Member profiles

Name: Chris Lamb (PJR group leader)

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• How long have you been running/ coaching?

I have been running since the age of 12 so about 17 years now. I started coaching as soon as I passed the British Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness course in 2012 setting up Parkland Jog and Run almost straight away.

• How/ why did u begin running?

As a child my main sport was always football but through playing that I knew I had a pretty good level of running speed and endurance. My first ever middle distance race was an 800m in a PE lesson in middle school aged 12. I won that and the school sports day a few weeks later. I then won the county 1500m in my first ever race on a running track and the town cross county race later that year against people a full school year older than me. From then on a kept racing and kept winning while still playing football too. A few years later I joined the town’s athletics club and am still a member to this day.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

At under 20 and under 23 age group level I ran the national standard time in the 800m, ranked in the top 20 in the country, made the national final and represented the Midlands in a home international event. As a senior I have won the Midlands 800m title and most recently qualified for the obstacle course race world championships.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

Endure 24. A 24 hour trail race in Aldermaston near Reading that I have competed in with a team in 2013, winning the event setting a course record and as a soloist in 2014 when I covered 80 miles.

• What’s your favourite training session?

On the track I’ve always enjoyed a pyramid session. Something like 200m/ 300m/ 400m/ 300m/ 200m at race pace or quicker. Since taking up obstacle course racing I like doing the workouts that replicate race day situations by just getting out and running on the wettest, muddiest, hilliest terrain I can find and doing all sorts during the run. Exercises, climbing, carrying objects, crawling etc.

• What are your Personal Bests? (List all distances & best times you’ve achieved)

400m: 50.7, 800m: 1.52.86, 1500m: 3.58.5, 3k: 8.53, 5k: 16.09, 10k: 33.45, Half marathon: 75.08, Marathon: 2.48.59, 12 hours: 90k, 24 hours: 80 miles

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To become one of the UK’s top obstacle course racers and to test myself over a whole host of different events.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To represent England and a Great Britain at European and world level competitions in masters athletics.

 

Name: Fiona Fisher

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• How long have you been running?

5 years

• How/ why did u begin running?

I did a Race for Life and then a friend bet me he could beat me at a triathlon. It spiralled from there.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

My first session was in the thick snow in Jan 2013.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

My first ultra distance event was a massive achievement.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

Tough question, as many races have different merits- Jurassic Coastal was epic: 3 marathons over 3 days, well run, good food and good company.

• What’s your favourite training session?

I like pyramids and have a love/hate relationship with hills.

• What are your Personal Bests? (List all distances & best times you’ve achieved)

5k: 24.12
10k: 50.00
Half marathon: 1.55.56
Marathon: 4.16
30 miles: 6 hours 45
35 miles: 6 hours 53
50 miles: 14 hours 20

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To be able to walk the next day after a race.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To run as many beautiful races as possible. To push my body to a limit and find out what I am made of.

 

Name: Adam Pope

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• How long have you been running?

2 years

• How/ why did u begin running?

Someone at work asked me if I wanted a charity place in the London Marathon and I said yes. I hadn’t run since I was a teenager. I managed to get round and enjoyed the sense of achievement. A few months later I found out about Parkrun and started going every week. I met some great people there and found myself getting fitter and faster. Running gave me time to think and relax.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

I first attended about 18 months ago and have been a regular member for the last year.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Completing that first London Marathon was an achievement as I had no experience or training. This year I managed a back to back Ultra Marathon which pushed me to my limits. My Parkrun PB is also a big achievement for me.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

My favourite race was the Christmas 2013 Mud, Sweat and Beer OCR. Four of us ran as a team and all crossed the finish line together, it was a challenge but great fun as well.

• What’s your favourite training session?

Hill running session.

• What are your Personal Bests? (List all distances & best times you’ve achieved)

35 mile Ultra – 6:20:37
Marathon – 3:33:22
Half Marathon – 1:35:34
5K – 19:21
Mile – 6:08

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To break 19 minutes for 5K and 6mins for mile.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To break 3:30 for Marathon and 1:35 for Half.

 

Name: Claire Holland

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• How long have you been running?

I’ve been running on and off since the age of 13.

• How/ why did u begin running?

After a school cross country race, a student teacher thought I had talent so told me about the local athletics club: Northampton Phoenix. I went down and met with a group, joining in the session. I worked so hard to keep up that I made myself feel ill and it took me two weeks to pluck up the courage to go back again! I quickly realised that I liked challenging myself in the sessions but this was nothing compared with racing which I truly loved.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

I stopped running when my coach moved away about ten years ago and, despite trying hard to get back into it several times, nothing seemed to stick. However, a year and a half ago I finally plucked up the courage to go to a PJR session and have never looked back.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

-I was twice 800m midland champion. The first title saw me achieve my 800m pb of 2.18.2 which still stands (aged 14 at the time).
– qualifying for the Northamptonshire English schools team twice.
– completing a half marathon recently which is the furthest distance I’ve ever run.
– Being part of the PJR winning team at Endure 24 in 2014

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

– My favourite race was a 800m race at Watford on a Wednesday evening. I was going for a pb and led the race for the first 500m but was taken over by a lady at this point. She opened up an extensive lead but I worked hard in the final 200m and ended up overtaking her then pulling away on the home straight. I got a pb of 2.20 which qualified me for the English schools team.

