Our December 2018
Tilgate parkrunner of the month is
Congratulations Colin on being awarded our final parkrunner of the month in 2018! Colin is a regular at Tilgate, so in time honoured fashion we decided to ask him a few questions:-
1) What are your parkrun numbers Runs completed / PB's earned / PB Time / Number of times volunteered?
In the 5 years since I started parkrun, I've completed 225 runs total (204 at Tilgate), earned 31 PB's and my time has gone from 41:46 down to 22:23
I've volunteered at Tilgate 12 times (13th one this week!)
2) You started your parkrun journey in January 2014, can you recall how you heard about Tilgate parkrun and what did you used to do at 9am on a Saturday morning?
I remember very well, it was Clare Hall who encouraged me to come along to Tilgate and try it out 5 years ago, around a very muddy course - I was hooked on parkrun from that very first run - before that, I just slept in.
3) Do you have any particular routines that you follow during the week or on the morning of parkrun?
I walk to parkrun with my wife from home (3km away) as a warm up, and I do a longer run most Sundays.
4) Do you participate in any other sports to aid your running or recuperation?
I took up ultra-marathon running and have completed 3 runs of 100km+ in the last year and a half, each one taking between 16 and 18 hours, all thanks to parkrun!
5) What do you most enjoy about your Tilgate parkrun experience?
The beautiful surroundings, the amazing welcoming atmosphere, the friendliness of everyone there, and the ability to really push myself - and knowing I've done something I can be truly proud of each week.
6) Your Barcode, how do you remember yours and is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?
It's a wristband, and I have a mental checklist before I leave the house - "water bottle and wristband", and happy to say I've never forgotten my barcode.
7) Which volunteering role do you like best and why, are there any other roles you would like to try?
Marshalling is fun as you get to encourage all the runners as they pass, and you get to see some wonderful people - whether they are striding out at front or trying hard to manage to walk around with the tail walker, everyone is a star in their own right.
8) Do you have any particular parkrun goals or ambitions?
Not sure I'll ever do it, but to get my PB down to 20:53 (90 seconds faster than it is currently) so I will have run it in half my original time, and also to complete my 250 runs this year.
9) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?
So many - first time I managed to run up Chevron, first time running round the whole course, first time finishing in under 30 minutes, then under 25 minutes, getting a PB after 33 months since my last PB, getting the highest number of lifetime PB's at Tilgate.
10) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?
Absolutely! Going from doing no exercise, losing well over 2 stones, seeing my course time come down and then all because of parkrun, trying out and finishing 3 ultra-marathons.
11) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Tilgate parkrun?
Please try it just once, even if you walk the whole way round, it could change your life like it has changed mine.
12) Chevron or Middle path which hill do you prefer and why?
I think Chevron, it is a love-hate relationship, but when I managed to run all the way up there the first time I felt awesome!
Congratulations Colin, and welcome into the Tilgate parkrun Hall of Fame