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April 2016

Portrush - 23 April - 4 of 22

Portrush is the first beach parkrun in the world which is run entirely on sand.  Today was a bracing sunny morning, temperature 8 degrees.  It was nearly high-tide, but still lots of space for the 155 runners.

This was a beautiful and invigorating run.  Some weeks, however, the weather can be brutal - hail stones last week - but apparently that just adds to the sense of achievement...

An old friend from Sullivan school days, Dr Roger Brown, ran his first parkrun with me today having recently returned to NI after years with his GP Practice in Scotland.  It has been great to reconnect with Roger.

This weekend was a Corrymeela community weekend - a residential at Ballycastle, also on the North Coast... hence Portrush venue today.  I really appreciated having fellow Corrymeela member David Mark with me again.

Great to see bro-in-law Steve today, and also Gary Keenan, Run Director at Victoria Park who encouraged me greatly on my first parkrun.

I'm still shaking off this cold, but was able to resume conditioning training this week, after work trip to India - two 1:1 gym sessions and physio for legs & upper back.  If you're considering starting a fitness programme, do consider signing up with a personal trainer - the professionals know what (not) to do, and how far to push you.

Mervyn Thompson is the regular Portrush Run Director.  I appreciated his warm welcome.

Today's photo album is here and parkrun results are here.

Next week, I move on to Larne - hilly! - the most demanding run to date.

 

Project Objectives

Raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma: £7441

People registered with Delete Blood Cancer: 62

People who have signed up with parkrun: 5

 

Tim's Running Progress

#

Date

Course

Time

Position

Age Grade

1

19 Mar

Belfast Victoria

36:22

177/209

41.2%

2

26 Mar

Belfast Waterworks 

37:05

222/237

 

3

16 Apr

Bangor Ward Park

42:10

386/390

35.53%

4

23 Apr

Portrush

40:22

140/155

37.12%

 


Bangor - 16 April - 3 of 22

390 (!) runners today at Bangor’s Ward Park a record for this venue after last week’s record of 363 runners.  UK-wide, it’s been an interesting week for the parkrun community – 14000 people signed up this week – related, surely, to Stoke Gifford Parish Council’s decision to charge parkrun runners for use of the public Little Stoke Park facilities.

Today’s photo album is here, parkrun results here.  

Following a work India trip, a pause in my conditioning and a cold, I was just aiming to complete the run, which I did, coming 386th of 390.  No stop for a swig of tea or photo next week!

It was good to have BT colleague Mark Crothers running with me again.  I am getting better at keeping my head up, to enable better running, sight and breathing.

It was also great to have Anne Killen from BT, David Mark from Corrymeela, Alistair Shaw running today.  A strong turnout from our local Carnalea Methodist Church – thanks to Rev Fiona Mcrea, Ken and many friends for the cheering encouragement and photos.

Today was the 83rd birthday of my mum Primrose and her triplet sisters Marigold & Iris.  Thanks to sister Rozzie, Maurice and #TimPageFitForLife PR Director Page for bringing mum to enjoy today’s spectacle.

Next week, up to Portrush – parkrun UK’s only beach venue.

 

Project Objectives

Raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma: £6817

People registered with Delete Blood Cancer: 62

People who have signed up with parkrun: 4

 

Tim's Running Progress

#

Date

Course

Time

Position

Age

Grade

1

19 Mar

Belfast Victoria

36:22

177/209

41.2%

2

26 Mar

Belfast Waterworks 

37:05

222/237

 

-

 

Chennai Fisherman’s Cove 3k

-

-

-

3

16 Apr

Bangor Ward Park

42:10

386/390

35.53%

 

TimPageFitForLife parkrun schedule

Tim Page Parkrun table


Chennai 10-April-2016

Hello from a very warm Chennai!

My schedule of parkruns has a two week gap in it, due to a work trip to India.  With about a week in Bangalore, I met software engineers from BT and one of our subcontract companies Tech Mahindra.  This week, I have two days in Chennai with colleagues from TCS - Tata Consultancy Services.

In Bangalore, I used the hotel gym for conditioning sessions before getting a cold and losing my voice!  Of the exercises, the plain vanilla sit-ups are the toughest - it's an unforgiving exercise.

Today I went to the beach to try a run. I knew 5km would be a stretch, but hoped I could do it.

Chennai run

However, at 3km, the heat just got to me - it was my legs that went.  I learnt a few things from the attempt…

  1. Use the stretch to and from the beach as part of the run rather than not having this time in the heat count
  2. Sometimes you really do need a headband to absorb the sweat!  There were so many drops I thought it was raining.
  3. For a cooler run... get up even earlier

The Runkeeper Kilometer 'split' timings tell the story of getting slower…

Kilometer 1: 08:15,   Kilometer 2: 11:11,   Kilometer 1: 12:05.

So, deep respect to people who do running in extreme conditions, not least Eddie Izzard.

Looking to the coming week, I aim to…

  • Get rid of this cold
  • Resume conditioning training on Thursday when I get home
  • Complete parkrun 3 of 22 on Saturday - my 'local' Ward Park
  • Start producing a series of videos around fitness conditioning & health, as well as different angles on blood cancer treatment and research

Thank you for interest, encouragement, donations, stem cell donor signups.

Some nice photos after today's Chennai sunrise are here.

Best wishes,

Tim