Parkour & GO.

 

People had made it clear, that it was time for more exploration jams within Nottingham. Some were up for doing just that, this weekend. With Highfields being a desired location, seeing as that was a recent place of training. With that, I created an event for the day. I wasn’t that bothered about meeting people in town first, as that would be a long slog for myself. It was quicker to get there of my own accord, I had put step by step instructions on how to get there via all modes of transport. James felt that was a bit unfair to people that were still unsure, or couldn’t understand the instructions of how to get there. I had covered ALL the possible ways to get there and how, it was up to the others attending to make their own way there and meet up with people on the way if needs be. It’s not like they’re all kids any more and needed a chaperone for a trip…

I was unsure how I was getting there myself now. I had hoped to get a lift from Adam, but he was meeting others in town first now and going via tram earlier than the meet up time. I could have gone via bus, but that would take ages, meaning I would have to be going into and out of town. Another route, which was the more direct and easier way there didn’t have a bus from mine. In the end I did manage to get a lift to QMC, only to find the bridge over the motorway was closed! Since when?! I had to walk the long way around and through the university campus, doing a few jumps on my way to kill the time. The others had bumped into Daniel Bunkle and a few others who were out in Nottingham for the ‘Fearless Jam’ organised by Jack Cobb. Which seemed like it was to be a bit of a shambles, organization wise and I’m not too sure how it would go day wise. Annoyingly it was on the same day, we had chosen to venture.

 

Highfields © JamesAllenVisuals.

 

As I arrived at the meet up point, there was no one to be seen. How on earth did this happen? I was a tad later than expected and everyone else should have been there long before I was, due to meeting in town an hour and half before the meet time. The few people who were sat on the grass bank sunning, looked at me oddly while I jumped around on the edge of the tall walls beside the lake, waiting for everyone else to arrive. Derby Tom of all people had arrived first. He always seemed to be out on these adventure days, which I’m sure is only coincidental, but we never seem to see him any other time. The rest of the guys did finally arrive, they were late due to waiting on others in town and had mentioned that Femi wanted them to wait for him too, as he was running late. They obviously didn’t and I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t have either with him ALWAYS being hours later! #blacktime

I was unsure what to practise, instead opting to eat while the others warmed up. Some of the guys at one side were jumping to the steps from a wall, going up a step each time. A tree branch seemed to be hampering them and so I decided to break it down. The tree was dead anyway and it allowed more space to precision to the steps further up. Pete and James said to not destroy the tree and stop, as there was no need and it makes us seem like vandals. I wouldn’t have done it, let alone been able to if the tree was still healthy! I found it rather funny how people would try walking down to the waterfront, but the gates were closed. They then had to hike the long way around, I’ve never seen the gates open. Maybe they usually are though, it would make sense to why so many people were walking down to them if they are normally open?!

 

Zade (Me) – Portrait.

 

It was a very warm day, baking hot, in fact I felt like I was burning already due to the heat. After the few jumps my lower back was feeling worse for wear, an on going problem. I went over to see what Phil and Femi were up to, they were looking at a running pop vault up and around the wall, landing on the curvature of the wall before doing a stride to precision. It didn’t look possible for myself, but the more I tried it, the easier it became. Phil wanted to film him doing it, even if he kept hitting his (fat) arse on the wall as he came around, his words not mine. He said there would be no point in filming it anyway, if I was going to include it in a RAW [1] video. Phil did something different and did a pop dive roll up and onto the wall, only to land on his neck and shoulder due to Femi running full speed towards him as he did it, looking like he might dive on the wall, which he was only interested in what Phil was doing.

The heat was only getting worse, I was melting in my t-shirt and it was time to get half naked. Femi said he was ready for that and then stripped down to his tiny red short shorts… He looked like he should be an extra on Baywatch, he just needed the red lifeguard float to complete the look. Some had moved over to the other walls, where James broke a running precision at height no problem! I have no idea why there wasn’t any of his usual mental barriers with that as such, along with the hours of breaking it down and usually himself in the process. I was quite impressed with that and then he got it as a running box jump as well as a standing precision too. There was a big running catleap from the steps, which some of us practised and Will, Ben and myself got it with Adam desperately wanting it too, landing short of it, unable to keep his back leg from dragging behind as a safety mechanism.

