What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I was in year 3 at primary school and I was approached by a fellow pupil and asked if I wanted to be on the school cross country team. Initially my response was no - then my and my best friend at the time decided to race for a laugh. To mine and everyone else's surprise I finished the race in second place - I knew I was active having played football with the lads after school but never thought I was particularly good at running. From there, I ran a series of school races and went from 2nd to 1st. I never had any intentions to take running up - in fact I didn't know anything about it so never gave it a thought. However, my head teacher at the primary school found information about the local athletics club and insisted I checked it out. I did just that and have never looked back.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
I do all my morning runs on my own and easy runs alone. I do track session with a group of girls as well as tempo runs. I do 50-60 miles a week in the winter and 40-50 in the summer.
Do you run with a club or a group?
Both. A group for as much as possible.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
Probably when I did the euro cross in Slovenia. The course was super short and the start was at the top of a hill. Probably the strangest as it was my first race overseas.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Anything by angels and airwaves.
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
A mixture of both. Of course I run for the results when I'm training early in the morning and at night in the winter when its absolutely freezing and pitch black outside. But I do always try and enjoy what I do so running doesn't become a chore.
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Try and enjoy your running and be grateful for everytime you go out the door and come back injury free and healthy.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Build up your training slowly - try and find a training buddy and remember how good running is for your health.
What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
Definitely the rain jacket. Keeps you dry and doesn't weigh you down when in the winter on long runs.
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