QMC, Nottm Uni and Highfields.

 

Boats.

 

I woke up today feeling drained, outside was gray and overcast as if it was to throw it down with heavy rain at any given moment. From seeing this I decided that I wouldn’t be training today and instead stay home and dry, away from the onslaught of rain which was sure to ensue. Yaz came online and asked if the jam was still on? I told him it looked like rain and I wasn’t feeling going out, that and no one else was online yet to confirm. I was still in two minds whether to go out if everyone else was up for it still. Yaz agreed we should leave it and then logged off to go and mow his lawn, it began to rain and that confirmed the day was only set to get worse. Denis popped up on Facebook chat asking if I was ready to train. I explained I wasn’t planning to be out now and neither was Yaz who was now busy, not to mention Stefano had not even confirmed he was out as of yet. With this said, a disheartened Denis said we have a few hours yet until our meet up time for the weather and people to chance their minds. He assured me it’s not  predicted to rain today, even though I had felt and could see the rain from my window!

Further more he said even if it does rain, it won’t rain for that long and we can still train, maybe not at the QMC area because once the grass there is wet it stays wet even with the slightest bit of moisture so we should just train in town instead. It was later in the day and Stefano had come online, asking if the jam was still on? I told him yes as the weather had brightened up, the sun now shining had given me a change of heart about coming out after all. I text Abdur at 12.30 with the time and place we were meeting to see if he was free to train, even though we were meeting at 13.30 and I had text him rather late. Yaz came back online and I told him lets just go out and train, see what happens and I’ll see him there, with that he headed off to get ready. I was about to leave when Denis told me that he was now coming into town and that we should just train there instead, so wait for him to arrive and not go straight to QMC once we had met.

I arrived at the meet up point to find Yaz as always to be the first one there waiting. I told him that Denis was now on about training town instead and that we need to wait for him to arrive. Yaz was slightly confused and said that is not what he had told him on Facebook chat before he left. So what is Denis on about as he told him we were still going QMC and he would see him there and then left to get ready. Abdur was next to arrive, I was unsure whether he was going to attend due to my late notice and so it was a surprise to see him turning up and on time! Denis was late as always, no change there then! We spoke about what to do training wise and that QMC was on the agenda. Denis said he didn’t want to go if it was going to rain as then it will be a rubbish, wasted day.

We waited on Stefano who hadn’t shown up yet and time was getting on. It was ten to two and Yaz said ‘forget him, lets just go already? We had a meet up time, if people can’t arrive on time then they get left behind, plain and simple!’ Little did we know he had cancelled and posted on our Facebook wall, but we had all left by that time to see the post. As we started to walk to Tesco’s, we bumped into Billy who had just came off a bus and was heading home. It was the second time this week we had bumped into him while being out. Denis asked that we would definitely be at QMC? As he had to get a Trent Barton bus while the rest of us had to get a city council one, once Abdur had been to Tesco’s and so Denis set off. The queue in Tesco’s was massive and this put Yaz off going to get anything from there, while Abdur still went in for supplies, once he was out we all hopped on a 35 bus and made our way to reunite with the Bulgarian Moaner.

 

Yaz – 180 Catleap.

 

We got off the bus and embraced with Denis, before walking through the subway to our first area of training. Denis was already moaning about the area, as this subway’s gap was ‘tiny’ and ‘rubbish’ and has nothing to do! We left him in his sulking state and the other guys got accustomed to the area and did a few precisions at various heights along the subway, I tried to forget about the distance and focused more on getting a nice images of the jumps. I took a few shots of Yaz doing cat to cats between the subway, experimenting with different angles. One of which was one of my favourite image of the day and can be seen below. The funniest thing by far of the day, was watching Yaz walk along the walls at height feeling scared of the drop. He wouldn’t precision across to the road side nor would he do a precision of a great height and so when I was taking photos of him, he would lower down off the wall and walk all the way round the subway to get to where he needed to be so he didn’t have to do a precision across.

Denis was doing some nice flow by himself, a precision across the subway then jumped down and did a wallspin on a wall to finish. Abdur on one of the precision jumps slipped on landing and scared us all to death not to mention he nearly lost his testicles too. The new challenge set by Denis was a running precision, he wanted to stick it as did the other guys, it was set and they practised doing the jump over and over again while I got images of them. Making sure to stand clear of pedestrians when they needed to use the subway, people across the road would watch in amazement at the guys doing the running precisions. At one stage a blonde haired woman smiled at Yaz and waved to him, to which he waved back, confused.

