It's time for another parkrunner profile and today it's the turn of Carla Khouri.
Carla has run 62 parkruns in total, 36 of these have been at Raphael. She has also enjoyed running at a host of other events (17 in total), including Castle Park, Stonehouse and Sandall Park and Pymmes parkruns (Off to look some of them up...no idea where they are!)
Carla has volunteered four times for us, barcode scanning and as a marshal. Thank you for your support of Raphael parkrun, Carla!
Here is Carla's profile. Enjoy x
When did you take part in your first parkrun event at Raphael?
Sometime in 2018 I think? (It was 13/01/18)
What made you come along that very first time? How did you hear about parkrun? Did someone encourage you to come along?
I had been to Harrow Lodge a couple of times as it fitted in with my son playing football over there on a Saturday morning. I stopped going as he changed football clubs and I just fitted my runs around drop off and collections. I started to go to Raphael's following a fellow Vegan Runner’s recommendation and I really enjoyed the experience.
Although life can get in the way, I try and get to Parkrun as many Saturdays as possible. This is often not at Raphael as I’m up and down the country still supporting my son at Football.
I love parkrun because...
It’s inclusive. It doesn’t matter what age, gender, colour, physique or fitness level, everyone gets a warm welcome. I tell anyone that will listen to go along.
Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?
I haven’t volunteered as much as I’d like because I often can’t commit to being in one place from week to week. Of the volunteering I have done though I like scanning as you get to see everyone at the end and congratulate them on what they’ve managed to achieve before most people have got out of their beds on a Saturday morning. When parkrun is back to some kind of normality I vow to volunteer more and try a variety of roles.
Anything else? Such as who you come along with, favourite Raphael parkrun memory, favourite part of the course, milestone memories, fun facts about you...
I usually come along with my husband Dudley and on rare occasions my sons. The favourite part of the course is alongside the lake. It’s just so beautiful (and as flat as a pancake).
Favourite memory. Well not so much a favourite memory but a favourite photo. My husband snuck up behind me coming into the finish funnel which led to a sprint finish. He beat me for the first time ever and was VERY happy. The volunteer photographer captured that moment perfectly.
Other facts about me. I’m a teacher in a local school. Aside from running, I love climbing mountains and qualified as a mountain leader last year (My day job is a Secondary science teacher). I’m also getting in some practice on the bike as I’ve signed up to my first half Ironman later this year.
I was known as traffic lights at school as I have two different coloured eyes.
Before I bore you with my whole life story, I’ll sign off with I can’t wait to see you all at the bandstand soon.