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Philip, I think RB have changed their approach now and ignore times where an athlete is way down on their norm as its deemed they were obviously not trying. There was an explanation of sorts on RB website from Tim Grose, referring to a revised parkrun algorithm to weed out 'non triers', but he did not go into detail. I agree with Tim's logic to some extent but think they have gone too far in this.I have certainly noticed parkrun SSS scores getting generally lower and some to ridiculous levels. Cali Country Park, a fully off road course through rutted woodland trails, was SSS 0.4 last week (ref Battersea super fast 5k on tarmac typically c0.5!). I suspect what has happened is they are ignoring the below pars but not the above pars. Therefore if someone has not run much for ages, then does outstandingly well, that is overly reflected. Cali had a student breaking the course record in 15'xx and I suspect that was behind the 0.4 rating!
Joe Blogs-BR said:
Without reading back at all, I'll tell you what everyone's been doing whilst I've been away;Phil - Still on hand to advise on Berkshire route choices and the best local hills to run up. How close am I?
btw Berks may (nowadays) embrace Slough, but also Sunningdale, Ascot, Windsor, Wokingham and may other nice towns, its not Royal Berks for nothing
The Slough xc course is nice at least, especially when it's frosty. Basically football pitches, think it's Upton Court?
Stevie G said:
Except the bastad fire alarm went off at 4am didn't it
Progression on the treadmill is certainly the way to help the time pass, Jools. Pleased the groin is improving.
SC would be great to see you in the Red Lion. I am in a purple Almost Athletes vest. Yellow sides. JOSH emblazoned like a rookie first timer.
Feeling very lucky that my club mate went to the expo for me. The scenes from today look stressful.
Two kids’ swimming lessons this morning, one with me in the pool, then a buggy nap walk during the elder’s gymnastics - reasonably sure Kipchoge’s pre marathon day morning runs like that 😆. Didn’t squeeze in a run today, but did yesterday. So usual one day off in the marathon week.
Coach was delayed on the M4 - three fire engines and six ambulances passed going the other way, and then soon overtook us. Probably only added 40 minutes for us, but I didn’t dare to look out the window as we passed.
Got absolutely soaked walking from the bus stop to the airbnb. Packed minimally, and my only jogging bottoms and non-race socks are soaked. So sitting at the desk with a towel wrapped around my legs. What a muppet.
Looking forward to tomorrow. I will start off at 6:45-50s. Suspect I am in 2:57 shape if all goes well. Most importantly, I want to close strong from mile 20. Determined to bank energy not time.
Now off for a quiet episode of Squid Game to chill me out 🦑.