Katy Jarrett

 

Katy Jarrett

 
Tell us your name. Katy Jarrett
How and when did you first start running? 2018 Zip to Zoom Group. I had tried and failed to get going with running so many times that I just assumed it wasn’t the activity for me!
What brought you to Nidd Valley? My lovely friend Nadene Wilkinson persuaded me to give it one more try
When did you join Nidd Valley? Immediately after completing the Zip to Zoom course
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I haven’t tried running with music yes, I like to chat with others from the group and when I run on my own I tend to organise and plan
What is your favourite food before and after running? When we run on an evening I try to have a snack of a Banana or some Soreen or something similar then I have whatever I fancy for tea when I get back in
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Like Jeff always reminds us ‘Start off steady then slow down a bit more’
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Completing my graduation run 5K at Fountains Abbey, I don’t think anything will ever compare to that. I Genuinely never believed I would ever be able to run 5K without needing to stop. Once you’ve gotten past that first hurdle (generally your own self-doubt) then anything is achievable
What are your running goals? Honestly, just to keep going ha ha!
I would love to complete a 10K as comfortably as I now do a 5K.
I would also love to help out with the next Zip to Zoom group, to give a little back as I have gained so much from doing it myself
What event are you training for at the moment? Nothing particularly, with having a young family I am currently limited to what I can commit to

Sue Simpson

 

Sue Simpson

 
Tell us your name. Sue Simpson
How and when did you first start running? I was a member of a gym in Leeds and did the occasional fun run from the gym. I also did the occasional 10K but nothing serious. In 2002 I moved to Harrogate and joined my local running club Harrogate Harriers (boo!).
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I finally saw the light and moved to Nidd Valley to be a member of a club which cared about the person and not only what they could win.
When did you join Nidd Valley? Early 2016.
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? None – don’t believe in it, I just concentrate on the running and my whereabouts.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Spaghetti Bolognese on the evening before a race, porridge on the morning of the race and poached egg on toast after the race.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Don’t set off too fast and make sure you do plenty of stretches afterwards.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Finishing 3rd lady in the 2014 Algarve half-marathon.
What are your running goals? To run as long as possible and learn how not to set off too fast!!!
What event are you training for at the moment? As always, my next race.

Phil Ventress

Phil Ventress

Tell us your namePhil Ventress
How and when did you first start running?3 years ago ish
What brought you to Nidd Valley?Rebecca Ventress
When did you join Nidd Valley?2 years ago
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks?Dont generally listen to music, but if I do Paul Weller,The Jam,Indie, Northern Soul, Ska,60s RnB whatever is on my iphone (which I havent added to in years)
What is your favourite food before and after running?toast and nanas – afterwards nothing specific but always like an Audsleys bacon or sausage sarnie – depends what time I’ve ran
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us?Run with your other half, its good for your relationship and gets you on jollies to Barcelona, Hadrian Wall etc. That said dont try and pace your wife – doesnt work.
Run with mates, my favourite runs have been clambering in the snow with Dave Prince and Brian also getting stuck up Beamsley Beacon in a Bog while Mike Benson was crying with laughter and cramp.
What is your proudest moment in your running career?Pacing Rosemary and Jonathan under 1 hour for their 10k was fun, Ive helped quite a few club members to get their 5k pbs. Not sure if its being proud, but Winter Ultra with Dave Prince – glad I experienced those conditions not many people did !
What are your running goals?I want to get better at off road stuff both running and navigation wise also full house at parkrun bingo
What event are you training for at the moment?Reservoir Dogs Ultra

Andrea Leng

 

Andrea Leng

 
Tell us your name. Andrea Leng
How and when did you first start running? Four years ago when struggling with stress and work pressures I read a really inspirational article about running and mindfulness. I’d cheered my husband over the finish line of a few half marathons and thought I’d give it a go. I went out in the cover of darkness at first as I was so self conscious. I found that as I pounded the pavements it felt good to clear my head, and soon I was looking forward to getting out there to bounce out the stresses of the day. Once I’d got my confidence and stamina up I then ran with some friends in the daylight and haven’t looked back since.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? Having tried another local club it felt too competitive and I just wanted to join a friendly non judgemental club for social runs and be able to keep running through the winter and dark nights. Jeff told me about the club and encouraged me to try it out.
When did you join Nidd Valley? October 2017
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I love to run and chat and take in the surroundings but if running alone I like anything upbeat and usually chart stuff.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Porridge and banana
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Rest when your body tells you to and don’t pressurise yourself if you don’t get the time or the distance you wanted to.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Breaking 10 miles for the first time with a friend – never ever thought I’d be able run that distance.
What are your running goals? To stay healthy and be able to keep running.
What event are you training for at the moment? Nothing specific although I’m starting to get tempted to do something in the future.

Rebecca Ventress

 

Rebecca Ventress

Tell us your name. Rebecca Ventress
How and when did you first start running? I started running in 2007 after being inspired by all the women that did the race for life so I found a 5k training plan online and went for it!
What brought you to Nidd Valley? A friend had joined and was loving it, so I decided to be brave and went along too.
When did you join Nidd Valley? I can’t remember, 2008 maybe??
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I only listen to music if I’m running a long distance alone, I’d go for a random Spotify playlist and see what surprises I get.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Carb rich before, porridge or toast or a banana (or all 3) and afterwards I might have a chocolate protein drink followed swiftly by a cup of tea.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? No matter how much it hurts always smile when there’s a camera around, as a bad photo will find itself on the NVRR awards night slide show and you’ll never live it down.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? There are lots.
Being a part of the Zip2Zoom coaching team made me immensely proud especially when they graduated at Fountains Abbey parkrun.
A sub 2 half marathon in Barcelona, I never believed I was capable of this.
My first (and only) marathon in Edinburgh, 26.2 miles in 25 degree heat.
My Mum and Dad coming to watch me do the bedrace the first time as they were so proud of me.
What are your running goals? I really want to get better at parkrun-I’d love to beat my PB and I’m trying to do this by doing some weight training at the gym to make me stronger.
What event are you training for at the moment? Nothing – just enjoying what comes along at the moment.