It wasn’t long until the sky looked darker than before and it began to spot with rain, everything thought this might be the start and end of our day training. We decided it was best to move from this side of the subway due to it getting slippery from the rain and moss which covered certain parts of the wall. We took shelter under it before passing through to the other side, which now had the sun rays shining through the clouds and the rain had passed for now. Yaz wanted to give a go at a standing catleap and try for a precision the only problem was a nurses smoking right where he wanted to do it. From previous visits to this area in the past I have always been very reluctant to train here due to how aggressive the security is as soon as they spot you stepping foot on the premises.

Yaz stood on the wall, the next thing we heard from one of the medical staff who was on her fag break was ‘Don’t do it, it’s not worth it!’ – because that joke will never get old! Yaz went for the precision and craned it horrifically. He gave it a few more attempts always getting a cane but no actual precision. The same woman asked Denis if this was for YouTube and if we were filming for it. What followed has to be one of the best conversations I’ve heard Denis have, he was explaining it wasn’t video but a photo and that we do have YouTube but it’s not all about that and he carried on explaining to her what we do and why in his own Bulgarian way. On one of the attempts Yaz made a concious effort to land the precision with both feet rather than craning it. It ended with him landing on the wall, but then bounced off and down into a catleap position. It was as if he bailed but then saved himself. With enough being enough for Yaz we walked down the spiral winding staircase and through the car park, Denis was moaning about why are we walking this way there is nothing to do you douches lets go back to where there is Parkour to be done!

 

Denis – Precision.

 

Yet as soon as we had crossed the car park and had found things to be done, low and behold Denis changed his tune and was happy about trying movements such as a running diving kong to precision. A short walk from that area was some blue rails which Yaz took it upon himself to spin around them, while Denis was busy filming a run. People who passed watched in awe at what they were doing. At one stage Denis wanted Yaz to try a railflip which he had never done before. Yaz went for it without thinking and did it easily, much to his surprise. When he went to do some more, he spooked himself and ended up not letting himself go all the way over causing him to nearly land on the rail and breaking his back, at the very least giving himself some self chiropractic work. As scary as it was to see, Yaz decided that was enough of trying them for today.

We moved down to a group of small rocks which Denis and Yaz did flips off and kong precisions using the nearby rail. After we walked along the canal area where Denis was practising his wall losers. A small child and his mother watched as Denis did this move with the child clapping afterwards and asking him to do it again. I got a few images of Denis doing them and some wallflips too. On one of the occasions when Denis ran towards the wall attempting a wall loser his feet slipped on the moist grass and he slammed into the wall. Thankfully though he didn’t go for the actual flip otherwise things could have gone horribly wrong, on the plus side at least he would have been at the hospital… As we walked along the canal we saw some swans swimming along the canal. Denis informed us that he had always thought about and wanted to bend a swan’s neck or a long necked dinosaur if they still existed to see if the neck would bend easily like a hosepipe or would it be stiff like metal and break if he was to try.

Denis does come out with some strange questions and thoughts which always has us in laughing fits. A bit further down we arrived at a giant statue of a hand which Yaz posed in. Meanwhile, Denis phoned Stefano to see where he was, he said that he wasn’t out today and that he wasn’t feeling like training and that he did post on our Facebook wall before the meet up time which we had not seen having all left before that time. The next stop was at a statue of a horse where Yaz and Denis sat on it in a brokeback mountain-eske photo then for another photo shoot in a circle of life statue. Denis said we look like tourists posing in front of statues and taking photos and lets stop this now and carry on training!

We were on our way over to the Nottingham University campus when Denis was quick to point out that we should use the overhead bridge to get across the motor way quickly and safely. I had often seen people walking back and forth through it and always thought it was for the hospital personnel only rather than the public too. While walking up the steps I pointed out that this seemed like a good photo opportunity and got Denis to kong out of the stairwell which he rolled out of on impact and sat on a nearby bench with his Bulgarian swagger. We spent a long time taking photos of a water feature and the water droplets it produced using some long exposure shots to see how they came out. We spoke about how Zain would have loved this part of the day. Yaz decided he wanted to try and touch the fountain but it proved more difficult than he first thought, and at one stage he was hanging off the corner of a wall at arms reach and still couldn’t get it, if only he had fallen in…

 

Denis – Sideflip.

