Billy Rayner

Billy Rayner

Member of the Soar 6

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I always ran as a kid and really started getting into it at secondary school, doing cross country and running for a local club. However I lost a bit of interest in my mid-late teens and concentrated on football for a few years, before getting back into it in 2010 ironically as additional fitness for football. I have actually now stopped playing football and started to concentrate much more on running again. I have joined a local club and I am really enjoying it and seeing lots of improvement especially over the last year or two. I cant imagine not running now.

What is your typical training routine?
It tends to vary, I've never been a huge milage runner. Probably maxing out around 50 miles a week even when training for London Marathon this year. I just fit in runs whenever I can be it before/after work, club runs, or the occasional run commute. Although my weeks now have become a bit more structured since joining the SOAR 6 programme and I am currently enjoying the benefits of regular track work.

Do you run with a club or a group?
Yes East London Runners which is now my local club. I am also one of the SOAR 6 group.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
Probably on the ridge of an extinct volcano in Lanzarote.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Its rare I listen to music on a run these days, but if anything is likely to make me run faster it'll be something Metal!

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both I really enjoy running but its nice to see progress and to pick up PB's along the way. I'm sure a time will come when I cant beat my PB's anymore but it wont stop me running into my old age.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
I recently learnt the importance of a proper warm up and cool down, something I had always neglected in the past.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Don't try and compare yourself with other runners, everyone's journey is an individual experience. Don't stress if you're not seeing instant results do your own thing and just enjoy the ride, you'll soon see the benefits.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The rain jacket, perfect for keeping warm on cooler evenings and keeping out the wind and rain

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