First up Robert Gale….

Where are you from? Newport, south Wales.

Why did you start to run?
Prior to 2015 I had done zero exercise and was very overweight. Throughout 2015 I lost 3 and half stone through cycling, walking and gym work. I never thought I’d take up running and can remember seeing runners and thinking ‘that’s never going to be me’. But in February 2016 I gave it a go and found I enjoyed it. I started with short distances like 5K but quickly progressed to 10K trail and road races, a trail half marathon then an ultra marathon by August 2016.

What do you love most about running?
There isn’t a single reason why I run, it’s a combination of many things.

1. It’s rewarding (you can’t beat the feeling you get after completing a run).
2. It’s challenging.
3. It gives me a chance to explore, both on the road and especially off road.
4. I love photography so it gives me a chance to do two hobbies at the same time.
5. I am meeting so many interesting and friendly people both offline and online.

How often do you run?
Probably around 4-5 times a week with back-to-back long runs on the weekend.

Do you have a favourite race you have ran?
My favourite race to date is the St Bega’s Ultra 35 in the Lake District in August 2016. It was my first ultra and the weather was perfect (lots of great photo opportunities). It confirmed that I had it in me to complete an ultra and I’ve completed two others since.

Do you have a favourite medal?
he medal from the St Bega’s Ultra 35 (Lake District) is by far my favourite. Part of the race involves running through the grounds of a slate mine along the Honister Pass and the medal is made from the slate extracted from the mine.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about running?
Listen to your body and make sure you keep it fun.

What running shoes do you wear?
Hoka One One for the road (currently Bondi 5) and Saucony Peregrine 7 for trails.

You are stuck on a desert island with 3 people, who are they?
Brian Cox – I’m sure it would take quite a while to learn everything this man knows and I’d never get bored of listening to him explain.

Peter Kay – I’ll be needing humour to keep me sane on a desert island.gale

David Attenborough – Who wouldn’t want to listen to all this amazing man has experienced.

Favourite film and why?

Nightcrawler. It’s such a gripping thriller. How Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t get a nod at the Oscars for his performance is a mystery.

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Meet Tim Brown

Where are you from?
Hull (UK City of Culture 2017)

Why did you start to run?
It was for a girl (isn’t it always?!). Seriously though, she encouraged me to take those first steps, and then made sure I kept at it until I ran my first 10k. From then on I was hooked (on running that is).

What do you love most about running?
There’s so many ways to answer that, and it’s hard to pinpoint one thing. I’ve had some great experiences, been to some fantastic places, met some amazing people, and I look and feel great (well compared to pre-running Tim). I suppose I still get amazed at just what the body (or at least my body) can do!

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How often do you run?
5-6 times a week at the moment (training for 10 marathons in 10 days in May)

Do you have a favourite race you have ran?
Running the six world marathon majors in 2016 was very special, in particular seeing the family in London, watching sun rise over Lake Michigan at the start in Chicago, and the wonderful finish in New York. I’m running the Brathay Windermere marathon 10 times in 10 days this May so that will become a favourite, although perhaps in a different way! You can read about my running adventures on my blog – timmytalks.com

Do you have a favourite medal?
My word marathon major six star medal is pretty special. Best looking medal goes to the Florence marathon.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about running?
“Don’t underestimate what you can achieve” – we really can push ourselves far beyond what we think is possible and the body will just adapt. Taking nutrition seriously has had big benefits too.

What running shoes do you wear?
Brooks Ravenna and Saucony Guide.

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

William Wilberforce, Nelson Mandela and Eddie Izzard.

Favourite film and why?
Star Wars – no reason needed…

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