Fancy achieving a world record at the London Marathon ?

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Cheerful Dave    pirate
11/03/2011 at 14:17
seren nos wrote (see)

But as its not well known to those outside the running community or to those who live near one......it doesn't have a great potential to bring people into the sport

I'd disagree there.  They may not do much direct marketing, but when people who know I run ask me about it I do suggest parkrun as an easy way to try an organised event rather than just running alone.  The local running shop (run by a certain pirate) runs beginners courses for women (many of whom are middle aged housewives) that culminate in a parkrun.  OK, maybe some of those were inspired to start by watching a marathon, but many wouldn't get beyond wishful thinking without that stepping stone
11/03/2011 at 14:42
Cheerful Dave wrote (see)
seren nos wrote (see)

But as its not well known to those outside the running community or to those who live near one......it doesn't have a great potential to bring people into the sport

I'd disagree there.  They may not do much direct marketing, but when people who know I run ask me about it I do suggest parkrun as an easy way to try an organised event rather than just running alone. 
Cheerful Dave wrote (see)
seren nos wrote (see)

But as its not well known to those outside the running community or to those who live near one......it doesn't have a great potential to bring people into the sport

I'd disagree there.  They may not do much direct marketing, but when people who know I run ask me about it I do suggest parkrun as an easy way to try an organised event rather than just running alone.  The local running shop (run by a certain pirate) runs beginners courses for women (many of whom are middle aged housewives) that culminate in a parkrun.  OK, maybe some of those were inspired to start by watching a marathon, but many wouldn't get beyond wishful thinking without that stepping stone


But are they not already in the running community?

BTW Bristol parkrun starts  in April, with tests runs on 26th March and 9th April and hopefully going live on 23rd Spril

Edited: 11/03/2011 at 14:43
Cheerful Dave    pirate
11/03/2011 at 15:11
musketeer wrote (see)

But are they not already in the running community?

The running shop obviously is, but the folks on the course are beginners.  I don't think anyone's suggesting a parkrun would be the first time someone pulls on their running shoes.  Some people like to keep their running relatively low key at first, and parkrun is a great way of having something to aim for without the razzmatazz of RFL, for example.
 

seren nos    pirate
11/03/2011 at 15:20
and so when new people watch all the amazement of the london marathon and think i could do that .........they get on the internet and hopefully find the parkruns
11/03/2011 at 15:40
I'm doing the Park Run tomorrow dressed as a pair of centipede testicles in a Bat Man outfit wearing an Elvis wig
Cheerful Dave    pirate
11/03/2011 at 16:23
Nah, I'm going to go along and suggest to everyone that we'd all have a lot more fun and find the true spirit of the event if we all chained ourselves together.
11/03/2011 at 16:31

We did have a guy with a fridge on his back at MK parkrun

Is there any cake left?

11/03/2011 at 16:37
M...eldy    pirate
11/03/2011 at 16:43
Ultra Sparkly Bridget wrote (see)

We did have a guy with a fridge on his back at MK parkrun

Is there any cake left?



My colleagues son ... has done IM with the same fridge



*not the same guy Jeepers
Edited: 11/03/2011 at 16:44
cougie    pirate
11/03/2011 at 16:44
Even the swim ?
11/03/2011 at 16:45
Jeepers wrote (see)

parkrunfan, while I agree with a lot of what you say, just check seren out before you go much further.

You might find, for eg that she runs park runs as part of her mara training. 

And that she's one of Forum Six. . .

I think it's fair to say that she has grasped what running is about in all honesty.

Just sayin' . . .

 I think it was taking in the spirit it was intended (or hopefully anyway?)

On the parkrun front, I did say 'if you havent already'

and the 'grasping what running was all about' was in direct response to the comments regarding fancy dress being a big part of attracting people to running. Thats all.

