My entry into the world of running is similar to so many others, I found myself a few years ago out of breath when chasing my toddler about! Having been very sporty as a child and teenager mainly playing football, time, or should I say, my motivation for finding time to exercise when I started working, got married and became a Dad was non-existent!! I'm now pleased to say that after four years of running my now 8 year old son has no chance of escaping Dad!
I joined Ilkeston Running Club in April 2016 after starting a job in Ilkeston so was looking for a local running club to train with after work rather than heading north up the M1 back home to Chesterfield to sit on my sofa after a day's work! I heard and read a lot about it being one of the friendliest clubs around and I found out just how true that was very quickly after I joined. The club has a cracking bunch of members, who all support each other no matter what the occasion, be it at a training night, running event or social activity (which is a very nice added benefit to our running club!).
Personally I have seen my PBs tumble at both 5k and 10k distances since I joined the club, that's as far as I have ran, for now! But this year, along with a few more from IRC, I will be running the Great North Run - my first attempt at a half marathon!! My running improvement in the last year since joining the club is down to the training sessions, club races I have taken part in, support from club members and also the other races I have been inspired to take part in as a result of being part of the club.
I wanted to be part of the committee so that I could give something back to the club and also be a part of its continued success and help out in what ever way I could.