How did you get into running and why?
I got into running in September 2009 after I’d read a message on a friends Facebook page regarding parkrun, she sent me the link to register & my running has just progressed onwards on a steady slope from there.
Also, it was a means for me to keep fit, I went out running once after work about 2005 / 06 ish with a few work colleagues and realised then how unfit I was due to comfort eating.
What first brought you to the Quakers?
I first heard about Quakers through a friend of mine who I go running with. She was formerly a member of Quakers Running Club & knew that I was interested in increasing my running mileage, she invited me along to Quakers and I’ve been a regular attendee ever since.
What kept you going when you first started running?
Friendliness & camaraderie from everyone who I’ve met both at Quakers and all the running events I’ve participated in over the years.
Tell us about some of the races that you’ve done in the past?
I’ve ran that many races over the last 5 – 6 years, but here goes.
Locke park 20
Redcar half marathon – Getting ever so close to achieving my sub 1hr 30 mins (see below) in 2014. Also, running my first ever marathon in Sunderland with only about 8 weeks training, which only started out as an 11 mile training run.
Running 2 London marathon’s just enthralled by the support throughout the race.
How much training do you typically do?
Not enough sometimes
Be honest, do you enjoy training?
Yes, I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of training, sometimes I literally had to drag myself out of bed / house when it came to doing my marathon training lol.
What’s your current running aim for 2016?
I’ll just have to see how thing progress, but I’d love to achieve those inevitable sub 20min 5k’s (pb 19 mins 34 secs); sub 40 mins 10k’s (pb 40 mins 43 secs) & sub 1hr 30 for half marathon (pb 1hr 30 mins 3 secs).
What is your favourite race/distance/terrain?
Too hard to narrow down, as I’ve enjoyed running all my races regardless of distance. Even more so if its a course which I’ve never ran before!!
Which race performance are you most proud of?
Achieving my sub 20min parkrun 5k and my first ever marathon (see above).
Which race would you you have to be forced to do at gunpoint?
Possibly Hardmoors, but guess it’ll be taking me out of my comfort zone covering that distance over that terrain.
What is your proudest running achievement?
Reaching my 300th parkrun
What’s your idea of running heaven?
Achieving that pb.
What’s your idea of running hell?
Running in races when its either too hot or too cold (happened several times).
What is the funniest thing which has happened to you while running?
This occurred in October 2015 after I’d ran my 300th Parkrun at South Park. I was cheering everyone in after i’d finished running, when this guy was making a sprint for the finish line, he must have somehow caught his footing, tried to recover himself, but managed to fall right on the finish line.
Any advice to newcomers?
Come along to Quakers, try few session or steady runs and see if its for you!!
What keeps you going when the going gets tough in a hard race?
If i’m finding a race particular hard, I’ll just knuckle down and battle on till I reach the finish line or may try to think of things to take my mind of it
What do you think is the best route into racing for newcomers?
Enjoy yourself and run each race at a pace which you both feel comfortable with and able to maintain.
Best way to relax/reward yourself after a race?
Relaxing after a race would be heading to Quakerhouse after Mermaid 10k with my fellow club runners to talk about our pb’s etc. Maybe even getting a well deserved massage.
Reward maybe treating myself (not very often) to a meal from one of those well known high street takeaways lol.
What is the best part of the club in your opinion?
Socialising, camaraderie & talking to different people before each session.
What is your favourite training session?
I enjoy every training session which I attend, but dare say that there are some which I enjoy slightly more that others.
If you were given six months of professional training, nutrition and perfect health – how fast could you run 10k?
I’d like to run a 10k in 38 mins, but I dare say that’s along way off in the distance
Apple, Water, Banana or Mars bar in your ideal goodie bag?
When you’re running and you have to stop at the traffic lights, what do you do?
I’ll either keep jogging on the spot to keep motivated or assess situation and see if its safe enough for me to carry on running.