Junior Winner – James Farmer

Conkers parkrun “Junior parkrunner of the year” winner,  James Farmer, only started running the day he ran his first parkrun in May 2013. He wanted to get more active and was fed up of just laying on the sofa when he could be doing  so much more.   Someone from James’s table tennis club told him about parkrun so James got his trainers on, turned up to Conkers one Saturday morning and just ran!
James ran his first parkrun on the 18th May 2013 in 33:28. He has steadily improved his times over the last year and ran a sub 25 minute parkrun for the first time in November 2013.  James’ personal best parkrun time is currently 24:05 which he ran on the 12th April 2014.  James has run 54 parkruns, all at Conkers, and is in the JM11-15 age category and his best age grading to date is 60.21%.  He is the proud owner of a Club 10 adidas tshirt and very shortly a new Club 50 tshirt.
James has officially volunteered 7 times, all as a green-bibbed pacer which has enabled him to help other parkrunners achieve a good pace and/or time and still run and keep himself motivated.
For James, Conkers parkrun is most definitely a family affair; both his parents and his sister have run Conkers parkrun. James’s Dad Ian and sister Natalie run most weeks.  Before his first parkrun last year, Ian hadn’t run since his schooldays!
I asked James who inspires him and he told me he is inspired by people who put 100 percent effort into whatever they are doing.  He was especially inspired by the British athletes during the London 2012 Olympics.
James credits Conkers parkrun for some of his other recent awesome achievements.  He was able to join his school cross country team which was quite a shock to James as he never thought that he would be able to.  James was also selected to take part in a 10km run challenge in the gym which came as another shock, but he was very pleased that he had been chosen.
Looking to the future James’s first goal is to run parkrun in under 24 minutes after which he will set his sights on sub 23 minutes.  James even dares to hope he can achieve a sub 22 minute parkrun eventually, and do you know what?  I think he’ll jolly well do it too….watch this space!