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Week 7 Run 2 Complete at Parkrun #4

Week 7 Run 2 Complete at Parkrun #4

I’m not used to running in boggy fields, nor do I want to make it a regular thing. Within one minute of the run, my running shoes were submerged well beneath the muddy puddles. Mud crept inside my shoes and the squelching began.

It didn’t stop there. The two laps around Brabyns Park in Marple was thr muddiest, slip hazard run I have ever had the pleasure of running. 527 calories later and I reached the finishing line.

I didn’t get another PB but there is a reason for that. Even though I reached my PB for fastest 1K and 1 mile markers, I got lost near the end.

To put it another way - I got to the last 1K and I was greeted with a Y junction. I had no idea which way to go and no one around to ask. I laughed. I waited until a runner caught up which felt like forever and asked what direction I should start running in. It added one minute onto my time and cost me a PB but it certainly gave me plenty of laughs for me and others at the finishing line.

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I thought I recognised that field. I was there as well. I have grown to like Muddy Marple, although I like it when it dries out as well - probably next April :)

Where did you get lost? I had to call two people back from crossing the bridge last week.

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Haha. Excellent! I got confused at the end of lap 2. There’s a part just after the 4K sign where you either go to the left to the finishing line or turn right onto the field. I couldn’t remember which way to go. Haha

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Oh I know. I nearly did that the first time I ran at Marple. It was ok on the first lap because there were plenty of other runners but I was on my own the second lap. Luckily someone came around the corner behind me and called me back on track. Wasn't there a marshal there?

My 11 year old nephew went through the funnel on his first parkrun and found himself in the carpark. He came back and joined me on the second lap - I was Tailwalking that day. The worst if it was that my husband was barcode scanning that day. He didn't scan his token but he didn't stop him either :)

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There wasn’t a Marshall. After waiting for awhile, a lady pointed me into the right direction. At least I will know for next time.

You’re nephew was lucky to meet you on the second run. I want to try tailwalking soon.

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It was fairly easy as he was talking to his mum and brother (I had volunteered them as marshals) so both boys joined me and took charge of collecting the arrows and km signs as we ran the second lap.

I like tailwalking, always an interesting experience

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