Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a married, 41 year old with of two bundles of joy named Robyn, who’s nearly 2 and excels at Diva strops and James, who is 7, my new running buddy! Apart from that I am a Detective and have worked in the Police for 17 years. Like many others juggling shift work and family life there are periods when I can get out and do lots of running and then long periods I cannot.
Q) How and when did you get into running?
I started running when I left school (Seems like ages ago!) and I realised that I enjoyed being able to just put on a pair of trainers go out for a run, which is something I’ve never forgotten. However, over time my work responsibilities changed as did my interests and I found myself playing recreation Ice Hockey which I can highly recommend if you enjoy sprints and intervals with a little bit of contact😉.
I gave up Ice Hockey a couple of years ago, put on my trainers again and went for a run round the block. I now find it is a great way of clearing my head after a tough day at work.
Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?
The best thing about Sandhurst Joggers has to be the other members who have never failed to make me feel welcome. I’ve made some friends and been able to tap in to the unlimited knowledge bank of others picking up lots of tips along the way. Then there’s the vast choice of club sessions and races with track and cross country being my favourites.
Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you?
Presently track, although I have not been able to make the last few I always feel as if I’ve pushed myself and leant something new from the amazing coaches.
Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Frimley Lodge, tell us what you like about that event?
Over the years I’ve done a lot of running along the canal and Ash Ranges. It’s also one of my favourite fishing spots and I also used to live along Frimley Road so when Parkrun started there it was a big win for me. For those who haven’t run it before I find it a varied scenic course and even though the numbers can be high at times it is still possible to get the occasional PB! Most of all having been there from the start I’ve made some excellent running friends and it’s great to have a catch up 😊
Q) Of the 14 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?
I am now going to be a little bias by saying…Sandhurst MP! I’ve only run it a few times but it already has three different routes hopefully meaning it will always be on. I live a mile away, which is a great warm up distance so no parking issues for me. Not by any means least, the number of Sandhurst Joggers there each week is outstanding and gives you a great boost when you see each other.
Q) What other events are on your programme for 2020?
All things going well I’ve got the Surrey Half on 8th March. Then I am looking forward to the Yateley 10k series in the summer and possibly the Great South towards the end of the year.
Here are some of Simon’s parkrun challenge stats:
Thank-you for sharing that with us Simon and look forward to seeing you at club runs and other events across the year!