On The Spot – Clare Brooker

We want to hear from the Waverley Harriers and see what motivates them. Each month we will be asking one lucky club member the same set of questions

When did running begin for you? I dislike most exercise. I don’t like getting sweaty. I don’t like lycra. I don’t like mud. I don’t like gyms. I don’t usually like people who exercise, mainly because I am eternally jealous of how fit they are. This was never really a problem until I hit 30 and had 2 children and realized that unless I started to move more I would eventually need to be air lifted from my sofa. I saw an advert for the Waverley Harriers ‘Couch to 5K’ course and thought I would give it a go. I didn’t wear lycra, but I did love it.

Why do you run? Mainly to avoid the aforementioned airlifting scenario but I have discovered something I actually enjoy doing and am OK at. I feel such a great feeling of satisfaction after every run and I find it is a great way to clear my head after a busy day.

What race or moment in your running career holds the most significance and why? I did a half marathon last year which is something I never thought I would do. It was brilliant, and you got jelly babies at each water station…what’s not to like?

Who is your running inspiration? This is cheesy but all of the Waverley Harriers. I am in awe of all the amazing runs people do. From the people like me, progressing from 5k to the people running Ultras. I still have no idea what an Ultra is but I know it’s impressive.

What event, past or present, would you like to take part in and why? I have entered the ballot for the London Marathon 2018. Mainly because there is minimal chance I will get a place…but maybe…

What golden piece of advice would you give to other runners? Jump over puddles.

What’s next? The Godalming 10k this month.

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