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Meet the Member – Ian Bromley completes 100 Parkruns

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

A) My name is Ian Bromley and although I’ve been with SJ for about 6 years, lots of you probably don’t know me! This is because of the nature of my job working various different shifts. I live in Frimley with my lovely wife Fern who is also an elusive SJ member.  Apart from my regular job at BA, which I’ve been doing for 28 years, I’m a BTF Level 2 Triathlon Coach and coach for Farnham Triathlon Club, I’m also a semi pro musician (Trombone).

Q) How and when did you get into running?

A) I got into running after I left the Army whilst working as a pro musician and needing something to help me get over endless hours in smokey clubs, pubs, theatres etc.
Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?

A) Fern and I are members of Nuffield Health Club in Southwood, which is where we met our good friend Mike Guess and later Ray Hale, so joining SJ when we moved to Frimley was a no brainer. Straight away it struck us both how friendly and motivating the club is with no pressure at any sessions, just encouragement.  Evening runs are not always easy to get to but I do try to attend the Handicap and have been to a few Tuesday and Thursday evening runs as well.

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

A) Sadly with our jobs the amazing social side of the club is something we haven’t been involved in very much although we did go to an excellent barn dance and the annual ball a few years ago, both fantastic events.
Q) I see you’ve mainly ran parkrun at Frimley, completing 94 of your runs there. Tell us why you like Frimley Parkrun so much?

A) So, it was Park Run 100 last weekend, a real milestone for me as I can only make 2 a month most months. 94 have been at at Frimley Lodge mainly because I can run there and back and make it a 10k. My PB is 20:43 and the goal is still a sub 20 but at the moment, after several injuries and some time out, just a return to full fitness is the goal.

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Q) What other events are on your programme for 2018 and 2019?

A) Fern and I are planning to take part in some of the Cross country events if we can and I have the Bournemouth Half coming up next weekend. I’m also in my 12th VMLM ballot so fingers crossed for that. Next year we hope to run in the Farnborough Half, Fleet Half, hopefully London (although Fern says she’ll pass this year thanks) and various other events including Yateley. With a boys road trip to Le Tour also planned for for next year I’ll also be back on my bike and finding as many hills as I can in preparation for those amazing climbs in the Pyrenees!
Ian Bromley Parkrun Badges

Ian ran his first Parkrun on 17th July 2010 at Frimley Lodge, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-

100 x Parkruns in Total

94 x of those at Frimley Lodge

6 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 20:43 set at Rushmoor in June 2016)

2 x Different venues

New Year’ Day Double completed in 2015

19 x parkruns in a single year (2016)

53/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo

 

Ian Bromley Parkrun stats

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