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Why aren't there parkruns in France, Germany, Spain, Italy etc?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 13:53

parkruns exist in places where someone who lives there decides that they want one, not because HQ go looking for somewhere to start them so it's down to the locals to get it going.

The reason they started in Poland was that a Pole was living and parkrunning in Newcastle and when he went home he took the idea with him and 2 of the US ones were started by people going there from the UK. If someone contacts HQ and wants to get them going in their country then can do.

There are moves to get started in France - I know the volunteer roles were being translated into French recently. I think I've heard that there's a change happening about the medical certificate, can't remember details.

When you say that they aren't as widespread as you'd have thought, they've gone from 1 event with 13 runners 10 years ago to about 550 events and over 90,000 runners per week in 10 countries from NZ to US so that's quite widespread for an event with only a handful of staff working from a garden shed in West London!

Brighton Marathon 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 13:40

PS, found my post from last year

"Getting back to hotel near start. The roads will be open from 11.30 to get a taxi (there’s a rank on East Street, probably taxis around in the Old Steine) or the bus 5 or 5A from outside the pavilion (on the Steine) BUT the traffic is generally horrific, even though there are bus/taxi lanes it might be quicker to walk, depends what’s more important, the time to get there or the ability to walk another mile or so!  


Getting from Seafront to start. The direct roads are closed from 7am so no buses or taxis that route. It's not worth getting the train from Brighton to Preston Park station, that's as far as walking direct. There are always lots of people walking that way, this is probably the best choice. I don’t know how well the taxis understand the road closures, if your hotel is east of the pier tell them to go via Freshfield Road, Bear Road, Fiveways, Preston Drove and drop you by the park/bottom of Surrenden Road but you have to drive so far out of the way it’s hardly worth it unless your hotel is a long way east. If your hotel is West of the pier they can go to Seven Dials then either drop you at the bottom of Dyke Road Drive or go down Millers Road and drop you at the bottom of the Drove / South Road near the shell garage but it’s still marginal if it’s worth it unless your hotel is a long way west of the pier. Have a look on Google maps to make sense of this."

Brighton Marathon 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 13:29

Re an earlier post, buses from town to Preston park are very good...on any other day of the year but don't run on Marathon day. It's not far to walk, there are always lots of people heading that way.

Brighton Marathon 2015

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 09:40
ex egg chaser wrote (see)

Morning all, I am in need of  accomodation for Brighton. looks like I have left it late and most hotels have been snapped up.

Any ideas that are close enough to travel in by pulic transport on the morning of the Marathon. Any help apprecaited!



I don't have any specific hotels to recommend, I'd search on, if nothing shows up in Brighton/Hove then Hassocks, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, 3 Bridges (Crawley), Gatwick are on the train from the north, Shoreham, Lancing, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor going west. Lewes, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Hastings, various villages, eastwards. Check train timetables first though, to be sure they start early enough on Sundays. Preston Park and London Road stations are the closest, Brighton station isn't far.

Last year when someone asked the same question 3 days before the marathon (and you thought you'd left it late ) there were still lots of rooms available around Gatwick from about £30 a night .

Popular places, like the travelodges get booked up as soon as the date is announced 

Running buddy wanted-Cardiff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 09:04

Someone above suggested parkrun, plenty of people start by walking parkruns or run/walking. Also you're likely too meet other people there who are doing your pace.

It's worth volunteering there as well because you'll get to know people and they'll know who, what, when to find someone. 

Brighton Marathon 2015

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 09:00
Piggyback Rideplease wrote (see)

Love park run but wish they did a range of longer distances so I could keep going once I kick off the marathon training again.

parkrun's master plan isn't to take over the world runs, it just does one* thing, 5k, park, Saturday and it's become huge just doing that, it would be unmanageable to try and take on lots of distances

You could ask around at your parkrun and see if a few people wanted to carry on afterwards to a longer distance so that you have company?

*well, 2 including juniors


Running with an 8 year old

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 23:01

JW10 is the age group not the age grading. (It's set so that under 11s are identified - as mentioned above, under 11s have to be accompanied at parkrun (ie within sight of their adult). Minimum age you can register at is 4 or 5, can't remember which.)

The age grading changes for every year, whether you are 8 or 80 your age grade % (for the same time) changes every birthday - google for an age grade calculator and put some numbers in and you'll see.

Kids are welcome at parkruns and as long as they're enjoying it and the adult isn't pushing them to be fast. If they can't do the full distance (on a multi lap run) that's fine but they should not cross the finish line, it's a 5k event and if you don't do 5k you haven't finished. 

Parkrun timing glitches - twice in two runs

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:25

YIDDARMY - Tom is UK director of parkrun, not Tim

The response does sound a bit snotty. My response would have been so say that we'd look at the results and if I agreed there was something wrong either change the results or say that we agree there's an issue but TBH don't know what to do to fix it and put a post out to explain.  Results are fully editable at any time, so mistakes can be corrected afterwards.

If it was our results and it was obvious that something was wrong we would check the data and if necessary make an adjustment.

If there isn't an obvious error that can be corrected the solution would be to effectively annul them by adding, say, 30mins on to everyone so it's obvious that they aren't real, this would then set the PBs and course records to be the true ones.   

We try hard to get the results right and if people mail to question a time it's usually helpful because it puts a piece of the jigsaw in place, rather than being seen as criticism.

Parkrun timing glitches - twice in two runs

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:36

If you think there's a problem with the results (and I think there probably is!) I'd suggest you mail the event and query it.


5K progress!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 14:40

Split some of the 20 mins up to do intervals eg 5 mins at your target 5k pace, 3 mins rest and repeat or 1min fast/1 min rest and repeat.

If you just run at the 5k pace you can currently do, you won't get  much faster, you need to get used to what it's like running faster.

As your target 5k pace gets higher you need to up the training pace in line.

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