Banbury parkrun profile: Gyles Horner


Gyles Horner

Number of parkruns
171 in total, (169 at Banbury)

Favourite parkrun (other than Banbury, obviously!) and why:
The only others I’ve done are Witney and Stratford-upon-Avon.  Stratford was great because I  did the double with Banbury on New Year’s Day.

Why did you start parkrunning:
I was already doing quite a lot of running through my triathlon training - I was really happy when Banbury parkrun was announced.

Number of volunteers: 

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
Marshall - it’s great standing on the course and cheering on the runners.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Fancy dress days are always fun - except for when you get passed by someone dressed as a Mummy!

What does Banbury parkrun mean to you:
It’s a community. The best thing is meeting up with all the regular runners and the friendships that have formed over the years, and also seeing the efforts that people of all abilities put into completing the parkrun every week.

What do you miss about parkrun:
Meeting up with parkrun friends and the motivation to run a fast 5k every week.

What running are you doing now:
I’m running most days - 5 or 6 miles.  Luckily the weather has been nice and sunny and if I get out early I can avoid most people.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
"It never gets easier, you just get faster."

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
The Hornton 6 organised by Cherwell Runners & Joggers.  A great local race over a beautiful but challenging course - I love that everyone brings their own food for a BBQ afterwards.

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
I’ve done a couple of marathons but would like to do more - I was planning to do Abingdon again this summer...

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
My Asics Gel DS Trainer 24’s.  It’s so important to get a pair of running shoes that fit correctly to avoid injury.

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
My favourite memory was from finishing the marathon at the end of the Lanzarote Ironman.The combination of exhaustion and elation was incredible, and made even more special by my children running across the line with me.