John Corbett – Runbetweener of the Month

Our first featured runner John has been coming along to the Runbetweeners for close to a year. We first crossed paths at Junior parkrun and many of you will recognise him as a regular at both adult and junior events across the city and beyond.

 

John in his Runbetweeners kit and at Pollok parkrun (photo credit event Flickr page)

 

RUNBETWEENER OF THE MONTH

 

THE WARM UP WHEN THIS SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA

ABOUT YOU

Name: John Corbett
Age: 73
Town of Birth: Glasgow
Running Club(s): un-attached The Runbetweeners (and parkrun)
Something interesting we don’t know about you: Interesting, Naah, not really! Worked at Rolls-Royce, Merchant Navy, a piper for many years in various pipe bands.
THE LONG HARD MILES WHEN YOU WONDER WHY YOU’RE DOING THIS

RUNNING (write as much as you want)

How and when did you start running? The personal decision taken in my early 40’s to run from our first house in Hillington to Renfrew Cross.
Why did you start running? To improve my cardiovascular workout and stamina, particularly so for when hill walking.
What is your favourite route to run? Why? Around the variety of paths and distances within Pollok Park. I’m a fan of the Heeland Coos!
What is your favourite race? Why? Pollok parkrun route. Following completion of the run, I am rewarded with a fruit scone and coffee.
Proudest running achievement? Why? Completing the City of Glasgow Great Scottish Half Marathon – twice. To be remaining upright after crossing the finish.
What are your current running goals / ambitions? To improve on my 5k and 10k running times.
One bit of advice you would give a new runner? Join a Jog Scotland running group or club and not to feel disheartened as the front runners disappear over the horizon.
What does your better half think about your running? I need to improve!
THAT BIT WHEN THE SMILE RETURNS TO YOUR FACE

SPRINT FINISH (answer in less than 5 words)

What is your favourite Runbetweeners session? Reps around lighting columns (Newlands Park)
If you could run anywhere in the world? U.K. is okay by me.
Pollok parkrun personal best and seasons best? Personal and seasonal best: 27:48 minutes.
Favourite parkrun? Pollok
With 6 months injury free training how fast could you run Pollok parkrun in? At my age, is it possible to complete a 6-month injury free period? How fast – who knows? After a bit of prompting we managed to convince John he could run 26:48 🙂
Favourite distance? 5K
Who is your running hero? My wife Elizabeth – because she is always ahead of me.
Your best running habit? Keep it in the wardrobe for special occasions.
Your worst running habit? Gave that to a charity shop some time ago.
One for the guys – tights or shights? Tights? Nah, Tracksters – Yes. Shights – Bit of a mystery that one – so, I shall pass on it!
Kenny or Jack? Both equally affable and amusing. (My sitting on the fence has its sore points!)
COOL DOWN

WELL EARNED CAKES

Describe The Runbetweeners in your own words. A great sociable and welcoming body of runners.
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John crossing the finish line at Pollok parkrun en route to the scone shop – photo credit event Flickr page

 

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