Hi, I've done Dulwich parkrun four times since early September and is the only parkrun course where I managed a PB each time (time had dropped from 21.08 - 20.45). Like the original poster, my target is a sub 20 minute time
Would be interested to know what pacing strategy works best on a flat course like Dulwich. Even splits or is it best to go out a little quicker than target pace for the first mile?
PS What are the other really quick parkrun courses in London?
Hi Daz, you seem to be keeping this thread going on your own! Good luck with your 5k road race. Would be great if you could get a PB.
Haven't posted here since the end of last year and since then I managed a parkrun PB in May of 20.36 (Nonsuch Park) and went a little quicker still (20.29) on a flat road race.
Have been struggling recently due to the warmer weather. Did the Standard Chartered City 5K road race yesterday and managed to got through 2 miles in 12.57 but badly ran out of steam in the last mile or so and ended up doing 21.28. In warm/hot weather my endurance falls apart.
Well done Becky. If you managed 25.21 just last year you should be able to go sub 25 again with the right training and providing you stay injury free. I'm sure you're daughter will be able to advise you on what sort of training you should be doing.
I warmed up for my 10K race today with a parkrun yesterday which is probably not the best preparation. Time was 21.32 which is about 30 secs off my parkrun PB but was very muddy and hard work on the grass sections.
Todays 10k race was much better as was 4 laps on the path of a local park with just a short 100m ish section on grass. Quite pleased with my time of 44.04 which is my best 10K time for a long while.
Doing another 5K race in London (Hyde Park) in a couple of weeks. Hoping to beat my September time of 20.52. Have a chance as again all on the the paths around Hyde Park with no slippery muddy grass to worry about.
Hi Daz, I agree with you about parkruns not being at an ideal time for a fast run. Like you, I'm not a 'morning person' so struggle to get going so early in the day though I am better now than I was went I started doing parkrun early this year.
I was a bit deflated after my last parkrun being best part of a minute off a PB but recently found a website called runbritain.com where your parkrun times and other races are assessed and you can get a handicap score. What is good about this is that for each race/parkrun you enter they take into account the conditions on the day and your performance is assessed not just taking into account your time but the prevailing conditions on the day.
My adjusted best run was the parkrun in September when I set my parkrun PB of 21.01 but my parkrun on Saturday was voted 2nd best due to the challenging conditions. My overall best recent 5K PB of 20.52 was only rated 4th best,