Paul Hansell

Paul Hansell

Running for how long: 4 Years

How did you get into running: I used a c25k app at the end of 2016, after a year of volunteering for MV parkrun and being on the receiving end of far too much peer pressure!

What’s your best experience of running so far: I think it has to be the Casterbridge half-marathon (my first) in May 2018 – I was very chuffed and a tad emotional at the end.

What type of music do you run too: I do quite like to run with my headphones on. I used to suffer from Asthma quite badly – Somewhat better these days, but the sound of my own heavy breathing can give me issues. Spotify is my friend – I love to run to cheesy hits.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: parkrun Saturday. Then chores, sailing in the summer and possibly a long run on Sunday.

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: Definitely the social side – I’m not sure I actually like running that much, although I did somehow run 750 miles in 2018! My only complaint is that I now have very few non-running friends 🙂

Give one unusual fact about yourself: 

I am related to royalty (Spanish, 15 century).

What makes you laugh: Me trying to pretend to be an adult on a daily basis 🙂

Matt Stride

Matt Stride

Running for how long: About 7 years or so I would guess.

How did you get into running: I was completing low distance triathlons, however couldn’t keep up with the training schedule so decided to focus just on running.

What’s your best experience of running so far: Running up, across and down Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales in the snow. One of the best running days of my life. Even got to see a Brocken Spectre.  

What type of music do you run too: I used to run to a wide selection, though since joining Verwood Runners I prefer to run without music so I can chat to others.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Running / volunteering at Parkrun and general house & life admin. Nothing too exciting.

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: The social side. There are other running clubs in the area, which I thought about joining. However, they all seemed to take things a bit too seriously. It’s a great bunch of people.

Give one unusual fact about yourself: Can juggle with up to 4 juggling balls. I also collect ‘mountain mugs’ and take them up various mountains to take a photographs at the top (don’t ask).

What makes you laugh: Witty one liners and cheesy tv adverts.

Julie Pegoraro

Julie Pegoraro

Running for how long: Since June 2014 after I turned 40 (it’s never too late to start).

How did you get into running: Someone said I wouldn’t be able to do it. I saw that as a challenge and downloaded the c25k app.  I couldn’t find anyone locally to run with back then so headed out solo. I then found the Verwood runners group on facebook the day I ran my first mile.

What's your best experience of running so far: Running that first 5k was a great feeling but for me it’s the amazing people it has brought into my life. Many of them are now some of my closest friends.  We won’t mention cake and medals 😉

What type of music do you run too: It depends on my mood but I tend to run without music but when I do it has to have a good bass line.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: parkrun, a race here and there, family time and losing myself in a good book.

What's the best thing about Verwood Runners: Everyone is ready and willing to support one another no matter what ability you are. The support network is brilliant.

Give one unusual fact about yourself: My mum has to share her Birthday with me, as I wanted to make an early appearance.

What makes you laugh: Everything and anything.

Jo Hansell

Jo Hansell

Running for how long: For about 11 years, though I did dabble before that.

How did you get into running: Race for Life.  I did it a few times (first time in 2003) but each time I’d stop running until training started the following year.  After the 2010 RfL some work colleagues talked me into joining a team doing Great South Run (10 miles) for charity. I think that’s when I really caught the bug.

What’s your best experience of running so far:  So many to choose from!  I think the feeling when I get a PB (and there have been quite a few since joining VR) is something that just can’t be beaten.

What type of music do you run too:  I don’t normally listen to music these days when I run.  When I do, I like things that make me smile and lift my mood.  My favourite is probably Reasons to be Cheerful pt.3

What do you get up to on a typical weekend:  Running!  Either actually running, or organising running (I’m one of the Run Directors at MV parkrun), or recovering from running, or racing.  And sailing with Paul in the summer. Sometimes I find a bit of time for housework.

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners:  How supportive they are!  Whether you are the fastest or the slowest, whether you run marathons or just the occasional 5k, you are embraced by the purple love!  

