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Member in the Spotlight - Rick Winnard

Welcome to the first feature on our members, first up is Rick Winnard, a new member to Burnden Road Runners who has been ever present at our events this year with his latest race being the Bolton 10k.

How long have you been a member of Burnden Road Runners?

3 months

When and why did you first start running?

I lost a lot of weight in 2022 (over 6 stone) and started Couch to 5k in November as I finally felt fit enough to be able to do it. I completed that in January 2023 and loved running more than I ever thought I would. I started going to Park Run and met some of the great guys from BRR and the rest is history.

Proudest running achievement to date?

Two things come to mind, completing my first park run and then my first 10k race in Blackpool.
Also the enjoyment I get from just being able to do it having lost so much weight. If you’d had told me I’d be doing this a few years ago I’d have suggested you need medical assistance. I just wish I’d have started years ago and not in my mid-40’s.

Favourite race and why?

The Blackpool Run The Lights was brilliant being my first race but the Wilmslow Festive 10k was really good too, maybe because that’s my current PB.

Have you set any short or long term goals?

I’ve got my first half marathon in August in Edinburgh while we are on holiday there, after that maybe a marathon - but a long way to go to get to that level.

What do you find most challenging?

I do my best to run 4 times a week and the cold, dark winter mornings really test your motivation.
Also keeping the weight off is still a challenge, the inner fat guy is still in there!! I run because I still love to eat!!

Best tip or advice for others?

If you are starting off, do couch to 5k then go to park run. 
Don’t overdo it, I’m 45 now and have to listen to my body.
Don’t feel guilty if you miss a run.
Good socks and trainers make a massive difference!!

Anything else you'd like to share?

Running is great for your mental health too, I love the freedom and being out and about. I read a quote from Roger Bannister that really stuck with me
“We run not because we think it is doing good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for the craving for freedom”

Thanks to Rick for sharing his running story and good luck in running your half marathon in Edinburgh later this year.

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