Congratulations to Nigel Evans who our May member of the month! He was awarded for his brilliant 10 marathons in 10 days to raise much needed funds for the Young Minds charity (Nigel’s just giving page) and did some of his runs alongside other Sandhurst Joggers members. We spoke with Nigel to find out more about him:
1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MEMBER OF SANDHURST JOGGERS:
I was first a member over 20 years ago but then moved out of the area but re-joined when I moved back to Sandhurst a few years ago.
2. WHAT FIRST ATTRACTED YOU TO THE CLUB:
It was my local running club literally on my door step and all running levels were catered for so I could progress to faster groups as my fitness and confidence levels improved. Before my first club run I was pretty nervous but that feeling soon passed as everyone was so nice and supportive. I also like red.
3. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I was going to cut and paste my Tinder profile here but maybe not ( joking Liz)
I am 56 years old and married to the long suffering Liz Evans who is also a member of Sandhurst Joggers and some of you may know, between us we have 5 grown up children.
I love music and play guitar with Bass guitar being my thing. Most of my running is powered by the dulcet tones of the Sex Pistols , The Stranglers ,The Clash etc ( yes I was a 70’s Punk) I also love the theatre and myself and Liz go to many concerts and shows.
I find it difficult to sit still and am definitely getting more cantankerous the older I get 😊
4. WHAT BENEFITS DO YOU FEEL YOU GAIN FROM RUNNING, WITH OR WITHOUT THE CLUB:
The social aspect is an important benefit for me being a member of Sandhurst Joggers and I have made many wonderful , supportive friends through the club.
The team spirit is amazing especially if you attend events like the Endure 24 or The Grizzly.
Since I have been focusing on the longer distance events I have found it more difficult to get to the weekly club runs so although I know many of the older members I do not know many of the newer members so I am trying now to get to the Tuesday club runs with Liz which has been great.
Running is also my stress release and if I don’t run for a few days I feel very twitchy, it allows me time to think and many of my best runs are the ones where I literally had to drag myself out the house.
COVID lockdowns made it difficult to stay motivated so I did things I will probably never do again like run 19 miles round my 3 wheelie bins ( 3340 laps ) and I also did a 50k running round my garden.
5. DO YOU TAKE PART IN ANY OTHER SPORTS:
At the moment running is my main thing and takes up a lot of my time but I used to do Triathlons which I enjoyed and I am still a member of 3cTri as I may go back to Triathlons in the future.
I also used to do Karate when I was younger and would definitely like to pursue this again and get my Black Belt.
6. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE DISTANCE YOU LIKE TO RUN:
Marathon distance is my favourite and probably wont come as a surprise to people who know me.
7. DO YOU ENJOY RACES:
If by races you mean running events then yes I do very much but I don’t race ,I just enjoy the challenge of the event and meeting many awesome people along the way, the time it takes me is pretty low down on my priorities. I also have to have a goal or a purpose so entering as many events as I do gives me that.
8. DO YOU ENJOY / PARTICIPATE IN THE SOCIAL ASPECT OF THE CLUB:
I do yes and as mentioned before the Endure 24 and The Grizzly are great for meeting many club members especially if it includes a night away.
The annual ball is also excellent and its nice to see people in posh clothes rather than sweaty running kit.
In 2015 myself and fellow club members Chris Lambourn, Leon Hicks and Lance King did a road trip to run Loch Ness Marathon and to date it is still one of the best times I have had through running !
9. WHAT ARE YOUR RUNNING ASPIRATIONS:
At the moment my focus is on becoming a member of the 100 Marathon club, I am currently on 65 Marathons so if all goes well I should fulfil this ambition at some point next year.
I will be doing my first 50 miler in June then maybe a 100 miler will be on the cards.
My ultimate ambition would be to complete the Comrades Marathon which is an Ultra Marathon (approx. 55 miles with a 12 hr cut) held in South Africa.
10. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU FEEL THE CLUB COULD IMPROVE:
I think the club offers something for everyone and we are in good hands at the moment and now I have my Sandhurst Joggers buff I’m a happy man ( I’m a sucker for buffs )