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Old 31st Jan 16, 08:18 PM
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Sounds like a excellent parkrun. Ive still only done one. 5.14!!
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Old 7th Feb 16, 08:20 PM
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Sedgefield parkrun

This week I went to quite a distant parkrun, about an hour's drive.

Sedgefield parkrun is based at Hardwick Park, which is the grounds of large country house hotel, just outside the edge of the town. It's quite a pretty park, with a couple of lakes, nice little footbridges, a couple of follies and more Mallard ducks than I have ever seen in one place before.

After the last couple of weeks of running parkruns at a particular heartrate, I decided to race harder with this one. The intention was to try and run a progression run, starting with 7:15 for the first mile, then hopefully run progressively faster.

I had reason to believe my fitness was returning, after a threshold session of 6 X 1000 metres off 1 minute rests that I ran on Thursday evening. Target pace was 7:13 per mile and I achieved 7:11.

However parkrun did not go all that well...

It's a two lap mixed-terrain course, predominantly following the edge of the park, which is not as attractive as the interior unfortunately. The first mile is actually net downhill, so I was actually slightly faster for this mile than intended, at 7:09. At the start of the second mile I tried to speed up and managed it for a short distance but then I hit 'the hill', where all the height loss from the first mile is regained in a short, steep, soily heap of evil!

After that I failed to recover my initial pace, and ran the second mile in 7:22. Then it was a case of just hanging on for the third mile, where I had to climb 'the hill' again! Only 7:53 for the third mile.

So much for a progression run. I crossed the line in 23:12, which was a bit disappointing as I was hoping to go for a sub-21 attempt soon.

My position stats were:

42nd out of 187 overall.
6th lady out of 72.
1st VW35 out of 9.
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Old 14th Feb 16, 04:40 PM
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Newcastle parkrun

I had decided a few weeks ago that I would run Newcastle this week, as they do a paced run on the second Saturday of the month. Although after last week's poor run I knew it was unlikely I would be in sub-21 shape yet, I decided to give it a crack anyway.

The 4th kilometre is the toughest in Newcastle parkrun, so the plan would be to run ahead of the 21-minute pacer and build a 10-15 second cushion by the 3k mark.

Due to the installation of a new gate recently, there is now yet another daft bottleneck in the course. I lined up as far forward as I felt was polite, and when the pacers got into the crowd the 21-minute guy lined up right alongside me.

Once we got going we hit the first bottleneck after a very short distance. It's very poorly located as there has been no chance for the crowd to thin out. Despite trying to position myself well, I still got caught up in it - I think it's unavoidable unless you are right at the front.

After the bottleneck I saw the 21-minute pacer had got a bit ahead of me, but he was obviously not at quite the right speed yet, as I caught him quite easily and drew level. It was clear, however, that 6:45 per mile is just too fast for me at the moment. I can only maintain it for a very short period of time.

So the 21-minute pacer started moving away from me and I just let him go and ran on feel. Because of the daft bottleneck I passed the first marker at 4:17 and ran the first mile in 6:54.

After this came a predominantly downhill mile which I have run in the 6:30s before, but despite my best efforts was only able to manage a 7:01. I passed the 3rd kilometre marker after 12:50, which is 12 seconds slower than when I ran my 21:09 PB in October.

Then came the nasty drag that is the 4th kilometre. This is a gradual climb on a rough stony surface, which I find takes it out of me. I was pressing on but it was very slow. It was nearly 17:30 by the time I reached the 4th kilometre marker.

Got a bit of a fright when the 22-minute pacer came past me with about 300 metres to go, but it was clear he was a bit ahead of time. I moved past him again and finished fairly strongly to run 21:53, my third fastest 5k and the first time I've managed under 22 minutes since my injury.

Bit disappointed I couldn't run as PB, but not all that surprised. I will try again in 4 weeks time at Riverside or Middlesbrough Albert.

Position stats were as follows:

93rd out of 495 overall.
12th lady out of 179.
3rd VW35 out of 27.
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Old 13th Mar 16, 09:30 PM
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Riverside parkrun - never trust a Garmin

It has been 4 weeks since my last parkrun and I have been feeling way fitter than I did when I ran 21:53 back then.

