Sunday, December 02, 2007

Weekend in Lincoln

We've had a couple of busy weekends recently and one of which was a trip to Lincoln to see Dale, old skool member of the Saiyan family; and the ever-growing Lincs Parkour community. It turns out Lincoln is somewhere near Mordor, so it took us forever to get there, arriving just before midnight Friday. We headed back to Dale's for a healthy meal and a good nights sleep ;-)
On Saturday got up early for a greasy breakfast, uni style, with Jim and Stu (pictured left), followed by a tour of the small but beautiful town of Lincoln, complete with its quirky back alleys and its apparent lack of adults! We then headed to the main meeting place of the local traceurs and were introduced to some new faces as well as some we knew from the Trace Gathering. It was cool to meet a really tight community, who trained so well together and all help and encourage each other. We were taken to some really varied locations for Parkour including some scaffolding with some really cool angles, where some of the guys spent time showing us their swinging dismounts, brilliant stuff. We then came to a spot where there was a progressively growing rail precision which was excellent for finding your limits. Unfortunately the ordinarily focused Jim suffered a lapse of concentration and his foot landed short of the rail, shinning himself silly. Which he didn't seem to notice until he pulled up his trouser leg unveiling thick blood pouring into his white sock!! Instantly everyone gathered to help with people removing wristbands as make-shift bandages and helping him stop the bleeding. Its good to know if you fall in Lincoln, the guys have got your back. In Jim's credit though, he didn't complain a bit.
There was a lot to see so moved quickly to the playground in the arboretum. On route we had to cat crawl backwards up a couple of flights of stairs, then straight into a challenging climb especially as everything was slippery. Once we reached the top we headed into "Banksy playground", so named for its juxtaposition of children at play with the overbearing reminder that Big Brother, even in Lincoln, is watching. There were a few challenges we set each other but one stood out as our fave; The Silent landing challenge! The video below is pretty self explanatory, turn up your sound for this one...




On Sunday we woke up fairly late in the day due to a tour of Lincoln's nightlife that extended into the wee hours of the morning. With a coach to catch that afternoon we grabbed some grub and followed Stu's lead to a couple of his favorite spots. One of which was the breathtaking rooftop run which had so many possible opportunities for movement and had an eye-popping roof gap which looked just perfect. The picture doesn't do it justice, but the surrounds and the height made it very challenging however it felt attainable and it drove us crazy that there was a huge puddle right in the landing spot. Deeply disappointed that we didn't get a chance to seriously contemplate it, but next time...
It wouldn't be a Saiyan trip with the fuzz popping up, on our way down we realised police had been called and had surrounded the building. They were a little aggravated at first, but once we explained what we we're doing, and were not daylight robbers, they changed their tune and showed quite an interest in Parkour.

All in all a fantastic break away from the big city, with an excellent community of traceurs, that for us was reminiscent of the early days at Liverpool street.

Thanks to all of Lincs Parkour, hope to see you all soon, head down to London whenever!
A special thanks goes to Jim, for the deep conversations about Parkour, conspiracies, and everything in between; Stu for showing his personal uber rooftop runs, and for setting the pace for the weekend.
And a huge thanks to the man himself Dale for...everything! Rest assured we'll be back up soon, there was so much we didn't get time to do.

12 Comments:

At 8:01 pm, Anonymous Dale said...

was an awesome weekend, that silence challenge is a personal fave. I managed to do it into handstand from the same precision place... working on control and placement

anyway back to the weekend

you forgot to mention Blake's efficiency not only in Parkour but on nights out. the ladies loved him dammit!

there is even more bad ass scaffolding now, and the community has grown even more due to new kids I'm teaching at an after school class on the other side of Lincoln, its exciting times for Parkour here, keep an eye out

anyway cheers for the visit guys, and will see you soon in the motherland that is London town

 
At 8:38 pm, Blogger The Saiyans said...

looks wicked! awesome vid of that silence challenge.

real shame we dont have a community like that. really sounds like u all got eachuthas bak.
and some of the areas described seem great! (that rooftop with lotsa things to do etc.)


nice stuf
Mike

 
At 10:08 pm, Anonymous Mojo said...

What a cool little gizmo to have in a playground, i can only imagine your delight when you discovered it! the giant camera in the middle of the playground was a little disturbing.

Mojo

 
At 10:38 pm, Blogger Ben Nuttall said...

Haha nice one. Weekend sounded sick.

Great to hear about communities getting together like that for training. Meeting up, getting to know each other through parkour, inspiring each other and getting some serious training in. Stuff like that does wonders for your mind, I always come away thinking differently about the way I train.

Take care guys, keep it up!

Ben

 
At 4:23 pm, Anonymous Gainey - LPK said...

Hey guys, Great write up, was a great Jam on the saturday! You guys were both really helpful! Hope to see you here again soon. I will come to you though, as you said, next year :)

Gainey - LPK

 
At 4:03 pm, Blogger The Saiyans said...

Hey Ben,nice photo, yep its a nice side off Parkour.. Getting to meet new people and Mojo delight is the right!
Gainey head down soon!
Cable

 
At 4:05 pm, Blogger The Saiyans said...

Ben I saw this on your blog..

"Do you believe that forks are evolved from spoons?

No, but I know they merged to evolve into sporks and foons!"

lol so funny!!
cable

 
At 4:06 pm, Blogger The Saiyans said...

Hey Ben,nice photo, yep its a nice side off Parkour.. Getting to meet new people and Mojo delight is the right!
Gainey head down soon!
Cable

 
At 11:42 am, Blogger Bradley Moss. said...

Lincoln is Ace, glad you guys had fun.

Essex now!

 
At 10:41 am, Blogger Bradley Moss. said...

New blog post up!

http://parkourbrad.blogspot.com/

 
At 8:23 pm, Blogger Thomas said...

Hey dudes ! Cable, i got your sms, merry christmas to you guys also ! And happy new year in advance, i hope it will be a great year for everyone !

See you !

 
At 8:45 pm, Blogger Ben Nuttall said...

Haha Cable glad you liked the sporks thing. It's a bit of a random thing on the Blogger profile thing, just came to me at the time.

It's called a Portmanteau, when two words are merged together to make one word (fork + spoon = spork / foon). I learn a lot of weird stuff from wikipedia. Don't you just love it?

Happy Christmas to the Saiyans and anyone who reads their blog! Hope the new year brings you all closer to the things you're chasing.

All the best,

Ben

 

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