 

While walking through the area scouting for movements to do, the guys came across a small kong precision to practice. I noticed an oncoming security van patrolling the area. I was worried that we would get moved on, from past experiences of being in this area years ago the security was somewhat volatile. The van drove straight past us without stopping or having anything to say to us! Moving along we walked through an alleyway which came out into an area with giant shaped stones which looked awesome for training as much as it was for photography. We spent a long time in this area, doing precisions, runs, flips and other such movements. Once again the patrol van drove through the area and then away again. I got some really nice photos in this area, one of which is of Denis doing a sideflip (seen above) with the surrounding tree leaves forming a curved framing and it works perfectly.

I spent most of time collecting photos of the guys training and in a different area they were practising tic tac precisions, combined with a catleap and a climb up. It was great to see them training but it was also annoying that I couldn’t join in with the fun and games as much as I wanted too, more so when they found something new to do which I had never done before. As I was setting up my shot a gust of wind blew dirt up from the ground which went in my eyes causing one eye to feel scratched, even when I washed it with water nothing seemed to rid that feeling. We popped to the only nearby shop which was expensive for even the smallest of drinks and then spent some time on the play park using all the equipment and spent a while spinning Yaz as fast as we could in a bowl shaped thing. This area brought back memories from 2004/5 when on occasions we used to train at Highfields and jump off the big climbing frame, the park had completely changed since then.

While walking along the lake Denis decided he wanted to balance along a curved rail  in the lake it also seemed to be very close to a birds nest where baby chicks were and they were screaming at him as he passed them. He nearly fell in the water at one stage when the parent of the chicks can swimming along and tried to attack him to get him to move away from the nest. We came across an area of trees with lots of roots to vault and move through, even though we were now tired and not that fond of that area as much as nature boy Denis was we did a few movement and on taking some photos Abdur slipped on landing a precision, giving himself a new hole! While we waited for Denis to finish filming himself we walked further down and came across a precision to a small island which Yaz did without thinking only to then realize it was slightly further to come back and was worried about not making it back and falling into the lake.

Once Denis arrived we carried on walked around the University grounds where we saw lots of wild but very tame squirrels I stayed and got some photos of them and fed them some of my biscuits I had so I could get even closer to them. The day was slowing down as far as training was concerned and we watched as Denis did some flips off a wall while me and Yaz talked amongst ourselves. It had been a long day all in all and we made our way back while still finding things to train and having a pit stop at each and every spot. One of the favourites for Yaz and Denis was a run involving a pole swing and a underbar. Every time we got a bit closer to leaving they would find something else to do, eventually we did make it out of the campus and headed for our buses. Denis had lost his weekly ticket and now had to pay for the bus while mine and Yaz’s bus had just pulling in and even in our exhausted state we had to run like cripples to make sure we got on it.

 

Yaz – Precision.

 

Flowers.

 

Subway Graffiti.

 

Yaz – Running Precision.

 

Yaz – Rail Spinning.

 

Yaz – Portrait.

 

Yaz – Portrait.

 

Denis & Yaz.

 

Yaz and the fountain.

 

Denis – Swing Precision

 

Parkour Hotspot – Giant Stones.

 

Yaz – Precision.

 

Parkour Hotspot – QMC Subway.

 

Denis – Precision.

 

Yaz – 180 Catleap.

 

Yaz – 180 Catleap.

 

Abdur – Running Precision.

 

Yaz – Running Precision.

 

Denis – Running Precision.

 

Denis – Running Precision.

 

Yaz – Catleap.

 

Denis – Railflip.

 

Denis – Palmflip.

 

Denis – Palmflip.

 

Denis – Wallflip.

 

Denis – Wallflip.

 

Yaz – Portrait.

 

Denis – Kong to roll.

 

Denis – Kong Precision.

 

Yaz – Catleap.

 

Denis – Catleap.

 

Yaz – Tic Tac Precision.

 

Yaz – Tic Tac Precision.

 

Denis – Rail Balancing.

 

Lifebuoy.

 

Abdur – Precision.

 

Yaz – Portrait.

 

Yaz – Precision.

 

Squirrel.

 

Squirrel.

 

Squirrel.

 

Denis – Sideflip.

 

Denis – Handstand.

 

Yaz – Portrait.

 

Yaz – Precision.

 

Denis – Pole Swinging.

 

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