Claire’s interview in the Westerner newspaper June 2014 link here
Claire is a member of the Bunyaville Trail Runners, a social running group formed in 2010 that enjoys the bush trails of Bunyaville and other local state forests.
I first became involved with running… Loved running as a kid, came back to running in 2006. Thought it would be cool to run over the Gateway Bridge and trained for the Bridge to Brisbane event.
The best things about the Bunyaville Trail Runners… The comradeship and sharing of stories. Feeling safe when running with 10 men and I am the only female. That is rare in these times. Welcoming, friendly no matter what level of fitness or if you have run on trails before.
What I enjoy most about running through bushland… I love bushwalking, wildlife and bird watching, so now I can do them on fast-forward! It is a challenge running though narrow one man/woman tracks with logs, rocks, puddles, ups, downs, twists and turns – sometimes in the dark – with our little night lights on.
If I could run anywhere in the world… it would be God’s Window, above the Kruger National Game Park, South Africa.
Music I listen to while running… I never have, instead I listen to the wildlife and my body.
Other recreational pursuits I enjoy… From Bunyaville Trail Runners my husband, Phil and I started up Bunyaville Parkrun and I am hooked. I love reading, travel, cooking, gardening, meditation and sleeping. I am also a member of South Pine Striders.
If I could invite any three people to dinner… Laurence Freeman (head of the Worldwide Christian Meditation Movement), Steve Jones (the ‘Flying Welshman’, cycling world record holder – I interviewed him in 1985) and Lee Childs (favourite author of the Jack Reacher series).
Something most people don’t know about me… In order to get my best 100m sprint time, I had no use for performance enhancing drugs – because I had a huge baboon chasing me!
If a movie was made about my life I would be played by… My kids tell me Jamie Lee Curtis.
In ten years time I hope to be… fit, healthy and running in beautiful spots round the world. I’d be a perpetual parkrun tourist!
The Bunyaville Trail Runners run on the bush trails of the Bunyaville Conservation Park on Wednesday evenings, except at Christmas, with Monday night runs around Camp Mountain, Ferny Hills, Chermside West and Clear Mountain. Visit www.bunyavilletrailrunners.com