What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
It all started off with a Physical Education lesson at the age of 14, which consisted of running approximately 5km around the school premises. I came second place with little effort exerted. My teacher Alan Watkinson, former teacher of Mo Farah who had also attended my school, suggested that I should run to represent my borough in the upcoming Cross Country race. I then went on to represent Middlesex County too. I began running again when I was 24 after I had my first child. I decided to join my local running club Highgate Harriers on the advice of a work colleague who had said that would be the best way to get fit. Still a footballer at heart, I joined up with the intention of being the fittest on the football pitch because I had lacked match fitness and I’d had enough of the extra pounds I was carrying. From there I learnt of the timed 5km ‘parkrun’ on a Saturday morning in Hampstead Heath. This appealed to me as it had been over 10 years since my last 5km run and I was curious of my running time. I went from running parkrun to running marathons! I am yet to reach the pinnacle of my potential as it is difficult to have a consistent training schedule due to the nature of my work. But I am still giving it my all and aiming to keep beating my personal bests.... let’s do this!
What is your typical training routine?
A standard training week includes: easy runs, an interval track session, tempo and a long run.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I run for Highgate Harriers and with a few other group sessions during the week (RepRunners/The Wild Bunch/Wild Trail Runners). These running groups help provide a social platform to meet up with like minded people i.e to simply run and have fun with no competitive side to it.
Where's the strangest place you've run?
A rural area in Morocco whilst on an extended holiday... I was craving a run!
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem. Gets me pumped every time!
Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both. I find running very therapeutic as well as the love of seeing the results of my training.
What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Keep your shoulders low & relaxed.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Find a local running group and run with them. It is always fun with plenty of chatter along the way, and also a good way to find people who have the same goal as you.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
Raglan t-shirt (red/navy) and Race Shorts 2.0 Iris - super light with a fantastic look to them!
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