Darren Bateman

Run Leader Representative

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I have never been shy of trying different hobbies and mainly went for pub sports when I was younger, including darts and pool. I even managed to play pool for Sussex, had England trails and won many tournaments in the process. All of these went well with a beer or  two but the downside was gaining weight. I decided things had to change so I moved into things that raised my heart rate a bit more then scoring “180” on a dart board and started working out to get fit. I then stumbled across our local ParkRun on Saturday morning and then from there I joined a running club and haven’t looked back since. My weight is now control, I’m fitter than I’ve ever been and have made some amazing friends along the way, all thanks to running.

Most memorable or proudest running moment

The highlight for me was becoming a qualified ‘Leader in Running Fitness’ and being able to give something back by helping others. I love watching them as they progress with their training, as well as other lifestyle changes along the way.

I will also never forget running my first marathon in Brighton in 2016 for St. Catherine’s Hospice. I had to run it with a persistent injury that I had sustained during training and I would never had got to the finish line without the help of a fellow runner, who stuck with me all the way. Emotions were high and the crowd were amazing and I will never forget the experience.

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