Favourite race: I love the Great North Run with the amazing atmosphere and the Red Arrows. I also enjoyed Equinox this year, so much so that I've already booked my place for next year!
Least Favourite race: At one time, I would have said that the Stamford 30k was my least favourite race as I went out way too fast one year and really paid the price in the second half. However, the accolade of least favourite race now goes to the Manchester Marathon since running it this year. Getting to the start was a complete nightmare with road closures and diversions being so unclear. The baggage drop off was ridiculous with one tiny desk for thousands of runners swarming to drop their bags off. In the end, I left my bag with a very friendly fellow runner who offered to drop my bag off with his own. After completing the race, I then had the pleasure of queuing for 2 and a half hours to reclaim my bag. Safe to say I won't be doing this race again for quite some time!
Why did you start road running? I got a charity place in the Great North Run through university in 2005 and have been running ever since.
Injuries received?: I seem to have a constant niggly right knee but my worst injury was a metatarsal stress fracture which stopped me running for 3 months.
Furthest Distance ran?: In September I ran 150km in Equinox. This involved running continuously, completing 10k laps over a 24-hour period. I had some highs and lows during the run, the highs including seeing an amazing sunset and having loads of GRC members as well as family and friends cheer me on and generally support me. The lows included stubbing my toe on the same rock on THREE consecutive laps (I did finally learn my lesson after the third time). The lowest low was lap 8 though where Gordon kindly supported me on one of my night laps. I doubt I was much company though as I was feeling particularly knackered and nauseous by this point and could barely manage to pick my feet up to keep moving. All in all though, it was a lot of fun and I only lost one toe nail in the process!
Trainers worn: At the moment Ive got Mizunos but they're my least favourite trainers I've had. My faveswere my On Cloud Runners.
Top tip from your experience: I find it hard fitting in running around 2 small children and work so my advice is to just get out whenever you can. If I didn't seize any opportunity to run I don't think I'd ever get out! It's especially hard trying to train for longer races and fit in long training runs so my training is often sporadic but if I have a bonus spare couple of hours I'll generally opt to use that time running! I also used to get up early and fit in runs at 5am but now I have a baby that often appears to think that 5am is a suitable time to wake up too so that has made early morning runs more difficult.
Favourite running kit? My watch! I have a garmin 230 and it's my best purchase ever!
How many miles do you run per week? I'm finding it difficult to find the time to run at the moment so it's probably around 20-25 but usually I manage around 30-35.
Other hobbies? I love to eat (and drink) so eating out is definitely up there as a favourite past time.
GRC was formed during the summer of 2010 by a group of runners
ranging from the complete novice to the seasoned club runner.
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
you to new friends and the activities we take part in.