Pomphrey Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 6 – Richard, Tiernan and Adrian

Pomphrey Profiles Part 6 can only mean it has already been 6 weeks since we last enjoyed a parkrun together. Although it doesn't get any easier, the weeks are passing - and each week brings us one step closer to the next parkrun. I hope you are all managing this new reality and keeping well.

We have 3 new profiles this week - many thanks to Richard and Tiernan for telling their stories, to add to my own. Enjoy!

Richard Breakspear

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
A conversation in a pub in 2014 alerted me to parkrun, seemed a useful way to be a bit more committed to a fitness goal. Gradually went from there, running some weeks to running most weeks and gradually improving my time. This was great motivation to train a bit more and watch my diet more carefully.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Could just say completing the Green Man run around Bristol this March, having trained through a particularly wet winter. That’s something I wouldn’t have even considered a few years back when 5K was a struggle. But more widely, community. Love being part of the team effort, volunteering at parkrun (reached the purple 25 milestone T-shirt at Pomphrey back in February). Just generally proud to be a very small part of the huge cumulative effort that goes into putting on regular running events.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
Focusing on the small things: observing nature, all the changes as spring has been unfolding during these past few weeks. Enjoying all of the things I can control/do. Staying in touch with others in my running club (Goodgym), video chats have been great.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
Keeping up with the running once a day. Shorter distances, but making sure I get out and run each day. I’ve picked a route with varied terrain, running on grass, hills and some tarmac so play around with working on speed/hills etc, or just enjoy being out. I’ve got into the habit of going out at 6am, to avoid the busier parts of the day. There’s been some spectacular sunrises through the morning mist these past few weeks.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
There’s been a few! Erm.... Ludlow was nice: wooded course, very hilly and very muddy. Very welcoming. I timed it so as to go to the Christmas Fayre/Market at Ludlow castle afterwards.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
This lockdown won’t be forever, until then stay safe.

 

Tiernan Grimshaw

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
I was originally brought to parkrun by my Dad because he was doing the 5k.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Once, I explained to an adult how to do barcode scanning since I had done it so many times before and he needed help.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
I am talking to my friends more on Whatsapp video calls during the day and most days, I am doing P.E with Joe Monday to Friday with my Dad (who is writing this run report).

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
As above, I am enjoying P.E with Joe Wicks. As well as the morning workout, I go on small walks/runs with my Dad, while he also does his alphabet challenge.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
I really used to enjoy doing Little Stoke parkrun as it was one of the first ones I did and its one of the more flat ones. (Sorry Mr Hill!)

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
I really enjoy parkrun, especially Pomphrey Hill, because it is so fun to just run around and meet new people. If you haven't already, I would suggest to try it out as soon as you can. (Although we may not know when that will be). I will highly suggest parkrun to anyone but do stay safe!

 

Adrian Grimshaw

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
Chance! I was attending a training event at Ashton Court in readiness for Bristol Half Marathon 2012 - my first half. They recommended meeting an hour earlier to run parkrun first. However, it wasn't until Little Stoke parkrun started later that year that I began running more than once every few weeks - back in the day that I considered the 35 minute drive to Ashton Court a long way to go for "just" a parkrun.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
There are certainly some crazy stories that come to mind: 26 laps of Pomphrey one Saturday (something else that's Ira's fault), running the Green Man Ultra, driving across 4 US states to get to a parkrun, or fancy dress runs. When it comes to running events though, everything is relative and not always expected - and I think that's why we all like to celebrate being proud of our own, and each other's achievements. In my case, while growing up it would have been most unexpected for me to run anywhere, let alone 5K or further. Fast forward to 2016 and, following my Mum's successful breast cancer surgery, I ran the Bristol 10K in support of BUST - alongside the surgeon who had treated Mum. It wasn't the furthest I had run, and wasn't even my first Bristol 10K, but it was amazing to be able to give something back to a charity that support so many.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
Life is certainly very different at the moment, but there seems to be plenty going on. Virtual run challenges, Zoom quizzes, Zoom bingo, Zoom poker (there's a common factor here!) are all keeping many connections going.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
Mainly running and walking, not quite as much as normal but still most days. The only new addition to the routine is "PE with Joe", a 30 minute high-intensity workout as part of our home school setup. It is on at 9am (as all the best events are!), 5 days a week - everyone in the household has had a go but, as you've read above, Tiernan, has stuck to it the best, and I do it most days as a break from work.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
I would never use the word "favourite", but I have been lucky to run at 88 different parkruns with many fantastic memories. 3 have been in the USA, 2 with family where we all ran - and at Clermont, even in the humidity at 7:30am, Tiernan managed a 5K PB. I'll never forget the look of surprise on his own face! Pomphrey Hill will always be special, as Meryl and I have been on the core team since the start and met so many amazing people over those 6 years. A close second will always be Little Stoke; the family all discovered parkrun there, and all got something different out of it. We also found a new family there and while Little Stokers may now be spread far and wide, that spirit will always live on at all parkruns near Bristol. (edit - I honestly wrote this before Tiernan sent me his answers!)

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
Although there has been much disruption to our home life, we are in a fortunate position with secure jobs, generally good health and each other for company. I'm sure there are some daily struggles out there - the good news is you don't have to look to hard to find positive stories of support in the community. Please get in touch if you need anything, no matter how big or small it may seem.

 

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 are you doing to remain positive?
Q4 - what are you 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?

Keep safe everyone!

Best wishes, Adrian.