Previously on parkrun interviews - Er,we had series 1 and then series 2. They are available on the website if you want to have a read. If you are interested in doing one of these then please have a look at the questions below or on our website and get in touch.....and yes, I have discovered the BOLD button.
For poetry fans,there isn`t any in the interviews,unless you say Rodney Bewes.
First up is regular Birkenhead parkrunner,Ruaraidh Gillies.
Who are you and how long have you been taking part at Birkenhead?
Ruaraidh Gillies. I have been competing since October 2016.
When did you take up running?
I started running earlier in 2016 but I`ve been doing other sports like cycling and 5 a side for donkeys` years so I wasn`t a total couch potato.
Which parkruns would you like to visit?
All of my parkruns have been at Birkenhead. It`s not that I wouldn`t want to try another course,it`s more that I don`t want to get up unnecessarily early on a Saturday morning!
What do you like most about parkrun? (in general and Birkenhead)
I`m a bit of a statto, so it`s good to be able to measure myself. Although not so good when I see how long ago my pb was!
What would you say to anyone thinking of taking part in a parkrun, that hasn`t yet?
I`d say "do not be afraid". It isn`t you against 500 other people it`s against yourself.
What are your future running plans? (parkrun and in general)
Well I entered my first half marathon back in February which has been postponed twice now,so I`m still looking at that as a long term goal.
Where were you in your parkrun journey?
I had done my 100th parkrun 2 weeks before parkrun was suspended. I had run 1 run in my brand new shirt and since then I`ve been stuck on 101.
What have you been doing running wise instead?
In the spring,with the good weather and a not yet cancelled half maration (plus I was working from home), I was out getting the miles in and around town. I also registered with Rock `n` Roll virtual running which helped me target longer distances that I hadn`t yet built up to. Things went quieter over the summer (either too hot or wet!) but I`m getting back into it now.
What have you missed most?
The familiar faces,the Saturday morning routine and the bellowed "GOOD MORNING PARKRUNNERS!" from the sidelines.
Thanks very much to Ruaraidh for doing this. Next up we have John Henderson then Rob Perry. I would love to do more. You can make them as detailed as you want. It is entirely up to you.If you`ve done one before you are than welcome to do another and look at the differences between where you were then and now. I will have to interview myself if I don`t get any more. You can`t say I didn`t warn you.Also if you have any ideas about articles or if you`d like something answered about parkrun,please get in touch.