Vinnett received several nominations from many members who sing her praises with regards to the motivation and experience she brings to their running journey.
Thank you Vinnett for always encourage us on runs! 😊
We got in contact with Vinnett to get to know more about her.
We got in contact with Vinnett to get to know more about her:
How long have you been a member of Sandhurst Joggers?
Just over a year – I joined September 2019. Don’t be fooled into thinking I’ve not run before. I was a very good runner when I was younger. I just took a bit of a rest (couple of decades).
What first attracted you to the club?
I met a group of Sandhurst Joggers (Patrick, Helen and Jackie) at Bracknell Parkrun and was invited by Jackie to try a Sunday morning run at the Lookout. I did and everyone was really kind and that was it. I joined.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am divorced with a 21year old son. I am a Director and Consultant, I am known for my expertise in championing Digital Transformation around the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, leveraging business acumen to generate solutions.
I have worked on lots of first-to-market technology including WiFi hotspots in 2003 and autonomous vehicles in 2013.
My passion outside of work has always been sport. I played mixed hockey for Maidenhead until I hit my 40’s, when the bruises took too long to heal.
What benefits do you feel you gain from running, with or without the club?
Losing my confidence was quite difficult to deal with after my divorce and running with Sandhurst Joggers has allowed me to meet great people and has given me back my passion for running.
Do you take part in any other sports?
I do reformer Pilates several times a week.
Back in February I completed the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) and Coaching Assistant course. I am in the process of doing my coaching qualification in Athletics Coach Endurance but won’t be able to qualify until we can do the practice days. Hopefully I’ll be able to give something back.
Do you have a favourite distance you like to run?
I don’t have a favourite distance at the moment. I’m no spring chicken, therefore my body is probably more suited to the longer distance runs, like the marathons. However, having run for Halifax Harriers, county “Yorkshire” and the English schools in both the 400 and 800 metres, don’t be surprised if I change my mind once I’m fit again.
Do you enjoy races?
I have a love-hate relationship with races. I hate them until the start and once I start running, I love them.
Do you enjoy / participate in the social aspect of the club?
I’m not really a beer and curry girl, so you will notice I disappear rather quickly after the handicap and I’ve really enjoyed the virtual events through lock down.
What are your running aspirations?
My goal for 2021 is to do a 5k under 20 mins. So that will be a 19:59, plus a 4-hour marathon. It’s not going to be easy. I have a plan but it needs to be fun so I will need to have some crazy people around me to stop me from getting too focused.
Is there anything you feel the club could improve?
It would be good to have a session within the week that includes strength training, focused on targeting the key muscles and keep us injury-free.
Maybe introduce a fell run once a quarter and or a night run at the Lookout as a bit of a twist to our winter runs. (Not sure if we could do a risk assessment on them). Just a few suggestions.