Steve Smith

Where are you from?: Mk

Why did you start to run?

I’ve always been a keen sportsman, playing football for most my junior years… after a injury my football was pretty much done and I gave up a little. After a lengthy spell of nothing (and weight gain) I went for a run with my dad and that was it, I was hooked… from there I kept going…I’ve met some fantastic people I now call friends because of running, and better still my daughter has inherited my enthusiasm for it.. I’m happy/sad to say she is going to be a lot better than me…

What do you love most about running?

Apart from the obvious (health) I love the fact that the effort you put in is what you get out… I also love getting PB’s I can’t lie.

How often do you run?

4 times a week..

Do you have a favourite race you have ran?

Honestly I love all of them.

Do you have a favourite medal?

MK medals are great… 3 in one weekend

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about running?

Don’t train too much on hard surfaces… oh and speed and hills make you quicker….

What running shoes do you wear?

Nike lunar

You are stuck on a desert island with 3 people, who are they?

Bear Grylls (obvious but vital) Zach Galifianakis And last which is most important… anyone who was willing to bring a load of peanut butter

Favourite film and why?

I’m not sure I could pick a favourite, it depends on my mood.. but im just about to watch Apocalypse Now…. Brando at his best….

Your Twitter: SSRuns

Our second co-host tonight is Ian Bruce

Where are you from?

South Oxfordshire

Why did you start to run?

I came late to running, and it was a combination of two things that appealed: a way to get fit that I could do anywhere or anytime, and a way to relax and de-stress. Slowly but surely the health benefits – both physical and mental – made it something I didn’t want to be without.

As far as races go, I entered the Oxford Town & Gown 10k, loved the atmosphere and decided to aim for a half marathon. After years of halves, and saying there was no way I’d ever do a full marathon, I entered the London ballot, not once thinking I’d ever get a place – and was shocked to get in. Within minutes of finishing that race, I knew I’d do it again. And again…

What do you love most about running?

I’m lucky to live a stone’s throw from the Ridgeway and the edge of the Chilterns, so within minutes I can be out on hills and trails. I also to travel, and running is one of the best ways to explore a new place or city, whatever the climate. Meeting runners from all around the world at marathons abroad has given me an extra extended ‘family’.

How often do you run?

About three times a week – afternoons or evenings after work during the week, and a long run on Sunday morning.

Do you have a favourite race you have ran?

Loch Ness and Reykjavik marathons both had pretty spectacular scenery, and were really friendly, but Berlin was probably the most satisfying. Everything went right on the day – perfect weather conditions, a fast, flat, wide course, and amazing support – and it was my first sub-4 hour time. Even the post-race alcohol-free beer was perfect! I do have a soft spot for my local, small-scale runs, though, where £5 gets you a run & a free drink in the pub afterwards.

Do you have a favourite medal?

Edinburgh marathon 2014 is a simple, solid shard of metal. At the other extreme, Las Vegas 2015 is a glow-in-the-dark fruit machine, complete with spinning wheels.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about running?

That when you start to taper, your body will try and play all kinds of tricks on you with aches and pains as it starts to relax, recover and repair itself.

What running shoes do you wear?

Mizuno Wave Riders have served me well for years, from the WR13s to the WR20s

You are stuck on a desert island with 3 people, who are they?

Ray Mears, to keep me alive and build a shelter & a boat; Raymond Blanc to forage for ingredients and cook something amazing; the third person would have to be a musician, or maybe a storyteller of some kind to keep the rest of us entertained (and if they could also be called Ray, it would keep things simple).

Favourite film and why?

“2001: A Space Odyssey” – the marathon of movies.

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