In all the recent excitement we missed George Green completing his 200th parkrun so we’re catching up with him to find out more about him, his running and the breadth of different parkruns, milestones and badges he has achived…
Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself?
A) Married to Lyn, retired, live in Crowthorne. My son, Jon, joined SJ earlier in the year, so I’m looking forward to the day when he starts to beat me! I’ll always want to run, though I have to admit that I’m thoroughly enjoying being a member of Wokingham Cycling Club as well at the moment.
Q) How and when did you get into running?
A) I always liked running, having represented school and college at cross country. Didn’t run for some years when I started work, then heard about the Bahrain marathon when I was living in Qatar. Trained in all that heat (sound familiar at the moment?) and did the 1983 Bahrain marathon. Since then I’ve run more than 42,000 miles. No wonder I’m slowing down!
Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?
A) I’m looking for company rather than competition at this stage of my running life and I find the club runs and events to be very sociable (although it’s good to know that there is always a bit of competition there if I’m feeling like it).
Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you?
A) Monday for preference at the moment. Sometimes Tuesday.
Q) I see you’ve mainly run at Bracknell, of the other venues you’ve run at which is your favourite and why? #
A) I tend to like the quieter, flatter events, so Upton Court would be a good example of my ideal parkrun. However, I did thoroughly enjoy the Eden Project – so different from any other, with 3 laps in the multi-level grounds you could see faster and slower runners ahead and behind all the way round.
Q) Torrens in Australia stands out too, tell us more what it was like to run there?
A) My wife was born in Adelaide, so we were there visiting her family. In fact it was just like a UK parkrun with the same pre-run briefing, bar codes and timing. I created some interest wearing my parkrun 50 T shirt, as it was only the 42nd parkrun at Torrens, with no other parkruns for hundreds of miles around for people to do.
Q) What other events are on your programme for 2018?
A) I’m aiming to do more parkrun tourism! My aging legs seem rather prone to complaining these days if I train and race too much.
George ran his first Parkrun on 13th March 2010 at Frimley Lodge, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the new ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-
200 x Parkruns in Total
71 x of those at Bracknell
33 x volunteering including 10 different roles
9 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 19:37 set at Frimley Lodge in April 2010)
29 x Different venues
16/25 on the Parkrun Alphabet
2 x Bushy Park Pilgrimages in 2012 and 2018
3 x Groundhog Days at Frimley in 2012, Woodley in 2014 and Bracknell in 2016 (this is where you run exactly the same time at the same venue on 2 consecutive parkruns)
1 x Bronze Level Obsessive in 2016 (30+ parkruns in a single year)
58/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo only missing ‘:08’ and ‘:14’