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Meet the Member – Jim Haffey completes 50 parkruns

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

A) Originally from London I have been sneaking down towards the coast via the M3 through Shepperton, Woking and Yateley and ultimately we will go via the A303 to Somerset or Devon. Spent most of my time working in IT and Telecoms aside from spending a year being a bike mechanic after taking redundancy from Virgin 6 years ago. Back into IT now though and quite fortunately took a new job in December right in Crowthorne so I will be able to join in more SJ runs.

Q) How and when did you get into running? 

A) I loved cross country running at school then stopped for 34 years. Since 2011 I have been into Audax which is long distance cycling but I started running in 2017 whilst recovering from a couple of bike accidents and got hooked. Finding Parkrun and then joining Sandhurst Joggers last summer has meant the bike is now second choice for me.

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

A) The variety of options on offer throughout the week is impressive, there really is something for everyone and having the coaches at track is a real benefit! I had primarily joined for the XC plus the track to build up some much needed running form and speed but a problematic Autumn and early Winter put paid to that this season. Roll on next season!

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

A) Right now the handicap and track although I will be back alternating with intervals. Now I am working locally I will be trying to get to the Thursday tempo’s and on Sunday’s drag myself away from Minley Woods and Fleet Pond loops and join SJ on the trails at Swinley.

Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Frimley Lodge, tell us what you like about that event?

A) I enjoy the course as it is a fairly decent mix of field, canal and a couple of short woody sections plus it is where I achieved my best parkrun PB. Additionally it has plenty of car parking and decent facilities there. Like all parkruns they also have a decent core volunteer team and I have really enjoyed helping them out to help make the parkrun happen.

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

A) Plymvalley in Devon, gorgeous scenery and nicely undulating as you would expect in Devon.

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

A) I am looking forward to my first marathon which will be later in the year at Bournemouth, not been beyond a half yet and I would like a trail marathon too as I do prefer being off road.Between now and then I am aiming to attend as many SJ Handicaps as I can and improve every month. I am also running in the Fleet Half Marathon, Hook 10 mile and one of the Yateley 10K’s plus whatever else may take my fancy as the year progresses. There will also be a fair bit of Parkrun tourism including the Wöhrder See parkrun which is in Nuremberg.

Jim ran his first Parkrun on 10th June 2017 at Frimley Lodge, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-

50 x Parkruns in Total

39 of those at Frimley Lodge

10 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 24:26 set at Frimley Lodge in June 2018 )

6 x Different venues

Groundhog Day completed at Frimley Lodge in September 2018

Most parkruns in a single year is 24 in 2018

32/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo

1 x Christmas Day parkruns completed in 2018

20 x volunteering in 8 different roles

Jim has completed the All Weather Runner (complete at least one parkrun in each month of the year) once and his most active month is September.

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