I started about 10 years ago just by myself, plodding around the streets just to keep fit then Diane Adkins persuaded me to join Quakers as our children were in the junior section and I have never looked back!
What kept you going when you first started running?
Joining the running club gave me the incentive to keep going even when I lacked a bit of motivation.
Tell us about some of the races that you’ve done in the past?
I have done a whole variety of races in the past 10 years from 5k up to and including two London Marathons and the Marathon of the North and Swaledale Marathon.
How much training do you typically do?
Club nights and a long run on a Saturday morning if not doing a race at the weekend. If training for a marathon I will normally train 3 to 4 nights a week and a long weekend run. I also do pilates and like to walk one night a week.
Be honest, do you enjoy training?
Yes most of the time – but we all have those ‘can’t be bothered’ nights!
What’s your current running aim for 2012?
Well I’ve already completed Marathon of the North and Swaledale Marathon so now I am just looking to take part in most of the Championship and 10K League races and not forgetting the Thunder Run.
What is your favourite race/distance/terrain?
Do you know, I like a variety, sometimes road, sometimes trail and anything from 5K to 26Miles.
Which race performance are you most proud of?
Probably my Marathon of the North this year.
Which race would you you have to be forced to do at gunpoint?
As I write this it is probably the one coming up on Wednesday night ‘The Pitstop’ – will I be there?…
What is your proudest running achievement?
My first London Marathon in 2006.
What’s your idea of running heaven?
A lovely cool, sunny Saturday morning long run with some lovely friends! Or a run with some fabulous scenery e.g. Sticky Toffee run at Cartmell.
What’s your idea of running hell?
It’s not actually the running, it’s the hanging about waiting for a race to start, particularly if it’s very cold, wet and miserable!
Any advice to newcomers?
Stick at it with the club because when the going gets tough in the winter months the club will pull you through.
What keeps you going when the going gets tough in a hard race?
Thinking of the end – it has to come sometime! Positive attitude, as Sandra Park would say “why are we doing this?” “cos we can!”
What do you think is the best route into racing for newcomers?
Probably a couple of gentle 10k races. 5k races can be tough because they tend to be fast. I would say Darlington 10k, Teespride 10k and if you fancy something a little off road Snape 10k.
You’ve done a lot of different, varied races what’s your favorite type of race?
I like a variety, but my most favourite this year so far has been the Wensleydale Wander – fabulous scenery!
Best way to relax/reward yourself after a race?
Nice bath and a good meal.
What is the best part of the club in your opinion?
What is your favourite training session?
Indian file just for the laughs.
If you were given six months of professional training, nutrition and perfect health – how fast could you run 10k?
Oh gosh, tough one – I would like to think I could get to about 45 minutes. My PB is 51.06. But I’m not getting any younger either!
Apple, Water, Banana or Mars bar in your ideal goodie bag?
Normally I tend to crave crisps or peanuts – obviously to replace salt lost, but then I wouldn’t say no to chocolate!