Our January 2019
Tilgate parkrunner of the month is
Congratulations to Laelia, (pictured with Jo Fiveash). on becoming the first Tilgate parkruner of the month for 2019. To try and find out a little more about Laelia's parkrunning we asked her a few questions:
1) What are your parkrun numbers Runs completed / PB's earned / PB Time / Number of times volunteered.
At Tilgate parkrun I have completed 149 runs, earned 15 PBs with my latest PB being 20:11 and I have volunteered 14 times.
2) You started your parkrun journey in July 2013, can you recall how you heard about Tilgate parkrun and what you used to do at 9am on a Saturday morning?
I first heard about parkrun from my friend Jo Fiveash, I was a bit apprehensive at first- I was new to running and did all of my runs on my own. I decided to give it a go and from my very first parkrun I was hooked. Now I can't imagine my Saturday mornings without it, and whatever I used to do before I discovered parkrun is long forgotten!
3) Do you have any particular routines that you follow during the week or on the morning of parkrun?
I run quite a bit during the week including: a long run, a tempo run, a hill session, a track session and a parkrun. On the morning of parkrun I do a mile warm up and stretches to get myself ready for the run. And I should mention that recently whenever I have had some of my Mum's homemade fudge in the morning, I have PB'd, so this is now a pre-parkrun must!!
4) You've made some significant progress recently, have you got a secret to explain your recent performances?
Over the last 4 or 5 months I have really stepped up my training, there's no secret to it, just consistent hard work which is paying off now, oh and the fudge of course. Also, one of my hill training sessions involves running up Chevron 10 times, so when it comes to doing it at parkrun, it doesn't feel so bad!
5) What do you most enjoy about your Tilgate parkrun experience?
I love seeing all the friendly faces each week and I love how motivated it keeps me with my running. Tilgate is a beautiful park to run in and I feel very lucky to have it on my doorstep; it's a great way to start the weekend.
6) Your Barcode, how do you remember yours and is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?
Mine's laminated and I keep it in my car.
7) Which volunteering role do you like best and why?
Timekeeper is fun, quite a responsible role but it's easy! I also enjoyed marshalling at the top of Chevron hill the other day- it made a nice change from running up it!
8) Do you have any particular parkrun goals or ambitions remaining?
I am currently working on achieving a sub 20. I've had a few other races recently (half marathons and 10ks) so in March my focus will be back on my parkruns.
9) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?
My Dad and my husband completing their first parkrun! I had nagged them for ages to do it, I was really proud when they finally succumbed to the nagging and got out there, did it and enjoyed it. I'm still working on my Mum.
10) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?
parkrun has definitely changed my attitude to running. I first started running to lose a bit of weight, since starting parkrun it has given me the running bug and now I love entering running events and this in turn drives me to keep fit and train hard. parkrun has also introduced me to new running friends and running with company is way more fun than doing it alone.
11) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Tilgate parkrun?
Just do it, you won't look back. Everyone is so friendly and supportive and it doesn't matter if you are young or old, fast or slow, it really is for everyone. It's a beautiful park to go and walk, jog or run around and much more fun to do it in the good company of the parkrun family!
12) Chevron or Middle path which hill do you prefer and why?
Definitely Chevron, I run up it looking forward to the nice long downhill afterwards!
Congratulations Laelia, and welcome into the Tilgate parkrun Hall of Fame