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Dale King-Clutterbuck

Dale King-Clutterbuck

Runner

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I was always the fittest on the football pitch and I could always punch the bags for longest as a kid so I knew I had good endurance capabilities. When I won a 600m district race in year 6, it was from that moment that I craved to re-experience the feeling of winning. Although it took me many years due to other sporting commitments, I joined Basildon AC at the age of 15 and never looked back.

What is your typical training routine?
I train AM & PM, before and after my work or studies depending on the day and I train hard. I've never been once to shy away from running myself past the red line but that's a downfall as well.

Do you run with a club or a group?
Yes - My group is led by Matt Yates, Barry Ewell and our s&c coaches are William Davies & David Richards.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
I can't say I've run anywhere strange. I went for a few runs on my holiday to LA and it was interesting to see the amount of people working out so early in the morning. Great atmosphere

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Funky house, deep house usually gets me going.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Bit of both. Improving as an athlete and getting to see the world whilst doing it gives me a lot of pleasure.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Don't quit, you still have plenty of time - I get told this every time I tell my pals I want a career. I want to be successful and have a good life but they keep telling me to wait and keep training for a few more years. I seem to want what they have, and they seem to want what I have.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Train hard but listen to your body. Don't drink too much alcohol but enjoy your life. Don't rely religiously on sport science but use it when necessary. Enjoy it or there is no point!

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
I was given a nice hat when I won the mile so thanks for that.

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