• What’s your favourite training session?

I loved 8x200m with 2min rec on the track. My favourite PJR session is the pyramid.

• What are your Personal Bests? (List all distances & best times you’ve achieved)

400m: 59.7
800m: 2.18.2
1500m: 4.52.4
5k: 22.45
Half marathon: 1hr49.30

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To run under 21.30 for 5k. Increase weekly mileage and keep this consistently over 80miles per month.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To race on the track again and run PBS over 800 and 1500m (and hopefully 400m too!)

 

Name: Lee Chilvers

image• How long have you been running?

On and off 6.5 years but consistently for last 2 years.

• How/ why did u begin running?

Always wanted to run, but historically I was a lot heavier, now 6 stone lighter, I am using it to support the management of type 2 Diabetes.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

I first joined a couple of months after they formed but then stopped when winter came, which I regretted but I’ve now been back regularly for nearly 2 years.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Breaking my 10k PB & the 1 hour barrier in my hometown of Kings Lynn

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

Kings Lynn 10k. It’s extremely flat and I knew several faces in the crowd to cheer me on.

• What’s your favourite training session?

I prefer Fartlek or Pyramid sessions

• What are your Personal Bests? (List all distances & best times you’ve achieved)

10K- 59:45
5K- 27:32
1 mile- 7.35

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To break 7 mins for the mile and 26:30 in 5k parkrun.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

Finish half Marathon in Peterborough in October in under 2hr:15

 

Name: Gary Shaw

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•How long have you been running?

I ran the Nottingham half marathon in 1998 and 2000 but didn’t continue running after either race. Started running regularly in April 2012.

•How/why did you begin running?

After ballooning to 20 stone I knew I had to do something before my health began to suffer. Lost 3 stone and started to run/walk to help with the weight loss. Northampton Parkrun started 6 or so weeks later and that really spurred me on to continue and build my fitness. Entered the Nottingham half as a goal with a target of 2 hours and despite picking up an injury 3 weeks before the race finished in 2:03.

•How long have you been a PJR member?

I joined PJR in January 2013.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Losing 6 stone in weight, completing the Nottingham half without walking for the first time, continuing to run – after injuries I still look forward to getting back training, competing in Endure 24 (a 24 hour event) and having the confidence to attempt to do it solo next year.

• What’s your favourite race?

Definitely Endure 24. The atmosphere, camaraderie and sense of achievement is unrivalled by any other event I have attended. A special mention also to The Suffering OCR, not your traditional running event but one of the best obstacle events out there.

• What’s your favourite training session?

I love the PJR OCR sessions

• What are your Personal Bests?

1 mile – 7.44
5k – 24:46
10k – 1 hr 15 (injured calf at 7k so doesn’t really count)
half marathon – 2:03
24 hr race – 20 miles (as a part of a team of 8)

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

Completing the Leicester marathon in October in under 4:30.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

Compete in Endure 24 as a solo in 2015 with a target of completing 75 miles.

 

Name: Peter Currington

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• How long have you been running?

I started running when I was 9 or 10 with Northampton phoenix athletics club. However I stopped in 2001 when I hit a rough patch in my life. I didn’t start again until 2012 when I was in my late 20’s

• How/ why did u begin running?

I began running because I enjoyed it. I wanted to run everywhere as a kid. I got back into it to help bring me out of depression and improve my state of mind with it did.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

Since September 2012

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Reaching the English Schools as a junior is probably my biggest achievement in running on paper. Also to have got back to a competitive level from where I was a couple of years ago I regard as an achievement in another way.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

My first 800 since my comeback on the track in the London indoor games at Lea valley. It was such a buzz to realise I still knew how to race especially over that distance, the adrenaline, pre race nerves and everything. Although it was a small race it felt huge!

• What’s your favourite training session?

I don’t have one favourite in particular but I like the faster more intense sessions on the track that hurt the most as they are also the most rewarding!

• What are your Personal Bests?

400m- 51.0
600m- 1:26.0
800m- 1:57:6
1500m- 4:15.7
3k- 9:30
5k- 16:44
10k- 34:56
HM- 1:21:08

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To break my 1500m PB

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To try to get as close as I can to where I was as a junior on the track and to be competitive at county and midland level. Taking into account my age and the loss of some degree of speed I also want to run decent times over longer distances.

