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It's the fifth edition of the world's northernmost Parkrun here in Oulu (Finland) this weekend. I've been alternating running with volunteering on a weekly basis so far. 

We started off with 38 participants in the first week, though this dropped to 10(!) on week three due to a clash with the city's popular marathon/half/10k event. 

I might wear my Dons top tomorrow. 

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On 08/10/2021 at 14:40, henage said:

Its as flat as a pancake , few tight turns , few long straights . PB run ... Get on the front at start , its a long wide high speed start that separate's the runners . Couple of tight turns into another long straight . 2nd lap you will be working your way passed other runners . finish is passed the start line on the left of road . I will be watching with my dog (collie) give us the thumbs up . Use woodford sports centre for parking as east park doesnt have parking , if your on site early it no problem , leave it latter you might have problems 

Cheers - can't remember seeing you. I had to get away quickly today. What a lovely park and a great parkrun for fast times. Smashed my all-time 5K PB by 20 seconds.

Missed the turn into the car park but managed to park on a side road.

My wife, who also got a PB, is working in Hull today so I wandered around. What a transformation the city has had since I lived here in 1983!! Seriously, it was like Copenhagen down by the marina and Princes Quay. I suppose the weather helped - people outside at the cafes etc.

Does one of the Hull amateur RL teams play on that pitch at the end of the park? I had a bit of deja vu when I saw it from my days as a ref.

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7 hours ago, tim2 said:

Cheers - can't remember seeing you. I had to get away quickly today. What a lovely park and a great parkrun for fast times. Smashed my all-time 5K PB by 20 seconds.

Missed the turn into the car park but managed to park on a side road.

My wife, who also got a PB, is working in Hull today so I wandered around. What a transformation the city has had since I lived here in 1983!! Seriously, it was like Copenhagen down by the marina and Princes Quay. I suppose the weather helped - people outside at the cafes etc.

Does one of the Hull amateur RL teams play on that pitch at the end of the park? I had a bit of deja vu when I saw it from my days as a ref.

Hull Dockers play on the pitch . Both open age and some youth . Great running . Well done to you both .

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1 hour ago, henage said:

Hull Dockers play on the pitch . Both open age and some youth . Great running . Well done to you both .

Ah yes. My son reffed them in a derby match, possibly West Hull, in the NCL. Way more there than at a lot of League One matches.

Thanks, really enjoyed it.

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On 08/10/2021 at 20:14, Moomintroll said:

It's the fifth edition of the world's northernmost Parkrun here in Oulu (Finland) this weekend. I've been alternating running with volunteering on a weekly basis so far. 

Takes me back 30 years to a nice summer spent in Vaasa and fond memories of Suomi. I twisted my knee at Rutland Water parkrun this week.  I will probably rest and volunteer the next 4 weeks now. 

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I did Telford parkrun last Saturday. Because I was running a 10K on Sunday I decided to run it at around 10K target pace and see how it felt. It felt pretty good and I came in at 24.12 - very respectable, really. There was a nice hill finish as a test too. It's a lovely parkrun and well worth a visit if you're in the area. That's #82 event and #275 in total.

On Sunday I ran the Chesterfield 10K. I've never been so nervous before a race. No idea why. the race went really well and I was well on target at 5K, having done the long, shallow 1K climb out of town in 5 minutes and being ahead of PB pace overall. A couple more sharp climbs up to the old football ground and it was downhill and flat on the run in.

My son took videos of me at 9K and I looked, as usual, like I was going to do die. I came in at 46.37, a PB by 99 seconds.

I also won the M60 age category and will be receiving a trophy. I've never won anything for running and never expected to. 

 

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Ferry Meadows parkrun in Peterborough yesterday. Lovely course round a couple of lakes, very flat. 450+ runners so congestion at the start slowed me a bit but I ran my second fastest parkrun at 22.31

 

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5 hours ago, tim2 said:

Ferry Meadows parkrun in Peterborough yesterday. Lovely course round a couple of lakes, very flat. 450+ runners so congestion at the start slowed me a bit but I ran my second fastest parkrun at 22.31

I did the inaugural there, back when that was a thing, have not been back since. 

