Parkrun

Angie first place and Tomo Second!

Angie and Tomo were out at a parkrun in Miyagawa Park in Kochi Prefecture last saturday where Angie managed to pick up a first place in the women’s race and Tomo second in the overall. There were not many in it, but it was a beautiful rural course on an ocean path in perfect weather. We got up early and took the train to get there, but having paid for the breakfast in the hotel Tomo was determinted not to miss out and as usual tried everything on the buffet. Still, it doesn’t seem to have slowed him at all and he put in a very decent time of 28.22 to Angie’s 31.36. A few shots below. I particuarly liked the rural start line made of pine cones.

The Japan parkruns were not enough to pick up any points and it was G at another coastal run that took the three points. He went just 7 seconds over target at Hove near Brighton in a time of 21.08 which was the fastest time of the day. Once again he managed to double up by volunteering at a Junior parkrun the next day at a place called Preston, which is apparently near Brighton as well as up North. Well done G.

The remaining points were picked up by Ann and Kelly over at Brueton who both put in excellent runs. Ann ran 31.34 which once again gave her a plus 66% age grade as well as the two points and Kelly put in the fastest female run of the day at 31.14 to give her the one point. Good stuff from them. Mark was also out at Brueton. A bit below par this week but another run chalked up nonetheless.

It was good to see Lizzie make her first virtual parkrun out in PNG where she has found a short course that requires multiple laps. She resports very hot weather which forced a drink stop but hopefully we will see her out regularly as she gets used to her new life. Bern was also out virtally, taking it easy in the hills around Santa Christina to pick up a point for running and keep her in contention.

All that means that G now takes top stop with Tomo and Cassie pressing.

In other news Tomo and I tackled the Kochi Marathon on Sunday. It was unseasonlly warm with temperatures going up to 19 degrees during the race. Neither of us had trained much and Tomo did really well to come home in 5.36. I struggled after halfway but nonetheless managed to finish. Marathon running in Japan has a different mindset. There are various cut off points and if you don’t get there within the time limit you are not allowed to finish the race. The cut off times in this one were pretty generous and that meant there were hundreds of people running and walking at my pace which made it a lot easier to keep going.

In between sight seeing and running, Tomo has been dealing with some of the property left in his parents house which included a bit of a grainy picture of him when he graduated from University. I don’t think he has changed much.

In other news young Evelyn appears to be taking after Grandma and has taken up knitting. Lovely photo courtesy of Ed.

We are heading home tomorrow. I am hoping we get in the lounge again on the way back!

NameTarget17th FEBDiff.Run PtsBonusTotal
George21:01:0021:08:000:07:0071017
Tomo26:32:0028:22:001:50:007815
Cass30:19:004913
Angie30:14:0031:36:001:22:007411
Ann30:49:0031:34:000:45:007411
Mark29:02:0033:30:004:28:00729
Kelly30:25:0031:15:000:50:00538
Bee35:15:0043:54:008:39:00426
Liz29:09:0034:14:005:05:0033
Lucy54:44:0022
Claire35:35:0011
Mag45:00:000
Dillon60:00:000
Isaac24:58:000
Anne C48:09:000
Laurent48:09:000
Neil29:03:000
Catilin45:00:00
Cara45:00:00
G&E27:27:00

Konnichiwa!

It’s nice to be back in Japan this week! We left Heathrow early Thursday morning and I was pleased to be told we had access to one of the airport lounges. It was only 8am, but with an array of different wines to choose from (I counted 10 in total), I asked myself ‘What would Mark Compton do if he was here?’ (Or his mother or sister for that matter. ) So I decided to get stuck in as being 8am it was, by a remarkable co-incidence, 5pm (wine o clock) in Japan. Wreckless abandon and sheer joy!

Despite the liquid start Tomo and I managed to do the parkrun on Saturday morning. We had hoped to do the Matsuyama one but it was cancelled due to a marathon event the next day. Nonetheless we did a virtual course. Tomo stuck to the actual parkrun course and considering the long journey did a very good time of 28.23 that gave him one bonus point. I took a different route and was a bit slower…..