 

Name: Lianne Norfolk

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• How long have you been running?

Since Feb 2013 (18 months)

• How/ why did u begin running?

I only took up running so I could complete a Tough Mudder. Studying my Masters Degree was taking it’s toll on me and I needed a new focus, I’d seen some friends complete Tough Mudder in 2012 and decided I wanted to have a go. It was only going to be a one-off thing, but now I’m hooked.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

Since October 2013, my fellow Tough Mudders stopped running after the 2013 event and I got fed up of running by myself all the time. I’m so glad I joined PJR, I’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time and made some great friends.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Completing Tough Mudder on two consecutive days, and winning Endure 24 as part of a team of 8.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

I couldn’t choose between Endure24 and Tough Mudder.

• What’s your favourite training session?

I don’t have a favourite, as long as I’m running I’m happy!

• What are your Personal Bests?

1 Mile: 6.46
5k: 23.32
10k: 51.15

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To complete my first half marathon at Birmingham in October 2014 under 2 hours

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

Competing in a team if 5 at Endure 24 in June 2015 & I’d like to run a full marathon at some point. Otherwise just to carry on enjoying running and obstacle races.
Name: Stephen Croft

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• How long have you been running?

I started running regularly in January 2014

• How/ why did u begin running?

If I’m honest I never had any interest in running. I was football crazy from a very young age but sadly in May 2012 I tore my right anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament and damaged my right medial meniscus. Even though I’m still having treatment to my knee it’s now strong enough for me to run. I started by doing short runs by myself but found it hard to get motivated. I was then found out about PJR and started to attend their sessions. From the very first session I felt welcome and really enjoyed it, also found my fitness levels improved dramatically after a few weeks, felt I had more energy during the day and found that running relaxed me.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

Started in January 2014

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

I completed the London Marathon in April 2012 in a time of 4hours 34mins 5 seconds. It was something I’d always wanted to do and thought I’d have no worries completing it due to my fitness level form football. How wrong I was!!! Felt ok until mile 18 where I stopped for a toilet break. After this my whole body had shut down. Since joining PJR I’m proud to have entered many different events and I was lucky enough to finish first in Mud Sweat and Beer 5k OCR. Also being part of a team at Endure 24 was a big achievement for me.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

My favourite race was Endure 24. Felt great being part of a team, seeing everyone helping out wherever they could and the support was awesome.

• What’s your favourite training session?

It has to be the PJR OCR sessions. Who doesn’t enjoy running through dirty smelly water, crawling through mud, jumping over trees and collecting little ducks from the pond?

• What are your Personal Bests?

1 mile: 5.48
5k : 21.05
10k : 48.20
Marathon : 4h 34m 05 seconds

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

By the end of 2014 I’d like to improve all my PBs and get a half marathon done in under 2 hours

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

Attempt another marathon in 2015 and be under 3 hours 40mins. Do Endure 24 in a 5 person team ready for a solo attempt the following year.

 

Name: Steve Cory

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• How long have you been running?

2 years

• How/ why did u begin running?

I joined a friend (Mick Conroy) on a run while on holiday in Tenerife in September 2012

• How long have you been a PJR member?

I joined in April 2014

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Completing the Edinburgh marathon in under 3 hours 30 and running 90k as part of a pairs team at TR 24 hour run.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

Edinburgh marathon

• What’s your favourite training session?

Tapering!!!

• What are your Personal Bests?

1 mile- 6:13
5k- 19:44
10k- 41:54
Half marathon- 1:38:00
30k- 2:26:51
Marathon- 3:27:54
24 hours- 90k

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To run 5k sub 19:22 (Mick’s PB)

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To do a parkrun the first Saturday after my 100th Birthday………faster than Mick!

 

Name: Julie Currington

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• How long have you been running?

2 years

• How/ why did u begin running?

I started by joining a gym and doing some light running just to lose weight.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

My husband Peter joined and told me that the training sessions would be something I’d enjoy. I was a little nervous to begin with as I hadn’t really ran as part of a group before but I really enjoyed it. I have now been a member for around a year and a half

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Completing the Stanwick lakes 10k. It’s the furthest I have ran and finished in 64 mins.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

Rock solid race. It was my first ever obstacle run and I had so many mixed emotions about it but there was no greater feeling then crossing the finish knowing I had got through it. Plus I loved the t- shirt.

• What’s your favourite training session?

The PJR OCR training sessions really are fun and they help you to prepare for those tough obstacle races so they are my favourite. Plus you get a bit muddy and a bit wet and its great fun

• What are your Personal Bests?

