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 Julie Richardson
How long have you been a member:
I’ve been a member since October 2016 (although, I still count myself as, not a preper runner).
Why did you start:
I’d generally been keeping fit to lose weight after having my three children and had got myself a FitBit. One miserable April Spring day almost exactly six years ago I realised I’d get more steps if I went for a “jog”. I downoaded the C25K app and did my first ever run wearing five year old trainers and all the wrong clothes – I couldn’t even run for 30 seconds, my first parkrun was about two months later.
Favourite type of running (Road, XC, T&F, Fell etc):
I mainly do road running, although I have done the odd trail race, but I can’t cope with the nettle stings! I wouldn’t consider trail or xc in the winter – too much mud.
Best event you’ve taken part in (and why):
Edinburgh Marathon in 2018. It was my first and only (so far) full marathon – I was a crying and limping mess by mile 24 but it was to raise money for a charity close to my heart after losing my Dad a couple of years earlier
I also love The McTaggart Trot – as it means it’s only a few days until Christmas and everyone is so friendly and I love how everyone gets dressed up and it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow runners.
Event you’re looking forward to (and why):
It would have been the Edinburgh Half, although it’s cancelled, I still planning on running a half marathon that day. I’m probably going to be doing it on my treadmill so it may be a challenge.
What’s on your headphones while you train:
A randon mix of 80s and 90s cheesy tunes – best not to go further on that one!!
Favourite training session (and why):
I barely get to any sessions so I’d say any that I go to, although I totally hate them when I’m there, but love it when I’ve done it. It’s always nice to see other members as I normally run on my own.
Do you take your trainers on holiday? If yes, where is the best place you’ve trained/ran?
Yes, I love running on holiday. I ran almost every day a couple of years ago in Majorca. I loved exploring as my children were at the age where they didn’t want to leave the pool. I tried to run in Turkey, I did a few laps of the hotel, but it was so hot that I found myself laid in a hammock on the beach!
Pre race food & drink of choice:
Normally a bowl of porridge and a banana, cup of tea early on, but nothing just before as I normally get paranoid about needing 50 toilet trips.
Post race food & drink of choice:
After a 10km or Half Marathon I would just have a packet of Seabrooks Cream Cheese & Chive crisps on the way home then probably over eat on the evening with an unhealthy take-away. After the Edinburgh Marathon, I had the best chicken burger in the world, ever! and of course the celebratory prosecco.
Favourite place to run:
Anywhere new as I get bored of the same views running around Darlo.
Best Club related memory:
When I did Edinburgh I knew at least one other Harrier was doing it too, but didn’t know who he was. As it was an out and back route I spent an hour or so looking to see who was on their way back as I knew they were a faster runner. When I finally saw the white vest with blue stripes running towards me down the hill I was going up, I froze and could’t speak – Simon Daniels had almost ran past me when I shouted “Don’t be S*** – Up The Harriers” – I just heard a laugh in the distance.
If you could go for a long chatty run with anyone, who would it be and why:
My Dad, although he wasn’t a runner he was a very keen cyclist and I’m sure he would have loved to cycle beside me on my long training runs.
Describe our club in three words:
Friendly. Supportive. Encouraging.