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Meet the Member – Yvette Glacken completes 250 parkruns

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

I am Alurie Dutton’s sister and I live in Luton. I have 3 children (one in Australia) and 6 grandchildren. I retired from teaching almost 16 years ago and running has made a huge contribution to my health, reversing Type 2 diabetes and improving my overall fitness.

I also enjoy cycling and long distance walking.

Q) How and when did you get into running?

I got into running when I signed up for Race for Life about eight years ago. I wanted to be able to run the entire course so started a couch-to-5K training program. Once i had completed the race I realised that I didn’t want to stop running so have kept it up ever since.

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

As I am a long distance member I don’t take full advantage of my membership but I do enjoy being part of the SJ community when I am taking part in events at different places.

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

Sadly I cannot make the weekly runs as commitments at home keep me away.

Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Luton Wardown (102), tell us what you like about that event?

Luton Wardown is a very friendly event with a great mix of runners of all ages and abilities. the multi-lap course means you never feel as though you are being left behind by the front runners.

Q) Of the 32 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?

I think I have two favourites – St Peter’s parkrun in Sydney where I ran with my daughter when I was over for a visit, and Tring, which is a real challenge but with a wonderful downhill section through the woods past the obelisk and summer house.

Q) You also have an incredible 58 volunteer credits, so thank you for helping make parkrun happen! What makes you volunteer so much?

I enjoy being able to give something back to the parkrun community. There is also a real feelgood factor when you are volunteering – people are just so lovely!

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

Unfortunately in my efforts to reach my 250 parkrun milestone. I ignored too many niggles and twinges and am now unable to run. I had signed up for a few 10K events in the next few months but will be deferring.

I am looking forward to taking part in Endure24 in June!

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