On the Spot – Rowan Collins

When did running begin for you?

I work with horses for a living. During my early 20s I was working for an event rider who ran the cross country courses before an event. Puffing round and failing to keep up with my 6ft 2in boss I realised I needed to get fitter if I was going to learn anything. I started running a couple of times a week to be “as fit as my horse” and a few years later entered Reigate 10k with my aunt and caught the running bug.

My enthusiasm literally came crashing down the following week when a nasty fall from my own horse put an end to running for a couple of years. Pandemic life, my osteopath’s new conservatory and a full house finally got me going again.

Why do you run?

To be fitter, to explore, to meet new people, to reset my brain, to walk the dog, to prove something to myself, to put my competitive nature somewhere. Not a single reason I guess but as someone who loves the outdoors and doesn’t like sitting still too long it ticks a lot of boxes!

What race or moment in your running career holds the most significance and why?

Completing my first half at Wokingham was quite an important moment. I had never felt like a natural runner despite always enjoying it so it felt like quite a milestone. It was also my first race with Waverley Harriers!

Who is your running inspiration?

I am sure I am not alone when I say Jasmin Paris is doing a lot of the heavy lifting on the inspiration front at the moment but anyone who is still smiling after Lord Wandsworth XC is right up there too!

What event, past or present, would you like to take part in and why?

Something in the mountains with a good view or two. Nothing too hilly though, I don’t like them. What?!

What golden piece of advice would you give to other runners?

Positive attitudes, positive splits ?! 😉


What’s Next?

Running my first marathon distance along the North Downs Way in June. My Solstice Marathon! Hopefully a nice day out, an ice cream or two and a beer at the end. Am I naive?! Harriers welcome.

Whom would you like to nominate?

Joanne Day

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