How did you get into running and why?
Wanted to loose a bit of weight so started running, entered the Great North Run in 2004 and to help me with the training joined the Quakers running club
What kept you going when you first started running?
The friendliness of the club and entering races as a challenge to keep running
Tell us about some of the races you have done in the past?
Allsorts 5k time trails in Middlesbrough Albert Park and Darlington South Park
Tees Forrest Trail races,
Fell races in the Cleveland Hills
X Country series
10ks Darlo, Raby, Richmond, Middlesbrough, Mermaid, Aycliffe, Croft, Tees Barrage to name a few
Half Marathons – Redcar, Burn Valley, Brass Monkey, Blackpool.
Marathons, London, Edinburgh and 2 on the club trip Somme and Flanders
Also Triathlons and recently first Aquathon (swim then run)
How much training do you typically do?
Not enough about 3 to 4 times a week
Be honest, do you enjoy training?
Yes always enjoy training
What is your current raining aim?
Do as well as I can at 10k s
Get round Lyke Wake Challenge (40 odd miles in 12 hours)
Thunderun 24hours running in a relay team of 5 people
Keep Fit and injury free
What is your favourite race / distance / terrain?
The shorter the better – probably 10ks but do like to do new challenges each year to keep training interesting.
What race performance are you most proud of
London Marathon in 2006 (did it in 4hrs 8 Mins)
What race would you have to be forced to do at gunpoint?
3 come to mind
Great North Run
Whats your idea of running heaven
The finish line
What’s your idea of running hell?
Getting beat of Jackie in last years Marathon
Any advice to newcomers?
Try getting a training buddy – someone similar speed and train together. Also get yourself entered in some races – don’t be afraid to race. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and enjoy running. Make sure you take your rest / recovery days.
What do you think is the best route into racing for newcomers?
Start off with 5 and 10ks for the first year; don’t be afraid to go off road to make training a bit different. Build up to 13 miles and Marathons when you feel ready.
You’ve done a lot of different varied races what is your favourite type of race
I always enjoy racing in the countryside – with a couple of hills in so here is my top 10 races to do
1 James Herriott (on the bus)
2 Allendale 8 (on the bus)
3 Burn Valley Half
4James Herriott 14k (on the bus)
5 Brass Monkey (on the bus)
6 Thirsk 10 miles
7 Durham Dales
8 Cleveland relay
9 Kilburn 7
10 Hawood House 10 miles
What is the best part of the club in your opinion?
The social side – trips to the pub/s after a run
Best way to relax / reward yourself after a race
Beer Beer Beer
Apple, water, Banana or Mars bar in your ideal goodie bag
Not bothered but like Hawood House run as you get a bottle of the local brew.