Shetland Parkour Experience

By Fiona B

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Last weekend was SPE 2, a 4 day parkour event hosted in Lerwick, on the stunning Shetland Islands. A group of us travelled up from Glasgow, with a 15 hour journey up north from Aberdeen. The ferry ride from Aberdeen proved to be eventful for all the wrong reasons, but luckily us parkour ladies are pretty hardy, and it takes more than 8ft waves and extreme sea sickness to stop us from jumping.

And so we staggered off the boat and lurched along to what turned out to be an amazing weekend of training. The itinerary for the weekend was pretty intense, with multiple classes running each day, and it proved to be a lot of training even for more experience practitioners. However, we were treated to some fantastic weather (and sunburn) and incredible training spots. Despite Lerwick being a small town, the quality of places to train is unreal. And where else do you get to train on natural features like rocks, 15 minutes away from more urban spots?

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All the classes were great, with all of us conquering at least one new thing. We’ve all returned from Shetland feeling confident and renewed in our training. It was especially great to have women’s only classes, run by Shirley Darlington from Parkour Gen, which provided that essential time to train with other parkour girls from around Scotland.

The weekend created so many amazing and memorable moments: watching the moon rise after a night mission, the sense of accomplishment after finishing the 7am wake up class, the exhaustion of the Final Push, that feeling you get breaking a jump… These kinds of gathering also offer a chance to meet lots of other practitioners – from those we haven’t seen since last year, to new pals we’re already planning to see again. Where else can you go and know you’re gonna get non-stop quality chat all weekend with people you’ve only just met?

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I could write for pages about all the amazing things we did, and the great friends we made, but ultimately it is summed up by the name of this event. Honestly, I first thought the idea of a Shetland ‘experience’ to be a little cheesey, but that is literally what you get with SPE. I would seriously encourage anyone who missed this year to go next year. It’s one of the best parkour events out there and incomparable to anything or anywhere else.

(Keep an eye out for more photos going up later)

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