What made you get into running?
I’ve always been involved in sport and trying to keep a certain level of fitness but 4 years ago, I decided to stop coaching kids Hockey and use that time to start running more and enter events. My ambitions then was Triathlons and have been doing them for the last 3 years. At the end of 2015, I decided to concentrate on my running for 2016, started to use Twitter more and found a Community called UKrunchat. Heard of it? Since then, I’ve not looked back and I’ve had an amazing year.
I started a blog 2 years ago, www.wetsuitbiketrainers.wordpress.com used it lightly, but since racing in more events than never before, I’ve been able to update it more regularly. My UKrunchat twitter life and my blog have since given me the opportunity to be Decathlon Running Ambassador, be supported by Herbalife24 and now this, Community Member of the month.
2016 has truly been a great year. Not just about Decathlon, my blog, and the award but most importantly because I’ve really enjoyed my training, racing and it’s been great meeting UKrunchat runners at different events. This community is truly special and what a great opportunity for us to be part of UKrunchat as a running club. I could probably write a book why this community is great but I’ll stop now!
These are my 2016 races:
Romsey 5Miles road race – January
New Forest running festival 21Mile Trail race – March
ABP Southampton 10k – April
Hampshire Hoppit Half Marathon Trail – June
New Forest Half Marathon – September
AGEA Bowl Performance 5Miles road race – September
Great South Run – October
Gosport Half Marathon – November
Portsmouth Coastal Marathon – December
What has been your proudest/best running moment?
It has to be running the Southampton 10km with my dad in April this year. With my dad living in La Reunion (Indian Ocean island), it was the first time we ran together and by the way, he was the oldest race runner at 70! It was a special and at the same time emotional day.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?
So far it has to be my first 70.3 Middle Distance (Half Ironman) Triathlon in 2013. These distance Triathlons are a challenge in themselves but I wasn’t actually ready for it like I thought I was. I though my body was going to crumble to the ground but I somehow managed to be strong enough mentally to keep going to the finishing line. It was an amazing achievement for me that day, one that tough me a few things!
Who is your inspiration, and why?
There are so many athletes that have and still inspire me but my number 1 has to be my dad.
Back in the 70’s, my dad was a top sprinter, running the 100m in 10.40 seconds! And finishing 3rd at the French National championship that year. And back in those days, they didn’t have rubber running tracks! He unfortunately didn’t run those times in Olympic year, and the Worlds didn’t exist then.
In his mid 50s, he ran the 100m in 11:10 Seconds at a League Club meeting and would have won the French Vet Champs and qualify for the Worlds but didn’t compete at the Nationals for various reasons.
Now living in La Reunion for the last 20+ years, he has been running Trail races including Le Grand Raid. This Trail race is phenomenal! Have a look at it http://www.grandraid-reunion.com/?lang=en He completed the 100Miles/10000+elevation race in his 60s. Having reached 70 this year, Injuries are more regular so I think he has the right to slow down but he’s still very much active, goes to the gym pretty much every day and still runs.
He is a great inspiration.
What are your future goals?
My long time goal is the Ironman which I’m mentally ready for it (much needed!) but I’m taking my time with it and will enter my 1st one when I can 100% guarantee to have the time to train for one.
Running wise, I have my 1st Marathon in December and my 2017 “A” race will hopefully be RTTK (Race to the Kings)
What would be your one piece of essential advice to someone looking to start up running?
I recently wrote this:
“I am not the strongest
I am not the fastest
I am not the greatest
But I give it 110% and give my best”
Give it your best but most importantly, don’t compare yourself to others, enjoy it and keep smiling.
And of course, join UKrunchat
What is your favourite piece of running kit?
Has to be my Salomon Speed Cross 3. Just an amazing pair of Trail running shoes! When I have to wear them, I get more exciting about them than the actual race!
And finally, what’s your favourite thing about running?
Running keeps me sane! keeps me healthy, gives me new challenges, and it’s a good excuse to buy new gear. I absolutely love it and will continue running for as long as I can.
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