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Ash Chambers

Ash Chambers

Engineering project manager and runner

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I actually took part in a cross-country race at primary school, hated it and vowed never to do it again. A few years later during an after-school club at college a local club member noticed I had some talent and I joined his club soon afterwards; haven't looked back since! It's addictive; I can get grouchy and irritable if I stop running. It's so enjoyable and relaxing, and has become such a large part of my life now that I will never give it up.

What is your typical training routine?
Running everyday, 80+ miles each week. One session on the track, one tempo session on the road, plus Sunday long-run of 16+ miles. Strength and conditioning work in the gym as and when I have the time. The volume and intensity reduces during summer due to living in an extreme climate.

Do you run with a club or a group?
Yes; member of Highgate Harriers Athletics Club in the UK, and Doha Bay Running Club in Qatar. The running community is so friendly and sociable, it makes it really easy to meet runners wherever you travel in the world.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I once spent some time on an air-base in Afghanistan. There was a small recreation area of about 300 metre circumference that I did an 8 mile run around whilst escorted by guards.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
The Chariots of Fire theme tune of course!

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both. I think I would find it difficult to run without having the competitive element every now and again in the form of a race to keep the mind focused. But in order to race well, you need to train well, and you only train well if you're enjoying it.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
If you can't win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Stick with it, the journey is worthwhile. Run with friends and try to run outdoors rather than on a treadmill. Instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself to a previous version of you and see how far you've come.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
My Highgate Met League Rain Jacket

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