How did you get into running and why?
I used to run regularly whist playing football and had to run more to keep up with the young ones. From there I did the Great North run a few times then I was lucky enough to get a place in the London marathon.
What kept you going when you first started running?
The motivation to keep fit and improve times.
Tell us about some of the races that you’ve done in the past?
That would be a long list as I’ve tried most races except the endurance and LDWA events. Although the Thunder run 2011 was a great experience, it really tests you mentality and strength, but great fun and sense of achievement.
How much training do you typically do?
I try to train at least four times a week, plus swimming and pilates help too.
Be honest, do you enjoy training?
Yes, I do to be honest! The club training offers a good base for all abilities.
What’s your current running aim for 2012?
To improve on all my times, it been a hard second half to 2011.
What is your favourite race/distance/terrain?
10 miles to half marathon on the flat! It suits me, but I do like off road its more scenic.
Which race performance are you most proud of?
My first London Marathon. it was before I joined the club and I was a novice.
Which race would you you have to be forced to do at gunpoint? Great North Run, it’s a great event but just too crowded.
What is your proudest running achievement?
My first Brass Monkey half marathon race in 2010, It took me by surprise and a few club members too, I did really well and smashed my PB by 13 mins, all the hard training had paid off.
What’s your idea of running heaven?
A sunny morning in early spring, preferably along a river or coastal route, peace and quiet.
What’s your idea of running hell?
Being injured, I’m not good in hot temperatures too!
Any advice to newcomers?
Don’t give up! the club offers great opportunities for all abilities.
What keeps you going when the going gets tough in a hard race?
Club members support is probably the best at that!
What do you think is the best route into racing for newcomers?
Try doing a championship race, there are usually loads of Quakers there to support you on. Park runs are really friendly and great for a non competitive run too!
You’ve done a lot of different, varied races what’s your favourite type of race?
The one to the bar! No seriously – trail races are the most enjoyable.
Best way to relax/reward yourself after a race?
Some nice food and a real ale!
What is the best part of the club in your opinion?
The coaching staff and support.
What is your favourite training session?
1000 and 1500 meter reps they are fast and not too long.
If you were given six months of professional training, nutrition and perfect health – how fast could you run 10k?
Hopefully about 38 mins.
Apple, Water, Banana or Mars bar in your ideal goodie bag?
A pink lady. (that’s an apple!).