Thanks so much to the Salakos for this week's profile - another great Billericay parkrun family!
parkrun vital statistics
Number of parkruns: 92 by Isabelle, 23 by Femi, 4 by Arnaud, 2 by Chloe
Number of different parkrun events visited: 2
Number of volunteering stints: 53 by Arnaud, 5 by Chloe, 4 by Isabelle
How did you start running and volunteering at parkrun?
Isabelle: I started running 10 years ago when I took a career break and needed to find a way to keep active. I started running alone and soon after I joined the running group where we lived at the time. Since moving to Billericay I joined the Billericay Striders and discovered parkrun! The rest is history…
Chloe: My mum convinced me to join her one Saturday. I am not a runner but do enjoy the occasional jog with friends.
Femi: I ran my first parkrun when I took part in the Royal College of GPs parkrun Challenge as my Practice became affiliated to parkrun. I have been attending whenever I can ever since. Before that I somehow completed the London Marathon in 2012 – raising funds for St Luke’s Hospice.
Arnaud: My Mum asked me to volunteer one Saturday when you were short of helpers and I have been going ever since.
Arnaud, what are your favourite volunteer roles? And as one of our most regular photographers, do you have any favourite pictures you've taken at the event?
My favourite role is barcode scanning – I enjoy congratulating the participants and sharing the amazing feeling of achievement after they have crossed the finish line. As for my favourite photo, it has to be the Flying Squirrel!
What are your favourite memories from the event?
Isabelle: Every event is in itself memorable but my highlight is probably getting my 50 shirt.
Arnaud: Getting my 25th T-shirt was great.
Femi: Going over the finish line still standing up and being cheered on!
What do you do outside of parkrun?
Isabelle: I work in London so my weeks are pretty hectic. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and cooking.
Femi: My favourite pastime is watching football either on TV but preferably at White Hart Lane as often as possible. Arnaud and I went to Barcelona just before lockdown – it was an amazing experience.
Chloe: I have just graduated from Dundee University. Baking is certainly the hobby I enjoy the most – I find it relaxing and I get to eat cake!
Arnaud: I am an Air Cadet with the Billericay Squadron. I take part in many activities in the community like the Billericay Fireworks where we help with car parking and clearing up the following day. I also go swimming every Saturday. Breaststroke is my favourite but I am best at Butterfly.
Femi, as a GP have you suggested parkrun to your patients and what do you see as the main benefits of people getting involved?
As I take part in parkrun I do feel able to encourage my patients to give it a go without feeling like a hypocrite!
There is no doubt that the event helps improve general health not to mention mental and cardiac health and helps relieve isolation.
Isabelle, you've run all of your 92 parkruns at Billericay apart from one - Terry Hershey parkrun in Houston, Texas! What was that event like and did you enjoy running at a completely different event?
Terry Hershey parkrun was a memorable experience and so different from Billericay! Firstly because of the heat – it was the middle of July when we were there, start time is 7.30am!
Secondly, the turnout is a lot lower – on the day I attended there were about 60 runners – amongst them a few British Expats. There is a shower at the finish line which I must say was very tempting – and the traditional get-together in the nearby café.
Chloe, what have you enjoyed about volunteering and running at parkrun?
I love being able to encourage others achieve their goals to complete the 5 km course. I occasionally like to run to support my father. However since I have been away in Scotland up until now I have not been able to take part often. I expect you will see more of me from now on…
Name one thing that's different for you since taking part in the event.
Isabelle: Weekends are for sure more interesting and fulfilling whenever they start with a parkrun. It is also our weekly family outing which is the perfect way to switch off and recharge.
Femi: I have met a lot of people I would not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. And I have lost weight!
Chloe: I get treated to some new running outfits from time to time...!
Arnaud: As I go to parkrun, I wake up earlier than I would otherwise!
What are you all most looking forward to when we get back?
Isabelle: My 100th Shirt and getting to see everybody again.
Femi: Going back to the less punishing 3.5 lap course and keeping fit!
Chloe: Now that I am back home I hope to be able to volunteer more and earn my purple shirt soon.
Arnaud: Seeing everyone.
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