It's a good time.

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On 08/10/2021 at 20:14, Moomintroll said:

It's the fifth edition of the world's northernmost Parkrun here in Oulu (Finland) this weekend. I've been alternating running with volunteering on a weekly basis so far. 

Nice. Had a few business trips to Oulu, lovely place in winter when the city is covered in white and the sea is frozen. It's the only place outside of Britain where I've seen people passed out on the street mid-afternoon through drinking homebrew though. I bet that is a beautiful course.

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This could be in the "rain" thread!

Rother Valley (158th time) for me today and a course PB of 22.44 - by 1 second, the best sort of PB. It was extremely wet and windy so I have to be pleased, but I'm shattered now. Surprisingly my heart rate didn't get into the high zones at all.

 

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Northampton racecourse yesterday.  Last ran 2 years ago and got a 1s PB! 😀

Junior parkrun volunteer today which was pleasant in the sunshine. :kolobok_sun_bespectacled:

I hope to have solved my niggling injury having realised i was running in the wrong shoes (support - I need cushioned).  I must have got them 'cheap' online.  Classic false economy as my replacements cost me ninety. 

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I ran Fletcher Moss near Didsbury on Saturday. It's a lovely leafy couse, a bit undulating but not too bad. That's my 84th different event now. Heading for the Cowell Club (100 different events) next year.

Did my 7th sub-23 this year, coming in at 22.56

I usually run slower in colder weather, so that's an OK time.

A couple of weeks away from parkrun now, then a half marathon at the end of the month.

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East park parkrun . Quite a few people with spinal injuries , plus other major problems walked (wheeled) the full 5k course Saturday . Last person over the finish line took well over two hours . 

I walked back to my car after watching my son do the run , have a catch up with a few different people as you do around 45 mins after the start . I not 100% but I think the last person was Pete Stephenson ex amateur player who sustained a serious neck injury playing for Dockers v West Hull many years ago . He had done around 500metres of the course . Talk about effort and focus , unbelievable . 

Credit to all the volunteers that marshalled the event and stay the full 2/3 hours it took for the last person to complete the course .

 

 

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10 hours ago, henage said:

Credit to all the volunteers that marshalled the event and stay the full 2/3 hours it took for the last person to complete the course .

Marshalling has turned into bit more of a commitment these days. Used to be all done and dusted by 9:40 and join friends who've been running for a coffee, but with the increased number of walkers, you're often out until after 10.

That is a very impressive effort by those people with spinal injuries etc.

We had a lady walked round with a zimmer frame with her teenage grandchildren at Cambridge a few years back; by chance, we had a British Olympian and a European indoor champion running the same day. Good illustration of what parkrun is about.

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On 14/11/2021 at 23:08, henage said:

East park parkrun . Quite a few people with spinal injuries , plus other major problems walked (wheeled) the full 5k course Saturday . Last person over the finish line took well over two hours . 

I walked back to my car after watching my son do the run , have a catch up with a few different people as you do around 45 mins after the start . I not 100% but I think the last person was Pete Stephenson ex amateur player who sustained a serious neck injury playing for Dockers v West Hull many years ago . He had done around 500metres of the course . Talk about effort and focus , unbelievable . 

Credit to all the volunteers that marshalled the event and stay the full 2/3 hours it took for the last person to complete the course .

 

 

If you know you've got some participants likely to be slower, it's possible to limit who needs to stay behind and let some of the volunteers go home. Most parkrunners are very supportive of volunteers, and a lot volunteer as well as run. I've volunteered over 100 times, including some where I've also run, but many (including Run Director) when I didn't.  

Others, sadly, take them for granted.

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I have been away from parkrun for 3 weeks now, 2 weeks on holiday in a non-parkrun country and Saturday thanks to the snow. Inbetween Saturday's snow and Sunday's, the roads cleared and I ran the Clowne Half Marathon (my local one) in a course PB time of 1.47.53 - it's a lumpy course with the last 3 miles being very uphill so I was pleased with that time, which is only just over 2 minutes off a full PB that was on a basically downhill course.

