So there you have it. If you want a weekly timed run, forget Parkrun- time yourself!!!! I don't think he saw the irony as he was pinging off that email LMAO.
Steven, he clearly isn't saying that. He's responding to your request for a time to be given to you as you cross the line. Being as the people running the events are all volunteers and the person doing the times has enough on their plate making sure these are being recorded correctly (although clearly they are having issues at that particular park run) I think it's perfectly reasonable to say that if you want to know your time immediately, then wear a watch. That's what most other runners do.
These are free events, run by volunteers so although it's perfectly reasonable to flag up errors when they're made, I don't think it's very reasonable to start demanding changes and then whingeing when you don't get them. If you don't like it, you can, as you say, forget park run and time yourself.
Do what you want. Personally, I run quite slowly and going further appeals to me more than speeding up. Having said that, I'd like to do both and am still doing 5K's, 10K's and halves as well as training for my first marathon. Once I've done it, I'd like to move up to try an ultra, but I'd still do the shorter stuff.
I'm doing the 30K. Was searching for a 20 miler on this exact weekend as a training race for my first marathon in September and didn't expect to find anything but saw this. Not a million miles from home either. Looking forward to it but I really hope it's not too hot. Hopefully, I'll be back for the 50k next year!
Each to their own I say. Nothing wrong with running on a treadmill only, if that's what you prefer. Personally, I like to be outdoors as much as possible anyway and I enjoy entering races and challenging myself over different terrain. I try to do as much running off the road as possible, in order to try and prevent injury. I find the treadmill really quite boring for any run longer than 3 miles or so.
It's not something you have to justify or defend though waycat!
50 miles a week is way too much. When I've trained for half marathons in the past, I've never gone above 30. I'm currently training for a marathon and don't plan to go above 40. I run four days a week.
Take a week off, slash the weekly mileage and I bet you'll get your mojo back.