My original intention had been to run at Middlesbrough Albert yesterday, but decided to stay a bit closer as my other half wanted to run and he did not want to travel as far as Middlesbrough.

I've done Riverside twice before so was surprised to find the course was different to the previous two times - we found out later it was their 'bad weather' route. In theory it should be faster as it did not involve a section across grass.

Instead the route consisted of one shorter lap (just under a mile) followed by two longer laps.

We were hoping for sub-21 and I was definitely feeling fit for it, so was aiming to run between 6:40 and 6:45 per mile.

After an initially slow start due to confusion at the start, which resulted in many slower runners lining up at the front (due to the change in start location), we soon got onto pace, my other half running just behind my right shoulder.

The route runs close to the perimeter of what is quite a narrow elongated park, along the top first, then down to the riverside and back along the riverside path which can involve a bit of swan-dodging.

We got the first split of 6:40 and headed off round the top of the park again. A little way into the second lap I realised my other half was not on my shoulder anymore - it seems I had dropped him. I just kept up the pace and headed along the far end then back along the river again. As I reached the end of the riverside path before heading back up to the top of the park again I got the second split of 6:38.

So onto the final lap and I was feeling a bit fatigued now, but still managed to stay on a decent pace. However, once on the riverside path for the final time I came to the realisation that the distance between me and the finish line seemed further than it should be. As I got further along the path I tried to assess it a bit more and once I got the 19 minutes I could see it was looking unlikely.

I reached 3 miles in 20:02 but was still on the riverside path with way too far to go for the short time remaining.

I crossed the line in 21:20 (not even a PB!) with the Garmin reading 3.19 miles and telling me I'd done a 5k in 20:42 (an average pace of 6:41). Shame it wasn't official.

Looking on Strava I can see that other people who also ran it measured it a bit long. I felt like my pace genuinely was low 6:40s and not 6:50s as would be the case if it was really 5k in 21:20.

So a bit gutted really. I know the usual course is the right distance so it's annoying I should choose to do this parkrun on a week they are using their less well-used route (which may not be as accurately measured).

Despite these issues I do recommend this parkrun as being one of the nicer ones in the north-east. The park is a nice place to run and it's a good fast surface. The up and down between the riverside path and the upper path is only very slight, so it's easy to maintain a nice even pace throughout.

My next parkrun will be Middlesbrough Albert, probably in 4 or 5 weeks. I will get a genuine sub-21 next time. It is way overdue!!!
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Old 14th Mar 16, 10:32 AM
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Great reports, good to see your times moving in the right direction.
The only I know is Newcastle but I ran that a few years ago now and think the course has changed since then, it was very narrow at points when we left and then re-entered the park back then.

I reckon the confidence gained from the last one will mean you smash 21 next time on an accurate course, looking forward to the report.
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Old 19th Apr 16, 12:59 PM
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Middlesbrough Albert parkrun

Sorry for the delay in getting this written - this report relates to a parkrun on Saturday.

I actually ran Newcastle parkrun last weekend as well, but didn't write it up as it's not part of 'Le Tour'. It was their 'paced Saturday' so I decided I might have more luck getting sub-21 if I tried two weekends in a row, conscious of the fact that for the next 10 weeks I will be training for an ultra and won't be fitting in any parkruns.

Anyway, I had an OK run at Newcastle, getting 21:12, which is 3 seconds slower than my PB.

Fast forward a week and I made the long trip to Middlesbrough, leaving the house at 07:30. I got to the park at 08:35 and did a warm-up jog round the park, giving me the opportunity to assess some of the course. It's a multi-lap course which starts behind the visitor centre, runs into the centre of the square park, then 90 degrees right to pick up the perimeter path clockwise, running back to the visitor centre past the finish line. From there it is then 2 full laps round the perimeter.

It's a good tarmac path all the way round, and almost completely flat, though I discovered on my warm-up that there was quite a lot of standing water. Aside from that, the course was ideal.

Another good thing about this course is that the start is quite wide, which contrasts with my local Newcastle where it is quite narrow and goes into an even narrower bottleneck a short distance into the race. So once we set off I was able to run at my own pace straight away (in fact I may have set off a bit quick).

