• Age:57
  • Occupation:Building Surveyor
  • Years Running: 3 years with club and possibly a year before joining the GRC
  • How did you start running?I would say that i am an accidental runner starting slowly after deciding to give up racket sport Badminton due to problem with tendons in right hand. The tendon problems were aggravated by use of racket. I started going on runs in the countryside in the vale and about the streets of Grantham and noticed a number of times groups of runner out on training sessions. From those observations made enquiries started running with GRC.
  • Why do you like running?It is an outdoor sport that takes you endless different places in training and to a huge variety of various events. Outdoor sport and activities have held appeal though out life and running is a continuation of this. The variety has added benefit in that everybody has a tale to tell after each event or training session.
  • Favourite race: I would say I've no individual favourite as each has its own character and different challenge. The Newton Fraction is a race I like being close to home with impressive finish in the meres stadium also Woodhall 10K and Sleaford 10K run on quiet county roads.
  • Trainers worn: My current shoes are Neutral Adidas which seem to work fine. The shoe in my opinion is the most import and piece of equipment and make sure they fit really well in the socks that I train and compete in. Another key factor is to buy shoes in the afternoon when your feet are larger better chance of obtaining correct fit. For cross country running I have a pair of inov8 mud claws which work well on mud, grass and paths giving good grip. The only time I considered them inadequate at the national cross country at Donnington park where the clay slightly damp stuck in the tread and onto the bottom of the shoe making them heavy with insufficient grip. It is hard work running with kilo of clay on each foot. The runners with cross country spikes were noticeably running better than those without.
  • Top tip from your experience:Would advise to avoid injury at all possible by studying the terrain in front and use a head torch at night. I slipped over in the dark after treading on conkers and ended up in a heap on the floor not using a head torch. Ease back training if slightly injury to allow recovery."