Give one unusual fact about yourself:  I once performed in a choir in the Royal Albert Hall.

What makes you laugh:  My friends, especially if there is gin involved!

 Viv Mason

Running for how long: 6 years

How did you get into running: I started off by doing the C25k with some friends but they gave up after 3 weeks so finished the course with my husband Greg. We graduated the week before the first park run at Moors Valley.

What’s your best experience of running so far: I have many achievements but I think the one that stands out is doing marathon distance last April. I ran to raise money for charity as my mum had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s all clear now but it was a very emotional run. Lots of mind battles on that one. More recently running with Verwood Runners I’ve made so many new friends it’s just awesome.

What type of music do you run too: if I’m out on my own it has to be rock the heavier the better. But if running with others conversation is all I need.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: catching up on chores, cleaning out our 9 rescue guinea pigs, pottering in the garden, DIY or some sort of running event.

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: the support and encouragement, no matter how long it takes you to finish a run they are always there at the end.

Give one unusual fact about yourself: hmm when I was 7 we did Snow White in Ringwood carnival and I was Dopey. It was the only year the evening got cancelled because of the weather and I never got to use my lamp. It was a cool lamp.

What makes you laugh: friends, funny things oh and me I laugh at myself a lot.

Tricky Whitmarsh

Tricky Whitmarsh

Running for how long: About 10 years on and off

How did you get into running: I wanted to lose some weight and clear my mind so I just put on my shoes and gave it a try. It was very difficult to start with but like everything you’ve just got to persevere. 

What’s your best experience of running so far: I have got a couple really, the first one was the feeling of sheer delight and disbelief when i completed my first marathon after convincing myself i could never run that far. The second is the moment my wife Denise completed her first running event, i was bursting with so much pride after watching and helping her in her own journey into running.

What type of music do you run too: I really only listen to music if i am running on my own these days which doesn’t happen that often anymore. When i do put the headphones on i listen to all sorts of music, Prince is my favourite however i have anything from Neil Diamond to Eminem on my ipod.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend:  It usually involves a visit to parkrun on saturday followed by breakfast somewhere and then sunday is normally reserved for a longer run, running event or a nice hike in the hills. 

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners:  The fantastic family feeling of the club, where everybody is there to help and encourage. Obviously all the socialising and laughter is high on the list also.

Give one unusual fact about yourself:  i am pretty much a Dr Dolittle i can make friends with any animal. 

What makes you laugh: Lots of things, silly jokes, our pets, friends, family and day to day life.

Sarah Candy

Sarah Candy

Running for how long: Off and on for 12yrs, consistently for 8yrs

How did you get into running: I did C25K with a friend so that we could complete a Race for Life

What's your best experience of running so far: Last year I got a PB for the Great South Run. I ran with 2 ladies from Verwood Runners who I would count as 2 of my closest friends. I was very emotional. In fact you'll often find me emotional about running achievements, my own and others. I love a blub!

What type of music do you run too: Generally I run without music but if I do it has to be 80s pop - I'm a Stock Aitken and Waterman girl!

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Parkrun Saturday and long run Sunday and then eat lots of cake!!! I'm then normally found skulking round West Quay. I'm also a bit of a shopaholic…

What's the best thing about Verwood Runners: Has to be the camaraderie. I've made so many friends through this group. The support is excellent. There's always someone willing to run with you if you need a buddy at any time.

Give one unusual fact about yourself: My index toes are longer than my big toes?? Is that unusual? My other half thinks it's pretty freaky 🙂

What makes you laugh: I'm always smiling and laughing. Cheesy jokes are the best!

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Name: Sarah Martin

Running for how long: Approximately 5 years

How did you get into running: Lost 3.5 stone and thought I’d be brave and give running a go under the cover of darkness one night, and the rest is History.

What’s your best experience of running so far: So many to choose from – probably the Dorset Invader Half, running around the depths of Dorset in the pouring rain dressed in a Toga, or The Ox Half last year, again in Fancy dress (I’m spotting a VR theme here!!)

