How did your running journey start?
I started running at the age of 8 at Yardley Primary School coached by Orion Harriers legend Ron Stone and eventually joined Orion Harriers once children and women were allowed to join in 1987
What were/are your main/favourite distances?
I am more of a one paced plodder so anything over 10 miles is better for me
What would you consider your greatest personal athletic achievement, and what did it mean to you?
As a junior wining the mini-marathon trial in 1988 at Eastway was a real highlight which allowed me to lead the Waltham Forest team at the main mini-marathon also wining 5 back to back Boys Clubs XC Champs was a big deal. As a senior each and every Essex medal is treasured whether individual or team. Winning these things restores belief that you can actually compete and is a reminder to always believe in yourself and your ability
How did/has your approach to running change(d) throughout your career?
I stopped running completely after a tough transition to the Senior ranks. It really was a different time back in the 1980/1990’s and didn’t really return to running until 2013 when I began running again for fitness. Progressed to local parkrun around 2017 and regained a competitive streak so rejoined Orion in 2018. It is essential that you train hard to get better but you have to be realistic as it’s a tough balance with day to day life.
Favourite race you’ve seen and why
I’m not a great race watcher and don’t really have an interest in the sport other than club racing. The best races I have witnessed are probably on the Essex Road circuit
What injuries have you had, how did you treat them, and how did it affect you mentally?
Running is so important for mental health wellbeing so not being able to run is a real tough time for anyone. I have been lucky up until now but am currently injured with a possible stress fracture and also have suffered recently from piriformus syndrome. Having a great physio is key to prolong a running career
What was/has been your number one challenge throughout your career, and how did you overcome it?
The main battle is always against yourself as it’s such a simple sport. Read The Chimp Paradox to put things into perspective
What is your number one piece of advice?
Train hard and believe in yourself