Are some faster than others
NLR Thanks for the praise, and I am under 40 mins for a 10k by 49 whole English seconds.
i started parkrun at MK, as i live there, it is pretty i guess, but i am used to our town and lakes, so have nothing to compare it to, it is a bit hilly, so i guess not a true speed refelction of capability over 5k, unless you always run that course and can judge by the times, would deffo get a faster time on a flatter course than MK
camperdown park in dundee is a new tough one. two challenging hills and it takes me a minute longer than most routes. which is A LOT.
Poole is pancake flat - two laps of the boating lake & one round a cricket pitch.
York is ridiculously flat. 1.5 laps of the racecourse. Very fast!
My local Parkrun is Swindon which is two laps round a relatively flat course. I have twice run the Falkirk Parkrun which was a big culture shock, little flat bit then climb for ages, drop back down to previous level and get suckered into false sense of security to realise that the hill just before the finish is called "Heartbreak Hill" for a reason. (Mind you I dont know how many others Parkruns have Heartbreak Hills , maybe it;s quite a common thing) The downhill bit just before the finish is very pleasant it has to be said.
My nearest is Brockwell, which has a couple of small inclines in it, but it's not too bad. The winners are regularly around 18mins there or abouts. There's Dulwich not too far away which is apparently pancakey, so during the summer i'll probably run the Brockwell ones for training, then "race" the Dulwich ones every month or so to guage how i'm progressing.
Good to hear that Agent Ginger, as I'm gonna give Dulwich a spin this week.The key for me is that it counts as a "5k" on power of 10, whereas a lot of the parkruns are either MT or NAD.
MT I suppose you can at least count as a 5k time, but NAD, nearas dammit, is just plain pointless. Either measure it properly or stop it.
ah, i didn't know that Stevie. Although i'm not at the sharp end of the results, so i guess it doesn't make much difference at my pace, but worth bearing in mind, ta.
That can be the other problem with parkruns, namely the "sharp" end, not being particularly sharp!
I used to turn up at races hoping to come high up, but I'm hoping some faster types turn up at Dulwich so I can make a proper race of it, rather than it being a time trial!
Otherwise i'd do the one on my doorstep that is often won in around 19mins!
hopefully a gang of sub 17 chaps all decide to target it this one weekend
Our local one has a sub 16min record, think its 15.55mins, .............you just need to go one the site and find a local flat one ,
Chaps, don't worry, the research has been done!
I didn't want to do a NAD or a MT, so that doesn't leave too many driveable options. Even this one is an hour drive
However, it ensures a proper 5k entry on PO10, and a line in the sand to improve on.
Will be gutted if I don't at least break my 17.48 set at a boggy Black Park a year or 2 back. I'd done 17.23 for 5k within a 10k a few months before!!
stevie...come and do Cardiff park run.....in the last year i think there was only 1 week where the winner was over 17 mins........and there are usually several/ many runners running quick times........as they have about 400 runners now there should be loads behind you
Looks like 15.17 is record for Swindon, more generally, the winning times seem tyo be in the 16-17 minute range. Normally between 200 -300 there
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