June – Linda Knox & Jon Grose

Name: Linda Knox

Age: 53

Occupation: Technical Author

Where you were born? Sutton, Surrey

Do you have any children? No

How long have you been a member of the club? This is my third year.

Why do you enjoy running? It’s a way to challenge myself in new ways, to meet new and inspiring people of all ages and fitness levels. It’s a form of exercise that I can do in the winter and in the dark with other people. It’s good for building bone strength and stamina.

What have been your running highs and lows?

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Name a piece of running kit you can’t live without? My Nike Skorts that save everyone from seeing me running round town in leggings.  They also have very useful pockets just big enough for my Parkrun barcode and a house key and a mini torch in the winter.

What is your biggest running achievement? Last October I inspired my 79 year old Dad (who had previously been critically ill in hospital for 6 months) to walk 5K in the Taunton Royal British Legion Poppy Run. That was better than any race that I’ve run so far.

What do you hope to achieve this year? Club Silver grade which means I will need to run 10 miles or a half marathon which I have never done before. Plus it will need to be in a decent time to get the required 55% WAVA score. For me, that is a seriously daunting prospect!

Do you listen to music when you run, if so what do you like? I don’t listen to music while I run but I like anything you can dance to. Particular favourites are Usher, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Beverley Knight.

What is your post run treat? Toast with cashew nut butter or a milky coffee/latte.

Any other hobbies or interests? Yoga, Shiatsu, Chinese medicine, nutrition, improving my swimming, occasional cycling (nothing competitive), Strictly Come Dancing addict

Do you have an interesting fact about yourself? I once shook the hand of the Olympic Sprinter Michael Johnson.
Linda 3rd place trophy

Name: Jon Grose (club Social Secretary and occasional run leader)

Age: 43

Occupation: Business Change Manager

Where you were born? Plymouth

Do you have any children?  Two boys – Will (13) and Ed (11), who possess the ability to both challenge and preserve my sanity in equal measure.

How long have you been a member of the club?  Since September 2014, though I was also a member in 2010 and 2011, before my work pattern changed.

Why do you enjoy running?   Primarily to maintain a degree of physical fitness, though I also find it uplifting and great thinking time, too. I enjoy being outdoors and love the variety of running in different places, either with others, or on my own.

What have been your running highs and lows: Plenty of highs – I’ve run along the pacific coast in Peru, over the Harbour Bridge and around the Opera House in Sydney, and with kangaroos, cockatiels and a shark (really!) elsewhere in Australia. I’ve run across Central Park in New York, past the Whitehouse in Washington, and often run past the Houses of Parliament on my way to work which still makes me smile, especially when Big Ben’s chiming. Whenever I’m travelling, my running kit’s usually the first thing I pack. There aren’t many lows, but I found sticking to a marathon training plan very hard, and I stopped enjoying running (and weekends), towards the end. I like running on my own terms, whatever route, distance and pace takes my fancy at the time.

Name a piece of running kit you can’t live without?  That would have to be my Brooks Adrenaline GTS trainers. Before I discovered them, I just bought from the internet, according to online reviews, and suffered years of calf, knee, hip and back problems, which I assumed was normal. I went to Sweatshop for a free gait analysis, and as soon as I put the recommended Adrenalines on they just felt ‘right’. The injuries faded within a month and three years, 4 pairs of trainers and about 2,000 miles later, I’m still injury free. I’ve just bought my 5th pair of Adrenalines, which should see me ‘comfortably’ into 2016.

What is your biggest running achievement?   Am I allowed two? Surviving the atrocious weather in the 2012 MK marathon to finish within my target sub 4-hour time, and completing a coast to coast, cross-country double marathon across Cornwall, and back, in 15 hours (it involved a fair amount of walking).
What do you hope to achieve this year?   A sub 6-minute mile on the track at Stowe would be good, but finding a gorgeous, long-term running partner would be even better!

Do you listen to music when you run, if so what do you like?  I don’t tend to listen to music while running, though I have an eclectic taste in music which ranges from classical to heavy metal, depending on my mood. Like a good malt whiskey, however, I don’t waste my time with anything less than 25 years old.

What is your post run treat?  When I get back from a run Vegemite on toast, a banana and some pickled beetroot always goes down well. I might wash that down with a bottle of McEwan’s Champion later – my favourite beer.

Any other hobbies or interests?   Photography, antiques, productive gardening and watching extreme motorsport (bangers, stock cars, drag racing and speedway). I’ve also recently applied to be a volunteer at Stowe.

Do you have an interesting fact about yourself?   I once met the Queen and made her laugh, and I don’t have a telly (sorry, that’s two again).

Jon