Me, Me, Me!! Footprint of a Runner – Alison Pye age 35.  Birthday this month!  Partner – Tom and mother of Ewan age 2

What got you interested in running in the first place?  Teacher at primary school, nr. Manchester.  Got into X Country.  Joined Sale Harriers age 10.  Joined Matlock AC 6 years ago.  Saw Steve Holt at Bolsover 10k when in my Sale Harriers kit and he suggested I should try Monday training nights.  I was looking for a club as had moved to Matlock, so it was a fortunate meeting.

What inspires/motivates you?   To get back to pre-baby running times.  To achieve first lady in a race would be good

Some stats/PBs: Spent my teenage years and 20’s as a track runner, 800m 2 min 21.6, 1500m 4 min 58.8, 3000m 10min 14.  Road PB’s: 5k 19min 48, 10k 41 min 49, Half Marathon 1 hour 48.26. As an U13/U15 I finished 3rd in county XC, 7th in North of England XC and 13th in National XC and won a silver team medal in the national road relays. I’ve also been on the front cover of AW twice!

Favourite food?  Seafood and chocolate

Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do? Spinning on the bike and some conditioning work

Other interests? Love baking cakes – lemon drizzle is my speciality.  Also love outdoor stuff as a family – camping, walking, surfing

Pre-race tips?  If a morning race, I always have Weetabix or porridge and toast.  Arrive in plenty of time so not nervous (and to allow for many pre race toilet visits) and ensure you are well hydrated.  

Parties or Peace and Quiet?  Peace and quiet these days

What is your guilty pleasure?  Red wine and sweet things

How do you juggle home life with training? With difficulty as I work 3 days a week in Chesterfield as a Maths Teacher.  Just have to fit it in around work and Tom’s hours.  He works away quite often but he is very helpful with Ewan when he is at home.

The hardest thing I ever did? Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in my early 20s.  Had to walk 50 miles over 4 days including the 3 Peaks in Yorkshire carrying your kit.  I was with 4 guys, one being Tom, so it could have been worse, I suppose.

Favourite film?   Gladiator – 2000 epic historical drama film by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe

Beatles or Beethoven? Beatles.  Enjoy listening to Snow Patrol, The Killers and Mumford & Sons.  Going to see a band called Slow Readers’ Club in Manchester, who I know and think will attract quite a following.

What are you reading at the moment? Just finished a chick lit – ‘Pip’s Cornish Dream’.  Favourite reads are crime psychological thrillers; particularly Peter James and Peter May.

If you could spend a day in the life of someone, who would it be?  Out of curiosity The Queen or Duchess of Cambridge

Top of your bucket list?  Love to do the 10k or half marathon on the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland.  Also Anglesey Half Marathon as know that part of Wales particularly well as have family there and visit a lot.  It is particularly scenic taking in the Menai Straits.  Have only recently started doing half marathons and ultimately would like to achieve 1.40hrs.

Funny running snippets?  When out training I jumped over a stile into a field to come face-to-face with a cow.  I edged further and further back until I was pressed right up against the stile I had just got over.

Also on a recent holiday to the Scottish isle of Coll whilst taking part in the half marathon, helpers at drink stations were in fancy dress and were giving out whisky – one dressed as the grim reaper.

As an U15 I had just got my brand new wasp all in one Sale kit (junior members google these and be grateful its still not the fashion!). I ran round the outside of the track excited to show my parents my new kit, only to slip down the bank straight into a massive mud puddle and had to resort to my old kit.

Best advice you have ever been given?   Aim high and work hard.  Also to kids in the club I would say enjoy your running and give lots of events a go for the experience.

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club? Have weekends away incorporating runs, such as the half marathon I have just completed in Tiree.  The locals really make you welcome.

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