A Wintery Morning ParkRun #countrykids

Early Saturday morning the boys and I wrapped up warm and travelled to one of our local parks, I say early as we left at 8:15am!

Jak normally takes part in a 5k Parkrun on a Saturday with his Dad, but Dad got called out to work early so I had to step in and take him. Jak loves running and is currently training to enter in the Mini Marathon borough trials, last week he managed to run 5k in 23:27 so this week he was hoping to beat his time. We arrived at the park 15 minutes prior to start time so Jak done some warm ups and talked me through the route that he would be running.

Parkrun is a Free local weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am in our local Park. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run for fun or as part of a training plan. People of all ages ages, name or female from the local community come together on a regular basis, you can run, jog, walk or push a buggy, not only do you get free physical exercise but you get to enjoy the beauty of the park. Jak has registered himself online with them so he has a barcode that he has to take along with him so that he can get it scanned at the end of the run and he will receive his official time.

As the start time was approaching and Jak made his way along with the other participants, the boys and I made our way to the lake so we could cheer him on as he passed us by.

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It was amazing to see him run along with adults, he was in 7th place and I could have burst with pride. That’s my boy running past me with such energy and passion for the sport.

Joseph showed me where to go next on the course to see him pass again (Joseph sometimes goes along too on his bike)

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Everytime Joseph saw him he cheered him on, Jak said this gave him that extra burst of energy to him shout his name 🙂

We was at the finish line to watch him pass over the line, he managed to run it in 22:33 a new personal best for him!

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He is really serious about his running and has now got a new goal, he wants to get his time down by a minute at least! I don’t want him to push himself too much as I want him to keep on enjoying running.

His trial is on the 26th of this month and he has to come in the top 8 in his age category to be in with a chance of competing for the borough in the London Mini Marathon. He is 11 years old (yr 6) he has so much drive and commitment to it I am hoping that he will do well.

After Jak had done his stretches and had a little rest we all went off to feed the ducks

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Oliver loves to feed the ducks, but they were a bit on the hungry side and chased us for the bread so we made a quick get away and found a few puddles to jump into instead

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I am glad we had a spare pair of socks and trousers as he got absolutely drenched! He had so much fun though and smiled and giggled the whole time.

Although it was chilly the Sun had started to make an appearance, the sky was a clear blue and it was turning into a pleasant winters sunny morning.

The boys had some fun playing in the park, Jak rested on the big rope swing

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Oliver climbed on the sunken wooden ship and loved clambering up the rope ladder to the look out point

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All in all Our early morning trip to the park was quite eventful, full of the new memories and lots of fresh air.

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Week 4 Enjoy A Splash! Mark Warner Active Family Challenge

It’s the last week of our monthly challenge set by Mark Warner Holidays to get out with the family and enjoy being active together.

Week 1 was Go for A Spin and our bike ride into the City on our special Golden bike

Week 2 was Active Family Playtime saw us being silly indoors playing games and Jak setting us an obstacle course in the garden

Week 3 was Get Sporty Jak and I enjoyed a healthy game of Tennis, where I surprised myself in how good I was Lol

And finally Week 4 is Enjoy A Splash About!

Having fun with water doesn’t just mean that you have to head for the local swimming pool and do your lengths but it also means going paddling in the sea or puddles (if you have had the weather we have had), squirting each other with the hose, jet skiing and even going on a boat ride.

My boys are pretty keen swimmers and every summer our whole back garden gets taken over by a 24ft x 12ft x4ft swimming pool, from morning till late at night this is where you find them, swimming around, playing games and diving down to the bottom gathering the dive sticks, I like the fact that they enjoy the water and are confident enough to get in whenever they want. We have pool parties every year and invite all their friends round to join In with the fun.

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As the weather started off really well we decided to take to the water by car! Yes A car! A very special car that is actually a boat! It’s a fun, quirky and very different way to enjoy being on the water. The Duck tours offers an exciting road and RIVER adventure around and down the River Thames. The amphibious vehicle drives past London landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square and then dramatically launches itself into the River Thames with a splash. It’s a lovely way to travel down the Thames to see the sights and very exciting too! It felt quite weird being so low down in the water in a car! Joseph was a bit scared at first when the boat splashed into the water, I must admit so was I, especially when the boat stopped in the middle of the Thames and the driver tried to get it into 6th gear to get out of the River it seemed he was having a bit of trouble. We was so close to the water and so far down in it, it was really exciting and so much fun!

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The rest of the week we didn’t get much nice weather and actually planned a day out a local splash park but we got rained off, instead the boys enjoyed a splash about in some puddles, jumping from one to the other and taking in the pleasure of getting mummy soaked.

Yesterday the weather changed and as we was in London attending Jak’s rehearsals for ENO we went to one of our favourite places to visit in the City and that is Diana’s Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park. As the water flows around the granite shapes it causes cascades, swirls and bubbles. The boys love cooling their feet down in the cool water and like to make splashes with their feet and hands with the fast-moving water. They must have run around the fountain about 20 times splashing each other and making new friends.

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Once back at home the sun was still shining so we filled up some balloons with water and played catch with them, someone was going to get wet and it wasn’t going to be me lol. Playing catch with the water balloons was fun and we was in giggles and anticipation waiting to see who was going to get splashed. It took a while for the balloon to burst but when it did it went all over Joseph and Little Oliver’s face.

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Catch!
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Learning to catch with the water balloon

As a family we have really enjoyed being a part of Mark Warner’s Active Family Challenge, we have had fun, we have stayed active, we have tried new sports but most of all we have done it together as a family!

Thank you Mark Warner and Sophie for inviting us along and opening up our eyes to how much fun being active can be as a family.

If we have inspired one person to become active as a family by reading our posts we would be very happy, I hope you carry on having fun and being healthy 🙂

If you have an active photo of you enjoying having a splash please share with us on twitter using the hashtag #mwactive

 

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