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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. Continue reading ‘Victoria Embankment.’


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.’

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