When did running begin for you?
When I was training in judo, I started running to supplement my fitness. It took off a lot more when I started football refereeing: Running is pretty much key to that, so a real incentive to train! I haven’t looked back since (good job too, or I’d probably run into things).
Why do you run?
I really enjoying running and the challenges it brings in terms of self-improvement. It links directly to my football refereeing and helps keep me fit for that: You don’t want to be feeling tired and out of breath when you have to make important decisions on top of that! There’s also the great social side to running, be that in running clubs (Go Waverley Harriers!), races and so on. And, of course, running allows me to ‘earn’ additional cake privileges.
What race or moment in your running career holds the most significance and why?
The first time I did the Newham 10k. That race finishes in the Olympic Stadium, and it was a wonderful feeling ending up on the running track and sprinting round it to the finish! Plus they pipe in commentary from famous races to the section you run in just before entering the stadium. That was thrilling.
Who is your running inspiration?
Pretty much any runner who just makes it all look so easy. They never look tired, and are typically running uphill faster than my top speed going downhill.
What event, past or present, would you like to take part in and why?
I still want to do the London Marathon, and am a slave to the ballot on that one. It would be my first Marathon. The atmosphere around it just looks incredible and I have heard such good things from anyone I know who has taken part. I will keep my fingers crossed that I don’t receive another ‘Magazine of Rejection’ this time around.
What golden piece of advice would you give to other runners?
Listen to your body. It will tell you whether you should be out there pushing yourself that bit harder, and it will also tell you if you are injured and should be taking a few days, or even weeks off. I see too many runners running despite injury, hoping to ‘run it off’, but end up making things a lot worse as a result. Sadly, I was in that category in the past, and so have learned the hard way!
I want to get a sub 20 minute 5k. That means keeping up the consistent training, and also keeping a sharper eye on my diet! Reducing my wind resistance should help with the time!
Who would you like to nominate?