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

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 18:52

France: probably that bloody stupid medical certificate, and all the dog shit everywhere.

Currently in Paris for work and whilst out running the "squelch" is an all too horrible occurrence.

Parkrun in Paris would be literally a "shit run".

Son ran a fast 5k, wife thinks he may be record holder?

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 16:17

An 11 year old doing 5k is probably just about OK, but I'm sure it's not the only activity that the child is doing.

All I can say is since Parkrun started junior athletes that do Parkrun on a regular basis decrease in running performance relative to those that don't.

I appreciate this is anecdotal and I can only talk about children that I coach.

Son ran a fast 5k, wife thinks he may be record holder?

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 14:21

There's a reason why there are no recorded records at that age and distance as its not recommended that kids run that distance.

As a coach I've seen too many children run Parkruns quick and then burn out really quickly within a year or two.

It's too far a distance for a child of that age, Parkrun have all sorts of wishy washy caveats that try and get them out of the issue but they don't really work. Parkrun are bringing in 3k runs for juniors; this is still too far but it's a move in the right direction.

Quitting a club training run halfway through + worried about injury

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 21:10

At your age it isn't surprising that you are getting the odd "growing" pain but at 16 inflammation at the bottom of your knee cap could possibly be Osgood Schlatter Disease and if it was this you would be well to listen to doctors advise; though the pain disappears when you finish growing.

It's possible that the pain you suffered in your thigh is DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness) especially if it was a rep session two days following a PB race.

Take things easy this week, listen to your body and talk to the club coaches (are they EA affiliated?) They should be athlete focused and not pressuring you to race if you are injured.


Quitting a club training run halfway through + worried about injury

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 20:53


Few questions:

What did the doctor diagnose?

Have you increased your training recently, intensity or distance

How old are you?

How long have you been running?

Mountain Marathon with a virus

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 22:58

If the symptoms are below the neck do not run.

You will fail to finish and you can potentially do yourself permanent damage.

Mountain marathons are really hard, there is no easy way to drop out and the weather is likely to be comparatively cold and wet.

Your sponsors will not worry if you postpone, tuck yourself up in bed and plan a different event.


New to running, are my times good on the treadmill?

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:02

I hate to say it Jack but treadmill calibration is pretty rubbish and 5 min mile pace is unlikely, though not impossible, for a first run.

Enjoy your running; even on a treadmill. 



BHF 10K Victoria Park Run

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:53

It costs bugger all (typically £100-200) to have your "commercial" race licensed through England Athletics and get your course officially measured. It's only £27 for a club event. 

You also get the assistance and advice of an EA event adjudicator who will make sure you don't make all the usual numpty mistakes.

Amazing that the more "professional" the organisation the more "amateur" their ability.

If the event isn't EA/UKA/Run Britain licensed walk, neigh run, away!

Where is your favourite place to run?

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 21:09

Hampshire Downs is where I mostly run and it's beautiful; not too hilly, not too flat, scenic with a great mix of terrain.

One of my other favourites is the North Antrim Coast, great place to run with fantastic scenery and the Portrush ParkRun on the beach is always an interesting experience.

Elevation maps.

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:55


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