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Bulwell Round Trip.

 

Today we were going to start at a slightly earlier time of 12pm. I didn’t train on Saturday due to it being Goose Fair [1] and because of that fair being in Nottingham for a few days, the traffic is always bad. At least for me getting to and from town as it passes where the fair is located. Then you have transport being busier than normal, more so in the evening and slow traffic due to blocked off roads as well. That and not many practitioners seemed to be out this weekend, judging from the event anyway. James was away, Pete was AWOL (as always) and Eddie must be a combination of banned, whipped or both as we are seeing less of him these days. Benj was unavailable as he was now working weekends and others didn’t seem that bothered about being out. I had hoped with Saturday’s lack of attendance, that more would be more open for a Sunday instead. It turned out that wasn’t the case, which was slightly demotivating.

I was up early as I always seem to be of late. I had a look on the event to see who was coming out and it was now down to only three, THREE people were game for the adventure!? Ugh, all motivation had been drained from me now. Adam had been up late and so would be out later in the day. I suppose, at least he was coming out and had Dom and Andy coming along with him, which would increase the numbers somewhat. David and Chris were out, but Femi was running on his usual black time and wanted to meet at the park for 12.30pm which meant he wouldn’t get there until at least half one at the earliest. He called me menstrual when I said we wouldn’t be waiting for him and he should adhere to the set time, which is there for a reason, so we don’t have to wait for people or have to direct them where to go, when they have no idea where they are going anyway!

 

Chris – Layout.

 

He said, cut him some slack as he had only just finished work at 3am! That and he had to do some shopping first before they closed at four and then he could think about training. He had been up since the same time I was (nine) and so had more than enough time to get his shopping in and still meet up at the set time, with plenty left over!? I got to the park to find Chris and his sister Jodie already jumping around and waiting. David arrived a short while after and then we headed off into Bulwell for some jumping. While warming up I felt so heavy while doing a small kong precision. Perhaps I just wasn’t warmed up fully enough yet or wasn’t feeling the day due to being demotivated. The starting image of the day for photos was of Chris doing a back layout (seen above) off a small wall.

It was a strange old day weather wise, the sun was shining with clear blue skies in parts, but then it was dark and gloomy in others, as if it would lash it down with rain any second. The running precision I was practising with David always looked big on images even though while doing the movement, it’s quite small. I was filming some movements for a new RAW video [2] from the day. There was an upward standing precision, which felt very similar to the upward park precision. It had some branches in the way, so had to be careful not to poke your eyes out and land crouched too. David didn’t like it and couldn’t see it, yet Chris did it which surprised me. Gio who had not long arrived decided to do it the other way (seen below) as a kong precision instead…

 

Gio – Kong Precision.

 

As if that wasn’t good enough, he was then looking at the k2p from the railing (road side) to the same wall on the left! Adam, Andrew and Dom had arrived, earlier than expected too. It was down to the other part of the subway we had previously visited when in Bulwell [3] doing the same movements from last time. There seemed to be more to do this time round, with lots of filming, photos and portraits. There were some nice runs being done by Gio and Femi, doing diving and double kong. Continue reading ‘Bulwell Round Trip.’

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The Leicester Parkour Park.

 

So, for the people that didn’t already know, there was to be a big unveiling to mark the opening of new Parkour Park in Leicester, Bede Park. Ever since the Loughborough Park at Southfields Park had been built (2014) there were talks of one to be built in Leicester in the near future by the same company (Natural Sports) respectively. The main concern was Leicester already had a rather terrible park built many years ago (2010) in Eyres Monsell, so the council might see that the city already has one built, so why another?! I’m not sure if that same park is even widely used or even know about through the community. I remember being surprised when it was first built as I hadn’t heard anything about it and then it had magically appeared.

There was much anticipation for the new park and with Dan Timms and the general Leicester community being behind the design, I’m sure it would turn out great! Over the past weeks and months we were teased with hearsay and then images of the park coming together as it was being built appeared. I’ll be the first to admit, it looked fantastic! More so due to the different levels it had and how everything was close enough to link together movement. Loads better than our own (small) low level, spaced out and linear one in Nottingham. I liked the bright flooring as well, I wanted to visit it now I had seen what it is like. I wasn’t overly bothered in the beginning, but as the event drew closer the hype for a jump was real.

 

 

I asked around to see who else was game for going, James wasn’t out for the event as it was the same day as his anniversary, unluckily. A few of the others said they were going to go via train, car or hitching a ride there. I was lucky enough to have Eddie interested about going down, which surprised me. He wanted to go early, leaving early to get back home before peak time as he had to go out himself later. That and David had work as well to be back for later. All in all, it fit perfectly with all our routines, providing we didn’t get stuck in endless traffic on the way back that is. Daniel had asked me if I was going along to the event, as he was and it may be the one chance I get to see him in person again. Seeing as he lived down south and isn’t often if at all up this way, so he would be there not to train as such but for support of the scene and to see some old faces and mingle.

I can’t remember the last time I had seen his vagabond, small, homeless looking self! The last time must have been while he was at Nottingham University, which was many aeons ago, it had to be nearing a decade by now. He used to train semi regular back then [1] as that retro video shows at a time when we made a video together. I would then see him fleetingly at gymnastics, than the outdoor training due to uni. This was all before life had caught up with him and stole him away from training completely, like it does with so many practitioners. I still speak to him regularly online, I just don’t see him in person, what with him being the hermit kind. By the looks of the event, it seems that there were loads of people attending to the opening. Continue reading ‘The Leicester Parkour Park.’