 

Will – Running Stride.

 

With it being so warm by this point, I sat under the shade of a tree to cool off. Tom had tweaked his ankle while doing multiple box jumps on the wall (seen above) and it looked like he might be done for the day, due to hobbling around. We spent ages in this area, jumping, linking movements, taking photography and filming. So you’ll have to excuse the masses of photos I got of the said movement, I had so many nice angles that I couldn’t but help shoot them. Even if the vast majority were of James breaking a running precision from various angles. Though in return he had captured quite a few of myself doing a running catleap from the steps. We did end up clashing on a few occasions due to Phil, Pete and myself all filming and taking photos of the same thing, at the same time. There was so much going off, it was hard to capture everything!

Some of Pete’s camera handy work and Parkour, can be seen within his Rhyquinn vlog [2] along with other community members.  It was time to decide where to go next… I wanted to visit the area with a water feature, a kind of garden place that looked good for training, though I had forgotten exactly where it was now and how to get there. So we did end up on a bit of a detour, wandering around with no clue where we were going. That was before I had to find it via GPS on James’s phone, so we were on the right path to it. I did want to visit another area I had recently seen in a video [3] near Raleigh Park. Though it wasn’t on this campus as I had first thought. As we walked around aimlessly, it didn’t seem to bother others like Phil, Femi, Adam and Pete who were all far too busy playing Pokemon Go while making random noises of the Pokemon as they walked…

 

Phil – Running Precision.

 

When we initially arrived, it looked a great scenic area, but not overly that great to train on. In the sense there didn’t seem to be much to do. The water precision jump (seen above) looked much bigger than I expected it to be as a standing jump and I was too scared and chicken to try it. Yet, everyone else seemed to have no problem with it!? It seemed it was just James, Adam, Pete and myself who didn’t like the jump. It was saddening that I had a mental block with this silly jump, maybe it was the water aspect? Even though the water wasn’t deep, I didn’t want to fall in and I couldn’t test or know the distance of the jump. It was an all or nothing precision. My brain just didn’t like the jump and wouldn’t let me do it, nor see it. It looked great when Phil did it as a running jump with a roll as seen above, as it looked massive.

I wanted to look at it running instead too, thinking it may be easier but that seemed even worse! Will did a running precision the other way, back over the wall below the wall, landing on a small ledge just above the water, what the hell, that was crazy! People who were sightseer’s stood and watched to see what it was we were doing, with us jumping all around the area. There was a bit of a challenge later on doing box jumps over the bushes, which had everyone slipping on their arses due to the lose gravel and the trajectory and force of the first jump. The same movement, was featured in one of my RAW videos [4]. Then it was time to move again, to an area with a railing and some small walls. It didn’t look like much, as many of the areas didn’t, but it had a few big precisions and everyone was training and seemed to find something to do.

 

Jack – Precision.

 

Jack was blasting a rail precision (seen above) which looked horrific to do and yet he was so comfortable with it, like it was nothing. The jump from the railing further up to some lower walls looked easier, while doing them it felt a lot bigger than they first looked. I didn’t think I would make one of them while in the air, which was a horrible feeling, but thankfully I did make it. Phil was busy filming and collecting footage of Jack and the others. The session took a turn for the worse, when it turned into portrait central, with James taking various images of the guys posing in front of one of the windows which acted like a circus mirror making everyone look bigger than they were muscle wise. As funny as it was, I think some people got a little too over obsessed with how it made them look…

We had split up into smaller groups it seemed, while some went in search for food and drinks. A few of us were across the road at a statue, which had some precisions jumps to and from it. Pete was beating himself something silly, while attempting a running  box precision (seen below) to the statue. The amount of times he attempted it, I lost count. I was trying a nice combination, running off the railing then into precision to the statue. A horrible one to get right, but so nice when you did. You had the hands of the statue in the way when you had to land the precision, trying not to smack your face or the temptation to hold the statue. Adam and James were practising a tic tac precision from a grit box to the wall, breaking another barrier for James. On one of the attempt of the box jumping to the statue, I had jarred my back and now I felt destroyed.