10k- 64 mins
5k- 27.51
1 mile- 8.35

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

Continue training hard so I can complete the Birmingham half marathon in October. This will be the longest I have ever ran so im nervous and excited.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To continue to train with PJR as training with the group has given me the confidence to complete races I never thought I could do. I have met amazing people who have encouraged me to complete the races i’ve ran so in time, I’d love to complete a full marathon!

 

Name: Martin Gooding

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• How long have you been running?

26 years.

• How/ why did u begin running?

I began running with the intention of getting fit and losing some weight and was talked into joining the United trades road runners by some of my work mates and loved the race day buzz but I stopped racing 15 years ago until recently when I started doing Northampton parkrun and joined PJR.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

I started training with PJR in February 2014.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Most recently it’s running sub 20 mins for the Northampton parkrun and being part of the PJR Endure 24 team. The younger me achieved regular sub 6.00 minute mile pace for my favourite race distance of ten miles.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

Endure 24 in 2014

• What’s your favourite training session?

With PJR it’s the sprint relays/ shuttle runs session. On my own my it’s 5-10 mile fartlek running a hilly course.

• What are your personal bests times?

Marathon: 2 hrs 58 mins
Half marathon: 1 hr 22 mins
10 miles: 57.00
10k: 36.00
5 miles 28.00
5k 17.55

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

Run under 19 minutes for the parkrun

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

I would like reach my full potential as I slightly regret not doing so when I was younger.

 

Name: Steve Heighway

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• How long have you been running?

I have been running since 1980

• How/ why did u begin running?

I Started running because I was bored so my mum told me I should take a run around the block. A friend in the village who was also a runner encouraged me to start running with him. After a while I joined United Trades Road Runners before moving to Northampton Phoenix to run with a few people I knew who ran there.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

I’ve been a member of PJR since June 2012 when chris encouraged me to join whilst coming back from an ITB injury. He has since been coaching me full time.

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Running for 24 hours solo at Endure 24 I regard as my biggest achievement followed by the 12 hour Lightning run both in 2014. I am also very proud of my 1.16 half marathon.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

The Crest a Turbines Northampton Phoenix mile races were great tactical races where I always gave a good account of myself.

• What’s your favourite training session?

400m/ 600m x 3 (200m/ 400m jog recovery) Hitting the 400’s hard and 600’s relaxed. I like the change of pace during this session.

• What are your Personal Bests?

400m – 58 secs
800m – 2:09
1500m – 4:09
Mile – 4:38
3k – 9.05
5k – 16:00
10k – 34:03
10 mile – 58:30
Half marathon – 76:30
Marathon – 3:18

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To recover from my current rib injury, regain my fitness & remain fit & injury free.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To get some speed back over 5k and 10k before moving up to the half marathon again & to attempt to run 100 miles in 24 hours.

 

Name: Becky Dixey

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• How long have you been running?

About 3 years, after losing quite a bit of weight, and it was an interest shared with my daughter

• How/ why did u begin running?

I began running when my aerobic/fat club class closed down and I wanted to keep the weight off. (it was also cheaper than the gym)

• How long have you been a PJR member?

I joined in Feb 2013, time flies when your having fun!

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

Completing my 100th parkrun.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

I would have to say Rock Solid Race. It was my first obstacle course race and the most memorable.

• What’s your favourite training session?

I love the PJR OCR training, and I like the Monday fartlek sessions.

• What are your Personal Bests?

1 mile – 9.52
5k – 30 mins 19 seconds
10k – 68 minutes

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

To get below the damm 30 minute barrier for parkrun

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

I am hoping to complete my first half marathon in October 2014 and be part of the PJR Endure 24 team in 2015.

 

Name: Vicki Baker

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• How long have you been running?

I ran cross country at school and but I didn’t keep it up after I left. I started running again around five years ago.

• How/ why did you begin running?

I started going to gym classes when I was caring for a terminally ill family member. I joined as a way of helping me deal with things emotionally and as I got fitter I felt I wanted to take up running again. I don’t go to the gym anymore but I’ve kept up with the running and found it has so many benefits.

• How long have you been a PJR member?

Since February 2014

• What are your biggest achievements in running?

I was really pleased to run my second ever half marathon this year at Milton Keynes in just under two hours.

• What’s been your favourite race to date?

It’s not so much a race but I loved running the 5k Parkrun at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire a few months back. The course is set in the grounds of a National Trust property and made a nice change despite the rain (and hangover).

• What’s your favourite training session?

I would have said I enjoy all the PJR training sessions but I’ve not done the hill training session with them yet. Maybe that will be my favourite!

• What are your Personal Bests?

1 mile – 7:05
5k – 23:32
10k – 50.09
half marathon 1:59:19

• What is your short term fitness target(s)?

I’d like to run 10k in under 50 minutes.

• What’s your long term fitness target(s)?

To run the Northampton parkrun in under 21 minutes. I’m also looking forward to running as part of a team in the Endure24 race next year.

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