Next week I'll be back to my closest parkrun at Poolsbrook.

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21 hours ago, tim2 said:

If you know you've got some participants likely to be slower, it's possible to limit who needs to stay behind and let some of the volunteers go home. Most parkrunners are very supportive of volunteers, and a lot volunteer as well as run. I've volunteered over 100 times, including some where I've also run, but many (including Run Director) when I didn't.  

Others, sadly, take them for granted.

It was well planned for the volunteers . Only those needed stayed on . Full credit to them . Humbling to see the effort required to complete the course .  

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Monsal Trail parkrun for me tomorrow. It was called Bakewell before Covid and it looked like it might not restart due to there being too many runners and other users in the same space. They've rejigged the course to use a different part so hopefully it will be OK.

Storthes Hall parkrun near Huddersfield has bitten the dust as the owners of the land have not agreed to the restart. That's another one, along with Cambridge, Mulbarton and Gainsborough that I've run that no longer exist. kirklees is a bit thin on the ground parkrun-wise. Huddersfield is very popular but I think more, and smaller, parkruns are better if you can find the space and volunteers.

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20 hours ago, tim2 said:

Monsal Trail parkrun for me tomorrow. It was called Bakewell before Covid and it looked like it might not restart due to there being too many runners and other users in the same space. They've rejigged the course to use a different part so hopefully it will be OK.

Storthes Hall parkrun near Huddersfield has bitten the dust as the owners of the land have not agreed to the restart. That's another one, along with Cambridge, Mulbarton and Gainsborough that I've run that no longer exist. kirklees is a bit thin on the ground parkrun-wise. Huddersfield is very popular but I think more, and smaller, parkruns are better if you can find the space and volunteers.

I was wondering where Monsal Trail had appeared from.

Cambridge may have disappeared, but we now have three parkruns in the city and several more in the surrounding area. A little bit of a frustrating story with Cambridge. Cambridge Sports Lake trust, the charity that was given the park by the council some years ago, decided that it was better to use the site for other things on a Saturday morning. Car parking fees from parkrun was their main source of income for some years, but lockdown seems to have resulted in many more people using the park. Not necessarily a bad thing I guess. Junior parkrun is still there on Sunday. 

Fourth place for me today, in a time almost 4 minutes slower than my course PB. Fair to say that conditions underfoot meant that a lot of the fast people went elsewhere, and brought the rest down to my level 😉 

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23.16 on a cold and windy Monsal Trail, not quite the sub 23 I hoped for but I hate cold weather running and last week's Half Marathon was still in the legs, so I'll take it.

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I've been junior parkrun volunteering most Sundays.  Even allowing for the odd child that gets randomly distracted (by a stick or similar 'toy'!) its normally all done by 9.45am.  Very uplifting to help as with parkrun.  

As is the way the 4th anniversary last month was fancy dress.  My red / white Where's Wally hat effort  was ok but didn't match the other 4 Wally's - or 2 dinosaurs 🦖 and one excellent minion.

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28 minutes ago, Charlie RL said:

I've been junior parkrun volunteering most Sundays.  Even allowing for the odd child that gets randomly distracted (by a stick or similar 'toy'!) its normally all done by 9.45am.  Very uplifting to help as with parkrun.  

As is the way the 4th anniversary last month was fancy dress.  My red / white Where's Wally hat effort  was ok but didn't match the other 4 Wally's - or 2 dinosaurs 🦖 and one excellent minion.

We sometimes help at our local junior parkrun. It's very small, mostly with fewer than 20 runners. 

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RL's Dave Woods allegedly spotted at Fell Foot Park Run yesterday

The National Trust and volunteers did a great job getting that one on yesterday, as there was a huge number of trees down from the previous week

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6 hours ago, shaun mc said:

RL's Dave Woods allegedly spotted at Fell Foot Park Run yesterday

The National Trust and volunteers did a great job getting that one on yesterday, as there was a huge number of trees down from the previous week

Dave Woods doing a commentary on how many in the woods were felled? Or did he just bounce off them?

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