Favourite race:Sleaford 10k was my best official 10k effort of the
season - I ran a PB at the club's handicap race and was disappointed not to have
crossed the line first but there is always next year.
I also very much enjoyed the Belvoir 10k despite the terrible weather conditions
and the final 1k being a steep uphill climb!
Least Favourite Race:Belton cup my first race it hurt so bad! I was conned into doing it and instantly regretted it after mile one cross country and uphill. I recorded a very poor time around 1 hr 25 minutes - but it didn't put me off and in fairness it gave me the confidence that I could run 6 miles without dying and gave me a time to beat
Why did you start running?I was bullied into it by my dear friend Paul 'Rushy' Rushworth not sure how he convinced me - I think he wanted to get me back for beating him handsomely on the squash court.
Injuries received?Shin splints but fortunately I have worked through it. I hope I can avoid others but am sure something will get me
Furthest Distance ran?Half marathon at this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run. It was a very long way but again I now know I can run 13 miles without dying so that's a positive - I didn't look too clever at the end though
Trainers worn:For the half I wore Brooks Vapor 10s which I bought from Lincolnshire Runner in Lincoln.
I prefer Nike trainers but was given great advice by the staff there who thought that they would be best for me and to
be fair they have done the trick - much less ache after a few miles and we have bonded now racking up over 100 miles
together. I will be sad when they wear out but fortunately there are loads of shoes to choose from- you can never have too many!
Favourite running kit?Karrimor half tights and short shorts and a Nike dri fit top. I do also love my finishers tee from the half marathon not only is comfy but when I am out in it people can see that I went the distance. Of course I love my club colours too.
Top tip from your experience: just keep going - some people say that they can't run or they are not built for it, the wrong shape or age - I am proof that if you just keep going you will get there. I said to my wife the other day "I am just going to pop out and do a casual 4 miles" she laughed and when I asked her why she said it was funny because in January I couldn't run to the end of the street. She was right but now I am looking forward to next season and smashing my times in the same races as well as adding a few more to the calendar.
How many miles do you run per week?In the summer I was running around 30 miles per week but am only doing around 20 miles at the moment. I have found the dark nights tough so run three times a week at lunchtimes - you will find me in one of Grantham's lovely parks. I try to get a Linder one in at the weekend 6-8 miles.
Other hobbies? Squash, cycling, writing, golf, swimming and walking my dog Flash (he comes running with me sometimes too).
GRC was formed during the summer of 2010 by a group of runners
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Since forming we have been a vibrant, growing club with almost
200 members and three UKA licensed coaches and twelve UKA licensed run leaders . We hope that joining not only
improves the times and enjoyment from your running but also introduces
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