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. We didn’t want to be confined there all day and so with that he was on the clock to break it before we left. Would he be able to do it, time would tell, tick tock, tick, tock. In the end sadly, he didn’t get it even with advice from us all and the slight niggles of ‘just do it’ being said here and there.

He had done it as a running splat to the wall and could run along the curb at the side and jump to the wall, but couldn’t replicate that once running on top of the wall for the actual catleap. More practice was needed and to regularly visit the area, when he had reclaimed. David and myself practised a small run, where we had to tic tac off a wall and over a railing. On one of my attempts I tried to push off a rail edge on the wall and my foot slipped and I then nearly face planted the railing as I was trying to vault over. It was a small movement and not long afterwards, we decided to take a long walk to the train station, maybe even the Victoria Embankment that was planned the other weekend!

 

David – Diving Kong.

 

After not training at the train station as planned, we stopped off at a mini training spot somewhere in the Meadows on our way to the embankment. It had some small walls and a running cat which was massive. I gave it a go but tweaked my ankle, as I hit one foot on the wall and one on the ground. Tom and Will equally did the same thing when they gave it ago, before landing it a second time. It should have been called the wall of ankle death. Some of the other guys (Phil, David and Pete) were doing a big running precision between the flowerbed. The jump was also massive and I couldn’t get any where near it myself and yet David was hitting it and Pete was getting closer each try. It didn’t help when others were chatting and getting in the way (Mat –  who, speaking of which, had a slight bail when doing a rail precision, no doubt not paying attention to what he was doing). Some of us wanted to move on and so we left Pete and others to film in peace.

The walk to the Embankment was long, maybe we should have gone straight there once we had all met earlier in the day. On arriving at the Memorial, people seemed impressed by the rockery area and the vast amount of precision jumps it had to offer. Lots of different runs and precisions being done by everyone. I got some nice images of David doing diving kong over the walls. It was good to see JP out training again too, as he doesn’t if ever have time to be out training these days. Not that he had lost anything ability wise though, still throwing sick movements and distances. James, had suffered with injured ankles after he had undershot a rock precision, ouch. I grabbed some nice portraits of him and Pete together while posing for their own portrait shots. While some were jumping Danno was STILL talking with Ben about travelling and adventuring the world…

 

 

I could go on about the days training, but the truth is I spent much of my time training, filming and taking photos. You’ll see by the vast amount of images below, that it was a very good day for shooting photos. Later in the day James conquered a running precision which had seemed impossible for him to do one side, but he had nailed it the other. It was great to see as initially we were helping coax him on to get it and at times getting annoyed as it was clearly in his ability and we all wanted him to prevail. This led to a small video of everyone doing the same movement and gathering on the small platform (seen above) which was edited and filmed by James. Later we moved down to a giant tree, which JP and Will were scaling. Josh did a few front tucks out of the tree too, utter madness.

I really got creative with my candid shots here, feeling inspired by many angles and the images kept on flowing. I usually do lots of pre-planned images. Never shooting spur of the moment shots and yet, this time as James and Ben were cooling down and stretching I got lots. Even some artistic shots too, and I couldn’t stop producing nice images I felt proud of. I felt pleased with many of the shots I had taken from today, while going through them on the camera. No doubt it will be a long and monotonous process, going through them all, culling and editing them all. That part, I am not looking forward to. It had been a long day of jumping, I left the same time as James did, while some stayed to train longer! I included a couple of shots below of a new spot we trained at near the Parkour park the next day, to give an idea of the area and the jumps there.

 

Rocks.

 

Adam – Running Precision.

 

David – Catleap.

 

David – Catleap.

 

David – Catleap.

 

David – Catleap.

 

David – Catleap.

 

David – Diving Kong.

 

David – Diving Kong.

 

David – Diving Kong.

 

Gianni – Precision.

 

David – Catleap.

 

David – Catleap.

 

David – Cat 180 Precision.

 

Pete & James – Portrait.

 

Pete & James – Portrait.

 

Pete & James – Portrait.

 

Pete & James – Portrait.

 

Jp – Running Precision.

 

Jp – Running Precision.

 

Jp – Diving Kong.

 

Jp – Diving Kong.

 

Jp – Running Precision.

 

Jp – Running Box Precision.

 

Jp – Running Precision.

 

Jp – Front Tuck.

 

Jp – Front Tuck.

 

James – Portrait.

 

Pete – Running Precision.

 

Jp – Running Precision.

 

Jp – Front Tuck.

 

Jp – Running Precision, Front Tuck.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

Tom – Portrait.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Portrait.

 

James – Portrait.

 

Group Photo.

 

Group Photo.

 

Group Photo.

 

Jp – Front Tuck.

 

Jp – Portrait.

 

Trainer.

 

Ben – Stretching.

 

Ben – Stretching.

 

Ben – Stretching.

 

James – Portrait.

 

James – Portrait.

 

Phil & Jp – Portrait.

 

James – Portrait.

 

Ben – Stretching.

 

Ben – Stretching.

 

All fun and games.

 

Ben – Stretching.

 

Ben – Stretching.

 

David – Catleap.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Catleap.

 

Phil – Catleap.

 

Zade – Catleap.

 

Zade – Cat 180 Precision.

 

Gianni – Precision.

 

Gianni – Precision.

 

Pete & James – Portrait.

 

Pete & James – Portrait.

 

Pete & James – Portrait.

 

Jp – Running Precision.

 

Jp – Diving Kong.

 

Jp – Diving Kong.

 

Will – Portrait.

 

Jp – Precision.

 

Jp – Precision.

 

Jp – Precision.

 

Tom – Running Precision.

 

Will – Portrait.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

Jp – Front Tuck.

 

Jp – Portrait.

 

Jp – Portrait.

 

Jp – Portrait.

 

Jp – Portrait.

 

Jp – Portrait.

 

Jp – Portrait.

 

Phil & Jp – Portrait.

 

Phil & Jp – Portrait.

 

Ben – Portrait.

 

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