What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
Aged 13 when living in Italy to lose some weight I think.... Haven't stopped ever since, with the inevitable ups & downs from what life throws at you along the way. I like the no-nonsense feeling of being myself, even now I'm an age grouper and "fighting gravity" on a daily basis, but running has also helped me in many other ways, especially allowing me to get things into focus.
What is your typical training routine?
Six days a week - one long(ish) very slow run, one volume interval session, one hill session and one high end aerobic session (either progression or threshold). The rest are recovery runs. Plus a lot of core a work at home
Do you run with a club or a group?
Highgate Harriers, where I also coach youngsters aged between 15 and 20.
Where's the strangest place you've run?
That's a good question. The set of the movie 'Marathon', which came out circa mid 80's, starring the great David Carradine and Laurene Hutton. They hired most of the running community in Rome for a couple of days to shoot a few bits, including the start from the Campidoglio Hill. It was a downhill start with spaced steps - so we had been told to run very slow so that David Carradine could keep up and be at the front - to no avail. The first attempt he got kind of run over after just a few meters by this group of crazy runners and ended with a blooded knee. Hilarious, even after all these years. RIP DC.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
No music... I like to think when i am running.
Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
A bit of both. Would like to achieve some kind of age group last hurrah.
What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Go fast only when it matters.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Get fit first.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Ultra Rain Jacket.
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