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  • Am I correct in assuming that junior parkrun will return at the same time as regular parkrun or has that ever been mentioned?
    My poor little girl has done loads of parkruns unregistered but has had a barcode since she turned 4 in May that's waiting for some scanning.

    We have kept our own 2k going every Sunday during lockdown.




  • They have said they will return at the same time.

    Multiple people have suggested to them that juniors should return first because the numbers are smaller, but parkrun HQ's reasoning against that (which I'd agree with) is that if juniors return you suddenly have a significant increase in 14+ attendance as those older kids are not getting their Saturday 5km fix and also you get a bunch of significantly older "kids" who have gone and recently re-registered with a new date of birth and will turn up in "hilarious" fancy dress outfits.

    The junior events are mostly fairly self limiting in attendance and it's rare for an event to get more than 100, if they restarted without the 5km's on the Saturday they would get overrun and really wouldn't be a fun place to take a 4 year old for a trot around a park anymore. They work because they are smaller events.




  • Our juniors must be one of the bigger ones then as we rarely have less than 100 and sometimes exceed 200 :)




  • What I said was they don't encourage improvement, they just want to have larger numbers.
    Also they launched parkwalk and added operation transformation people so no, running alone is not their aim, growing their brand is.
    Adding to that you can take part without registration or a bib it makes it a free for all in terms of returning to running events post covid-19.




    Why pick 17 minutes?
    Why not use the real figures from parkrun? Their averages are in the 30's, hence there is a lot more people walking/jogging than running.
    Why claim they rest are running when they clearly aren't.
    People who run a social 5k a week and nothing else from Sun-Fri is not increased activity, it's the same as the ones who pay a few hundred euros in Jan to a gym and go the odd time.




    Running doesn't have a set time limit. If someone takes 35 mins for a 5k going as hard as they can, then that is running for that person.




  • Just read that "time to start parkrun again" blog post from Chrissie Something, OBE. Now that was scary. Falling Covid numbers? In what world would that be?!

    If that's the current thinking of parkrun head office... well, that's not good.


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  • Just read that "time to start parkrun again" blog post from Chrissie Something, OBE. Now that was scary. Falling Covid numbers? In what world would that be?!

    If that's the current thinking of parkrun head office... well, that's not good.

    You mustn't have got the memo TaurenDruid.
    Parkrun has changed the world you see, it's above medical science, sure its curing obesity the world over with all those 40+ minute 5k runners.




  • @rovers_runner

    You clearly have absolutely no idea of the purpose and ethos of parkrun




  • ger664 wrote: »
    @rovers_runner

    You clearly have absolutely no idea of the purpose and ethos of parkrun

    To quote Chrissie...

    "parkrun can help turn the tide of growing ill health and of inequity. which means parkrun must always be there when someone needs it."

    Whatever did we do before parkrun came along, we weren't living, only existing.....




  • @rovers_runner please stop trolling. you've made your point. I get it. You don't like parkrun. Fine. You're not adding anything to the debate.




  • Looking the levels for Covid in Ireland, its going to be a long 2021:(


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  • Looking the levels for Covid in Ireland, its going to be a long 2021:(
    Yep, short of a vaccine, it looks like no running events for the masses for the next 8 months :(




  • So time to start a new thread as the boards.ie hamsters don't like it when threads go over 10,000 posts. This is a first for this forum in us needing to create a new thread, there might just be something in this parkun idea.

    New thread here:

    https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=114651009


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