Kelly Thorneycroft

Kelly Thorneycroft


What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
My Dad has always been keen into sport and got my sister and I into swimming at a young age. He has always inspired me to work hard and emphasized that you get out of it what you put into it. I swam a lot when I was younger and was therefore rubbish at running at school. I couldn't run for 5 minute without getting a stitch or moaning at someone (usually my poor Dad). After eventually reaching a plateau with swimming and realising my 5ft4in frame and narrow shoulders weren't the best attributes for a career in the pool, I decided to try out running. I took it up whilst I was at university as a means of managing the stress and boredom that comes with studying for a science degree and to try and make my Dad proud of me. It was hard starting from scratch and having to accept I was a rubbish runner. With a lot of determination and discipline to improve and get better, I stuck with it and then finally got the confidence to join a local running club after graduating from UCL. The 'runner' Kelly of a few years ago wouldn't have believed that I now actually run with a club and...enjoy it!

What is your typical training routine?
Lots of easy running, a few sessions with London Heathside and the occasional long run (I hate long runs!) when I have to/told its good for me to. I supplement my running with cycling and weights in the gym.

Do you run with a club or a group?
London Heathside and Matlock when I am back home with my family.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
Wormwood Scrubs.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Oasis - Rock n Roll Star (girl can still dream...)

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
For chocolate...

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Don't take yourself so seriously and do enjoy it.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Don't underestimate the importance of doing easy runs; you really don't need to smash out sessions on every run.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The SOAR calf guards - just need matching arm warmers now!

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