KIRSTY CUNNINGHAM – RUNBETWEENER OF THE MONTH

Our second runbetweener of the month has made remarkable progress in the last two years to such an extent that she even mentioned the word ‘marathon’ when we spoke to her 🙂

Not content with running Kirsty is also a talented baker (any runbetweener will testify to this), junior parkrun champion volunteer and one of our smiliest members.

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Kirsty and son Alex at this year’s Moira Run – Photo Credit Evening Times Online (http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15626575.In_pictures__Hundreds_turn_up_for_run_in_memory_of_murdered_Glasgow_woman_Moira_Jones/)
RUNBETWEENER OF THE MONTH

THE WARM UP WHEN THIS SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA

ABOUT YOU

Name: Kirsty Cunningham
Age: 45
Town of Birth: Glasgow
Running Club(s): The Runbetweeners
Something interesting we don’t know about you: I’m keen knitter and baker when I’m not running.
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? I ‘ve run off and on over the years but never consistently. I joined the Runbetweeners almost two years ago and I have run regularly each week since then.

Why did you start running? I think originally to be fitter but then I realised how much better mentally it made me feel and I wanted to continue.
What is your favourite route to run? Why? I love any route that includes water so by the Clyde in Glasgow or the Thames in London.

What is your favourite race? Why? I enjoy the buzz of a big event like the Glasgow half or Women’s 10k but I do love the 5k Moira’s run as it has a really lovely atmosphere and it’s for such a good cause. I have to thank the Runbetweeners for introducing me to it.
Proudest running achievement? Why? I think that would be my first half marathon which was at Alloa last year. I had always wanted to do one but couldn’t imagine running over 8 or 9 miles but I found some running pals to keep me company on the long runs and that got me through the training. I’ll be doing my third one in a few weeks and then my fourth later in the year!

What are your current running goals / ambitions? For this year, I’d like to get a few more parkruns under my belt and try and get my 10k time to 55 minutes. More long-term, I might have a crack at marathon.
One bit of advice you would give a new runner? Join a group and run with people that encourage and support you. I found the regular commitment of attending the group made me run on my own between group sessions and the encouragement of the group made me enter races on a regular basis.
What does your better half think about your running? He’s very supportive as he’s a runner too and it was him who gently nudged me in the direction of the Runbetweeners.
THAT BIT WHEN THE SMILE RETURNS TO YOUR FACE

SPRINT FINISH (answer in less than 5 words)

What is your favourite Runbetweeners session? Newlands Park hill loops.
If you could run anywhere in the world? Monterey, California
Pollok parkrun personal best and seasons best? I’ve never done Pollok parkrun!

Favourite parkrun? Aviemore is very scenic.
With 6 months injury free training how fast could you run Pollok parkrun in? 27 minutes.
Favourite distance? 10k
Who is your running hero? Jo Pavey
Your best running habit? Up early, get it done.
Your worst running habit? Not pushing myself hard enough.
One for the guys – tights or shights? NA
Kenny or Jack? Too close to call! Both equally cheerful while standing on street corners in sub-zero temperatures shouting encouragement at us.
COOL DOWN

WELL EARNED CAKES

Describe The Runbetweeners in your own words. Joining the group was the best thing I have done for my running. It’s a friendly, welcoming group of people of abilities who are all trying to fit their running around family and work commitments. It’s inspiring, motivating and good fun.

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Photo Credit – Paisley Online Facebook Page

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