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parkrun thread

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17 Sep
4:32pm, 17 Sep 2019
427 posts
Given the obsession with many events to fill the park ( noting not all are in a park ) with more marshals, timekeepers, number checkers and other arbitrary volunteers than many local club races I would say it's a race. Certainly a race for me if there is someone that I am aiming to catch or stay ahead of. I get that HQ gain enormous benefit from 'it' not being a race but TBH the whole 'it's not a race mantra' is a bit tiring in my opinion. Even if not a race for time or position there are so many arbitrary challenges about now that many 'race' to achieve.
17 Sep
5:01pm, 17 Sep 2019
8690 posts
I'm with jda, I'm rarely a sprint finisher, but there's a point about 1.5km out where if I am level with someone I do try to pull away. Sometimes they hang on, sometimes they don't. But we're nearly always racing.

Equally though there are plenty of times when it is simply a matter of starting off the weekend with a pleasant run, often with family, with no real care about position or time. Then it isn't a race.

(Though in fairness, plenty of people seem to turn up to big city distance races with that sort of approach, and it doesn't stop those being races!).
17 Sep
9:01pm, 17 Sep 2019
264 posts
Yep, I agree larkim,

You gotta love a friendly race to the death!
However, where parkrun does differs that I never plod around a club race, or a longer race in general, whereas I often social run around my local parkrun.

Both equally enjoyable!
17 Sep
9:04pm, 17 Sep 2019
15228 posts
I cant sprint, but on Saturday I paced myself in the wind better than most and passed about 10 people. One of those didnt like being passed and tried to outsprint me, but I managed to find some deep reserves to hold him off.

I would like to plod around parkruns, but I dont want to impact my average time. However there is another alternative planned to start up which I could use as a plod around version where time doesnt matter
17 Sep
10:09pm, 17 Sep 2019
1026 posts
Nothing wrong with passing folk who are fading towards the end if you feel strong. What I don't like is people throwing themselves in front of other runners at the finish line, and that happens most weeks. I usually tell them "you're getting the same time so that was a bit pointless".
17 Sep
10:21pm, 17 Sep 2019
35877 posts
Lip Gloss
I got pipped at the post on Saturday, I had overtaken him a couple of minutes earlier and never thought he had anything left :-( but hey it's a run :-)

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