• Age: 46
  • Occupation: Quality Manager / SAP guru-in-training.
  • Years Running: Competitively 1.5 years
  • Favourite race: Derby 10km, the race I started running to do. We ran as a business team and I amazed myself by actually training for it and doing well. Annoyingly it is still my fastest 10km race time. The Newton Fraction is up there too - the first half marathon is a milestone for anyone.
  • Least Favourite race: Caythorpe 10km. The route was fine but it was a VERY hot day and I couldn't get "Tiddler - The Story Telling Fish" out of my head (perils of reading to a young shild). I was deliriously reciting it out load at one point, which must have disconcerted some of the other runners. At least I got a finishers medal, my only one so far.
  • Why did you start running? To Run in the Derby 10km as part of a business team. I didn't do it in the first year and always regret "wimping out." I came to parenthood late (43) and wanted to do something so I could keep up with a very active infant. There's a certain Spartan appeal that running, as an exercise , has in my mind. A mix of the three, really.
  • Injuries received?: From Day 1 my knees have suffered. If I keep running and continue to loose weight - 11kgs so far - then I hope that'll help. Jarred my back during the one and only "Efforts" session the "10weeks to 10km" group did on Barrowby Playing Fields, resulting in a spasm everytime my right foot hits the ground - only lasted 3 months so all good now. Still no idea what I actually did.. Otherwise, so far so good - black toenails don't hurt so I son't count them.
  • Furthest Distance ran?: Half Marathon.
  • Trainers worn: Asics then On Cloudflyers - which look ice cool but small stones fill the cushioning gaps and I'm not convinced the cushioning is that impressive anyway. Next time I'll go for a wide Brooks model.
  • Favourite running kit? Aldi did some long running socks last year (just under the knee) which are comfortable on the foot and compress the calves - I'll never wear tights/leggings so these are fantastic in winter. My Garmin 220 always comes with me. I like to use "Zombies, Run" - iPhone/Android app that tells a good story interspersed with your playlist. Makes solo running in rural Lincolnshire an unnerving experience.
  • Top tip from your experience: Keep at it. I commute to Derby, have a young son and weekends usually are busy so most weeks I can run with the Wednesday evening group and that's it. I carried on after the beginner's course into the summer, autumn and winter, doing 10km once a week. Doing that built up a foundation that, with a few long weekend runs, got me comfortably through a half marathon. Running in the rain and dark in November isn't particularly fun but you'll benefit come the March/April race season. Joining the club gave me a reason to keep running and I'm very glad I did so. Turning up week in, week out turns the session into a bit of a social event, which is nice. Don't fret if you feel slow - thereís always someone that'll run with you.
  • How many miles do you run per week? Not as many as I'd like t!! Usually 6-7 miles with the "Improvers 10km" group on a Wednesday. On a weekend I try to do parkrun or a solo 8-10 miles but work/life is interfering a lot at the moment.
  • Other hobbies? Recently moved house so "odd jobs around house and garden" covers it.