What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I loved football growing up. I was very fortunate to have a grass field adjacent to my family home in North West London where I would chase a ball about every evening. I also just so happened to play for my school team who played their matches close to Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers athletic stadium, Barnet Copthall, now Allianz Park. After my first school cross country race I was asked to join the club, and from that moment onwards I started to grow a passion for athletics.
I enjoy winning. I enjoy the buzz you feel when you are running at the very front of a competitive race and pushing yourself harder than you thought you could ever imagine. I run because it is who I have become, it is my identity. I cannot imagine a day without it.
What is your typical weekly training routine?
I try to average around 80-90 miles of running per week that includes 2-3 multi-paced, high intensity interval sessions. For example, one of the 2 intervals sessions might be 8 by 1000m in 3:00 minutes with 90s recovery. I also do a lot of hill reps, fartleks and easy running.
Do you run with a club or a group?
I am based at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded with tons of great athletes all year round, so I never have a problem with finding a training partner.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
The strangest place has to be at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. These races seem to always be held in bizarre towns across the world.
What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Powerful – Major Lazer (feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley)
Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Results – No question about it!
What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
‘Throw away your GPS watch and heart rate monitor, run to how you feel, listen to your body’
What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Running is a sport for the brave. You have to be focused, committed and driven… Work on your weaknesses’ - for me it is my flat out speed and strength towards the end of races. Most importantly, results will not come over night!
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