First up is Sam Cleare

Where are you from?

Ryde, Isle of Wight

Why did you start to run?

In February 2015 I was at the finish line when my 54 year old father completed his first ever race. After years of running and losing weight I thought to myself “If he can run a hilly 10 mile race, why can’t I?”. After years of playing football and a good base of fitness from my job as a P.E teacher, i haven’t looked back since!

What do you love most about running?

As a very competitive person I love races. It really keeps me going when i think i can catch or overtake people. But i’ve also come to appreciate the social side of running. For a very individual activity i have met some amazing people at my local running club Ryde Harriers. Some of whom I count as some of my best friends and its become such an important part of my life.

How often do you run?

3 times a week usually. Tuesday club run, Thursday training and Sunday race/long run.

Do you have a favourite race you have ran?

Salisbury 10 Mile Race. Despite only doing it for the first time last year i loved the beautiful scenery, gorgeous country lanes, challenging hills and the finish round the running track for that extra special sprint finish! It also helped having perfect weather and a P.B!

Do you have a favourite medal?

The first one I ever earned, from Bath Half Marathon 2008.

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

However slow you are/ think you are, you’re still faster than everyone on the sofa at home.

What running shoes do you wear?

Saucony Guide 9’s

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

Stephen Fry, Linvoy Primus – Legendary ex-Portsmouth defender and all round top guy Mo Farah.

Favourite film and why? Return of the Jedi. As a huge Star Wars geek I could choose almost any of them, but this was my childhood. Countless hours spent watching the same VHS again and again.

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Next up is Chris Brisley

Where are you from? London

Why did you start to run?

I started running when I joined the Royal Navy, which was in 1986, but I didn’t step up to longer distances until much later and after I was medically discharged with lung disease, I ran my first London marathon in 1998, in a time of 3:56.

What do you love most about running?

Put simply, the freedom, especially in the woods, running on trails.

How often do you run?

At least 4-5 times a week…

Do you have a favourite race you have ran?

My favourite race, Chicago Marathon for a road run and South Downs ultra for the bigger stuff.

Chicago was well organised, the crowds were amazing and despite it being nearly 30 degrees, the support was incredible, I’ve ran London a few times, it’s my home marathon, but still Chicago beats it.

Do you have a favourite medal?

Probably the Thames Path 100 miler, the weather was brutal, blizzard weather over night.

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

No matter what your objective is, fast running, long distance, don’t judge yourself too harshly, it’s one of the reasons we run in the first place… physically, do some strength work with your running.

What running shoes do you wear?

Salomon SpeedCross 4 on trail.

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

Girlfriend Oksana (it gets cold at night), My best mate Lee, he’s got a Green Beret (protection). Can I bring a dog, I’d like a dog!

Favourite film and why?

Shawshank redemption, because he fights back, I know all about fighting back in life.

Anything is possible!

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