What type of music do you run too: Only listen to music now if running on my own – listen to pretty much anything with a good beat depending on my mood; 90s Dance Anthems to Two Steps From Hell and anything in-between.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Parkrun, long family dog walks in the Forest, catching up with friends/family (and gin!)

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: The social side and the support we give each other, shown at numerous events.

Give one unusual fact about yourself: I can write in mirror image using a pen in each hand at the same time.

What makes you laugh: Lots of different things; especially my dog and my children…

Paul Ashford

Paul Ashford

Name: Paul Ashford

Running for how long: Started in March 2018.

How did you get into running: Completed Verwood Runners Couch 2 5K course in 2018 and got the bug from there.

What’s your best experience of running so far: Completing “The Beast” that’s along the Jurrasic Coast, it’s a tough run/walk but absolutely stunning scenery and felt a massive sense of achievement for finishing.

What type of music do you run too: I rarely listen to music when I run unless I am on my own on trails, but when I have it’s generally been 90’s Dance music.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Parkrun, spending time with family and friends.

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: We are like a family and everyone is so supportive of everyone else. I have definitely found “My Tribe”

Give one unusual fact about yourself: Come and talk to me for a bit, you’ll soon figure out that I’m generally quite an unusual person.

What makes you laugh: Too much to list, I have never grown up (in height or maturity). I’m actually a little crazy so I laugh at myself and my random thoughts quite a lot.

Paul Lewery

Paul Lewery

Name: Paul Lewrey

Running for how long: on an off for 14 years

How did you get into running: My son was training for the Army and I wanted to encourage him by getting fit and training with him. 

What's your best experience of running so far: It has to be my first ever New Forest Half Marathon in 2008 

What type of music do you run too: It will always be heavy metal, mainly Metallica, in my opinion the best metal band in the world. The faster the music the better

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Parkrun and helping out at running events, watching rugby and spending  time with friends

What's the best thing about Verwood Runners: The people, they always give you the support and encouragement no matter how slow you are

Give one unusual fact about yourself:  I have a red belt in karate

What makes you laugh: Various things but mainly silly jokes

Mark Young

Mark Young

Name: Mark Young

Running for how long: I would estimate on and off roughly 28 years.

How did you get into running: Started running when I joined the army at 16, but stopped after serving my time, then returned to running in 2000.

What’s your best experience of running so far: That’s difficult!! I recall leading a group across the Brecon Beacons during a day and night run, weather was horrendous and it was a real personal challenge. I also remember my first parkrun and how much everyone supported each other, despite age or level of ability.

What type of music do you run to: As a rule I don’t listen to music when running. Most of my runs tend to be trail runs, so I like to be out there taking in the sights and sounds of the surroundings.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend:  I like to try and fit in a Parkrun and a longer run during the weekend. I also recently started open water swimming which I’m finding great for my mental wellbeing. I also own a VW camper which is great way to combine these activities, whilst getting away for a weekend. Trying to fit it all in around other domestic duties is always a challenge!!

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: I joined Verwood Runners as I had started to lose my running mojo during lockdown. I was told by a good friend that VR was the club to join. They were not wrong!! Everything about the club is good, how they accept and support all runners no matter what level you are at.

Give one unusual fact about yourself: It sounds crazy but I passed my tracked-vehicle driving test first time and could drive them before I could drive a car at 17 years old!! I didn’t pass my car test till I was 20 after the third attempt!!

What makes you laugh: I love quick one line comedy, also Michael McIntyre and Mickey Flanagan…but only if I’m going out..out

 

Greg Mason

Greg Mason

Name: Greg Mason

Running for how long: 6 years

How did you get into running: I Started couch to 5k to get fit and to lose weight

What’s your best experience of running so far: Completing my first marathon

What type of music do you run too: On my own the heaviest rock I can find

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Mostly something run related events or longer runs on a Sunday 

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: The best thing about VR is were one big family

Give one unusual fact about yourself: I used to be a  bingo caller

What makes you laugh: Anything Funny