Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 8 – Anna, Lucy and Gill

Afternoon everyone, another week and another not-run report aka People Profiles. This is edition 8 which means that it’s now been 2 months since we last met by the Pavilion, ran our course together and then drank coffee, ate cake or bacon butties and cheered everyone else through.

In those two months our world has changed but we are adapting. People who have never run before have taken up running and registrations for parkrun are continuing, ready for the time when we all meet again by the Pavilion, supported by volunteers in hi-vis.

So, until then, we’ll continue to learn some more about members of our community; this week it’s the turn of Anna, Lucy and Gill.

Anna Ford
Pomphrey Hill parkrun Anna Ford

Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

I ran my first parkrun at Ashton Court in 2014 – as a friend was visiting me in Bristol and she really wanted to give it a go. I did enjoy that first parkrun experience; however, it was over 2 years until November 2016 that I returned to parkrun. I had run a lot as a youngster but had become really inactive in my early twenties – something I had decided I really wanted to change. My friend who encouraged me to go to Ashton Court those 2 years prior, had really caught the parkrun bug, and had continued to go every week. So, I decided to give my, now local, Pomphrey Hill parkrun a go. This time it really stuck – I loved the friendly, inclusive atmosphere, and that it really does not matter how quickly (or slowly) you get around. I think I went every week for at least a year – only missing it if I was on holiday!

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

I think I am generally proud of that fact that since November 2016, running has become such an important part of my life. I am not originally from Bristol, and it is through running, parkrun, and joining a running club, that I have established myself, made friends, and made Bristol a home.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

As so much of the country has been doing – Zoom has become a really important way of staying connected with loved ones. Lots of Zoom quizzing and zoom exercise classes. Also, as I am in a really fortunate situation, and have been able to remain working from home – I have enjoyed sending little “care packages” to my friends who are working on the front line, or who have been furloughed.

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

Running! Before lockdown, I would rarely run by myself, running has always been a very social activity for me, so I was really concerned about how I would cope without that aspect of my favourite thing to do. However, have chosen a “training plan” to carry out, and I am running most days and have found an appreciation for lone running. That said, I cannot wait to be reunited with running friends, and go post-parkrun breakfasts, and social Sunday long runs.

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

I have been fortunate to visit a lot of different parkruns (51) over the last few years, and I love taking the opportunity to try the nearest parkrun if I am away for the weekend. However, I think it would have to be my “second home” parkrun – Bideford in North Devon. It’s the parkrun closest to my parents, and where I grew up – and as it’s nice and flat (sorry Mr Hill!), it’s where my parkrun PB is.

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

Hoping everyone is keeping safe and well – and can’t wait to be back at parkrun and enjoying post-parkrun breakfasts with friends sometime soon.

Lucy Bryant

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

Wanting to get faster and a good excuse not to have a drink on a Friday evening. An early goal for the weekend.

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

Completing Eastville parkrun in 20 mins and 15 seconds, a PB!

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

I’m trying to beat and train to better the above PB. Virtually running, sprint training and working on speed work. I tried last weekend and only managed 20:33 so have a way to go. #lockdowngoals

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

As a triathlete I am lucky to have an indoor smart turbo trainer so I’m cycling online in the virtual world 3-4 times a week, running 1-2 times and weight training at home 1-2 times a week.

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

This is a tough one. Eastville is my closer one but Chipping Sodbury is flat. So great for trying for a PB!

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

Keep up with your fitness. It’s important more than ever at the moment not just for our physical but mental health. Having goals and things to aim for is equally important. DB Max have a free 5K Saturday rainbow run if you need extra inspiration....

Gill Whitehead

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

My daughter Pamela Goold. I was doing C25k and she suggested we go along to parkrun. It was Halloween 2015 and loads of people were in fancy dress which I wasn't expecting!

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

I really enjoyed marshalling on New Year's Day, I think it was 2018. We had record numbers including a group of men from Ashton Court celebrating a milestone dressed as "laydees", it was freezing cold and pouring with rain but I loved it!

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

Keeping in touch with friends and family on social media and volunteering with Red Cross

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

Running and walking on alternate days. I've done some virtual medals, parkrun challenges and challenges with my running club Bitton Road Runners.

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

Got to be Somerdale Pavilion, the Curly Wurly parkrun which is actually now my home parkrun as it's my nearest but I still love coming to Pomphrey Hill when I can!

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

parkrun has been a huge part of my running journey and I'm really looking forward to it starting again but only when it's safe.

Thank you Anna, Lucy and Gill 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 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?
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