Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Mrs Miggins, Aug 29, 2007.
Just curious, lefties often feel better going clockwise
The hill isn't as steep going the other way so it feels a bit easier. Not sure if it makes it easier to go faster mind you.
Running 10k sometimes will really help your 5ks. Also a big milestone in itself - it's a long way!
10k opens it all up, and particularly around South london - before you know it, you're running along the Thames; up to crystal palace (or that horrific hill through Sydenham woods); round any number of commons - green parakeets cheering you all the way!
Very good point. Clapham Common, Dulwich Park and Peckham Rye are probably all around 10k there and back loops from Brixton.
Indeed, I esp. like the lovely quiet route to DP from Brockwell (Stradella > Burbage). Fwiw, even from Loughborough it's 3k to MI6, so you don't get too much Embankment for your money in a 10K loop from Brockwell.
Come on - there's nothing as exhilarating/upsetting as trundling up to the horniman then along the ridge, riding the hill wave all the way to tulse hill and home. And much as I abhor the whole gentrification thing, that carpetright near the hobbo/hooters never sold you a cheap sandwich and a lucozade sport
Running up the hill behind the horniman is more upsetting
You'd be quicker if the horiman was behind you....
Here all week...weddings and bar mitzvahs...
Fwiw, someone suggested the easiest/steadiest gradient up to Sydenham Hill/CP Parade area is Farquhar Rd. I tend to go straight up the toll road but plan to try the suggestion, perhaps on Friday ...
Not sure about that. I'd have guessed toll road was steadiest. I haven't gone up farquah (I didn't know where the farque it was till I googled) but I've run down croxted and stayed on till getting to the top of the hill and it steepens up quite a bit and I would guess farquah would too.
Edit - if I go to CP then I'll be doing a hilly run so will be trying to get a few strung together rather than avoiding them
Turns out Farquhar Rd is the steadiest gradient - and I can confirm it is a hill I guess the diff with the toll road is you get a couple of breathers on the latter (where it flattens out somewhat) but have a steeper climb elsewhere to make up for that. Farquhar is just less of a farquhar in that sense.
I had a great parkrun this morning. My watch told me that I had done it in 27:27, my second best time, my quickest since October 2013. BUT... They had an issue with the barcodes so weren't able to record times. I can't hold it against them, they do such a great job week in, week out. I just need to make sure I do as good a run, if not better, next week.
The stop watch stopped working in the inclement weather. Can't recover from that.
Excellent time, almost exactly my parkrun pb as well!
With my current pace and personal best (set a few weeks ago 32.50), you would be about 1km ahead of me as you crossed the finish line. Good run.
Need to start going again.
Doing the junior version on Sundays instead.
ETA: For the first time, our three all finished without one or more giving up!
I often wonder if your way is better exercise as you'd be running for five minutes more than me.
Probably... longer period with the heart rate up I guess
Over the same distance, if we are the same weight, you will burn more calories by running faster.
Shaved 7 seconds of my PB this afternoon, the park was beautiful. 32.43 closing in on my target of a first sub 30 5km, (386 calories burnt) so I'm only about 975 metres behind you lol.
I've started using the Nike running app, it's free and I think it's great, split times, everything.
IF you go somewhere flat you could do the 30 minutes I reckon.
Dulwich parkrun in the obvious choice, though Burgess parkrun is even flatter. You might want to leave Crystal Palace and Hilly Fields for a while.
Tooting shouldn't be too long now, that's pancake flat as well.
I've done Dulwich parkrun and it's just so boring. Not only is it flat, it's a constant curve so there are no hills, no corners, no camber. I find Brockwell tough but it has character.
Dulwich is a bit dull but is good if you want to do a time trial. Will have to try Burgess Park one; I like that park and it is flat so would be good for a time too.
I forgot to mention the newish one at Peckham, also good for a fast time.
I also like Brockwell parkrun - it's ... character building Going up that hill for the second time you at least get the opportunity for a long, dark look into your soul.
I hate the slope up from the Lido the most.
Actually, I totally agree and I've never been able to work out why - it looks pretty innocuous compared to the back hill but it is such a struggle ..
Yes! With the big hill you know what you are in for, it has a rep, a presence.
The other is sneakier, crueller.
Kinda grinning - managed a PB today: 22:09. Very happy with that. It was tough. I had that horrid running sick feeling up BMX Hill. I knew I was on course for a PB and so pressed ahead.
How do I lose those 9 seconds?
Thats a great time round that course.
It's hard to pace as each km split is different because of the hills.
This is perfect for pace and it's free (other apps available)
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