Me, Me, Me!! Footprint of a Runner - Jim Titterton aged 71


What got you interested in running in the first place?  Rugby injuries took too long to get better!

Who inspires/motivates you? Gerry White (a running partner)

Some stats - PBs : 35.40 Cross Country 10k (age 45).  Have done White Peak Marathon 5 times and the first time I recorded my best time which was 3.36 about 25 years ago – and I waited for a mate en route.   I don’t generally record or remember times.

Favourite food?  Spuds, especially new ones


How long have you been running/in Malock AC? Eons.  Since Karl joined the Police and recruited me – to MAC that is, not the Police.

Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do? Not now, but have had a go at most things in the past.  Once won a ping pong trophy!


Other interests? Singing in a Gospel choir; playing guitar (badly); preaching

Pre-race tips? Calm down, dears – then do your best

What has been your most rewarding running challenge? I have never been paid!  1st V60 PAA Fell Race, Rothbury.  I remember this one as I did not get lost for once.

I really do not like ……. Estuary English – I like my T’s!!

What is your guilty pleasure?   Ice Cream

Favourite film?  They all bore me!

What music do you like?  Classical, Sacred and Country and Western

What are you reading at the moment?  The paper

If you could spend a day in the life of someone, who would it be?  Does this mean ‘Who would you be?’  Any Prime Minister – see what they really get up to!

Twitter or telephone?  Phone

Best advice you have ever been given?  Think first – unfortunately I rarely take it!  (Like agreeing to do this interview)

Current ambition?  To run for as long as Brian Howitt (Brian is now 80)

Advice for youngsters starting out in running? …. “Treat those two imposters just the same”….  From the second verse of the poem “If. -” by Rudyard Kipling (British Nobel laureate written in 1895)

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the thing you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:  ….. (They don’t write ‘em like that any more!! Worth reading the whole poem)

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club? Run the occasional handicap training night 10k as we used to.  Bad idea – I would still be last!!

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