Steven Diffey

Steven Diffey

Runner / Triathlete

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
A company that I used to work at had a running a club that met once a week. I joined them and competed in my first 5km race. I got bitten by the running bug quite severely and then started competing in triathlons.
I love running because of the simplicity of it.

What is your typical weekly training routine?
I train every day of the week unless I'm fatigued. To qualify and compete in the Triathlon World Championships you're always aware that other people are training harder than you, so you've got to put the time in.

Do you run with a club or a group?
Three of my four weekly runs are on my own. On Thursdays I do a track session at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath. It's generally the hardest session of the week.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
Through farms in Costa Rica. I went off-piste and had to negotiate streams and barbed wire.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Go! by Public Service Broadcasting. It helps me zone out and focus on the road ahead.

Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Results. I've always got to have a goal.

What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Pay attention to you running form and maintain your core strength.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Develop your running form before you think about speed. Too many people get into running without the right technique and end up injuring themselves. Running progress is all about consistency, and you can't be consistent when you're injured.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Race Shorts. The waist is super-comfy.

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