We moved to Imabari on Sunday and attended Tomo’s Dad’s memorial service. Tomo had brought a suit from the UK and when he put it on realised it was in fact his fathers, complete with turnups and sleeves that were way too short. Despite that all went well.

Joining us in the virtual parkruns were Bee and Cass, in Spain and Bournemouth respectively. A decent run from Bern, and Cass was once again on form to run 31.16 and so take two points. Well done Cass.

Cass opted for virtual as she didn’t fancy the mud at the Bournemouth course and over at Brueton, Mark and Ann also had to tackle a rain sodden pitch. Most of us know the course and excess rain floods the lake at the bottom which means there is an awkward start that adds quite a lot to your time. Still they both got round and lets hope it dries up by next week.

That left G who this week took a trip to London with the Vegan Runners and ran over at Victoria Dock where once again he not only put in the fastest run of the day at 21.23 but also took the three points. Great stuff from G.

All that means that Tomo stays top on 14 points with Cass and G neck and neck.

Most of you will haven seen something of the argument on parkrun stats this week. Not a lot of point adding to the debate but some more general interesting stats is that the average finish time in a parkun these days is around 32 minutes. Back in 2005 however and not long after it started the average finish time was 22.17! Doesn’t seem like too many slower runners are being put off….

NameTarget3rd FebDiff.Run PtsBonusTotal
Tomo26:32:0028:23:001:51:006814
Cass30:19:0031:16:000:57:004913
George21:01:0021:23:000:22:006713
Angie30:14:0035:11:004:57:006410
Ann30:49:0033:02:002:13:00628
Mark29:02:0032:13:003:11:00628
Kelly30:25:00426
Bee35:15:0038:05:002:50:00325
Liz29:09:0022
Lucy54:44:0022
Claire35:35:0011
Mag45:00:000
Dillon60:00:000
Isaac24:58:000
Anne C48:09:000
Laurent48:09:000
Neil29:03:000
Catilin45:00:00
Cara45:00:00
G&E27:27:00

G and E take the points!

Unusally there was no-one running at Brueton this week as the usual crew were out parkrun touring. G and Ann went to up Halifax to tackle a very hilly course. Despite pushing Evelyn around the hills, G managed to get under 30 minutes and knocked just under four minutes off his target, which is pretty incredible given that the little ‘un was three last week. Ann also managed to tackle the hills and put in a decent time and afterwards they took Evelyn to the Halifax Childrens Musuem. I had never heard of it but it looks wonderful and Evelyn clearly enjoyed it.

The other tourists were out at Sutton Park which is also pretty hilly, but the lovely scenery compensates for that. Tomo and Mark were close with Mark managing to finish just 7 seconds ahead. That meant he got the two points and Tomo one. Well done both. Angie was also out, and got round in a decent time considering the hills.

That left us with our two virtual runners for the week, Kelly and Lou who both opted to take a walk.

In other news I am pleased to report that Liz, Dan and the girls are now safely in their new house in Lae in Papua New Guinea where they have also been celebrating Vali’s 7th birthday. For those of you that don’t know it’s the second largest city in PNG. Its very low lying with a population of 100,000.

That’s it for this week. Myself and Tomo are off to Japan on Wednesday. I’ll update the blog if I can!!!

NameTarget3rd FebDiff.Run PtsBonusTotal
Tomo26:32:0029:22:002:50:005712
Cass30:19:003710
Angie30:14:0033:42:003:28:00549
George21:01:00549
Ann30:49:0035:40:004:51:00527
Mark29:02:0029:15:000:13:00527
Kelly30:25:0055:15:0024:50:00426
Bee35:15:00224
Liz29:09:0022
Lucy54:44:0064:16:009:32:0022
Claire35:35:0011
Mag45:00:000
Dillon60:00:000
Isaac24:58:000
Anne C48:09:000
Laurent48:09:000
Neil29:03:000
Catilin45:00:00
Cara45:00:00
G&E31:23:0027:27:00-3:56:00

Another Age Grade Best for Ann!

