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Meet the member – Dave Bartlett completes 50 Parkruns

Last weekend Dave Bartlett celebrated completing his 50th Parkrun, here we find out a bit about him and his running…

Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself?

A) In my mid 50’s I was quickly turning into a couch potato who regularly walked 18 holes of golf and did very little else to assist my health in later life. Having been out of the army for longer than I was in it was time for this to change.

Q) How and when did you get into running?

A) Fortunately for me my wife Veronica (Vie) recognised this and over a Christmas curry with friends baited me with the challenge of a 5K Park Run. Well, out came the ex forces competitive edge, 5K I’ll smash it, when are we going? Why not start on 2nd January came a suggestion from what I thought was a friend across the table! The next thing I knew was that Christmas was behind us and I found myself surrounded by the masses at Bracknell Park Run. Oh my, 3.1 miles and 36 minutes later the penny dropped and I realised how important it was to get out there and make a lifestyle change.

Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?

A) Having struggled through 2 months of running alone I couldn’t help but think that some assistance/company would be good. Having seen Sandhurst Joggers out and about I thought I’d look into the club. Finding an online application I thought I’d give it a go as it became clear that there were runs for all on any night of the week. What a great decision, always welcoming whatever your ability, full of encouragement and very social which, I have to say is difficult to cope with when you’re struggling to breath.

Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you?

A) I generally run on a Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. Monday as that was my first ever and I’ll struggle to forget Patrick saying “if you can run for an hour you’ll be fine” and me thinking, if I could run for 40 minutes I’d be happy. Wednesday’s as it generally follows a day’s rest and Thursday because I like to challenge myself.

Q) I see you’ve mainly kept it local with Parkrun, which is your favourite venue and why?

A) Not one for travelling too far on a Saturday I’ve deliberately kept runs local. I guess Rushmoor would have to rank as favourite due to the fact that it’s only two laps, as flat as I think you could ask for and logistically easy with ample parking.

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2017?

A) Next up is the New Forest Half Marathon this coming Sunday. Then the 30th anniversary club relay. I’m currently on the verge of registering for Bournemouth Half at the beginning of October and that will be followed by Fleet 10K which one year ago was my first in a club vest.

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