Clacton Seafront parkrun

Clacton Seafront parkrun

Clacton Seafront parkrun   Clacton Seafront parkrun is based on the Essex coast. There is plenty of free car parking on Marine Parade and public toilets on the lower prom, which were free and open before parkrun . The start and finish is by the Toby Carvery, but I wouldn’t advise parking there during parkrun,…

Harcourt Hill parkrun

Harcourt Hill parkrun

Harcourt Hill parkrun Harcourt Hill parkrun is based in Oxford, at one of the Oxford Brookes University campuses. The start and finish is just behind the Brookes Sport building and there is free parking (until 10am) for over 100 cars. The postcode provided (OX2 9AT) took us to Harcourt Hill, but not quite to the…

Amer Sports (Suunto) – Financials for Q1-Q3

Amer Sports has just released Q1-Q3 financials. Amer’s brands are; Salomon, Arc’teryx, Peak Performance, Atomic, Mavic, ENVE, Suunto, Wilson and Precor. Source: amersports   Net sales totalled EUR 757.2 million for Q3. In local currencies, net sales increased by 9%. Organic growth was 3% For the YTD (Q1-Q3) the sales picture was similar Earnings (excl…

Suunto – For Sale (as part of Amer Sports)

It looks like Suunto is up for sale. More specifically ANTA Sportswear Products & FountainVest, both of China, have expressed an interest to buy at least part of the parent company AMER SPORTS. Source: NADAQ Helsinki.   An offer of Eur40/share seems to be on the table. That is a notable premium above the current…

suunto 9 Baro

New Suunto 9 : New Suunto Firmware

Suunto have announced new variants on the Suunto 9, which is the replacement for the Spartan Ultra. There are actually 2 distinct Suunto 9 models as well as various colour/case options so now is as good a time as any to clarify the different hardware competencies. There’s also new firmware 2.4.14 as of 2Oct2018, which…

Jersey parkrun

Jersey parkrun

Jersey parkrun Jersey parkrun is currently the only parkrun in Jersey and is based in the area of St Brelade, which is only a 20 minute walk from the airport and a further 20 minute walk to the coast. Those wishing to do Jersey parkrun as part of a day trip to Jersey could easily…

Dartford Heath parkrun

Dartford Heath parkrun

Dartford Heath parkrun   Situated in south east London / Kent, not far from the M25, Dartford Heath parkrun is a lovely two-lap course, entirely on flat trail paths. The nearest car park to the start line, on Heath Lane, is very small and will probably be full by 8.30am. Car parking is a bit…

Rutland Water parkrun

Rutland Water parkrun

Rutland Water parkrun Based in the East Midlands, Rutland Water parkrun is a straightforward out-and-back along the scenic reservoir. There is a very large car park so there should be space for everyone, though the SatNav will not quite get you there, so I would suggest using “Rutland Water car park” on Normanton Road in…

Brighton and Hove parkrun

Brighton and Hove parkrun

Brighton and Hove parkrun   Brighton and Hove parkrun is based in Hove Park, East Sussex. The parkrun page doesn’t provide a postcode but you could enter ‘Hove Park’ or ‘Goldstone Crescent, Hove’ in your SatNav to get you there. Parking was free for up to three hours on the streets surrounding the park and…

Suunto 9 BARO – Breaking FusedTrack

The new Suunto 9 BARO (non BARO version also available) showcases Suunto’s new FusedTrack feature. Here’s how it works and it only works for running: GPS positions are sampled infrequently (Endurance Mode 60 secs & Ultra Mode 120 secs). Between those points the Suunto 9’s motion sensor provides inputs to a directional algorithm to joint…

Suunto S9 FusedTrack

Suunto 9 BARO – FusedTrack, First proper run and some thoughts

The new Suunto 9  BARO (non BARO version also available) features Suunto’s new FusedTrack feature. Here’s how it works for running: GPS positions are sampled relatively infrequently (Endurance Mode 60 secs & Ultra Mode 120 secs). Between those points the Suunto 9’s motion sensor provides inputs to a directional algorithm to joint the dots BUT…

Suunto 9 Review

Suunto 9 BARO – First Runs & Rides

Suunto have announced the new Suunto 9 BARO (non BARO version also available). Don’t be fooled. This is an evolved Suunto. From the outside the Suunto 9 looks like a re-modelled Suunto SPARTAN Sport WHR. There are visual differences to the SPORT and, importantly, there are some interesting additions to the innards. The new Suunto…

Ally Pally parkrun

Ally Pally parkrun

Ally Pally parkrun   To north London this week, where we take on Ally Pally parkrun around Alexandra Park. Ally Pally parkrun has been around since 2011, but in spite of this the runner numbers still tend to hover around the 300 mark. We drove there (use postcode N22 7AX) and easily found on-street parking…

South Norwood parkrun

South Norwood parkrun

South Norwood parkrun   Based in south east London, South Norwood parkrun is two-and-a-bit clockwise laps of South Norwood Country Park. Parking is available at the adjacent Croydon Sports Arena, though we parked for free in one of the nearby residential roads. There are toilets at the start line, but no café. The whole course…

Croxteth Hall parkrun

Croxteth Hall parkrun

Croxteth Hall parkrun   Based in Liverpool, Croxteth Hall parkrun (or “Crocky”, to the locals) is a one lap course around Croxteth Hall Country Park. The postcode provided (L11 1EH) will get you to the nearest roundabout where you’ll see the grand, gated entrance to the Country Park. Drive through and you’ll find a large,…

Catford parkrun

Catford parkrun

Catford parkrun   Sandwiched between Catford and Hither Green, Catford parkrun is the new kid on the block in South East London. Based in Mountsfield Park, it’s easy to find (post code SE6 1AN) and parking was free and plentiful on Stainton Road. Or it’s a 10-minute walk from Hither Green train station. It’s a…

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State of the SPARTAN – After Suunto’s Firmware v2.0.40 (May 2018)

Suunto’s entire SPARTAN family are receiving the latest May 2018 update. It’s a notable update which includes features that even Garmin don’t yet have and includes other features that should have been there some time ago. Firmware is currently: v2.0.40 which superseded a slightly earlier v2.0.34 release (and the prior release I had was v1.12.36…