Sarah having too much fun at parkrun

Sarah having too much fun at parkrun

Name: Sarah Landen
Age or Running Category: 31
How long have you been running? On and off for about ten years.
Why do you run? Initially it was so I could do triathlon (I’m yet to do one ten years later). Then it became about weight management, then it became a little race-focussed and now it is because it is nice to spend time with my Cheddar friends
Describe your favourite run: Hmm, I have a few….

  • I recently did my first off-road run with the big boys after avoiding it for several years – I was terribly slow but it was really cool to see the coastal town lights from the Mendips.
  • Strawberry Line runs with my running buddy Rachel, because it goes so much quicker and it is easier when chatting.
  • The nice and long, undulating roads in Lanzarote.
Do you take part in races? If so what distance/terrain? Yep, mostly road racing as I’m a liability during off-road races. I’m more endurance-based so I prefer the longer stuff. I think the half is the best distance as it is doesn’t involve the commitment of marathon training yet still feels like a decent effort. I try to avoid 10k’s.
What is your greatest running achievement? My first marathon was a great day and I had a fantabulous time – I worked really hard in the preceding months and that paid off with a sub-3:30 on my debut but I think my greatest running achievement was the Cardiff Half in 2016; the weather was horrendous (hail, 40mph winds and torrential rain) but I finished in 1:35. When I joined the club our Chairman had just run 1:35 and I thought that was utter madness, but I did it a few years later (and my first half was 2:35!)
How long have you been a member of Cheddar Running Club? I joined the club in 2013, had a ‘lost summer’ and then re-joined in 2014. Now they are stuck with me.
Why did you join Cheddar Running Club?  I was new to the area and didn’t know anyone. I joined an archery club but found that it mostly consisted of elderly gentleman which wasn’t quite what I was looking for. And I’m no good at tennis.
How has Cheddar Running Club helped you and your running? I’m a much better runner for joining the club. I used to run at one pace all the time so the track and interval sessions have been really useful. It is also nice to have people to run with during the cold and dark Winter months!
What would you say to anyone thinking of joining the club? I was really nervous about joining because I thought I was really slow and they all looked so darn quick (I’d been spying on them from the gym treadmills) but I quickly found that it is a lovely inclusive club who are particularly great with new people

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