Sunday Scorcher.


This weekend was predicted to be one of the hottest days of the heatwave so far, I was looking forward to melting in the sun’s heat, like a piece of toast browning. I was ready for training, there was even an event about the session, which so far had lots of people attending, or so it said. When I arrived it seemed that very few were actually out, or perhaps just late? I found David already jumping around with Benjamin and then shortly afterwards, Sark arrived. Who I might mention was late too. So much for being there ‘earlier’ as he claimed he was going to be and had instead opted for a ‘healthy‘ McDonalds beforehand. We were later graced with the presence of James and Tom! Which was a surprise, as I knew they were interested in coming out but I still had my scepticism. Jack was another one asking what time we were out until as he might join later after work. Even Steve had amazingly made it out today, since when?! I guess the sun brings everyone out… Well, all except Kezza and Sonny who said they would be out, but then never are!

The session ended up as it always did when it was warm, with many of us getting topless. There was plenty of banter as we always and strangely enough there wasn’t many kids loitering the park either, maybe the heat had put many off wanting to be out and be active?! There was a slight competitive edge between the guys and Benjamin to be the first to get the running upwards precision. After craning it a few times, he managed to commit to it and was super happy to have it down. He wanted James or Tom to get it now as well. Tom was next to get it and that left just James to get it. Even though Tom had it, later he had by far the most crazy bail I have seen at the park while doing it. As his feet landed on the wall, it was a very tiptoe affair, one foot slid off and down the wall causing him to end up stomaching the wall really hard, winding himself. It looked terrible, like he had been falcon punched, it had to have hurt. James had the bail on film which you can see in Tom’s video [1] near the end, to just how brutal it was.


David – Front Tuck.


Needless to say, I think that incident had put most of us off doing the running precision. He ended up with a scrap line across his abs. Tom was pretty much out of commission for the rest of the day, it was good that he didn’t smash his face in the process, which it did look like he had done initially from my angle, or it could have been far worse outcome! James was now attempting the same jump, but as a standing precision. I know Adam wanted the same jump and preferred it to the running. It was looking like James would have it before him, as he was craning and bouncing it last time. Though he did a horrible splat down the wall and wasn’t able to land on top of the wall this time round like the previous session. The time was then spent doing a running upwards precision from a green stump to a wall. James killing himself, as he does with many jumps. Doing the same thing over and over with splats and cranes, before later nailing the movement once it clicked. Continue reading ‘Sunday Scorcher.’

Victoria Embankment.

I woke up at nine, which seems to be a regular occurrence now. Long have the days passed, where I struggled to get up before twelve and to be in town for one on a Saturday. I’m always ready to train from ten now and wait for the hours to pass until one. There were lots of people predicted to be attending today. At least, that is what the event stated, whether that was true was another story. I headed out to the bus stop, only to see that the next one was due in fifty minutes. What the hell?! It hadn’t occurred to me that it was Saint Georges Day and that there was some sort of march going on at the Forest Recreational Ground, causing delays until three o’clock. This was going to be a problem, I thought about leaving training all together, but I still wanted to be out.

I got a lift to town and when I arrived, I found people at IBM already jumping and there wasn’t many out. I guess I wasn’t the only one that had problems getting into town or had sacked off the idea of training all together. Danno was out this weekend amazingly! Although, he spent much of his time talking to Ben (seen below) about travelling the globe than doing actual Parkour training… Some of the shots from IBM can be seen in James’ album [1] as I didn’t take any myself until later in the day. The plan was to go to Castle College for James to reclaim his running cat nemesis once again. To be fair, it had been a very long time since we had last trained there [2] and he had done that movement. He said he felt like he might have lost it now, through not doing repetition but would see once he was there. He hoped he hadn’t as that would be annoying.


Ben & Danno - Portrait.

Ben & Danno – Portrait.


It seemed there was a fair bit of stalling (to me) happening before we moved to Castle College, then James and some others popped to the shop for supplies. When we arrived, I think he felt a bit apprehensive about the jump? Who wouldn’t know, it’s that kind of hidden pressure on yourself if no one else. if you aren’t too careful it can also end up causing you to lose movements. Myself and David were trying a tic tac cat, running along a wall ledge, below a window which we had seen Holbrook and Mat do ages ago. It felt as awkward as it did back then and it’s a no wonder that it took a while to crack. I do hate movements which take a long time to nail, or that you don’t feel like you are getting the hang of, when others can be done so easily. David got closer each time he tried, he just needed to get a bit more height fully land it.

I hated the running along the wall, the footing was terrible. When we both got it in the end and I tried to film some angles for it, but I couldn’t find one that did the movement any justice… David looked like he nearly broke his ankle on one of the jumps, it looked horrible because as he jumped towards the fence his feet slipped down and then one of his feet went under it. He fell flat on his arse as the foot twisted sideways under the fence due to the loose gravy, looking like it bend almost the wrong way. I’m surprised he was unscathed, even willing to retry the movement after that blip. Then, Phil did an attempt and slipped on landing too and was another instant death. This really was fast becoming a horrible movement all round!


Eddie - Portrait.

Eddie – Portrait.


It seemed that James had lost the Castle College running cat, annoyingly. As horrible as it sounds, it felt like a classic here we go again! Feeling with the movement and with how long it took him to break it in the first place, I really hoped it wouldn’t take just as long to reclaim it. It was no doubt just as frustrating for James as it was there for him to get easily, if he let himself. It was one of those classic mental barriers with training that we all battle, some more than others. Continue reading ‘Victoria Embankment.’

Raw #12

The twelfth instalment of my RAW video series. I filmed all of this while out on a training session  [1] with Adam. You will notice that with this video, it was much longer than my previous ones. All the ones before average anywhere from 42secs to a minute long, where as this one with all the added bonus footage came to nearly a minute and half. In retrospect, I should have left all the stuff after the credits and it would have left it a normal length video.



Lots of precision based training in this video and striding movements. If you haven’t yet visited the Nottingham Victoria Embankment, you really should. Just get off a bus when you reach Trent Bridge and then walk along the Trent until you come to the War Memorial. The rockery type area is surprisingly good and has so many combinations of precisions it is unreal. You could easily spend hours jumping on them.


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