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Meet the Member – Phil Turner completes 150 Parkruns

Here’s another amazing achievement. 150 Parkruns – that’s 3 years of running every Saturday morning! Meet Phil Turner….

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

A) I am 54 year old Technical Director at an Air Conditioning Wholesaler based in Godstone Surrey. I have been married for 30 years and have 4 sons aged 14, 23, 26, and 29.

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Q) How and when did you get into running?

A) Got into running about 8-9 years ago after a couple of accidents on the MTB left me with separated shoulders, and collarbones, (and yes it really hurts!) The main reason was to get fit for skiing.

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

A) One of the things about being an SJ is that it does not really matter where you go, or what type of event, you will normally bump into someone you know. One of my most random encounters was during the Great South Run when a lady ran up to me to let me know she was an SJ, but hadn’t actually run with the club for a few years, and then disappeared.

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

A) Over the years I have run on all of the nights, but will normally run on a Tuesday or Thursday. Although I was a little lacking in the latter part of 2017.

Q) I see you’ve run at a lot of Parkrun venues but mainly ran at Frimley, of the other 21 venues you’ve run at which is your favourite and why?

A) I would say that Alice Holt, followed by Homewood Park. There seems to be a theme of undulation and wooded trails here!

Q) The Camp Bastion Parkrun stands out, tell us more what it was like to run there?

A) Camp Bastion was a truly unique experience, not only because of the people that you are running with. You are at an elevation in excess of 1000m, the ground is covered in a layer of dust around 50mm deep which is more like talcum powder and during October the temperature still hits 40 degrees. The run is scheduled to start at 6.30am although we had an alert and were told to perform “Operation Look About ” before the start. This was to check for anybody that should not have been there, as there had been an attack during the night… this tends to focus your mind a little!

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2018?

A) This years plans; I was fortunate to win a place in the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May and have booked to compete in the Cotswold Classic Triathlon at the beginning of August. Fingers crossed that I will eventually get a place in the Ride 100, so that I can complete the London Classics.


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