Completing 200 Parkruns is a huge achievement. Just stop and think about it for a moment… that is four years if you ran every single Saturday! Jim ran his first Parkrun on June 27th 2009 at Basingstoke, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the new ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-
200 x Parkruns in Total (4th highest SJ)
159 x of those at Frimley Lodge (3rd highest SJ)
14 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 21:10)
8 x Different venues
3 x Inaugurals (Frimley Lodge, Alice Holt and Rushmoor)
3 x Bronze Level Obsessive (Ran 30+ times in a year)
4 x Different volunteer roles
2 x Countries (UK and Ireland)
Ran at the home of Parkrun – Bushy Park
1 x Groundhog Day in December 2016 at Frimley Lodge finishing in 28:52 (finishing in the same time at the same venue on 2 consecutive runs)
57/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo (only missing :00, :26 and :57)
Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself
A) I joined the club around 10 years ago to help me train for my first marathon that was Dublin and have not looked back. I have been involved with the club with different roles from General Monday Member, Vice Chair, been on the Yateley 10k committee and now as one of the club coaching staff and an ambassador for Alton Sports.
Q) How and when did you get into running?
A) I started to dip my toe at the gym when there was a marathon challenge to run 26.2 miles during the month of April. From there, one of the instructors suggested having a go at the Yateley 10k but unfortunately this did not happen because of a work accident. So Frimley was my first 10k and that is where the love for running happened.
Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?
A) I love the community spirit, helping at the Yateley 10k series, the home cross-country and the relays are always good fun.
Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you?
A) Over the last 6 months, I have been very intermittent but as rule Tuesday intervals and the Thursday Threshold run. Plus Friday track as I am one of the coaches and when free at the lookout on a Sunday.
Q) I see you’ve run mostly at Frimley Lodge but of the seven other Parkrun venues, which is your favourite and why?
A) Frimley will always be close to my heart as the club were asked to be part of the test team and I have some funny stories about this. However, to have a single favourite is very hard but the two I have done over in Ireland do bring back good memories so I will have to go with Clonmel and Kilkenny (we have a special report on these to come as part of our new ‘100 Parkruns you’ve never heard of’ feature)
Q) What other events are on your programme for 2018
A) I’m just getting my programme together after having a break for family commitments. However, in the short term I have the Green Belt Relay, Westminster Mile, The Woodland Woggle in May. Endure24 in June then off to France to take on some the classic alpine climbs like Alpe d’Huez in July.