Tilgate parkrunner of the month is
Congratulations to Tony on becoming our parkruner of the month for December. Tony has been running at Tilgate for four years and just recently he has come to form with a flurry of impressive PBs. We were interested to know if he has found a hidden shortcut or a new training secret, so we asked him a few questions:-
1) What are your parkrun statistics - Runs completed / PB's earned / PB Time / Number of times volunteered?
63 runs completed (61 at Tilgate), 10 PB’s (6 of which have come since the beginning of November), PB time is now 29.06, volunteered 40 times.
2) You started your Tilgate parkrun journey in January 2016. Can you recall how you heard about Tilgate parkrun and what did you used to do at 9am on a Saturday morning?
I heard about Tilgate parkrun through friends and then my Son ( who was 13 at the time) wanted to run it and our friends ran with him whilst I watched for a while. Then I saw how much people seemed to be actually enjoying running the course that I thought, why not have a go and I now try to run or volunteer whenever I can. Before attending Parkrun, it was more or less a case of having an easy morning to get over the week at work.
3) Do you have any particular routines that you follow during the week or on the morning of parkrun?
Not really, apart from my well earned second breakfast when I get back home of a croissant and a coffee
4) You've made some progress recently, have you got a secret to explain your recent performances?
My Wife Julie runs too and it is just really satisfying for me to actually finish ahead of her for a change
On a more serious note, my improvement is really being helped by the fact that I changed jobs last year and now spend most of my working days walking up and down staircases on building developments and am averaging around 18000 steps on a daily basis. This and the fact that I have actually ran more over the last month or so is certainly helping improve my times and getting me up the hills (more about these later!!)
5) What do you most enjoy about your Tilgate parkrun experience?
The fact that everyone is so friendly and you can feel part of a great experience no matter what your level of fitness. If you want to walk the course you can and people will support and encourage you all the way.
6) Your Barcode, how do you remember yours and is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?
I have bought a barcode wristband and “ Have you got your barcode” is the last question that we all think of before we leave the house on a Saturday morning.
7) Which volunteering role do you like best and why?
Marshalling is my favourite role as it gives me that chance to cheer on and encourage those running or walking the course. It is also great when you get those “ thankyou Marshall” shouts and is something I really appreciate.
8) Do you have any particular parkrun goals or ambitions?
My ambition was to get below the 30 minute mark, which I have done now so I am now looking at getting below 28 minutes.
9) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?
Well it, has got to be getting this award and having my name called out at the beginning of the event on Saturday. I couldn’t believe it to be honest as there are more than 500 runners on a weekly basis and I never thought for one minute that I would be voted for as the parkrunner of the month. Just goes to show that if you put the effort in, anything is possible.
10) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?
My main fitness was based around cycling before I started parkrun as I have never been a keen runner but as I mentioned earlier, the fact that you are amongst a friendly group and there is no pressure on you apart from that what you put on yourself, you can just take it easy and enjoy the experience.
11) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Tilgate parkrun
Give it a go. Don’t think you cant do it just because you can't run the distance, that will come over time and as it is on every Saturday come rain or shine, you have plenty of time to improve and Tilgate is a beautiful park to run or walk around anyway so what’s not to like.
12) Chevron or Middle path which hill do you prefer and why?
Chevron as once you have got up this one you know you have done the hills
13) What is your favourite part of the course and why?
Got the be the Lake on a crisp Autumn morning with the sun reflecting off the water.
Welcome into the Tilgate parkrun Hall of Fame