Park Runs

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06/03/2013 at 19:07

I have just discovered Park Runs and although there isn't one in Doncaster,i travel to Hull every saturday and its well worth the 40 minute journey.An absolute pleasure to run in this well organised event. The people are very welcoming and friendly.Everyone should try it....I was amazed when i found that about 250-300 people run it every saturday....

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06/03/2013 at 19:53
Glad to hear it's worth the travel as I think the closest to me is about a 30 minute drive. Does it have chip timing?
XX1
06/03/2013 at 20:05
No they don't have chip timing. But they do time you via your barcode thingy but the times are from when the gun goes to when you cross the line.
They are good fun though.
seren nos    pirate
06/03/2013 at 20:15

david when i pb'd my marathon.i did 3 park runs a month as my speed work...smashed my 5k time and then my marathon time..

best races around i think....

06/03/2013 at 20:18
Millsy1977 wrote (see)
No they don't have chip timing. But they do time you via your barcode thingy but the times are from when the gun goes to when you cross the line.
They are good fun though.

You get 2 types of chip. Chip to chip, which is the best version, and the crapper, gun to chip, which only seems to suit organisers.

 

So the park run is the equivalent of the gun to chip option.

06/03/2013 at 20:22
Ok I suppose it is a form of gun to chip timing, but it doesn't benifit you if you are last over the start line.
Edited: 06/03/2013 at 20:23
seren nos    pirate
06/03/2013 at 20:23

its a free race....you can always record your own time 

06/03/2013 at 20:29
I wasn't saying it was a bad thing against parkrun. It's put on for free so the official timing part of it is a great bonus.
I go every other week as it is a good guide of how my training is going.
06/03/2013 at 20:37

I'm not sure how big some parkruns are, but generally if you're only dealing with 50-100 people you won't lose much over the start line.

Unlike these events where people can lose 15mins or so! It's those races where chip to chip is essential.

Gun to chip only seems to help organisers, not the runner! Much cheaper though no doubt!

06/03/2013 at 20:44
I've done 3 now at Albert Park Middlesbrough and can't fault them! For a free race it's quality, really friendly atmosphere and results are online by tea time! If you are really bothered about time it's easy enough to get to the front to start as majority of the runners are there for fun!
07/03/2013 at 09:51

I have volunteered to help marshall my hometown inaugural Parkrun next month, the only obvious downside to this is I can't run it myself. Rumours that as the sweep up runner I will be issued with a taser have proved sadly untrue 

It does seem from the little involvement that I have had so far that Parkrun as a phenomena is growing rapidly. Hopefully in a short time this will reduce the travel time most people have to endure to get to one.

They may not be perfect but as a free event I think we should appreciate them whilst they are here. 

07/03/2013 at 10:14
GRAHAM PLOWRIGHT wrote (see)

I have just discovered Park Runs and although there isn't one in Doncaster,i travel to Hull every saturday and its well worth the 40 minute journey.An absolute pleasure to run in this well organised event. The people are very welcoming and friendly.Everyone should try it....I was amazed when i found that about 250-300 people run it every saturday....

Hmmm travel time.

I'll see your 40 minutes to the nearest parkrun, and raise you 10.

Nearest parkrun to me is Cambridge, 50 mins, and Ipswich 54 mins.

07/03/2013 at 10:14

we are hoping to start up a new one in Glasgow soon (the original Glasgow one is nearly full to capacity.

great events.

do other ones really have chip timing? not at any i've attended.

07/03/2013 at 10:39

I've done 7 since they started near me in November. I have to say they have become quite addictive, testament by the fact that some runners have completed well over 100.

Great for a tempo run if you do a lap beforehand and a cool down after.

What I found best was that it made me  race-ready for the HM I did last weekend. Having "raced" every other weekend I was no longer tempted to get caught up in the early dash at the start of the 13.1.

07/03/2013 at 10:41

i do a lot of long, slow miles (ultra runner) so I find them a good sharpener. get the old heart going.

07/03/2013 at 10:48
I know a few of the lads from our club use them as part of their long runs. By running to the park doing the 5k then running back they can still get their 18 or so miles in! Great little races just wished my shifts allowed me to run more of them!!
07/03/2013 at 11:05
seren nos wrote (see)

david when i pb'd my marathon.i did 3 park runs a month as my speed work...smashed my 5k time and then my marathon time..

best races around i think....

Seren - that sounds like a really good idea, did you just try to race them as fast as poss or incorporate intervals/tempo work into it? Just curious

07/03/2013 at 11:36

Im new to running and as part of my training for the Silverstone half i did some park runs in Chelmsford. They are great!! Well organised, friendly and amazingly free. 

I honestly can't recomend them highly enough

07/03/2013 at 12:47
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)

I would crap myself that Im going to pull a hamstring or something, thats why Im not doing one until after my next HM ....... I would kick myself if I went to one this weekend, did an injury and then thats all she wrote for my HM.

 

Its a 5k not a 100m sprint, surely your training for the HM includes tempo running?

08/03/2013 at 10:44
Graham (original poster)

How about Pontefract racecourse???, won't that be closer, just up the A1?

There's a lot of support from the local SweatShop branch (at 'Xscape') and the 2 local club (mine - 'Ackworth Road-Runners', & 'Pontefract AC')
Edited: 08/03/2013 at 10:45
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