 25th - you and I came in on a dead heat Damien! Marshalling in a nice sunny spot near the lake today - 195 runners including 2 designated 'parkwalkers' to link with the current campaign. Bit short of volunteers though - 2 runners had to have their arms twisted to be timekeepers at the last moment.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Hope your niggle comes to nothing Jonathan. 🤞 Well done on your 25th volunteering role today though! I’m so in awe of the speedsters who can run then volunteer! Pretty awesome stuff if you ask me! 😅

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JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky - it's definitely on the mend. No, it was worse than that - apparently the RD asked for volunteers to give up their run to be timekeepers. Heavy discipline at Portsmouth Lakeside!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

OMG! Gosh that’s serious stuff Jonathan. Hopefully it’ll drive home the fact that people really really do need to step up. 🙄

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

You would hope so but I think it's usually the same people who sign up🙁

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Yep, sounds familiar Jonathan. I wish people would give up their runs just once in a while. 🙄🙄🙄

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Hmm the GSR injury list is looking quite extensive! 2 weeks of TLC required all round.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes we must all be careful BC! I was more concerned about the Achilles but thankfully that appears to have receded🤞

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

I have had two bad runs on the bounce; heavy legs and no zip. Dehydration I think; maybe 3 runs, a swim, pilates class, country dancing plus dog walks is a lot of exercise over 6 days; for me anyway. Going to back off a bit next week….and raid the Gatorade shelves.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes that sounds like overdoing it to me BC!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Hmm, we’ll get there Beachcomber66 . Take it easy won’t you? My preparation has taken a nosedive too, although mine is certainly not due to overdoing it. I’ve run once since last weekend’s 10k as my cold refuses to budge. Hope to get out a bit next week, otherwise my legs will forget what to do! 🙄

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Your cold has lingered Cheeky; time for it to buzz off! I want to get one more long run in this week, but otherwise stick to shorter routes. Stocking up on Zero is a priority too. I am pretty sure that dehydration is the problem. 🙂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes, dehydration is often the root of it all BC.

damienair profile image
damienairAdministrator in reply to JonathanP

Congratulations Jonathan on your 25th Volunteering milestone. Like me you marshalled. I think I’ll be more proud of my V25 T-Shirt than the 100 T-Shirt.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks- congratulations to you too Damien

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

whoop whoop, another purple t-shirt! Well deserved Jonathan.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy!

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RennurGraduate10

Only 2 runs in the past 11 days and both were too slow to register in the World Cup of running. But today I completed PR, still not fast, but fast enough to register. I carried on to complete almost 7.5K. I had sore calves but they eased off after 20 minutes. We had 567 partipants. My fi ush number started with a 5 (and then a 6)! Surprisingly warm with the sunshine.

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Rennur

Very well done on your parkrun and well done too on putting in the extra k’s.

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Dexy5Graduate10

Hello all, a bit of a late post as me and UpTheStanley did Tilgate parkrun this morning, and then had to get all poshed up for my niece’s wedding. We later discovered that groom and best man did East Grinstead parkrun, but we’ve had enough warnings about that course around sports fields to avoid it. Tilgate was absolutely beautiful, with a run around the lake, although after last night’s strong winds and torrential rain, we were running on wet leaves and fallen acorns. It was so friendly and I was chatting to lots of runners as I went round. Not as fast as Southsea due to undulations and chatting, but lovely. UTS came 1st in his age group of 7 so is now happier than he was with his time.

Also, we hear it was incredibly windy at Southsea this morning so we chose a good day to be elsewhere

Dexy, UTS and Fenton the Southsea parkrun bear on tour.
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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Awesome, you guys are getting around aren’t you? 😀😀

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Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

We are cheekychipmunks , and I got my first T, and gained a Tourist badge for 20 different events yesterday.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Even better! 🤸‍♀️

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damienairAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Brilliant. Very well done to you both on your parkrun tourism and great running UTS.

JonathanP profile image
JonathanPGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Sounds like a lovely run Dexy and congratulations to UTS!

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chrissy26

I'm glad I searched for parkrun here this morning. I intend to go to do my local one this morning, but as a parkwalk rather than run. I saw they were promoting parkwalk this month. I used to go to parkrun before getting cancer. Couldn't do any exercise for ages cos of the treatment then I changed drugs and eventually ended up being able to walk, then walk/run, then run/parkrun. I have been really poorly from mid-Aug, I was admitted to hospital for a week at the end of the month but now I'm gradually feeling stronger so feeling motivated for today. Thank you for that!

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