This months Harrier of the Month is Peter Jones. Always cheerful, supportive and interested in others, Peter’s parkrun and other race write-ups are always informative and amusing. In addition to just running, Peter always takes part in Brad’s cycle club outings, and is a regular gym bunny!

How long have you been running with the club?

My first run with the Harriers was on 2nd July 2008. It was out the back field and over to Scholes and back along the old railway line. Many thanks to Julie Seymour for the introduction to the club. On the night, it was Michael, Donna, Moira, Jayne and Gillian who got me through those first six miles, when I was ready to give up after two! Actually I’ve never forgotten it or the kindness and encouragement they showed me. At the end I realised I could run a bit!

What made you start running?

I had dabbled with running over the years, but a failed 5k charity run in York and a substandard Leeds 10k made me want to do it properly. Oh also I’d expanded to 14st and needed to lose weight!

Biggest Running Achievement?

I guess it has to be the London Marathon, which I did in 2015 at age 65 in 4:27:58. A well executed training plan, great running buddy and a bit of luck got me there, but not without my share of hiccups!

Favourite Race?

I guess not one race, but any of the  10 challenge events that I ran between November 2009 and April 2011. Each one was between 20 and 25 miles and had interesting names, like Settle Saunter, Trollers Trot, Wensleydale Wander etc and were run over wild moorland with few Marshall’s and no signage – just a route plan. Great fun – a lot of Harriers will remember them as we did them in a group. Just wish I could still do them. 

Any Running Tips?

A mantra on the back of one of my running vests says “Believe and Achieve” – know what you want to accomplish and work to achieve that aim!  On the front it says “Run for Fun” – says it all for me! 

Also ignore injuries at your peril!

Best thing about being part of Crossgates Harriers?

Being part of a really progressive running club and the lovely people involved – everyone one of them!