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How accurate are the race pacers?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:12

I pace at my local parkrun and it's fine because I know how long it takes me from landmark to landmark.  I've paced 28 minutes twice and finished once bang on 28 minutes and the other time 27:59.  

Have you ever tripped while out running

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 12:39

The first time I fell over was when I had my new Garmin, and I was looking at that instead of where I was going and tripped over the kerb.  I fell over doing the Totnes 10k a few years ago (my husband has fallen over on that course too) and a few months ago I was running locally and had to jump over a small wall.  I didn't catch myself on the wall but I didn't land well and ended up on the floor.  Fortunately I've never done myself any real damage and have been able to complete my run.

Running festival/weekend Europe

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 12:34

I was also going to suggest the Guernsey running festival, I'll be there myself next year and also did it in 2012.  

Another option at Easter could the Isle of Man running festival.

Or Cologne - half marathon and marathon on same day (you don't have to run both!)

And there is something in Norway near Bergen where you can run I think a 10k and HM over the same weekend.

And something similar in Malta.

Pedestrian Etiquette

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:07

If people are spread out across the whole path, then I do expect them to move - I don't see that I should put myself into the path of cars because they are too lazy to move, the path is for everyone - there should be room for people to overtake or pass if coming from the opposite direction.  However, I don't experience it any more when I am running than when I am walking.  I live near a school and more fool me if I go out any time near school run time - either walking or running - double buggies and those infernal scooters.  The mummies (sadly it is generally the mothers) just expect me to run or walk in the gutter and get run over.

If there's plenty of room or it's a quiet road I'll pass by going into the road and then get back onto the pavement once past.  I only get annoyed if they won't give me any room and a car is coming.

When I am driving, I would like to see runners stay on the pavement and not act like cyclists.  If there's no pavement, you can't use it, but if there is one, please do.  

In return, will drivers please give way to me as a runner (or walker)  if you are turning into a side road that I am already crossing, or, hurry up and turn into it and go, so that I can cross.  The number of drivers who turn into the road and then crawl past so that I can't cross is amazing.  Why do they do that? Get past and out of the way!

Cyclist ruding on pavement runs down child

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 12:56

Yesterday I was shopping in a local town and saw a family with a dog cycling on the pavement, in the middle of the town centre with all the shoppers! Posh bikes and plenty of lycra on display.

All the gear and no idea, as they say.  No common sense but plenty of sense of entitlement.

Personally I think it's ok to ride on the pavements if you are not inconveniencing pedestrians (ie if there aren't any around, or if you get off and walk past them and then go on your way again once past them). It's much safer than taking your chance on the roads with the crazy drivers who think you have no right to be there. 


Posted: 18/08/2015 at 11:26

Fantastic news, hoping to go over in November to try it out.

Now we just need one on Guernsey too.  I saw that Louise Perrio of Guernsey was running at Frimley Lodge parkrun on Saturday, hopefully she'll go back and sing its praises.


Posted: 02/07/2015 at 11:39

I understand from the New parkruns group on Facebook that there is now going to be a parkrun on Jersey - the States of Jersey have agreed to fund it and it's well into the planning stages.  I wondered if anyone knew what venue was going to be used.

Stress fracture now, will I be ready for Great North Run

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 19:50

My husband had a stress fracture that happened in early April, he was running again by July and didn't lose a lot of fitness.  His was in his fibula as well.

Female runners

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:59
Peter Collins wrote (see)
I usually try to say hello to people, but sometimes I"m not in the mood, or I'm in what is laughingly called 'the zone'. I think other people are like this too. If someone was to call me an ignorant twat for not saying hello, I might want to turn around and demand an explanation. How do you know what's going through their head, what they're thinking about and what's going on in their lives at that particular moment? 

Quite.  I don't get this thing about "having" to say hello to other runners.  If someone smiles at me or says hello, I'll acknowledge them.  But I don't go out of my way to be sociable - after all, running can be hard work!

It's just as rude to require someone to be friendly to you as it is to be unfriendly - consider the person who just wants to read on the train and is being pestered by the person next to them.  Person next to them wants to chat, and finds reader rude. We are all different.

Bracknell Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 15:40

yes if you click into the paper entry form it says 9am

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