First ever race? The Sleaford Half back in 2009, I remember having to borrow a club vest as I had just joined and didn't have one of my owm. We actually won the team prize that year!
Favourite race: Anything that delivers a PB is right up there but I think you always remember the longer ones more. The London Marathon is an overwhelming wall of noise, you only remember crossing Tower Bridge and the noise or absense of it as you going underground on the Embankment. The Leiden Marathon is special to me as I have managed to finish well there (forth twice and a fifth place) I don't actually remember it at the time but watching the video when you get a namecheck as you approach the line with "Great Britain" after it it makes you sound like a real runner!I would also love to do the Trail de Buenavista del Norte again, a climb of 800m in the second miles gives you some great views.
Least Favourite race: It should be the Manchester Marathon as I lost a season's best due to a short course but after taking into account the tremendous support from the crowds and the helpfulness of the marshals I can't criticise it too harsly. Being involved with the Solstice helps me understand what can go wrong in a race and how much work it takes to reduce the chances of the happening so I am a lot less critical of races than I used to be although I do grudge how much some of them can cost. If you want a serious race look for a UKA license, if you want a good trail race then the LDWA normally do the best ones. Approach first time events and ones for "charity" with a bit of caution.
Which result gave you the greatest satisfaction?Going sub 3:20 at Manchester, one of the few races I have surprised myself in.
Why did you start road running? Starting running on the treadmill at the gym and got bored and decided to venture outdoors and have run outside ever since. I never run on a treadmill these days.
Injuries received?: Back of the lower leg generally, due to my running style this is where most of the pressure is concentrated.A foam roller, tennis ball and regular trips for sports massage help reduce the time lost. Knowing what injury to run through and when to rest is the most important thing. I will modify my training to work around an injury so I don't lose too much condition by avoiding hills or speedwork and increase the cross training.
Furthest Distance ran?: Technically it was the Crosses I did last year at 54+ miles but anything over 50 is probably not really running as you end up stopping or walking. I think the full marathon is the furthest I will run flat out.
Trainers worn: I wear Brookes Ravenna 7 just because I always have, there may be better ones for me out there but is it worth the risk changing? I don't think so at the moment. The people who make then say they wear out and need replaced after 500 miles but I seem to be okay for more than double that for normal traing runs. I have a new pair of Saloman Fellraiser trail running shoes which appear to be working well in a couple of 26 mile runs I have done in the Peak District. I have never used racing flats or spike - that is getting a bit serious!
Top tip from your experience: Enjoy running, if you don't find another challenge that you like. If you are running set your own goals whether it be time, distance percentage or rankings, at the end of the day you are running against yourself.
Favourite running kit? We all know that a GRC vest is worth 15 seconds a mile on race day but apart from that I am not that bothered. Sun glasses that don't steam up or fall off are good. Shock Absorber seem to make the best bras at the moment. I tried compression socks but they don't help running but I use them for recovery or runs through long grass or nettles to save my shins.
How many miles do you run per week? It varies from season to season, for the summer when I am racing 5k's I will do as little as 35 or so but in March for marathon training I will peak at 85, over the year it is around 2,400 mostly at a steady speed. I actively try and reduce my mileage by cross training as I am aware that slow onset injuries are a risk with too much time on your feet as you get older. I go to a spinning class a couple of times a week for my HIIT training.
Other hobbies? The upside of running you can pretty well eat as much as you want so my other hobby is cooking / eating
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