Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself?
A) Born up north in County Durham but spent most of my life in the Wokingham area. I have been employed by BT for the last 3 years as a power engineer which means a lot of time on the road maintaining the electrical systems within the telephone exchanges mostly along the M4 corridor between Hungerford and Slough. I am also a big car enthusiast and have had some slightly ‘unique’ cars in my 10 years of driving.
Q) How and when did you get into running?
A) I got into running in 2017 being realistically only capable of 5k properly. I started running more regularly after joining Sandhurst with the aim in mind of wanting to improve my Parkrun times and it just snowballed as I got sucked into the competitive side of racing.
Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?
A) The variety of the club runs that cater from more experienced stronger runners down to people who are just starting out and wanting to improve their ability. It is quite good that you can move up through the paced groups on a Tuesday and then onto more intense sessions to keep improving such as Mondays and then subsequently onto Thursdays. The number of different sessions a week put on by the club is really excellent from standard club runs like Mondays to intervals/hills on a Tuesday to a tempo run on a Thursday to Friday Track and an off road Lookout run on Sundays. There really is something for everyone regardless of your goals and ability. The social element of the club is also really good, my favourite being the monthly ‘curry club’ night after the handicap. There is nothing better than discussing the preceding run with friends over a cold beer and curry.
Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you?
A) My preferred run of the week is still Monday as its well led with varying routes throughout the year. It is also a very sociable run and I know nearly all the Monday regulars very well. However I do often make appearances at Mike’s hill intervals on a Tuesday and the Thursday tempo run.
Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Woodley, tell us what you like about that event?
A) I like Woodley because it was a parkrun I got into long before I joined Sandhurst as it was the most local one to me for many years due to there being far fewer in the area than there are now. When other Parkruns opened up in the area I realised that Woodley was the easiest course for me to attain a PB due to liking the 1 mile per lap format, the tarmac paths and not as much congestion as some other Parkruns. The volunteer team there are also always excellent and it’s got a great competitive camaraderie among its participants.
Q) Of the 12 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?
A) My favourite Parkrun at the moment is still Salisbury as I loved the varied course around a beautiful leafy park made even better by running it in the autumn. I also liked that it was a mixture of tarmac paths and grass just like Woodley which I feel can really aid a quick time.
Q) What other events are on your programme for 2019?
A) The main event on my programme for 2019 is the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 17th March which will be my first half marathon so feeling nervous but excited about that. Aside from Reading the only two races I have pencilled in are the Woodley 10k in April and the first race of the Yateley 10k series in June. I would also be inclined to do the Cabbage Patch 10 again as it was a great race last year and I am pleased they are running it again after all the uncertainty.
Jon ran his first Parkrun on 12th June 2010 at Frimley Lodge, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-
50 x Parkruns in Total
22 of those at Woodley
18 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 23:27 set at Woodley in January 2019 )
13 x Different venues
Most parkruns in a single year is 29 in 2018
35/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo
2 x Christmas Day parkruns completed in 2017 and 2018
2 x volunteering in 2 different roles
Jon has completed the All Weather Runner (complete at least one parkrun in each month of the year) once and his most active months are January and December.