 

Pete – Running Precision.

 

On our way walking around the area, some of use stayed at an area of steps, doing catleaps and 180 precisions from the cats. Some, namely (Femi and Ben) went playing on the rooftops, which would end up with us being surely moved on! One of the better areas I enjoyed training at last time [5] seen in that RAW video was now blocked off while some building works were being done, major bummer! It had a bike rail you could kong precision and big running and standing precision too. Security had come as predicted and moved the guys off the roofs, they seemed to follow us when we were walking to another area. It seemed like they might move us on from more places or were just making sure we weren’t going back on the roofs.

A small pit stop at an area with a standing catleap, a few more roof precisions and a jump that I didn’t like the look of. Yet that same precision Femi, Adam and others were all drilling it! I wanted to as well, but couldn’t see it for leg death. Even James had a look at and gave it a few goes too, nailing yet another movement and it seems like his new found confidence with running movements was paying off, at least in a place which he hasn’t had any previous mental blocks to build up. I did the same jump in the end due to Adam saying the reason I didn’t try it was because I couldn’t. But I will admit the state my legs were in, it took me some effort. Phil filmed a cool run in this area before we left, using all the obstacles and I hope to see it in a future production. Whether it gets used in a video or not will be another matter though…

 

Group Photo.

 

The day felt like it was coming to a close, I felt far too tired to jump when we got the cat alley area. Phil was filming some shots with Jack and Will on the nearby rooftop, which was later featured in a video [6] by Will. While the rest of used an outhouse toilet, with some filling up their water bottles from the sink, which had a less than clear tint and an almost soapy taste to it. We reached the above image area with lots of giant concrete shapes to jump between. It was fun striding between them, though it was tiring doing anything now, at least for some of us. I got quite a few portraits at this time of Adam and Femi and tried to recreate some shots I had got there many year ago [7] there with Denis and him side flipping. I didn’t manage to recreate that style, but did capture some nice ones of Femi doing some flips. As well as landing on his ass, many, many times while doing websters.

It wasn’t long until a group photo, again seen above was taken and many of us were ready to call it a day. As saddened as Femi, Adam and Ben were about that fact. It seemed a few of us were going to get a lift with Jack to get dropped in town, thanks buddy! While the others were going via tram into town. I think, hadn’t I got a lift, I would have died walking to a bus stop and waiting for one to get into and out of town. Adam, Ben and Femi ended up staying out training until 9pm! Finding more areas to train on, like scaffolding which I think had security following them. They also spent much of their time on Pokemon GO and chilling with a mass group of players sat on the grass near the lake at the end of the night. Crazy guys! Photos from the day by James can be viewed [8] there for all to see as well.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

Pete – Running Precision.

 

Pete – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

Will – Precision.

 

Phil – Running Precision.

 

Phil – Running Precision.

 

Phil – Running Precision.

 

Ben – Portrait.

 

Ben – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Femi – Cartwheel .

 

Femi – Webster.

 

Femi – Webster.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

James – Running Precision.

 

Will – Precision.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Jack – Precision.

 

Jack – Precision.

 

Phil – Running Precision.

 

Phil – Running Precision.

 

Phil – Running Precision.

 

Phil – Running Precision.

 

Jack – Precision.

 

Jack – Precision.

 

Jack – Precision.

 

Femi – Precision.

 

Femi – Webster.

 

Femi – Webster.

 

Adam – Portrait.

 

Adam – Running Precision.

 

Femi – Portrait.

 

Femi – Portrait.

 

Adam – Portrait.

 

Adam – Portrait.

 

Femi – Portrait.

 

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