Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us how and when you got into running?
A) My running started back in April 2016 as I`d noticed how my weight had gotten a bit on the wrong side of healthy and decided to do something about it and after a few weeks “training ” I was given an old Garmin by a friend and timed my first real run and ran 3.4 miles in a blistering 58 minutes and I had the bug. I spent time getting used to the breathless hobby I’d started and before I knew it I was at Bracknell Parkrun. Despite cramp and obvious lack of fitness I managed a time of 39 minutes and over the coming months I did a few more and noticed some dodgy looking characters wearing red tops with ‘Sandhurst Joggers’ on. Having spoken to some of them I thought joining the club was the way to go.
Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?
A) The club members without exception have been fantastic by helping and encouraging me on all the club runs, Parkruns and local 10ks I’ve done so a big thanks to everyone.
Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you?
A) I normally run on the Monday chat fest or Tuesday club run depending on my week so feel free to say ‘hello’.
Q) I see you’ve mainly run at Bracknell and kept it local, of the four venues you’ve ran at, which is your favourite and why?
A) My favourite Parkrun is Bracknell as its the closest to trail running which is a favourite style of mine and I recently ran my 50th Parkrun at this venue.
Q) What other events are on your calendar for the rest of 2017 and 2018?
A) Over the past 18 months I’ve ran the Yateley 10k series, Camberley 10k and Fleet 10k so will be stepping up the distance in 2018 and have entered the Wokingham Half Marathon and have a charity place in the Great North Run. This came about as my wife and I were watching this year’s GNR and she asked if I thought I could run it… to which I replied ‘Yes’. So I entered and will be running for the MS Trust as Helen is a sufferer and is originally from Newcastle. When I look back on the past 18 months now and since losing 2 1/2 stone I wonder how the hell I managed it in the first place but without all the encouragement from family and my adopted SJ family it probably wouldn’t have happened. I suppose my real motivation on those runs when I’m struggling for breath or a hill is giving me grief is the thought of the pain my wife suffers every day with her illness and I think if she can put up with that I can put up with a bit of breathlessness and aching legs.