Now, the pace to run 21 minutes for 5k is 6:45 per mile, but I learned at Riverside that even hitting 6:40 per mile on the splits is no guarantee of getting your target if the course measures way long. So on Saturday I just tried to run as quick as I felt I could but I knew I needed to be around 6:35 to be safely under.

So I was pleased when the first split came in at 6:35, then the second at 6:36. During the third mile I was just hanging on in there but finding it tough. I knew I was slowing down but was hoping it wasn't by too much. As I came round the final corner I could see it might be tight to go under 21, so I put on a strong finish as best I could. I got my 3rd split at 6:42 and crossed the line with a bit to spare in 20:50.

The Garmin read 3.16 miles at the finish, so my splits had been a bit misleading, which I had suspected may be the case.

Anyway, I am happy to finally break 21 minutes, although it has taken me a lot longer than I'd hoped. The stats were:

31st out of 275 overall.
4th lady out of 114.
1st VW35 out of 14.
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Old 6th Nov 16, 08:04 PM
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Rising Sun parkrun - 25/06/2016

I haven't posted in Trinity's Tour de parkrun for a while. I've only done two since the last post, and I was sufficiently cheesed off with my poor time at Rising Sun in June that I put off writing the report and now several months have passed.

As such I can't really remember much about the run. It is a relatively new parkrun, and I went to only the 4th running of the event.

Rising Sun Country Park is a bit of a strange place, not so much a park as a collection of fields with paths running rounds the edges of them. As the path runs between trees and hedgerows a lot of the time, there isn't much of a view, so I didn't find it the most scenic of runs. It is, however, a friendly parkrun which has become locally very popular.

The surface is trail so not great for a PB, though it is flat. The course goes out for just under a mile, before going round a loop twice then heading back. On the day I was intending to go out around 6:35 per mile pace and hope to hold it, but the surface made that very tough. This was right towards the end of training for my ultra on 1st July, so I'd been doing a lot of easy miles but very little speed work.

The result was I went out slow and got slower! Splits were 6:43, 7:08 and 7:19! I watched as my boyfriend receded into the distance and I finished in a not too impressive time of 22:15.

Stats were:

53rd overall out of 285.
5th lady out of 105.
1st VF40 out of 12.
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Old 6th Nov 16, 09:35 PM
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Hartlepool parkrun - 05/11/2016

Finally I got round to doing Hartlepool, reputedly one of the fastest parkrun courses in the North-East. I had originally intended on doing this one last December but had developed a stress fracture a few days before.

I've got my final race of the season in two weeks, a 10-miler, and I decided to do a 5k and 10k in the weeks leading up to it. The 10k is next Sunday.

I feel like I am fit for a 20:30, but it became clear in the run-up to this weekend that conditions were going to be less than ideal, with wintery showers and a strong northerly wind. In addition, the evening before the race I developed a very sore throat which is always the first symptom I get when I get a cold.

Yesterday morning I got up very early as Hartlepool is an hour's drive. My throat felt poor but I didn't have any symptoms so I went down to do the run. My training schedule said 10 miles for the day, so I planned to run about a mile warm-up, then do the parkrun, followed by a few more miles easy.

I arrived at the car park near the start at about 8:30 having stopped at an Asda on the way into town to use the loo. I was wearing my favourite pink Refreshers vest and tiny shorts under a long-sleeved top and Ron Hill tracksters. No sooner had I started my warm-up jog, that a large hail shower arrived. The hail stones melted on contact with my clothes, soaking me through in a matter of minutes.

I returned to my car to take off my now-drenched outer clothes and headed to the start, where I attracted quite a bit of attention for my inappropriate garb. Not wanting to appear as a girl who had all the gear but no idea, I was determined to run well.

The course is not in a park but on the seafront, starting on the breakwater and heading south along the promenade. It is a simple out and back course. The surface is fancy paving, not as hard as concrete slabs, so very pleasant to run on and almost pancake flat. If not for the fact that it is apparently rarely calm down Hartlepool seafront it would be ideal for a superfast time.

Once we got started, there were about a dozen of us who quickly pulled away, included one other female. I started off fast, knowing I had to take advantage of having the wind behind. I soon passed the other lady, getting the impression she'd gone off way too fast, followed by some of the men, then settling into what I thought was 7th place as we became more stretched out.

