Age 58 married to Jayne and father to Kelly and Natalie. Works as a Tutor
What got you interested in running in the first place?
Trying to keep a general level of fitness plus I`ve always believed being sharp physically keeps you sharp mentally, although those that know me may dispute that as being true. Never had the running pedigree of other club members but I’ve always done a bit of running, and when a back injury forced me off the push bike it was time to try and get serious
Who inspires/motivates you?
I’ve always tried to be self-motivated, although I’m still inspired by the memory of seeing Seb Coe on the TV gliding to world records and gold medals, sometimes against the odds. And I’ve always believed my best race has yet to be run.
Some stats - PBs :
21-51 for 10 miles, 57-56 for 25 miles and 1-59-53 for 50 miles – on two wheels though! On two feet I’ve managed a 1-27-21 half, 39-05 10k and 3-14-14 marathon.
How long have you been running/in Matlock AC?
I joined the club in 1999 shortly after my first marathon in Sheffield. That was a hard one.
If you could spend a day in the life of someone else, who would it be?
The Miss World answer would have to be Barrack Obama so I could change the world for the better, a more truthful one would be a Premiership footballer for the dosh. What do they do with all that money?
Tell us about your training regime?
A loose structure of 3 or 4 runs per week averaging approx’ 35 miles trying to make sure I get a long run plus speed session in, although the speed session is the one that usually gets omitted. It never gets much higher than this when I’ve marathon trained, as with everyone else it’s difficult trying to achieve the work/life balance
Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do?
In fits and starts. I always have a hankering to get back on the bike, and enjoyed my time back on it when I had to back-off running due to a foot stress fracture. And if it wasn’t for having the worst front crawl in the county (ask Steve Goodall) I might be tempted to follow the trend and get stuck into triathlons
I really do not like …..
As it has just been election time political parties with single issue manifestos
Apart from drinking and eating a loose interest in bird watching and watching Chesterfield FC. I’ve always been a supporter of lost causes
After my Belvoir half fiasco get there in plenty of time. Also a long warm-up and then get your race face on!
What has been your most rewarding running challenge?
Running the London Marathon in 2000 for Childline. That’s the PC answer, but little things like winning the Club 10k handicap for the first time (where did that t-shirt go?), managing to be competitive with a few people I’m normally behind but no names being mentioned and winning the club GP. I had to do that before it got too popular as I wanted to claim having won both the cycling club (BAR) and running club (GP) season long championships
When you look in the mirror what do you see?
Normally a face with shaving foam on
What is your guilty pleasure?
Pies and pints, wine and chocolate
A bit of a close call, but probably Pulp Fiction. ``Z’s dead baby, Z’s dead``
Favourite TV programme?
I don’t watch TV anywhere near as much as I used to and it tends to differ depending on what’s on. I usually favour historical (factual) programmes and documentaries
Not done one for a while, tend to listen to whatever as I go along. Would probably have been Calvin Harris or Florence and the Machine. Lots of indie stuff on vinyl though.
Current ambition/next running challenge?
Just trying to retain as much speed in the legs as possible and keep as close as I can to my best times. Although I have a target in a couple of years’ time. Let’s wait and see if I can claim it
Advice for youngsters starting out in running?
Get yourself down to your local running club, especially Matlock AC if you are local. The coaches, helpers, parents and runners themselves have done a fantastic job on Monday evenings with limited resources. Come on DDDC, MAC are doing a brilliant job with the local athletic talent - give us a track and watch us fly!
Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club?
We’ve had a lot of new ideas and plans come into fruition over the last 18 months which, in my opinion, have placed us in a much stronger position both socially and competitively. After a process of rapid change a period of stabilising is required, but for me the 4 areas to target are developing our juniors so they come through into the senior ranks, growing the senior men’s group through the likes of Billy and Zak, strengthening the ladies side even further – what a wonderful job Nickys done with her group and continuing to build the MAC team spirit.