What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I’m not sure, I was always on the bench for football so I went along to the local athletics club Barrow and Furness Striders. I was never any good at sprinting or field events so ended up as a distance runner! It’s the enjoyment and personal challenge that keeps me going, it has become part of my daily life so I can’t ‘not do it’.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
Tuesday - Interval sessions at Mile End track.
Thursday - Tempo sessions at Victoria Park in the summer and St James’ Park in the winter.
Saturday - Hills at Hampstead or Greenwich.
Sunday - Long run.
Easy running in-between.
Do you run with a club or a group?
Yes, I do my sessions and long runs with the Run Fast group, but I do most of my easy runs on my own running to and from work.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
Not sure, probably a multi story car park in Bristol the day before a cross country. I was trying to stay dry!
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Go, by the Chemical Brothers.
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
I would say it’s mainly for the fun and enjoyment I get out of it, but it’s the competition and results that keep you in sessions. If it was just for fun I don’t think I would be doing the hard sessions!
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Sometimes you need to just run and forget about the watch.
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Every so often run without a watch and go exploring and just have fun, it isn't always about the clock.
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