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Meet the Member – Alurie Dutton completes 250 parkruns

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

I live in Farnborough and retired from teaching in 2007 and since then I seem to have been busier than I was when I was working, enjoying a range of hobbies from creative crafts and reading, through golf, to cycling and walking and, of course, running.

I am also a trustee of a small sports charity, Boost, which supports disadvantaged and disabled sports groups. I have two grown up sons and five grandchildren, four of whom have joined me at parkrun.

Q) How and when did you get into running?

I started running four years after I retired when, having taken part in Race for Life for several years, my sister and I decided that we would actually train for the 5km event so that we could run it all instead of doing our usual run/walk.

Having achieved our aim we then decided we couldn’t just stop running so joined parkrun at Frimley Lodge and the adventure began. I started running on my own, (my sister Yvette, lives in Luton) then joined Blackwater Beginners and finally Sandhurst Joggers.

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

I enjoy the support that other runners give you and the friendships I have made since I joined the group.

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

I run on Tuesday evening and take my turn in leading or back marking the 13 minute group. I have also led a 14 minute group when the Pure Beginners first joined Tuesday running and needed a confidence boost.

Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Frimley Lodge (111), tell us what you like about that event?

When I started Frimley Lodge was the only local parkrun and so it is my ‘home’run and still my closest. I like the change of scenery – the field, the canal, the woods – and have made friends there who I enjoy chatting to.

Q) Of the 44 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?

 I don’t have a particular favourite but do enjoy the seaside parkruns at Southsea, Lowestoft and Gorleston Cliffs mainly because I like being beside the sea! Southsea is a flat out and back but the other two are two laps and include running from the promenade to the cliff top twice. A challenge but worth it. I enjoy being a parkrun tourist and have only five more to do to complete the alphabet.

Q) You also have an incredible 57 volunteer credits, so thank you for helping make parkrun happen! What makes you volunteer so much?

I just feel that you should give back if you possibly can. When I started parkrun we were asked to volunteer just three times a year which seemed like a good idea! Some volunteering roles allow you to run, too, which is why, whilst I have been chasing the 250, I offered to write run reports. Now that I have done that I shall volunteer more for other roles. Volunteering is also a good thing to do when you are recovering from injuries and accidents.  

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2020?

I have the Romsey 5 mile at the end of this month and then two 10k (one organised and one virtual) planned for each month after that. I will also be volunteering at a few events, including the Yateley 10kms

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