We’re delighted to announce that this month’s athletes of the month are son and mum Dan & Chris Kimber. Dan was the very first member to join Tri Energy Kids 3 years ago and is a fabulous role model for the other children. He has enjoyed a lot of success with his racing – especially his running, but remains humble in victory and is always encouraging of others. His mum Chris, who was often taking Dan here-there-and everywhere for his sporting activities, ended up joining in herself and the pair really demonstrate what Tri Energy is all about – “fun fitness for all the family”.
I was one of the inaugural Tri-kids and loved my new hobby right from the start. I love the fantastic training I have had with a strong emphasis on great teamsmanship. I have done lots of triathlons, duathlons and aquathlons and was really proud to win the Bewdley Aquathlon last year. I was encouraged by my Tri coaches to try Park Run and as my running improved, I started going to cross country youth races; I recently competed in the national cross country championships. I currently run in the Tri Energy Run Fitter club on a Monday evening where I am improving my stamina and technique all of the time. I go every week to make sure Mum goes! I have had some wonderful successes over the last few years, making National Ranking for my 1500m time and winning the 800m event at school sports day.
I first got involved with running about a year ago at the age of 47! After weeks of waiting for Dan to complete park runs on Saturday morning, I decided I may as well get some exercise while I was waiting and did a few loops around the woods. Within weeks I could run further without getting out of breath and decided to give the whole 5k a go. My first runs took over 44 minutes. With the help of Sam and her Couch to 5k group I was really proud to reduce my parkrun PB to 37 minutes within a year. I have lapsed a bit while I’ve been teacher training over the winter but weekly Couch to 5K sessions with the Tri Energy group mean I do get some exercise every week. My absolute ambition would be to take my PB down to 30 mins and keep up with my husband.
Dan and I dragged husband and younger son along with us to training sessions for the Tri Energy Duathlon last year and we all completed. I would encourage other families to train together. The Tri Energy sessions are really fun and happy with lots of encouragement. Its easy to go from work to driving the kids all over town without ever doing anything for you; don’t listen if the kids complain you are taking over their hobby!