Scout Around.

After yesterday’s training [1] my ankle wasn’t feeling all that bad after the rock tumble I took. I decided to go out training with David, mainly as I wanted to check out these fenced off spots which Adam and the others had come across yesterday. As we walked through the housing estates on the way to that spot, we came across  an interesting area, with lots of bollards dotted around the area. They could be used as take off for a running precision to a nearby wall and railings in front of them, each bollard increasing the distance for the jump. They looked scary and were worth coming back to sometime to try. Thinking about it, I should have checked out the nearby schools as they are always good for training and usually have walls and rails.

We passed what looked like an old church and possibly good to train on, only on closer inspection after climbing over the walls and gate, there to be nothing there to use. The entrance walls would have been good, had they not been so close together and cluttered with another wall in the way. The area was overgrown with brambles as well. The place Adam and co had stumbled upon was next to it and all fenced off and inaccessible, unless the locks were broken and it didn’t look like the building was ever used either. Otherwise we could have visited during a weekday to sample it perhaps. I’m surprised the area hadn’t be demolished or had something else built there.

 

David – Precision.

 

While looking for a possible way in, bars bent, lose panels etc we came across a small children’s nursery which had a few jumps on it. Nothing of great potential, only some tall wooden poles to precision between. They had enough room for both feet to be stood on one, just about. Then you could precision diagonally to the another one, which was scary due to the height and limiting foot placement. With those jumps done and no access to the blocked off area we went looking for other places to jump. We ventured to behind the back of the shops to see what was there. I think the biggest misconception with all the areas today is they look good, but in reality they really weren’t. There were again, some small jumps. It looked like it had more potential than it had to offer. We did some diagonal precision jumps, which are the ones in the photos of this entry. Apart them and doing the jump the other way as a running precision, there really wasn’t anything else to do.

There was a small kong precision further down, which wasn’t far but you had to vault a rail off a rather gravelly road and the landing was just as sketchy with the loose gravel, even after we cleared it. I couldn’t force doing the move, due to knowing it was so slippery. David did it and slipped during take off and the landing, which made me write it off completely! There was a pretty big drop after the landing too, if you were unlucky enough to fail or overshoot it. I bet the people across the way, who were watching we wondering what we were doing. Continue reading ‘Scout Around.’

Beckhampton Road.

 

Today had turned into another road trip. It was mentioned earlier in the week that many people wanted to go to the Beckhampton Road area that they had seen us previously visit. So I decided that, that was where we should go as most seemed game for it. I decided that we should meet up there, rather than meeting in town prior before going. I mean that would make it a round trip for me, annoyingly and it’s not like people need to have their hands held while going to events like these. All the relevant information was in the Npk event, so it was up to the rest to make it of their own accord or forget it all together. As unfair as that may seem to some, plus I had already had this discussion previously [1] with an adventure jam to Highfields. At least today we would be training as a community and it was a Saturday this time round as well. So for anyone that missed this session had no excuse to say we only seem to adventure on a Sunday!

I was up early and excited to be out training, feeling fresher than I was last time we had trained in Bestwood. I felt nothing was going to put a damper on my day! I got ready, meeting with Eddie and Benj at the Parkour park at 12.45 before we drove over to Beckhampton. We were, of course, the first ones there. David was on his way walking there and we warmed up while we waited for the others to arrive. It’s a strange place, nearly all the shops are closed or abandoned, even on a Saturday… It seems almost a run down and deprived area at times, with some of the local youths loitering around. Once David had arrived  my motivation was in full force. I was busy doing an awkward running precision from the right wall to the back wall, which can be seen in the image below.

 

Backhamton – Hotspot.

 

Now it was awkward, not because you are running straight at it, but have to take off the wall to the right, which also has that vertical wall directly in front of you. The same place for the foot placement and then you had to push and jump towards the left slightly, while still travelling forwards. If you placed the foot too close to the wall in front you just went outwards and not forwards, if you placed it too far back you don’t cover the distance needed to reach the back wall. It was a nice challenge, that most didn’t want to attempt due to the awkwardness of the movement. It reminded me of a similar one that used to be at Crowne Plaza and there are a few others, that I can’t think of currently. David’s attempts were funny, tripping and nearly bailing when landing just in front of it, unable to commit to landing it.

A kong precision to the left was another movement we were both practising. It was the perfect distance for me, pushing my k2p progression. I felt like I was only just getting it at times, outstretching my legs towards it. I hadn’t got it comfortably yet and at times I did land on my tip toes nearly crunching my ankles in the process. On one attempt I ended up undershooting, bouncing it, falling back, nearly landing with my back on the wall behind me. Which can be seen in my RAW video a bit further below. I want to find more ‘real’ kong precisions of similar distances, that and which also have a a drop between them too, unlike Plaza which is a flowerbed and all same level. David gave it his best attempts, but couldn’t get it. He said it felt too big (that’s what she said). It’s odd as I expected him to nail it like I was…

 

Adam – Precision.

 

James, Pete and Holbrook were next to arrive, shortly followed by Phil. Steve was out today too, someone who I hadn’t seen in many years and he had even came out wearing his black Npk [2] t-shirt with bright orange text. The line of bollards (seen above) were getting a workout from everyone, doing various standing and running precisions. Along with some mental challenges for James and Pete in regards to box jumping one after the other. It was good to see everyone helping each other, working out those kinks. Continue reading ‘Beckhampton Road.’


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