Hellywobs


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Parkrun

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 14:38

I don't live on Guernsey but will share this.

Giving blood (& Long distance running)

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 13:10

Just in case anyone comes across this thread, my experience is that it takes me up to 6 weeks after donating to get completely back to normal. About 3 weeks to be reasonably ok.  As an example, last year after I donated, I ran 26:30 at my next parkrun (a bit under a week later), 25:30 the following week and 24:30 the week after that which was close to normal for me at the time.  I donated yesterday and expect to see a similar pattern.

I donate once a year because my iron levels seem to take a while to recover and when I've gone sooner, eg after 4-6 months they've told me I can't donate anyway.  So I choose this time of year because there aren't any big races, just Christmas fun runs and parkruns.

Junior parkrun etiquette

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 18:13

Just to go back to the original question - yes this has happened to me on several occasions - not so much slowing down and speeding up, but moving all over the place to try to stop me getting by.  I can imagine they are worse with other kids.

Each time I ask the kid to let me past, tell them it's dangerous to zigzag all over the place to stop me getting by and say they can overtake me if they want to later in the run. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.  They do let me past though.

 

Junior parkrun etiquette

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 18:12

Just to go back to the original question - yes this has happened to me on several occasions - not so much slowing up and speeding up, but moving all over the place to try to stop me getting by.  I can imagine they are worse with other kids.

Each time I ask the kid to let me past, tell them it's dangerous to zigzag all over the place to stop me getting by and say they can overtake me if they want to later in the run. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.  They do let me past though.

 

How accurate are the race pacers?

Posted: 03/10/2015 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. 

Parkrun

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.

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