Over at Brueton on Saturday and Ann managed to get yet another age grade PB by putting in a great run that took her 23 seconds under target and gave her a 67.82% age grade. She finished the course in 30.49 and in doing so picked up a bonus point as well. Well done Ann on a really great run.

It was Cassie who managed to take the three bonus point this week though, coming in 34 seconds below her target to edge close to that all important 30 minute barrier. Her run was enough to put her top of the table and my guess is she may be staying there for a while. Great run from Cass.

The two bonus points went to Kelly who took 30 seconds off her target and so also edges close to 30 minutes. I am sure she will do that next week! She was joined at Brueton by Tomo, Mark and Angie who all had decent runs before tucking into a big Haggis on Saturday evening in celebration of Burns Night.

Further afield Bern was out virtually in Spain, enjoying the freedom of Spain following her meditation course that sounded a bit like a closed order of nuns. Well done for finishing the course and the run.

That left G who continues his parkrun toursim streak and visited Bestwood Village parkrun which is over in Nottingham. He was a bit slower than normal but given a very hilly course that is one of the toughest around he did pretty well. He was also out volunteering as marshall at Junior Parkrun over at Malvern on Sunday. He continues to train for the Annecy Marathon as well, and followed up his parkrun volunteering with a 12 miler! There is no stopping him.

That’s it for this week. Spring is coming and the first snowdrops have appeared in my back garden. I reckon I need to go a bit of weeding…….

I’ll maybe give Evelyn a ring….

NameTarget27th JanDiff.Run PtsBonusTotal
Cass30:53:0030:19:00-0:34:003710
Tomo26:32:0027:18:000:46:004610
Angie30:29:0030:14:00-0:15:00448
Ann31:12:0030:49:00-0:23:00426
Kelly30:55:0030:25:00-0:30:00325
Bee35:15:0036:16:001:01:00224
George21:01:0024:31:003:30:00415
Mark29:02:0029:27:000:25:0044
Liz29:09:0022
Lucy54:44:0011
Claire35:35:0011
Mag45:00:000
Dillon60:00:000
Isaac24:58:000
Anne C48:09:000
Laurent48:09:000
Neil29:03:000
Catilin45:00:00
Cara45:00:00
G&E31:23:00

Tomo flies but Claire gets stuck in the mud!

Thankfully the weather had warmed up a bit for some of us yesterday, although not for Claire who was out in France on a very cold day that was combined with an extremely muddy virtual course. It was her first outing this year due to a cold so she did well to battle it out and get round. Good stuff Claire. 

Also out virtually was Liz, who rather than battling the mud was fighting the pedestrians on the Streets of Bangkok. She must be getting better at dodging them as she did much better than last week. I’m pleased to report that herself, Dan and the girls have now received their visas and will be heading off for Papua New Guinea in the next few days. 

Cassie was out on at the Parkrun at Bournemouth once again and had a great run, knocking 40 seconds off her target to go under 31 minutes for the first time in a long while. That was enough to give her two bonus points and early days though it may be, that puts her third in the table. Definitely more to come from Cass this year.

George continued his tour of the UK and went to Mallards Pike, which is close to Ross on Wye and Gloucester, where once again he was under 22 minutes. It seems that his parkrun tourism is also extending to volunteering as he was out as a volunteer at Cannon Hill Junior parkrun on Sunday. He was joined by Ann and Evelyn who took a walk around the park, followed by a cuppa in the Cafe. I have to say Evelyn looks very much like the little lady in managing her own cup and saucer. 

Ann had been out at Brueton the previous day and although she had a great run she was caught in a funnel mix up at the end that added quite a lot to her time. The running show at the NEC meant that there were almost 800 running at Brueton; it seemed like they were overwhelmed at the finish. Nonetheless she had a decent run. Mark was also delayed at the finish but put in a pretty decent time given that he has been off for a while. 

