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Meet the Member – Jim Laidlaw completes 50 parkruns

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

A) I’m a local chap living in Blackwater with my wife and our 2 children. I’m work in Walton on Thames in a flooring showroom. As well as running i enjoy swimming and a little bit of bike, I’ve done a couple of Triathlons. I’ve completed the swim serpentine 2 mile swim and the Ride London 100 just the London Marathon to go for my Classic medal . I’m a big NFL fan Pittsburgh Steelers is my team

Q) How and when did you get into running?

A) In 2014 I booked a snowboarding holiday and decided that I would actually enjoy it more if I was a lot fitter, running and a bit of careful eating was the plan. I got the running bug and a friend suggested running the Green Park 10k as a target! That was my first race I finished in 49.03.
My first parkrun wasn’t until June 14 at Frimley Lodge in a time of 23.09

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

A) The many different member of the club , the mix of ages and ability means that you will also have someone to talk to . From starting runner to being a seasoned marathon and ultra runner

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

A) I have run on most nights since joining the club but it’s mainly Monday nights club run that you’ll see me at.

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

A) I think that my favourite park run was Sewerby in Yorkshire, it’s around a lovely House that has a little zoo. The start is a mile out all the cliff top.

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2020

A) I have my sights set on Manchester Marathon and maybe one more after that . Then I’d like to settle down back to short distance with a new 5k and 10k target .

Jim ran his first parkrun on 14th June 2014 at Frimley Lodge. For those like me who are into the stats, here are some of Jim’s achievements from the Parkrun Challenges.

50 x parkruns in total so far

24 x parkruns @ Frimley Lodge

14 x different venues

14 x Personal Bests (fastest parkrun 19:24 @ Bushy on New Years Day 2020)

5 x New Years Day double (2016 – 2020)

2 x Christmas Day (2017 & 2018)

Jim’s most active month is January with 10 parkruns. Bearing in mind the 5 x New Years Day doubles also means his favourite day for a parkrun is the 1st January with 10 x parkruns!

Thanks for sharing that with us Jim and look forward to seeing you on club runs and at events!

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