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Ooh I'm a runner, no wait, I'M A PARK RUNNER ๐Ÿ˜

Ooh I'm a runner, no wait, I'M A PARK RUNNER ๐Ÿ˜

So the day finally dawned for my park run debut on a bright but very cold north east morning. A beautiful setting looking north from Whitley Bay towards St Mary's Island. I was freezing at the start and can only wonder what the local loons swimming in the north sea were feeling!!.

Not sure I really got the full park run experience as due to the fact that it was -3 at the start only a handful turned up and I was running by myself most if the time.

Still the run itself was my best yet by far with 5k achieved in 32 and a bit minutes, breathing felt good even at a faster pace and i feel I will be able run the distance in the thirty minutes once the weather warms up!!

Continuing to really love this journey and my next park run will be Newcastle on the 30th, hopefully warmer with more competitors.

Happy running weekend everyone ๐Ÿ˜

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Well done for braving the low temperatures- and great pace too. You will be well settled in when the fair weather runners appear!

... and what memories you have stirred up-my childhood home is on your map! I had forgotten the daily swimmers in the North Sea. I remember an lady who swam in the sea every single morning of the year & had done for decades. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Thanks, it's a beautiful spot and also the Spanish city is finally being renovated after years of neglect.

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I had forgotten the Spanish City - it was the one place that was completely banned by my mother! - Otherwise we had great sea front roaming freedom. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Well done and a great time ๐Ÿ‘

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Thank you so much

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Well done! Itโ€™s good int it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

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It's lovely!!!

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I was up near there in Saltburn and I noticed quite a few more mature ladies swimming in the sea, one of whom was a veritable dolphin, ploughing horizontally across the seascape. Good on em ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Awesomeness! Well done ChrisAllen1 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ It's a shame that you were among so few other Parkrunners, but I am guessing that you are right about the temperature playing a part in that! I've not been out running since my 1st Parkrun 2 weeks ago due to a week of back pain and then been in bed all this week with a flu virus and chest infection ๐Ÿ˜ท Hoping to be back running by next weekend as I'm planning to do the Christmas Day Parkrun!

Way to go, you! Keep it up! X

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Thanks, sorry to hear you haven't been well, you will soon pick it up

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Oh Snodi, sorry you are poorly- get well soon. The running will wait for you. ๐Ÿ˜„

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Brilliant run, such a great time too!

Dont forget the New Year Parkrun if the 30th is cancelled due to weather. Just check your local parkrun page to see if they will run and check start time.

Enjoy๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป

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Thanks and will do

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Well done, and a cracking time!

Swimming in the sea though... I am sure there must be a great reason why they do this in sub-zero temperatures, and that I just don't get it... but it would still be a resounding NOPE from me.

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Thank you and couldn't agree more, brrrrrr

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It is good fun.. I did it every New year's Day.. up to 2014...until Mr OF said he was worried I might collapse..( I think he thought he would have to save me.. :)

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Hey there fellow parkrunner! ๐Ÿ‘, yes, ours was pretty cold too, and you only get the hardcore lot in these temps, so well done! Great time too....

I love parkrun.....๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ Best invention, ever....!

Mx

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Well done Chris, a new parkrun career started!

keep running, keep smiling.

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Very well done you!

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Congratulations on what I am assuming will be the first of many.

Our local Parkrun has numbers ranging from ~12 people to 120 depending on the occasion and the weather. I can say I love running on both ends of the spectrum. On the weeks that are cold you not only get bragging rights, but your number ranking skyrockets. I came 14th place as tailwalker a few weeks ago, which sounds very impressive if you don't know that only 14 people showed up. :)

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Well done that is brilliant and a really good time ๐Ÿ˜€

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Oh - dear!! You have committed an unforgivable sin , for which you must pay the penance of returning to parkrun..... parkrun is ALWAYS spelt as one word and with lowercase letters. :)

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My god your moving quickly! I'd be so pleased with that time. Well done!

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Fantastic effort , well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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