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Starting a Junior Park Run

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 13:20

Agree with Janey. I set up a junior parkrun and got the council to pay from their 'health and well being' budget.  Not quite true about adults not running it though as they run with their kids or many will do so, especially if they have the younger kids, Make sure you get as big a core team (DBS checked) as possible as core team volunteers are likely to go to races on Sunday mornings. Parents will usually chip in though.

Pick a decent start time. We start at 9am and I think it's a bit early for some (parents) to get out of bed. However, other events in the park dictate our start time.

Otherwise try a crowd funding website for the cash.

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

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 18:34

It seems that there are 10,000+ first timers each week, which is a bit disingenuous. For ages I thought it meant 10,000 new runners every week which disappeared the following week. Doh!

Here's the stats for last week

Number of runners - 74,552
Number of volunteers - 6,305
Number of first timers - 10,795
Number of PBs - 15,489

and the week before

Number of runners - 71,994
Number of volunteers - 6,089
Number of first timers - 10,932
Number of PBs - 14,858

and  the week before

Number of runners - 72,830
Number of volunteers - 6,001
Number of first timers - 10,870
Number of PBs - 16,055

Cross Country Race Permits

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 10:53

Absolutely right seren nos. Ignore him. Most cross country runners tend to be club runners anyway.

UKA 1st and 2nd Claim

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 11:57

You can belong to more than one club, but only compete for one of them, which is your first claim club. You can't chop and change  on a race by race basis. 2nd claim just doesn't apply.

There is a distinction whereby you can transfer your first claim for a certain discipline to another club (for that discipline), usually track and field. For instance, a track and field club athlete joins a running club. The athlete can run first claim for t&f for the athletics club and first claim for road running for the running club. I suggest you're in a similar situation and as long as you're running club secretary agrees, then you should be OK.

However, if you already have the RRC down as first claim for RR, then you would have to transfer first claim status to your club or just run for the RRC.

Bath Half is a rip off

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 21:18

I ran the Bath half in te early 80s. It was a cracking run and probably cost only a few quidtoenter. I think I've got a medal and certificate somewhere. I wouldn't pay the prices quoted these days. These sort of races rely on relative newbies to the sport being none the wiser and who cough up for the goodies.. The Keswick HM is brilliant. Races need to go the way of the Essex 20.They're charging £6 and still making a lot of money, so you can imagine how much other races make.

Club events vs other events

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 11:53

I avoid commercial for profit races like the plague. They overcharge to make a profit, rarely have enough marshals, because they can't afford to pay them and you don't get the things that clubs have to provide to get their UKA race permit.. Can't beat a club run. As for charity events, running has been hijacked by them and I won't enter them.


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 18:20

Gideon/Tim. - I didn't know that. I really believed what I wrote and have believed it for 20+ years of running. Ta.



Posted: 24/11/2014 at 15:05

A 10 stone man (different for ladies) running seven minute miles burns 100 calories per mile. If he runs 14 minute miles, he burns 50 calories per mile.

A 20 stone man running seven minute miles burns 200 calories per mile.

So, work it out from there.

There is of course the after burn of running that lasts for a while and results in a raised metabolism and burns off calories.

3500 calories is about a pound of fat.

So if a 10 stone man runs a marathon in 3 hours, he burns 2600 calories and not enough to lose a pound of fat (yes I know other stuff burns first).

So the OP just eats too much.


Why are so few races on Saturdays ?

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 15:59

30+years ago many races did take place on a Saturday, but then they invented the car and moved them to Sunday. Then they invented Sunday opening.......

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