Despite her work as a teacher and having a young son, Jenny has made time to organise the postponed Yateley 10K races (virtually) which raised much needed money for local charities.
Jenny now coordinates the weekly club runs, ensuring members can enjoy these runs in a Covid-19 safe environment.
Thank you, Jenny, for your support during these very strange times!
We got in contact with Jenny to get to know more about her:
How long have you been a member of Sandhurst Joggers?
15 years now! I joined when I was living in Hertfordshire and Graham had just started work in Wokingham.
What first attracted you to the club?
In the July before Graham started work we came across to Wokingham to look for a house for him. This just happened to coincide with the night of the Woodland 5! We had both met through running whilst at University and had both always been in running clubs so when moving to a new area finding a friendly and social running club was our first priority. We decided to combine house hunting and racing and loved the event. When we were at the finish a number of Sandhurst Joggers came up and spoke to us and we decided this was the club for us.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m 37 years old and married Graham almost 10 years ago. I am a science teacher and Director of CPD at Robert May’s School in Odiham and now work 4 days a week. I love my job. The kids are amazing (challenging at times but so much fun) and I love my CPD role as it gives me an opportunity to train teachers, develop teachers and motivate and support teachers to do the best possible jobs that they can. On the days that I am not at school Harry and I have a fab time… running or socialising with our good friends, going to gym club and spending loads of time outside. I absolute cherish these days and feel I am so privileged to be able to combine a stimulating and fun job with time with Harry. Since I was 18 running has always been a huge part of my life. Most of my friends are runners and I just love the generosity and kindness of the running community. There is nothing I like better than to go out for a run with friends and put the world to rights. We are currently expecting baby number 2 (due early March) and so although still running each day I have cut back on the milage and just enjoying running with the buggy and being out in the fresh air. My other ‘job’ (unpaid) is Yateley Road Race Director and we are currently organising the races for 2021 in the hope that we will be back to some sort of normality and with some alterations we will be able to run the events.
What benefits do you feel you gain from running, with or without the club?
After a tough day… running is the best tonic! It is hard to lace up your shoes but once you are outside there is no better way to relieve stress. I also love the social element of running and love nothing more than a run and a natter with my good friends
Do you take part in any other sports?
Not any more… I used to play hockey and running was a way of keeping fit for this but since going to University running has been my main sport. I have a bike which is sat on a turbo at home and occasionally I use it. A few years ago, I was persuaded to have a go at Duathalon. Little did I know that the competition that I entered was a qualification race for the World Champs. I was lucky enough to get selected for the GB team and went out to Spain to compete. It was an amazing experience, but I was completely underprepared. I was the only one in the race who did not have cleats and although I loved every moment of it, I was clearly outperformed by most other people. I would like to have another go once I have a little more time and can really do it justice. I also have an absolute love of skiing and the freedom you feel from going fast down a red slope is second to none. I cannot wait to take Harry on his first skiing trip.
Do you have a favourite distance you like to run?
I love Cross Country races. I love the purity of you against other runners with no worry about time. I love the challenge of the courses and most of all I love the pub afterwards!!
Do you enjoy races?
I enjoy organising races but am very quick to volunteer to look after children or marshal a race. The only exception to this is club relays and cross countries. I really like the team element of these and the socialising that goes along with it.
Do you enjoy / participate in the social aspect of the club?
Yes – when we moved here, we wanted to meet people and we did this through the club. Graham and I have been part of many clubs in the past and Sandhurst Joggers has a uniqueness about it. It is the friendliest, most welcoming club that we have been members of, and we really enjoy the social element of it.
What are your running aspirations?
My long-term goal is to get under 3 hours for a marathon. I have had it in my grasp twice now and just not made it and I feel before I get too old, I need to have another shot at it. However, with a young child I do not want to commit my time to the training just yet so it will have to wait for a few years…
Is there anything you feel the club could improve?
No… I really love the club. I have been part of the organisation of the club for about 14 years and I know the amount of time all the committee (past and present) commit to working hard behind the scenes. As with everything in life people are so quick to pick up on the negatives and complain rather than appreciating the many many positives. I would like to THANK the huge amount of` people in the club who support the running of it through the committee posts, volunteering at races, standing at the canal run and giving out water or organising socials. You are why this club is a fabulous community to be part of!