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Meet the Member – Kate Parker completes her 50th parkrun

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

A) I am 23, I’ve been a member for 2 years, and this year became the secretary of the club. I work as a business operations analyst, and also do some project work in Corporate Responsibility. I graduated from the University of Portsmouth this summer, so now I’m back in Crowthorne full time, I’ll hopefully meet lots more members! I’ve got 2 dogs, which are regular attendees at parkrun, and I’m hoping I can even convince Dick and Emy to let me bring them along to a short Sunday run 😉

Q) How and when did you get into running?

A) I got into running back in October 2016, I have always been sporty, I used to horse ride, play polo, pole dance competitively (not the stripping kind!) but I had a car crash back in 2016 which meant I had to give all that up due to severe nerve damage through my arms. I put on a load of weight and got pretty lazy, I tried a bit of running, decided this didn’t hurt too much, and then signed up for a charity place for the 2017 London marathon – and I’ve not stopped since!

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

A) I love how inclusive and encouraging the club is for members of all speeds, and with how inconsistent I am at running, there’s something available pretty much every day of the week! I’ve made some really great friends through the club which has been great after moving back home from uni. 

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

A) Since my op back in September I’ve been pretty rubbish at getting out and doing anything other than parkruns, I’m a regular at the monthly Handicaps, my London training will start shortly so I should be more regular from January onwards!

Q) You’ve become a regular at Dinton Pastures, tell us what you like about that event?

A) Bracknell had been my previous home parkrun, but after the course change and the bark being put down, it is now not particularly dog friendly which I why we looked further afield. I spent a large majority of my childhood walking the lakes of Dinton, and its a regular dog walk for us! I know the lakes really well, so love that the whole way round the course I know exactly where I am, what’s coming up next, and most importantly – how far it is until the end. The dogs love the course, and the wide paths make it really suitable to run with them. (Can you see a running theme; dogs come first in our household!)

Q) Of the 11 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why? 

A) I have a special spot for Upton Court after Dave Bartlett helped me to boss my PB there back in June, although the course wasn’t very interesting, it was very fast… I’m planning on returning once I’m back to full fitness and it’s dried out.

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

A) I have the Chilly Hilly this Sunday over in the IoW, and Christmas day Parkrun to finish off 2018. For 2019 I’ve got the London Marathon, Edinburgh Marathon, Endure 24 in a team of 4, and Loch Ness Marathon in October. I’m planning on getting more involved with the club relays over the summer, and whatever events I need to schedule in for my marathons!

Kate ran her first Parkrun on 22nd October 2016 at Bracknell, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-

50 x Parkruns in Total

22 of those at Bracknell

11 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 24:10 set at Upton Court in June 2018 )

12 x Different venues

Bushy Park Pilgrimage completed on 21st July 2018

40 x parkruns in a single year (2018… and she hasn’t finished yet!) making her a silver level parkrun obsessive

35/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo

All Weather Runner completed twice (to complete you must complete a parkrun in every month of the year)

8 x Volunteering in 6 different roles

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