Simon Flitter aged 32 married to Laura, father to William 6, Finley 4 and Stanley 2.  Works as an Auditor

What got you interested in running in the first place?  At school, but remember I would always try to take the quickest route by taking short cuts.  I heard about MAC through a Club member, John Selby-Sly, and decided to join.  This was when I was 14. 

What was the Club like then?  There were about 5 runners at training on a Monday and a few more on a Thursday.  We used to meet at Sherwood Hall in Lime Tree Road and there was one coach, Randall Tassell.  The first run I did at the Club was the Hackney 4 mile time trial and it was chucking it down with rain, but I was hooked.  The Club paid for coaching qualifications and we started coaching youngsters.  This has always been very important and now the Club has grown so much, it is good to see that this is still a priority.

We used to run some of the British Milers Club (BMC) races in Manchester and used to get paid for pace making.  We used to pace the 800m and 1500m races as well as going to do our own race.

Who inspires/motivates you? No-one famous.  Have always been influenced and encouraged by fellow runners and friends, such as John Selby-Sly and Dan Yates and coach, Randall.

Some stats - PBs :  In my teens 800m was my distance and I was County Champion on the track 3 years running.  I now prefer 5-10k races. 800m – 1.57. 1500m – 4.11, 3000m – 9.17, and 5000m – 17.20.  All in the year 2000.  Half marathon – 90.43 in 2012.

Favourite food?  Traditional roast dinner.  Meat pie

Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do? I used to play basketball at school and liked long, high and triple jump, but only run nowadays and do some walking in the hills.

Other interests? All my interests are centred round my kids.  Enjoy playing games with them, going to the park and activities in the countryside as it is such a great area for outdoor pursuits.  Although have recently bought them a computer tablet as they need to know about technology for the future.

Pre-race tips? When in my teens I was a serious runner and about an hour before a race I would get in the zone, not talk to anyone and try to focus on the task ahead.  I used to take part in a lot of County races on the track.

Funny running snippet?  I once started the Dovedale Dash and just at the bottleneck at the start, my shoe fell apart because my Mum had washed my fell shoes.  I ran back to the car to change my shoes and started again.  I don’t remember the final position but I managed to overtake quite a large amount of the field. 

What has been your most rewarding running challenge? A half mile down hill race nr. Cannock.  I did it in 1 mins 44 secs and had blisters on my feet afterwards.

Favourite item of clothing?  A hoodie 

What is your guilty pleasure? Real ale and single malt whisky  

Favourite film?  Snatch directed by Guy Ritchie with Brad Pitt and Vinnie Jones about a bare-knuckle boxer and various crooks attempting to track down a priceless stolen diamond

What music do you like?  Enjoy listening to Radio 2

What are you reading at the moment?  I read with the kids, so The Gruffalo and assorted books for children

If you could spend a day in the life of someone, who would it be?  A Prime Minister but can’t name one I particularly admire

How do you juggle training with family life?   Always train in the evening as I am not a morning person

Best advice you have ever been given?  “It is what it is!”  So try not to worry and just get on with life

Dream job?  I always wanted to be a policeman.  I did work as a special constable for a couple of years

Current ambition?  To try to get into a proper training regime and improve my running times.  I would like to do a sub 1.30 half marathon. 

Advice for youngsters in the club?  Don’t get pressurised by your parents!  Enjoy at your own pace.

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club? Carry on the same.

Which country would you like to visit?   I have no real desire to travel abroad as we live in such a beautiful, diverse country and I want to see as much of it as I can.

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