Exclusive Interview with Johnny 'Sticky' Budden

NewsA few weeks ago, Johnny "Sticky" Budden announced he was going to be running 1000 Miles for Motor Neuron Disease. APK sent Gabe Arnold, our first APK News Correspondant, to get an exclusive interview so we can tell you more. Sticky is planning on running from "the most northern part of the British Isles (John o’groats, Scotland) to the birthplace of Parkour, Lisse, Paris." He's already raised thousands of dollars, and we wanted to see why he's doing all this! Read more to read this great one on one interview - and don't forget to donate at http://www.StickyParkour.com!

Interview by: Gabe Arnold
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Gabe Arnold: Let's start with the basics: Who are you? Where are you from? Where do you live or work now?

Johnny "Sticky" Budden: Cheyo, My name is Johnny Budden, I’m sometimes referred to as ‘Sticky’. I’m a UK born Freerunner, and I could be anywhere most of the time.

Gabe: You've been a well-known name and an important part of Parkour and Freerunning's growth over the years. What got you started in the disciplines?

Sticky: I have always been physically active. I reached country level swimming basketball and rugby. About 6 years ago I downloaded some low quality online videos of David Belle, Stephane Vigroux and the Yamakasi, and I was visually arrested. From that day, my life changed forever in a big way..

Gabe: The big news surrounding you is your 1,000 Mile Parkour Challenge. For those who don't know, what is it?

Sticky: I will be using nothing but my body to get from the most northern part of the British Isles (John o’groats, Scotland) to the birthplace of Parkour, Lisse, Paris. I will run over a marathon every day, often more, and do Parkour through each and every city I go through, overcoming every mental and physical obstacle in my path.
I hope to train and share the experience with as many Freerunnering heads as possible, in as many places as possible.

Gabe: For those who do know, why did you decide to do it? Why motor neurone disease? When does it begin, when is it expected to end? Why 1,000 miles, why Paris, why Parkour, why now?

Sticky: ‘1000 MILES OF PARKOUR’  is an event that highlights the effects of Motor Neurone disease. People who have Motor Neurone Disease have to overcome obstacles on a daily basis, often alone. Obviously this couldn’t be more directly linked with the ethos that revolves around Parkour.
People with Motor Neurone Disease loose the ability to move, and often feel imprisoned in their own body. This is mine, and probably a lot of other practioners worst nightmare.

It begins in a month. For about a month. I chose 1000 miles (roughly 1200 miles) because it’s more of a challenge than anything below that distance.

Gabe: Is there a personal reason or motive? Do you see this as a goal, a challenge, a journey, something more or something else?

Sticky: Recently I have been so intrigued into how much I can take and at what point do I have to stop and give up. You can always ask yourself can I do more, and you always can. I have been seeing how long I can go on for, how intense I can train, in the cold/warmth, how lonely I get, how hungry etc. I have always wanted to do this, and think it’s important that I do it.
I don’t think I could live my life knowing I didn’t fully commit myself to this. I need to test myself, see how far I can take it and help these sufferers out as much as I can. 

Gabe: You've been keeping busy, posting on your website about updates in your training and preparation. What are some of the things we don't see? What kind of physical/mental/spiritual training are you undergoing?

Sticky: At the beginning of training, I felt like when I were a kid and I would tell my mum to ring school and tell the teachers that I’m to ill to come in and she would sort everything out for me, I sometimes felt like that. I felt like saying ‘ Mum, I don’t want to do it anymore, can you sort it out?’ ha. I got times in the morning when I was munching on my apricot wheat’s and it hit me ‘ Boooom, you have to run 1000 miles fool!’ and it made me feel a little bit sick. I was fit, but nothing compared to a marathon runner or anything I had to become. I was aware that there was some hard months to go through. I have realised that you cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.
It’s been good to train in the mountains and the sea, no distractions except the odd buzzard killing a mouse or seal head popping up for a gasp. Such an inspiring place. I feel because I have ran up every mountain you can see 360 degress that I know the place like the sole of my foot.

Now I know that if I am not daunting training in the morning then I am not training properly. I never look forward to the next day of training. I never feel satisfied with how hard I have pushed it and have to do better the next day, despite having blisters upon blisters and thighs sore as.
I feel more ready than I ever could be. Fit for purpose. I know you only get the confidence to do things, once you have done them.

You really have to expect things of yourself before you can actually do them, I think.  


Gabe: What kind of response have you been getting from the community, your friends, your family? Positive, negative, indifferent? Are you being sponsored for this event, and if so, by who?

Sticky: The support I have been getting is on another level.
You know, when I had my head down training for this for months I kept thinking, ‘ Man, it would be cool if everyone got behind this and supported the event’. I always knew the global Parkour community was such a unique one, and a close-knit one, and just hoped it really was what I thought it was. So when the idea went public and people starting spreading links, tweeting, sending in videos from all over the world, and spreading the news everywhere I was really taken back. Everyone had proved me right and made me proud to call myself a freerunner.

It had been on the cards for a while so my family have taken it well and been 100% being me, they are used to me paintballing naked, running times square in a mankini and the rest I guess. Although everyone close to me has told me to be careful, they all know how hard I have been killing the training for this.

Gabe: What makes you tick, Sticky? What drives you along, in both life, Parkour, and in this challenge? And in general, how do they 0view your training in PK?

Sticky: I’ve always think, while I rest, others train. That has seemed to keep me going..

Gabe: What kind of money or results are you hoping to get from the challenge?

Sticky: Ultimately I want to raise as much money as possible. My target was £1,200, but after reaching that in a week I multiplied it by 10. Who knows, I’d love to times it by 10 again..
Not only is important for me to raise money, but it is equally important to raise awareness of this awful disease and what it does to people and families involved.  

Gabe: What are your plans for the future? More challenges, more media work, more teaching?

Sticky: A lot more of everything, you always have to move forward.Lately I’ve spent a lot of time kicking it with Stephane Vigroux and I guess he’s knocked some sense and ideas into me about lot’s of different things. I no longer let things I cannot do, interfere with what I can do.

Gabe: Any final words, comments, or tips you'd like to give? Anything at all!

Sticky: Thank you for supporting the cause. I would like to add that I would not be doing this if I didn’t 100% honestly believe in it. I just want you to put your trust in the charity and me and support the cause too. Hopefully I will train with you on the way.
Please donate at www.stickyparkour.com
Much love. X
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Monday, 08 February 2010 05:05
Last Updated on Monday, 13 December 2010 22:08