What a sunny day.
To celebrate the sunshine we are giving you another epic member profile.
This week it is none other than Chris Jones.
1. Please briefly introduce yourself.
Hi my name is Chris Jones and I’m leader of Group C and one of the Friday Hills leaders I have been a member of the club since October 2012.
I always hated running at school and since school have only ever participated in team sports Cricket, Football, Basketball and also golf.
As the years have gone on I have stopped playing these sports and my fitness has dropped off and the weight piled on.
I was introduced to the club by my good friend Paul James as a good way to get fitter and hopefully to help loose weight also.
Since October 2012 I have run Snowdonia Marathon and 2 London Marathons, countless half marathons, 10 milers, 10 k’s, Essex 20, and Essex way (once only)
2. What events, if any do you have coming up?
I have no events currently booked up I am awaiting for things to return to near normal before I start looking again, I would like to do a half and 10 miler in the next year, I did say that Marathons were no longer for me but I maybe tempted back when I hit 60 in 2023.
3. What does running mean to you?
Running means a healthy body and mind, over the years before I started to run I had put on weight which I have now managed to loose and I am in much better physical condition than I have been for a good while.
I have also found that running is a great switch off from issues you may have it helps to clear your head and takes you away for a while and allows you to think more clearly without distractions.
Also being part of a club and running with others I have met a lot of new friends, I cant wait for some normality to return when we can get back to running in groups again.
4. What is your best BRC memory?
Many great memories, one that immediately springs to mind was a great weekend spent in North Wales in 2014 when 4 of us were running the Snowdonia Marathon, we went in 3 cars and had supporters with us for what was a really tough race.
It was great to see the friendly faces and hear the cheers on the final part as the route came back into Llanberis.
The evening out later was pretty good too.
Another was when Vicki Calleja and Mike Turrington and myself took on Bungay Festival of Running in 2019, Mike did the Marathon, Vicki the Half and I did the Double Doggie which was the 10K followed by the Half 30 minutes later.
5. Proudest running moment?
I feel very proud seeing runners come to the club sometimes as complete beginners watch them put the effort in and work hard and improve and move up through the groups and enjoy running and the club as I do.
A good example was when I paced Kerry Mason on her second Brentwood Half to a sub 2 hour run in 2019.
On a personal note I was pleased with my Snowdonia Marathon and the Double Doggie runs as they were both tough.
6. What’s the best bit of running advice you could give or have been given?
The best bit of (running) advise is that you never regret going for a run but you can regret not going for a run, so don’t put it off you inevitably regret it later and you cant go back.
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