Tomo and Angie were also out at Brueton and it was they who picked up the remaining bonus points. Tomo was one minute and 6 seconds below his target and ran an excellent 26:32 to give him the three points while Angie was 37 seconds under to get one point at 30:53.

Good news is that young Caitlin has been out of hospital for a few days and is making a good recovery at home. She has her appetite back and was able to tuck into a Colin the Caterpillar cake. Well done Caitlin. 

NameTarget20TH Jan.Diff.Run PtsBonusTotal
Tomo27:38:0026:32:00-1:06:00369
Angie31:06:0030:29:00-0:37:00347
Cass31:33:0030:53:00-0:40:00246
George21:01:0021:44:000:43:00314
Ann31:12:0033:08:001:56:00314
Bee35:15:00123
Mark29:02:0029:11:000:09:0033
Kelly30:55:0022
Liz29:09:0033:03:003:54:0022
Lucy54:44:0011
Claire35:35:0043:24:007:49:0011
Mag45:00:000
Dillon60:00:000
Isaac24:58:000
Anne C48:09:000
Laurent48:09:000
Neil29:03:000
Catilin45:00:00
Cara45:00:00
G&E31:23:00

Best Ever Age Grade for Ann!!

Second parkrun of the year brought beautiful weather to Brueton which was a change from the mud and rain. The usual suspects were out and there was a very close three way tussle between Kelly, Angie and Ann, who finished in that order, but with only 17 seconds to separate them. Kelly knocked 21 seconds off her total and had a great run, although not enough to take any bonus points this time. The three points went to Angie, who took a huge 4 minutes and 18 seconds off her total, and Ann took one point by taking 1 minute and 40 off hers. Ann continues to improve and not only came second in her category but also got her highest age grading ever, at 66.99%. Can she get 70% before the year is out? Definitely! Go Ann!!

Tomo was also out at Brueton, taking almost a minute off his target by finishing in 27:38. Mark took a walk due to a stiff back, but put in a very respectable sub 55 minutes in the winter sunshine. 

Further afield and it was Cassie who continued her great comeback over at Bournemouth where she picked up the two points by going 2 minutes and 41 seconds under her target to finish in 31.33. Well done Cass.

George also continues his parkrun tourism, this time out at Market Harborough where he reports a busy but pleasant course. As some of you will know he is attempting the Annecy marathon later in the year and followed up yesterday’s effort with a 17 miler. Great stuff from G.

Out virtually were both Lu and Liz, the latter being out in Bangkok, while she awaits news on her visa. Best of luck with that and let’s hope it comes through this week.

Other news is that young Caitlin has been in hospital where like her sister not so long ago she had to have her appendix moved pretty sharpish. I am pleased to report she is back home and on the mend. Best wishes to Caitlin. 

Name Target January 13th Diff. Run Pts Bonus Total
Tomo 28:32:00 27:38:00 -0:54:00 2 3 5
Angie 35:24:00 31:06:00 -4:18:00 2 3 5
Bee 35:15:00 1 2 3
George 21:01:00 22:05:00 1:04:00 2 1 3
Ann 32:52:00 31:12:00 -1:40:00 2 1 3
Cass 34:14:00 31:33:00 -2:41:00 1 2 3
Mark 29:02:00 54:34:00 25:32:00 2 2
Kelly 31:16:00 30:55:00 -0:21:00 2 2
Liz 29:09:00 43:17:00 14:08:00 1 1
Lucy 54:44:00 58:15:00 3:31:00 1 1
Claire 35:35:00 0
Mag 45:00:00 0
Dillon 60:00:00 0
Isaac 24:58:00 0
Anne C 48:09:00 0
Laurent 48:09:00 0
Neil 29:03:00 0
Catilin 45:00:00
Cara 45:00:00
G&E 31:23:00