Anyway, just to throw some facts into the equation, the number of women in the early London marathons were:

1981 330 (4.3%)

1982 1,393 (7.7%)

1983 1,677 (8.5%)

1984 3,210 (15.2%)

So there was nothing wrong with the early tv coverage in terms of attracting women into the sport, in just 3 years there was a 10-fold increase in numbers and a 4-fold increase in the percentage of the field they comprised. Pretty impressive growth figures.

The women's times ranged from 2:21 to 8:25, so a complete range of abilities.

M...eldy    pirate
11/03/2011 at 16:46
yep, tows it in a canoe

Think he is on the home page for MK Tri,  raising money for Help for Heroes
11/03/2011 at 17:28
parkrunfan wrote (see)
Jeepers wrote (see)

parkrunfan, while I agree with a lot of what you say, just check seren out before you go much further.

You might find, for eg that she runs park runs as part of her mara training. 

And that she's one of Forum Six. . .

I think it's fair to say that she has grasped what running is about in all honesty.

Just sayin' . . .

 I think it was taking in the spirit it was intended (or hopefully anyway?)

On the parkrun front, I did say 'if you havent already'

and the 'grasping what running was all about' was in direct response to the comments regarding fancy dress being a big part of attracting people to running. Thats all.

Oh, OK, hadn't picked that up, sorry, thought it was aimed at seren. 

11/03/2011 at 17:39
Can you do park runs in fancy dress? - it's a damn liberty if you can't... I avoid paying my council tax for those parks!?!
11/03/2011 at 19:32

I've done the GNR and parkruns in fancy dress, not for charity - just for a bit of fun.  The kids watching love it and the support is really good.

I was very aware of trying not to get in anyones way, and made all efforts not to cause an inconvenience at the water stations.  To be honest all feedback I got from the other runners was positive, except maybe a couple of folks in the final mile who didn't wanna be beaten by a girl in a ballgown.

Having said that, linking 50 people together is daft, it may break some record, but I'd put money on the fact that there'll be injuries resulting from it on the way round.  I did some training in the big pink dress I wore, and it took a good while to get used to the size of the thing. 

I've seen the lasses at my local bootcamp trying to run together carrying a length of rope, it almost always ends up with one or two dropping off the end, and the rest crashing together in the middle.  I hope the 50 are gonna do at least a few training runs first

11/03/2011 at 19:35
Jeepers wrote (see)

Jeepers wrote (see)
parkrunfan wrote (see)
Jeepers wrote (see)

parkrunfan, while I agree with a lot of what you say, just check seren out before you go much further.

You might find, for eg that she runs park runs as part of her mara training. 

And that she's one of Forum Six. . .

I think it's fair to say that she has grasped what running is about in all honesty.

Just sayin' . . .

 I think it was taking in the spirit it was intended (or hopefully anyway?)

On the parkrun front, I did say 'if you havent already'

and the 'grasping what running was all about' was in direct response to the comments regarding fancy dress being a big part of attracting people to running. Thats all.

Oh, OK, hadn't picked that up, sorry, thought it was aimed at seren. 

 Me and Seren have agreed on 3 things already - we're getting along great guns!
Edited: 11/03/2011 at 19:36
seren nos    pirate
11/03/2011 at 19:38
In fact we are getting on so well i am thinking of asking him to help plan my costume for VLM
11/03/2011 at 19:43

LOL

How about a pair of running shorts and a running vest? Outlandish I know, but it might just catch on if you're brave enough to start the trend.......

11/03/2011 at 19:45
just thought I'd add - there's no way I'd even consider doing London or any other marathon in fancy dress.  It's ok for a bit of a laugh, but after 10 or 11 miles the costume (unless it's one of those figure hugging lycra jobs), feels like it weighes about 20 tonnes, and I was sweating like a cooked pig.  Musta lost about 5 or 6 lbs in sweat alone.
11/03/2011 at 21:19
LS21 wrote (see)
I'm doing the Park Run tomorrow dressed as a pair of centipede testicles in a Bat Man outfit wearing an Elvis wig

.. at least that will be better colour co-ordinated than the stuff you normally race in.. 
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