Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 2 – Janet, Steve and Debbie

Last week Catalina published the first two in our new series of portraits of you, our wonderful community at Pomphrey Hill parkrun. So without further ado, may I present Janet's, Steve's and Debbie's profiles:

Janet Jenkins

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

I did my very first parkrun at Bushy Park in March 2013 with my daughter and her work colleagues. It was their Event #452 and I was 734 out of a field of 869. I couldn't believe how well organised this free event was. I didn't run another until April 2014 and that was my first Pomphrey Hill parkrun. It was Pomphrey's Event #7 and I was 50th out of a field of just 64. I can't remember how I found Pomphrey but what a great discovery it was. Saturdays haven't been the same since!

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

I was really proud and surprised to have been chosen as parkrunner of the year for 2020. There are so many worthy people out there and I am really honoured to have been given this award. I have found that the weeks I volunteer have been as much fun and as satisfying as the weeks I run. It also means I don't have to struggle up 'that' hill!

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

There is always something to be positive about. In these challenging times, a short walk or run can make everything seem a little easier. Hopefully it won't be too long before we are all back together and enjoying Mr Hill again.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?

Following Government advice Steve and myself are taking a daily brisk walk. We are lucky to live close to countryside where we can escape and enjoy the peace. The exercise bike has come into it's own and I've even tried some skipping!

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

I have run Tooting Common parkrun a number of times. It's 3 laps like Pomphrey but the big difference is it's flat!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

I love parkrun. It's a challenge to run and rewarding to volunteer. I have met some amazing and inspiring people. It is so inclusive and supportive. Steve and I can both join in and both enjoy in our own way and even occasionally we can persuade our son and daughter to join us. I also get the chance to catch up with my running buddy Jenny. (If we stopped talking we could probably run a bit quicker!).

Thanks Pomphrey, Saturdays won't be the same without you but hopefully parkrun will be back in the not too distant future.

Steve Jenkins

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Q - what originally brought you to parkrun?

My wife brought me to parkrun. I had to give up running on the advice of a surgeon, because of osteoarthritis in my left knee. I found it frustrating watching people run when I no longer could. Janet suggested that I might enjoy parkrun because it was a different sort of event. So I came along one day in 2015 and as always, she was right!  Soon after I started volunteering and now I find it the perfect start to the weekend.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

My favourite parkrun memory is doing my 100th volunteer role the same day as Janet did her 100th parkrun. It took place on May 4th 2019 (Star Wars Day). Lots of friends gave up their usual plans and joined us plus Jackie and Chris as Tail Walkers. Special thanks to our son, Matt, who despite being a good runner, rarely makes it out of bed in time for a Saturday parkrun. (More likely he feels embarrassed by his parents in fancy dress! or the fact his older sister, Helen, is a better runner).

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

Remaining positive whilst we live in these uncertain times is not too much of a problem.  We should reflect on how lucky we are to be healthy and happy and if people become more tolerant and less selfish, we may come out the other side with a better society.  Let's hope so.

Oh! and drink beer.

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

We are lucky to live near open countryside, so a daily bucolic walk with the correct protocol is not a problem.  A daily workout on the exercise bike helps.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

I really like Burnham and Highbridge parkrun. Lovely flat course with great views and a nice cafe. Definitely not the Curly Wurly at Somerdale though. I got dizzy just watching!  (Sorry Lynsey, but you're still my favourite RD!). No other parkrun however comes near Pomphrey!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

I can honestly say that I have not met anyone at parkrun I dislike.  On the contrary I have met lots of great people, many of whom have become good friends.  I have also had the privilege to volunteer alongside truly inspirational young people doing their DoE awards. We also have Jackie and Chris!

Parkrun is inclusive, non-judgemental and inspiring. I would recommend it to anyone.

Debbie Wright

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Letchworth parkrun with big bro Barry in memory of our mum.

Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

parkrun helped my mental health during marriage break up. Running cleared my head and parkrun gave me a challenge to aim for.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

Volunteering for Bristol Half Marathon in 2019 in lashing rain, I had about 6 layers on including 2 coats and a rain cover. I marshalled with my pal Bev, who I met through Sportsound C25k and I loved the cheering and support that we encouraged within the crowd.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

Keeping calm and carrying on, helping take things to friends and neighbours.

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

I'm running, walking and playing Wii games.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

Letchworth, Herts was my home town, well until my mum died 5 weeks ago.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

I love parkrun, tell all my friends about it and I wouldn't have kept running these past 5 weeks without you and your support. Hopefully, after 6 years of doing them (I started at Little Stoke) I'll finally crack my 50th!!!!!!

Thank you to Janet, Steve and Debbie!

If you'd like to see your name in lights, then please email us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com with answers to the following questions:

- a photo of yourself (or a link to a photo)
Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?
Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?
Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

These will be published over the coming days and weeks on our parkrun website and our Facebook page.

The next edition of Pomps People Profiles will be published this weekend.

Until then, stay safe and well!

Ris