My first split came in at 6:25 - about 10 seconds faster than the pace I was aiming for and the first time I've run a mile in under 6:30. I found it quite amusing that I was on 20:00 5k pace, but I knew it wouldn't last. I settled down into a manageable pace and if I'd looked at my watch as I made the turn at halfway, I would have seen 10:08 on it - an average of 6:30 per mile.

Once facing back into the wind, however, the pace dropped off a big cliff. I don't recall ever having run into a wind so strong before. Just after the turn, I passed the guy in 6th, but a bit later he passed me again and shortly after that, a group of 4 men came past us both. These were probably the same guys I'd passed in the first mile. I got my second mile split of 7:01.

As they moved away, me and the other guy fought it out for 10th place. One of us would press on and the other one would respond. It went on like this for all of the third mile, which came in at 7:21 (average pace for the second half was 7:20 per mile). As we came round the bend onto the breakwater in sight of the finish, we were still neck and neck. Finally I put in a bit of a push for the finish and the other guy didn't respond. I finished in 21:36, 3 seconds ahead of him, first time I've been both first lady and in the top 10.

The four guys who had passed me all finished between 12 and 22 seconds ahead. They were Hartlepool regulars and all ran at least a minute slower than their course bests. The guy who finished behind me had run a 20:32 on the same course in July. Although I have no way of knowing for sure, I'd like to think that because of this, I would have been close to my target of 20:30 on a calm day.

So I will approach the 10k next weekend as I had originally intended to - aiming for around 6:50 per mile assuming decent conditions.

Stats from Hartlepool:

10th overall out of 74.
1st lady out of 29.
1st VF40 out of 4.

After the run I couldn't really put my wet clothes back on, so I drove back home in my vest and shorts, then put dry stuff on and went out for another run from home to make it up to 10 miles.

I would definitely recommend this parkrun for a PB on a calm day. I honestly can't think of a faster course I have run.
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Old 7th Nov 16, 01:14 PM
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Well done Claire, I think the wind is much tougher to run into than the marginal gain you get when it's behind.

Sounds like you are in great shape heading into the 10k, good chance of taking down that PB if the weather is kind.

We have a similar course up here along the river side in Greenock, almost pancake flat and out and back but most weekends the wind is up and you are running against it for half the run.
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Stewart parkrun (Middlesbrough) - 01/01/2017

So on Sunday I did Stewart parkrun as part of the Middlesbrough double. Stewart was at 09:00 and Albert at 10:30. As Albert is one of the fastest courses around (and home of my PB) I decided to jog Stewart and race Albert.

So I got up at 06:00 and left the house at 07:10 to drive down to Middlesbrough. Got there at about 08:30 which gave enough time to jog into the park and recce the toilet situation. It was a bit dramatic in the ladies loos - there were shouts from inside the stalls of "there's no loo roll in mine", "which one are you in I'll pass you some through", "used my emergency loo roll already and we haven't even started" and also "this toilet is mad - it keeps flushing itself".

Plenty of people had turned up for the double. The route starts from outside the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at the top of a hill and heads down towards the perimeter of the park, following two full laps of the park. It is all tarmac, but undulating and also with several very tight turns, so not great for a PB. Approximately two-thirds of the route is on a path with open grass areas to either side, and the remainder goes through wooded areas and past some ornamental lakes with ducks, which makes it a bit more scenic and interesting than Albert park. After two full laps it breaks right through an archway and finishes in a courtyard.

My plan was to run at an easy pace, which I did for the first mile, but got gradually faster. I decided with a quarter of a mile to go to stretch the legs and accelerate to a decent pace, then for a laugh I sprinted past loads of people in the last couple of hundred metres. I finished in 27:13.

Stats were as follows:

160th out of 345 overall.
33rd lady out of 139.
5th VW40 out of 25.

I then drove over to Albert park and waited around for the next parkrun to start. I was hoping for a PB but I'm a bit out of shape due to cutting back on training because of injury issues, so I only managed a 21:32, but relatively it was a good performance and due to the race being rated quite tough on runbritain (windy and winter showers), it has actually improved my handicap by 0.4. Stats were:

51st out of 471 overall.
3rd lady out of 198.
1st VW40 out of 29.
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Nice work Claire That's a big handicap improvement, I never can understand the vagaries of the ranking system...
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