Normanby Hall parkrun

Normanby Hall parkrun

Normanby Hall parkrun A totally flat course around the grounds of Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire. The postcode provided (DN15 9HU) took us directly into the car park. There is also a large overflow car park but it is on grass, so on rainy days your car will get muddy if you have…

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Bushy parkrun

Bushy parkrun Bushy Park is a scenic Royal Park and the course meanders around the Easternmost half of the park taking in cricket grounds, lakes, lots of trees and a deer or two. The course was originally an anticlockwise loop which was reversed in later years. More recently the course has changed again and is…

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Peterborough parkrun

Peterborough  parkrun A very scenic, very flat course around Ferry Meadows Country Park. The course is an out and back, with a loop at each end, run mostly around the lake and entirely on tarmac paths.  There is only one hill and that is over a small bridge, which you cross twice. There is large car…

My 2016 Events – Triathlon, Duathlon, Running, Swimming, Cycling

Finally ! A first draft of next year’s possible events. Should be something along the following lines, which has a slightly longer and non-5k flavour compared to previous years. Although the cost of doing the lot is probably about £5k. Worrying on many levels: Sprint Duathlon ITU’16 qualifier Bedford Autodrome, Nice Tri Events – 13/03/2016 DRAFT…

Review – TomTom Runner 2 Cardio + Music (aka SPARK)

Santa is officially on high alert with the impending public release of the TomTom Runner 2/SPARK range on November 1st, starting around £110/US$150. The Runner 2/SPARK is designed for beginners-to-fairly-serious runners who may also delve into gyms, classes and maybe the odd duathlon/triathlon. Positives: Some models have a new and improved Optical Heart Rate Monitor (oHRM) and…

Top smartphone apps for sports, triathlon, running, cycling, and activity- League Table

Here is a first attempt at a chart for top SPORTS and ACTIVITY tracking apps. It’s based on the number of reviews on Google Play Store (Android). Notes about this are covered at the end, at least you have a handy link which may prove more useful than the accuracy of the ‘stats’ ! Android App…

Should I train today? How to decide? using Firstbeat + Sporttracks + BIOFORCEHRV Garmin 920XT

This morning, when faced with the decision of “Should I train? or not” I have several bits of kit that tell me different things. Being a grown-up I don’t listen to them slavishly but I DO take into account the information I am being presented with. Here are some thoughts: 1. After yesterday’s session my…

My best races

I do duathlons, triathlons and 5k – they are what are important for me. I was reflecting on my ‘best’ ones and why they were the best. I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. What struck me was that my first thoughts as to what were ‘best’ were purely performance related. I guess…