Meet the Member – John Johnson


John Johnson Leeds half

What made you take up running? How long have you been running?

  • I took up running to recover from throat cancer after a long period of inactivity.
  • I have been running for about 34 years.

How long have you been a member?

  • 27 Years

Can you remember your first Tuesday night session with the Club? Can you remember who you ran with and how you felt?

  • Pauline Blackwell, Pauline Hardman, Adrian Maher, Walter Armitage, Maureen Gunby, Barry and Joan Wyatt, Chris Gill, Alan Schofield.
  • It felt good to be running with others after running alone.

As a seasoned member, looking back to when you joined the club what are your thoughts as to how you have enjoyed the experience, and what advice can you offer new members?

  • I have made many friends.
  • I would recommend that new members find people to run with on a regular basis.

What differences are you finding in the club now that the number of members has increased?

  • A bigger spread of abilities and the larger number of members helps the club to stage events.

Apart from running, what other activities do/did you do to get yourself do fit?

  • Gardening
  • Walking
  • DIY

What is your favourite running distance?

  • Marathon

What advice would you give to those just starting their running career?

  • Do your best.
  • Don’t try too hard
  • Above all enjoy it.

What is your greatest achievement?

  • Completing the London marathon in 3 hours 24 minutes at 70 Years Old.

Which other 3 sporting legends (alive or dead) would you want to share a pint with?

  • Not athletes but men of Action, Ranulph Fiennes, Spencer Chapman and Ernest Shackton.

What is the best view you have seen when running?

  • Roundhay park arena at the end of my first marathon – The “Tough One” Leeds

Is there anything you regret not doing in the past?

  • I regret not taking up running sooner.

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