How did you get into running and why?
I used to aim to run for a mile on a treadmill about 10 years ago and then I entered the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research and decided I wanted to run it and not walk at all. After that I would do 2 or 3 Race for life events each year, the Raby castle 5K and the Darlington 10k. I would go along to the races Anthony was doing and take photos of Quakers until one day in a post-race gathering at Quaker House I was coerced by some of them (you know who you are) into going along to the training sessions. That was summer 2010 and now I am a running addict!
What kept you going when you first started running?
Knowing I had lots of sponsorship to collect for a good cause.
Tell us about some of the races that you’ve done in the past?
5ks, 10ks, Brass monkey and Haweswater half marathons, Lakeland trails, Hardmoors 60 relay, Wensleydale Wedge 23 miles, Thunder run
How much training do you typically do?
Most weeks I will do the Quaker training sessions and a steady run over the weekend.
Be honest, do you enjoy training?
Most of the time yes, you would never run up and down the same street by yourself.
What’s your current running aim for 2012?
I would like to match Mr Corbett’s 1000 mile target, (he is well ahead)! I almost did 1000km last year so you never know I might do it.
What is your favourite race/distance/terrain?
The Lakeland trail races which are varied distances but often around 15-18k. The views on a nice day are fantastic.
Which race performance are you most proud of?
Thunder run, I went last year wondering how I would do more than one 10k in a day as at that time I didn’t even run on consecutive days. I did four 10ks, two of which were in the dark and both were faster than the ones in daylight.
Which race would you have to be forced to do at gunpoint?
Aycliffe 10k, it is so boring.
What is your proudest running achievement?
Winning the 10k league in my first year of doing them.
What’s your idea of running heaven?
That will be finishing a Thunder run lap in the middle of the night and going straight for the steak and onion baguette!
What’s your idea of running hell?
The thought that I might run the wrong way and get lost.
Any advice to newcomers?
Don’t think that you have to be fast to do the sessions, anyone of any speed can do them. Just join in you will be fine and no one will yell at you if you don’t do the number of laps that are set.
What keeps you going when the going gets tough in a hard race?
Knowing that when I have get to the end that I will be glad that I did it.
What do you think is the best route into racing for newcomers?
Do Parkrun to get an idea of what happens at an organised run. Then enter a 5 or 10k and go for it, a lot of people seem to think only really fast people run “races” which is most certainly not the case.
You’ve done a lot of different, varied races what’s your favourite type of race?
The longer trails, there is less pressure and it’s fine to walk when you need to and you have no guilt in doing so.
Best way to relax/reward yourself after a race?
A nice meal and a glass of wine, after all that running I deserve it.
What is the best part of the club in your opinion?
The people, I have made some great friends since joining the club.
What is your favourite training session?
I used to like Coniscliffe Road and Salutation road but we don’t do that one anymore.
If you were given six months of professional training, nutrition and perfect health – how fast could you run 10k?
I’d like to think 45 mins but with my legs I don’t think so!
Apple, Water, Banana or Mars bar in your ideal goodie bag?
Definitely the water, although Chocolate milk would be good.