Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 3 – Ris, Sarah and Jim

Hi Pomps Peeps, how are you all doing?  

So far we had the Pomps People Profiles from Catalina, Neil, Janet, Steve and Debbie.  It's now time for the next three: mine, Sarah's and Jim's.

Ris Scott

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

I’d known about parkrun for a while but had other Saturday morning commitments. After retiring from playing rugby, I took up triathlons and parkrun, as a timed 5k, seemed a good way of running a fast 5k and monitoring my progress.

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

After initially viewing parkrun as a place to run fast, I quickly realised after doing my first volunteer (Finish Tokens) that it is far more than that, it’s a community. When I say to new parkrunners “welcome to the family” it’s because that’s how I see parkrun and Pomphrey in particular: a large family of people who encourage, support and help each other through the good times and the bad. The support that parkrunners are giving each other at the moment is testimony to that.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home which is giving me a sense of ‘normal’ routine. I’ve spent the last 18 months weekly commuting so we’re both readjusting to me being in the house seven days a week. I do have a fortnights holiday coming up, so I’ll need to establish a daily routine doing gardening, creating Lego sculptures (aka playing) and some quality time with my wife too.

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

I have my road bike connected to a turbo trainer and I’m a huge fan of the virtual cycling platform Zwift (other virtual platforms are available). I’m finding an hour or so in the morning pre-work, in lieu of my normal cycle commute, is keeping me centred and fit enough. I took 14 minutes off my Alpe du Zwift PB yesterday evening so I might even be getting fitter.

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

I really enjoyed Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire; the grounds, ponds and ruins are utterly beautiful. If you’re not a National Trust member is pretty pricey to get in but if you parkrun you can see the grounds for free!

Sarah Brocklesby

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

Originally, I started parkrun by accident! I was doing Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays and wanted something to do in between the two sessions. I had heard about parkrun and because I walked and did Zumba, thought "how hard can it be?" I soon found out as I was 61 and had never run before.

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

I persevered! Running (slowly) is now a big part of my life. My nieces and nephews love that their crazy aunt runs. So, it was fantastic last year when my nephew and his family ran at Pomphrey Hill with me making 3 generations of Brocklesbys. I was, of course, beaten by them all - even Sam aged 4! I was so thrilled that I made the younger members a medal for their 1st parkrun with Great Aunt Sarah.

Q3 & 4- what you are doing to remain positive, active and fit?

I am also a member of a Couch-2-5K group that has kept running every week since we graduated at Pomphrey in 2017. We are staying positive by all running individually at our usual 9:30am Wednesday morning then having a 10:30am live group video coffee and chat. That way we can still motivate each other to run and support each other.

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

My next favourite parkrun has to be Chipping Sodbury, as I've never done any others - and it's flat!

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

My next parkrun will be my 50th and definitely at Pomphrey Hill.

P.S. May I just also say thank you to the lovely speedy runners who give me a cheery "well done" or "keep going" as they pass me. Their acknowledgement of my effort is always appreciated.

Jim Mallabone
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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

My wife was struggling with mental health. I took up running to give myself time to think and to give me 30-60 minutes outside whilst not acting as a primary carer.

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

I’m proud of volunteering and have volunteered on 4 occasions compared with my 13 or 14 runs.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

I’ve recently lost my motivation to run a little bit, my son and I are going to start together whilst he is off school. I’m also trying to write some music and find my creative side whilst staying at home.

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

Very little at the moment but I’ll start running again this week and also I have an indoor bike linked to Zwift and a Concept 2 rowing machine. I just need to find some space in the garage.

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

Southsea is very flat and the turn around was outside my house on the seafront. Great for PBs. However, Gulworthy in Devon is great. 4.5 km of flat and gradual downhill but a final 500m of steep incline. You can push on the flat and downhill and as the final hill is just before the finish you can go hard knowing you can stop very soon. It’s Pomphrey hill on steroids!

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

Mental health has affected my life and all my children’s lives through living with a father and mother who struggle from time to time. Running is so hard for me to get motivated for but when I do manage to get out, the feeling I get afterwards is amazing. I wish I could get my two youngest children to experience that. I’m sure I will in time.

Thanks Sarah and Jim for sharing your stories with us all!

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.

Until next time; be safe, stay healthy and look after each other.
Ris