Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself?
A) My name is Colin Carpenter and I am a Carpenter by trade as well as name. I am extremely happy when tinkering with wood and partaking in projects around the house. However, my main love and how I relax is by running.
Q) How and when did you get into running?
A) I started running at the rip age of 42. I took my daughter Teresa to an athletics club. It was too far to drive back home again so I started running around the adjoining Football pitches while I waited for her to do her training. I soon got fitter and faster and caught the bug quickly. My first race was The Rochester 5 miles. I soon moved onto 10km, 10miles, Half Marathons and then Marathons. I have completed The London Marathon nine times and my PB is 3hrs 46mins 20secs in 1997. I have also competed on the track in the veterans from 100m to 5000km to the 2km walk. My club back then was Medway and then Medway and Maidstone in 2000.
Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?
A) In 2016 I moved from Chatham in Kent to Sandhurst due to the passing of the love of my life and beautiful wife Elizabeth. After looking at running clubs online I decided to join Sandhurst Joggers in April 2017. My first time out with SJ was on a Thursday night…… It was not a good start. I fell over the curb at the start. I was looked after by James Casey, he took me on the shorter route and made me feel at ease. The group said it might be better for me to do a Monday or Tuesday night. So not giving up I joined the Monday group led by Patrick. This was good. Looping and bringing everyone together and giving encouragement when needed. I then tried the Tuesday night. Lots of different groups to choose from. I started in the medium group and enjoyed how it was similar to the Monday group. In August last year I had an operation on my eye and had to have a break from running for a while. I then had issues with my sciatic nerve so I had to start again gradually building myself up. Because the Tuesday group is so versatile I went and joined in with the run/ walk group building myself up to the running groups.
Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you?
A) Tuesday is the main night I run with Sandhurst Joggers and the main thing I love about this club is the people. From the fastest to the slowest you always feel welcome and
encouraged and there is always someone to discuss your latest running achievements with. I like how we are able to be a part of the team by volunteering for events such as the Yateley 10k Series. There are also some really good events put on by the SJs; the intra club relays at the Memorial Park, Anniversary Round Bracknell Relay, Friday night Track events, Pacers at Bracknell Park run and marshalling at The London Marathon to name
but a few. Every thing is always so well organised and has enhanced my running enjoyment.
Q) I see you’ve mainly run at Bracknell, of the other venues you’ve run at which is your favourite and why?
A) Due to now being retired I have run Bracknell parkrun the most times and was pleased to complete my 100th at a course I call home. But, my favourite parkrun is my first parkrun course in Kent. The Great Lines in Gillingham. Its a fast course of just 2 laps and has a nice long stretch for over taking and the finish is on a nice slope down hill.
Q) What other events are on your programme for 2018?
A) I have no major events coming up for 2018 but I’m excited for the X-country season this year.
Colin ran his first Parkrun on 21st December 2013 at Great Lines parkrun in Gillingham, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-
100 x Parkruns in Total
66 x of those at Bracknell
11 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 25:29 set at Great Lines in 2015)
6 x Different venues
37 x parkruns in a single year (2017) – Bronze level obsessive in 2017 and 2018 (already!)
Groundhog Day – on December 30th 2017 and January 6th 2018 at Bracknell
49/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo
Volunteered as pacer