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Meet the Member – Sacha Kendall-Woods completes 150 parkruns

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

A) I am Cornish and proud of this. Married to Max Woods also a SJ, who many will know from the club runs and facebook, but as I do not do facebook I am less known to the newer members. I am a nurse working locally but have nursed all over the country for 28 years. Outside of work my main hobbies are looking after my 2 cats, then running, swimming and cycling. I have not been to so many club runs this year as 2018 was all about the bike for me in preparation for our LEJOG (Lands End To John O’Groats) which is great as I love the cross country season.

Q) How and when did you get into running? 

A) I first got into running after going to watch Max run the London marathon in 1998. I was overwhelmed with the desire to be out there enjoying the pure freedom that running brings. Having had a spinal rod inserted a few years earlier Max was cautious about getting me into running, but once we checked it out with the surgeon there was no stopping me. My first run was hilarious, I managed to run from 1 lampost to the next and had to walk to the next one, but managed to cover 2 miles alternating running and walking this way. My first race was a Race for Life in Plymouth. There were about 100 entrants as it was a new thing back then. I remember half way round seeing Max standing on top of a post box cheering for me. I was so happy when I finished and that was the start of it. I have completed many more races since then both on and off road from 5k to ultra distance.

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

A) Prior to moving to Camberley we were members of West Cheshire AC, so when we came here we knew what we wanted in a club, Sandhurst ticks all the boxes. I most enjoy the company of my fellow runners at Sandhurst. They inspire me to come out in all sorts of weathers. I love to support new members even if I have trouble keeping up with some of them. I am always trying to get people to try the XC races and would love to see more girls/ladies take on the Parliament hill race. It would be fabulous to be able to field a complete team as we haven’t managed this in the 6 years I have been an SJ.

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

A) You are most likely to see me on a Thursday night run, but I do go to the odd Tuesday night as well. I also try to make the handicap as often as I can.

Q) You are regular at Frimley Lodge, tell us what you like about that event?

A) Frimley parkrun was my first experience of parkrun and for me it is again the people who make it. It is only just over 3 miles from my home so easy for me to run or cycle to when Max is away.

Q) Of the 5 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why? 

A) Lanhydrock parkrun is probably my favourite overall, as it is at home in Cornwall and it is a very challenging course with plenty of variety. A single lap through the grounds of Lanhydrock House down to the Respryn river and back up into the grounds again, with a downhill finish. 

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

A) For the rest of the year I have nothing other than XC and parkrun in mind, however 2019 will I am sure involve some interesting adventures, but I just haven’t formalised them yet!

Sacha ran her first Parkrun on 22nd October 2011 at Frimley Lodge, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-

150 x Parkruns in Total

136 of those at Frimley Lodge (making her a owner of the Single-Ton badge)

7 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 23:29 set at Frimley Lodge in February 2013)

6 x Different venues

4 x Groundhog Days, all at Frimley Lodge and 3 in 2013 (this is where you run the same time at the same venue on two consecutive parkruns) 

50/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo

All Weather Runner completed seven times (to complete you must complete a parkrun in every month of the year and Sacha has done this every year since starting parkrun)

Christmas Day parkrun completed seven times (Sacha has done this every year since starting parkrun)

8 x Volunteering in 3 different roles


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