High and Dry.

To The Lakeside.


It was a Monday and Adam had proposed that we train at Highfields again. Only this time, he wanted to do many of the jumps he felt he couldn’t last time, due to not feeling the day. A fair assessment and I said I wouldn’t mind going there again as there were still things I wanted to practise, film and explore. Being short notice, I asked if James was interested too. Hoping that with him not being out over the weekend he would be more tempted too. He said he would keep it in mind and might come out, though I didn’t hold any hopes. The plan was to meet at 4pm before heading over to Highfields. As the day went on, sadly it seemed like it was going to fail before it had even begun. Adam, being the girl he is at times had been seduced by a bag for training and had depleted his funds entirely, meaning he couldn’t travel now. James was umming and ahhing due to his ankle pain and with it being a weekday session. I had hoped he would have been out, to give me a reason to get out, but should have known that a maybe usually means no.

It was very annoying, as I was all set to go and the plans had fallen through. I could have trained locally at the Parkour park, but it wouldn’t have be the same training locally when I had planned to train Highfields. Strangely enough I got a message from Steve of all people, he was game for training. I had asked him earlier, on the off chance he would be out, knowing full well that he wouldn’t be and yet here we were talking about training. Typically he was going to be the only one out, he had been busy but then thought seeing as he never gets out, he would make an effort to be out for once. I initially had second thoughts about going out, feeling that it might be a rubbish evening. I got ready and met Steve at the park, before we headed over to Highfields Park. I was still in shock that Stevehe had come out! We made our way to the walls next the lake, showing Steve some of the things to be done there. I filmed a few movements and practised some pop vaults and precisions with him.


Steve – Precision.


I didn’t take many photos from the evening as you can see below. I instead had spent much of my time filming instead, adding to my RAW video collection. Not a bad alternative, as due to the last training session it was hard to film much and the weather had not been the best either for shots. So I decided to film all the movements I didn’t get chance to on Saturday, to fill up my folder of clips before I released the new video. Steve did a bit of tree branch pruning, which allowed some new movements to be accessed, even if the main tree was in the way for running movements. I guess like everything, over time things become overgrown and with both sides, having the gate entrances locked up and unused it seems that it isn’t maintained by any grounds keeper as such. I felt quite strong within my movements today and enjoyed practising a downward precision jump, which I felt was too far the last time I was out. Continue reading ‘High and Dry.’

Highfields Park.


I was looking forward to today, it was going to be a training session of epic proportions. The plan was to travel over to Highfields Park to train for the afternoon. It was all very spur of the moment, due to Adam wanting to go. Some of the Derby guys were over and wanted to tag along too. We amended the plan to include them into the adventure and be picked up on the way. On the day I was running late, as was Adam and I got picked up at 1pm when we should have already been in town. We were even later when we went in circle detours trying to get to Plaza, damn the city centre and their one way system and various blocked off roads. We stopped at IBM, where there were masses of people out training. Nottingham and Derbarians, jumping and flipping around. I said hello to a few people, collected Jeeves, Paul and Ben. Others enquired where we were going and said they would join us there later. With that we drove over to Highfields, stopping off at Sainsbury’s first for supplies.

The floor was still very wet and damp. As we walked around the lake of Highfields, the trees I wanted to train on were a no go due to how wet it was and so we walked further around. Some of the guys doing a precision jump between an island and then over a small stream. We were all quite tentative on the jumps due to it being slippery. The masses of kids arrived guided by Mat, they all gave the same jump a go running and standing. With a few of them looking like they might slip and fall into the small stream. It was funny to watch, film and photo. With many of them being in the same friend circle they all had that competitive edge and bullied each other to be doing the same movements and to be at the same level. I wished the photos had come out better, but I felt in a rush getting a decent angle. It wasn’t the best day for lighting and as much as I wanted to train I was also feeling most demotivated.


Running – Precision.


We moved slowly around the lake to the tall walled area which many people used as a climbing wall and it was usually covered with chalk near the hand placements. The wet really had put a dampener on the day for being able to train at all the usual spots [1] we had in the past. The training did get better, at least for myself. I liked the area and it offered some pretty good things to do, even if many of the younger ones just used the walls to flip off, rather than Parkour. I guess that is something they are more into though, when you are younger it’s all about impressing and doing things others cannot. At the same time, why spend all that time to travel just to flip off walls as it seemed a bit pointless. I captured some images while Adam, Paul and Jack were doing precision jumps on the stairwell. Continue reading ‘Highfields Park.’

Rocks, Strides and a Bridge.


It was predicted to be good weather wise, so I was eager to get some training in the week, only for the weather to change on the day to on and off rain showers throughout the day. Typical, it was such a gamble with the weather this year, it’s no wonder very few sessions are happening at the weekends! It was sunny from nine up until I met Adam at the Parkour park. Adam wasn’t too sure when he would be out, due to still being at hospital with his arm to see if everything was healing correctly. He was expecting to be out earlier than normal, though in the end he didn’t get out until nearly twelve! The plan was to train early, travel to a said location and enjoy jumping. Sadly this didn’t look like it might happen now, I had been ready since half eleven and was now bored, not feeling like training. David couldn’t come out as he was at work when he wasn’t usually at work and no one else seemed interested about coming out. Steve hadn’t replied and James was a no due to work commitments.

In the end I met Adam at half past one, it had already chucked it down with rain once and everything was wet through due to that fact. My mood wasn’t the best, I knew and felt like it was going to be a wasted day, with yet more constant rain. Why had I even bothered to come out!? On the plus side, it was still very warm and sunny but still very wet and unlikely that it would dry up. Adam had some new shoes that he wanted to test and seeing as it was wet at the park, he said we should go elsewhere like the Embankment as mentioned once before. I didn’t mind, maybe it would be better there or a total waste of a trip. He drove over and to my surprise it was completely dry in some places and wet through in others as we travelled through the different parts of Nottingham. We took a walk to the first rockery area, it looked great and there were so many jumps to be done, so many possibilities. It looked amazing and I couldn’t wait to jump on all the rocks.


Embankment – Rockery.


Some old women came walking through the area walking their dogs, puzzled and asked what it was we were doing and filming? I tried to explain, but I don’t think they understood what it all meant and instead I said I was a photographer taking some scenic shots and ones with us jumping in shot for added effect. While I was filming some RAW footage, I ended up slipping on some moss on one of the rocks when doing a precision. It made me nearly shin myself, which wouldn’t have been pleasant and it felt horrible in the air when I felt the slip and had no control. Adam was fearful of most of the jumps, but did some that cane be seen and in the photos at the end of this blog. I captured one of him doing a small jump, which looked much bigger than it actually was, much to his amusement. I wanted some shots of the area for people to see (like the one above) rather than overly shots of Parkour. Continue reading ‘Rocks, Strides and a Bridge.’

Raw #11

After the Good Friday training [1] I decided to edit the footage from that training session. This is my eleventh in the Zade RAW video series. In retrospect I hadn’t filmed nearly as much as I had expected to, nor had planned too. But, I made do with what little clips I had filmed and mixed together the edit seen below. If I had filmed everything I wanted, I think I would have beenĀ  overwhelmed with footage and choices, making it a much longer raw video than normal.



If you haven’t already checked out Carlton, it is well worth the trip and I advise you go and train there. There are plenty of movements to be done, within such a small area it has lots to offer. The video really doesn’t do it justice. Near the end of the video you can see of the dancing on walls skill near the Sneinton windmill I mentioned in my previous blog post. Not exactly a long digest of the video, it was a pretty quick and simple one to edit.


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