Irene Zingone – Runbetweener of The Month

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Irene is the very definition of a well kent face amongst the southside running community. An age-graded superstar she is a regular podium topper at races up and down the distances, boasting an impressive set of personal and season best times. Irene regularly volunteers at Rouken Glen Junior parkrun inspiring younger runners to develop good habits and a love for running. On Monday evenings she is generous in sharing her experience, good humour and zest for running with other members of the group making her a valuable member of our running tribe.

 

 

RUNBETWEENER OF THE MONTH

 

THE WARM UP WHEN THIS SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA

ABOUT YOU

Name: Irene Zingone
Age: 69 nearly 70!!!!!!!!!!
Town of Birth: Glasgow
Running Club(s): The Runbetweeners
Something interesting we don’t know about you: I was runner up in a Beauty Contest, (at the age of 9) all downhill since!
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? Started running at 55 years of age, my daughter nagged me into it. She took me to Rouken Glen and I jogged a minute then walked a minute for 2.5K, I thought I was going to going to DIE, but I persevered and soon became hooked!!!!!!!!!!
Why did you start running? A friend was looking for someone to run the ladies 10k for the British Heart Foundation. This gave me a goal which made the pain all worthwhile!!!!!
What is your favourite route to run? Why? From my house up Stewarton Rd, Barrhead Rd, up right onto Ayr Rd (A77) to the dump and back home which is 8 miles. It’s a good route for building stamina
What is your favourite race? Why? Troon 10K, for the past 3 years I have come first in my age category and a lovely cheque for £50 comes in handy to buy new trainers!
Proudest running achievement? Why? Finishing my first Marathon in Manchester supported by all my family!
What are your current running goals / ambitions? Just to keep running and try to achieve a new PB for a 10K race
One bit of advice you would give a new runner? Enjoy your running and build up gradually and don’t be too hard on yourself you WILL get Better!
What does your better half / family think about your running? My husband thinks I’m crazy especially when I go out in the pouring rain, the rest of my family are proud of me…I think!!!!
THAT BIT WHEN THE SMILE RETURNS TO YOUR FACE

SPRINT FINISH (answer in less than 5 words)

What is your favourite Runbetweeners session? The HILL session!!!!
If you could run anywhere in the world? New York Marathon
Pollok parkrun personal best and seasons best? 25.19
Favourite parkrun? Linwood
With 6 months injury free training how fast could you run Pollok parkrun in? Sub 25
Favourite distance? Half Marathon
Who is your running hero? Dame Kelly Holmes
Your best running habit? Keeping Hydrated
Your worst running habit? Hunching my shoulders!
One for the guys – tights or shights?  
Kenny or Jack? Impossible to choose!!!!
COOL DOWN

WELL EARNED CAKES

Describe The Runbetweeners in your own words. The Runbetweeners is a very friendly group of mixed ability runners who encourage each other. It is well organised by Kenny & Jack who do a great job in motivating everyone. I look forward to the sessions on a Monday night.

 

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