Sian Mead aged 52 married to Steve, mother to Rebecca. Works as Sonographer (Radiographer)
What got you interested in running in the first place? Started running at secondary school and enjoyed it as it was good exercise and particularly liked the longer distances
Who inspires/motivates you? Many of the older members in the club like Brian Howitt, Clive Russell, Ian Milne, Gerry White and others who are still running in their 70s
Some stats - PBs : Competed in many of the local fell races with some good results including 1st Senior, V40 & V50 Lady over the last 20 years. Participated in a number of road races, 10kms, half marathons (Clowne, Eyam, Buxton, Ashbourne, Forest of Dean, Mansfield and White Peak although never really fancied a road marathon but have completed several marathon distances with the Long Distance Walking Association as well as the 9 Edges, Grindleford Gallop, White Peak Walk, Baslow Boot Bash (first female in the latter two).
Steve and I have also competed in many Mountain Marathons including the KIMM, Saunders, Lowe Alpine (Scottish and Irish), RAB and Mourne Mountains achieving several wins as first mixed pair
Stiff drink or herbal tea? Yorkshire tea, particularly after a race
How long have you been in Matlock AC? 20 years
Tell us about your training regime? I don’t really have a training regime I run because I enjoy it. I’m a busy person and don’t have time to keep to a training programme and this probably reflects in some of my times
Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do? Swim 3-4 times per week, cycling and mountain and moorland walking
Other interests? Mountain Walking, my challenge is to walk all the Munro’s in Scotland (mountains over 3,000’). There are 283 and I have so far done 136. Also orienteering and am a member of Derwent Valley Orienteers (DVO). I enjoy mountain marathons (an extended form of fell running, usually over two days and often with a strong orienteering element. Competitors usually participate in teams of two and have to carry their own food and tent. There are various classes of event.)
I undertook a mountain marathon with Polly Veazey-French in the Lake District in 2010 and we were winning after the first day, but the sole came off of one of Polly’s shoes so had to walk to the finish.
I volunteer for the Peak District National Park and have also run the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for the local school and am still involved in Gold Expeditions
Pre-race tips? Try to eat well but do not have carbs on day of event but make sure well hydrated.
Lanzarote or Lake District? Lake District, but really being in the Scottish mountains, particularly the Western Isles.
What has been your most rewarding running challenge? The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon over the Paps of Jura (3 mountains located on the western side of the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides, highest point 785 metres.)
Scariest running snippet? During a mountain marathon in a remote part of the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland with husband, Steve, I got my foot completely wedged in a drainage channel. We were 1st when this happened and although I eventually freed the foot and it was swollen, managed to still win our category. I was out of running for a while afterwards however.
Walking an arête in the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye; just a jumble of rocks and although we were roped with a guide it was pretty hair-raising, and there was the time Steve and I got the navigation slightly wrong on a Saunders Mountain Marathon and descended the face of Hart Fell only to arrive at the checkpoint below to much consternation as they thought we were two climbers in trouble, it was very steep (sheer)
Favourite film? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The stage show is also brilliant.
TV? Not keen on TV but like the odd dramas but definitely not soaps
Beatles or Beethoven? I studied piano to Grade 8 and played until about 3 years ago. I like classical music and have quite an eclectic taste, but get fed up with Steve playing Led Zeppelin and The Who.
What book are you reading at the moment? Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, but do not think the recent film did the book justice
What is top of your bucket list? Completing the Munros – probably take another 4 years. Next ones are the Ridges of Kintail in the Northwest Highlands this coming September
Advice for youngsters? Enjoy it, try to improve but take it steady and wear the correct footwear to minimise risk of injury
Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club? More social events, particularly weekend social runs - running in a group with a coffee stop at the end.