July – Kevin Brown & Anke Black

Name: Kevin Brown

Age: 39

Occupation: Pensions Technical Manager.

Where you were born? Billinge, Merseyside.

Do you have any children? Three (6 years, 3 years and 1 year old).

How long have you been a member of the club? Two and a half years.

Why do you enjoy running? Being sociable, competitive and keeping fit.

What have been your running highs and lows? Racing as a member of a club, I feel elated every time I race (highs). Any time I have been injured (lows).

Name a piece of running kit you can’t live without? My Saucony Hurricanes.

What is your biggest running achievement? London Marathon in 2008 in 3 hours 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

What do you hope to achieve this year? To break 90 minutes for a half marathon.

Do you listen to music when you run, if so what do you like? I have never listened to music when I run, I find it distracting.

What is your post run treat? To be able to eat what I like !!!

Any other hobbies or interests? I haven’t got time for anything else with having young children.

Do you have an interesting fact about yourself? When I moved to Buckingham, I was running around the ring road at dusk and due to the conditions, I ran into a road sign and had to have seven stitches in my head !

Kevin and his dad at the Liverpool half marathon - June 2015

Kevin and his dad at the Liverpool half marathon – June 2015

Name: Anke Black

Age: 34

Occupation: Customer Relationship Leader in GE Healthcare

Where you were born? A tiny town called Gera in Germany

Do you have any children? I have 1 monkey..I mean daughter, called Elysia who is 5 years old. She recently seems to have decided to finally test her boundaries with us..so much fun..NOT!

How long have you been a member of the club? About 5 months. We moved to Buckingham in December and I’ve never been a member of a running club, so I thought I give it a go! And I don’t regret it!!

Why do you enjoy running? I just love getting out there, listening to loud music and run as fast as I can. I have to listen to music as my breathing is so loud, it disturbs me!

What have been your running highs and lows? My high was the first half of 2014, I was running mad and driving my friend, who sometimes runs with me, crazy! I did some amazing runs, for example in Whipsnade Zoo and in the Olympic Park in London…I would also call the ‘Wings for life’ run in Silverstone in May a definite high, I met the driver of the chaser car, David Coulthard, beforehand and met so many runners who were all in a great mood, there for the enjoyment of the day and so supportive..amazing race and for a great cause! I will definitely make this a yearly thing!

My low is happening right now actually, as I managed to ignore a knee injury and made it worse..so physio and walking for me…with the occasional sneaky run!

Name a piece of running kit you can’t live without? my watch and running app, I need to know every half km what my time and average is…even though I am not the fastest, I am incredibly competitive and want to better my time with every run1

What is your biggest running achievement? That has to be the Reading Half in 2014, which I ran in 1 hour 50 min (according to my trusted running app anyway..I think officially it said 1 hour 51 min..but who’s counting..)

What do you hope to achieve this year? My new goal for this year is to run without pain and better my results from last year! Running a 10k in under 50 min!!!

Do you listen to music when you run, if so what do you like? Oh yes and I take this very seriously. I make up lists with running songs and update them constantly. My taste in music completely changes when I run, it has to be fast and I don’t mind who is singing…which means during my last few runs when I’ve listened to the ‘that’s what I call running’ album, I ended up listening to my daughter’s favourite band: One Direction!!

What is your post run treat? Oh..there are loads…my husband is very caring, so I get leg rubs and a cooked meal..although this is not different from any other day..hahaha

Any other hobbies or interests? I have a 5 year old and a demanding job, there is no time for much else! Okay, so this is boring, but I am very keen on ‘employee engagement’. I recently started a part time secondment with ‘engage for success’, a government initiative which I very much enjoy! Also, we only moved to Buckingham a few months ago and love walking about, exploring the area. I should take up gardening as a hobby as I keep buying plants and somehow they always die!

Do you have an interesting fact about yourself? I asked my husband what I could say here and he said, it’s interesting that I grew up behind the wall in Germany! Wouldn’t call this interesting, although it did indeed mean that I didn’t even know of bananas until I was about 10 years old..haha! I received a medal from the US military for outstanding customer service a few years ago, maybe that’s more interesting?

Anke at the Wings For Life Race at Silverstone with David Coultard

Anke at the Wings For Life Race at Silverstone with David Coultard

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