Get to Know…Lucy Anderson

Lucy doesn’t like to wear too much make up.

For this week’s choice we have a lady who juggles her student work next to her running and socialising. She is very much part of the Preston Park parkrun as she often helps out with the pacing of a group. She is always keen and willing to get involved and help out when and wherever she can for the club. Another of the Arena embers who’s running has improved immensely over the last couple of months, knocking up several PB’s just recently. A real pleasure to have along at Arena and a face that always seems to have permanent smile on it. Now please put your hands together and let’s meet the lovely Lucy Anderson.

Name: Lucy Anderson

1.When did you join Arena:
Spring 2015ish.

2. How long have you been running:
I jokingly did cross country at school in years 10 and 11 (mostly for the chips we would go and get after) but “properly” just over 3 years.

3. Where did you grow up:
Shetland for the first 3 years of my life then a small move to Southampton where “home home” still is (as opposed to uni “home” here).

4. When and where were you happiest:
Anywhere with my family or friends.

5. What do you do for fun:
Coffee and cake with friends/be a massive geek and do some reading for my degree/job.

6. Name 3 things you couldn’t live without (excl family):
Music, food (namely cake), sleep.

7. If you owned what would you sell:
I’d love a little bakery/coffee shop – I used to work in one during my gap year (one of my 5 jobs that year) and loved it.

8. What’s your 3 favourite apps on your phone: 
Facebook, Strava (obviously), Snapchat (for my sins!).

9. Who is your sporting hero:
Standard Jess Ennis-Hill never fails to amaze me but equally I’m constantly in awe of everyone at Arena.

10. What kids TV programme do you remember growing up with:
Teletubbies was a particular favourite, teletubbie toast anyone?

11. Where’s your favourite hangout place:
I can often be found in a pub or coffee shop.

12.. What’s the last concert or gig that you went to:
The Royal Concertgebouworchestra at the Barbican in London. Although I’m currently playing in the pit orchestra for Guys and Dolls if that counts?

13. Is there anything you hope to achieve in the next 5 years:
Start working a proper job and hopefully do my masters and specialism. Maybe get a little bit faster too?

14.What type of music do you like most:
Classical/choral (shocking choices for a student – perhaps explained by the next question).

15. What’s something we don’t know about you:
I’m a classically trained musician (clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and voice) and regularly sing in cathedrals across the UK. Music was my life before I came to uni, including being a choral scholar! But please don’t ask me to sing!

16. What’s the last photo you took on your phone:
My housemate in the hammock he knitted from a climbing rope – he’d created some crazy system of hanging it from the banisters over the stairs, I guess that’s what you get living with an engineer.

17. What is the last film you saw at the pictures:
“The pictures” – the cinema? 😛 (admin seems to be showing his age here – yes the Cinema) A Monster Calls – it has some seriously deep and meaningful messages!).

18. What was the first song you ever purchased:
I suspect it was Steps or S-Club 7.

19. If you could have a secret camera in any room in the world, what room would you choose:
I’d love to see what idiocy is going on with those who are “in charge” of the NHS, however I suspect that would just anger me. Any room with a cat in – I love silly cat videos. I think that’s where I loose a lot of my sleep to.

20. What one thing are you most excited about in 2017:
Excited or terrified? Finishing my degree, qualifying as a paramedic and starting the job I have lined up! (is that 3 things?).

Our biggest thanks to Lucy for her Q&A’s this week and we hope that you feel that you have now got to know Lucy a little better. Check back next Wednesday for another set of Q&A’s with our chosen club member.