Over time, we’re going to introduce our members by way of a series of questions we’ve put to them; they’ve kindly agreed to let us publish their answers. On this occasion, it’s the turn of Catherine Anderson
How long have you been a member:
I’ve been a member for just over three years.
Why did you start:
I started running Parkrun New Year’s Day 2014 at age 58, I’d never ran before and decided I’d found something to keep me fit that I enjoyed and intended to stick at ,then a couple of Harriers I know, John Dunne & Paul Lowe suggested I join and I’d had a message from Paul Cook so I thought I’d give it a go so I rocked up at Wylam Avenue one Thursday evening for Lesley Miller’s Hill Session.
Favourite type of running (Road, XC, T&F, Fell etc):
Road races 10k & half marathons. Although I’ve tried a bit of fell running and have done some cross country.
Best event you’ve taken part in (and why):
I love the Darlo 10k & the McTaggart Trot is brilliant.
Event you’re looking forward to (and why):
I did Keilder Dark Skies 14 last year & was looking forward to it this March so anything at the moment would be good after covid & Redcar half.
What’s on your headphones while you train:
I don’t tend to listen to music as I like the sounds around me – although during half marathons my favourite track is Lust for Life by Iggy Pop.
Favourite training session (and why):
I love the Hartford road hill sessions , also all track sessions as I’m rubbish at speed sessions on my own & I’m really missing them.
Do you take your trainers on holiday? If yes, where is the best place you’ve trained/ran?
Always take them as I love running on holiday, Bangkok was interesting & India. Montenegro was a really beautiful place to run.
Pre race food & drink of choice:
I have porridge on a race morning as it’s part of my mental preparation and a banana.
Post race food & drink of choice:
Fish & Chips and a cup of tea.
Favourite place to run:
I’ve really started to enjoy trail running recently but also love going out for my runs whenever I’m away on holiday, love running with other harriers on a Wednesday evening.
Best Club related memory:
I really enjoyed getting Michael Watson’s bus to Sunderland half and the camaraderie before & after the race. Also I love meeting all the other Harriers pre race and after at any event.
I was also very proud & surprised when I started winning age category prizes, included some first places, which was lovely, encouraging and exciting.
If you could go for a long chatty run with anyone, who would it be and why:
I don’t think I could chat much while running although I could listen and grunt now and again with any of the lovely ladies I’ve met.
Describe our club in three words:
Empowering. Friendly. Motivating.