Dennis Belbin, MAC Secretary.  Aged 40. Married to Sarah.  Father to Ellie 10 and Georgia 7.  Works as a Catering & Retail Manager for the National Trust in the Peak District

What got you interested in running in the first place?  I was getting fat and was finding it difficult to even do activities with the girls.  So 3 years ago bought a pair of trainers and decided to get fit.

Why MAC? I thought running would be a relatively cheap sport to do and entered my first half marathon.  By my third half I thought I was running really well but the runners in club vests kept overtaking me and so I decided I needed to be in a Club.  Joined MAC 2 years ago.

What is your favourite meal? Pizza

Stiff drink or herbal tea? Beer

Childhood ambitions? Into my teens I wanted to be an accountant, but life took a different turn and I worked in Austria for four years doing ski & summer seasons, firstly as a dog’s body and then assistant hotel manager, hotel manager and in my final season I managed 3 hotels and 8 chalets.  I met my wife, Sarah whilst working abroad and Ellie was born in Austria.

When we decided to come back from Austria (Ellie had just turned 1 and we wanted to be near, or at least in the same country, as family) I had a flat in Southampton and Sarah had one in Matlock; after living in the mountains for 4 years there was no way I could go back to a big city - so Matlock it was!

Some stats – 5k – 19:38 at Southampton Parkrun December ‘14, 10k – 42:01 at Bolsover December ’14, Half Marathon – 93:01 at Southampton Half April ‘15

Tips for training? Get out and run.  If I plan it too much I spend longer on that than the actual training session!  I find a Garmin helps with my training.

Next sporting challenge?  The Brighton Marathon on 17th April.  This will be my first marathon and I am nervous because I haven’t done enough training, and I’m not really sure what to expect.  I am aiming for under four hours

Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do? I cycle to work sometimes.

Other interests?  I love movies.  Favourite film is ‘Happy Gilmore an American sports comedy with Adam Sandler as an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers a talent for golf.  Also ‘Blues Brothers’ with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.  These two films I watch over and over again.

Also enjoy music of all types.  I like David Bowie, Sia, Catfish & The Bottlemen and a little bit of Country.

Where do you like to holiday?  Like to be active on holiday – do not like sitting on beaches.  Will go running and enjoy sight-seeing.

What has been your most rewarding running challenge? Southampton Half Marathon.  This is my home town and it was Southampton’s first half marathon.  I had loads of support along the way from family and friends, so it was a very special experience.  My time was 1.33 which was a PB.   I enjoy half marathons most of all as I find them a strong test and I am not so keen on off road and hills.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be? I would like to be an elite athlete, to see the level of dedication and commitment it takes to get to the top of their sport, I might even pick up a training tip or two!

What is your guilty pleasure? Fizzy drinks; I know they are bad for you; contain loads of sugar – but I just really like them!

Who or what has been your biggest sporting influence/inspiration? At the 2012 Olympics when Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford all got gold medals on the same day – It was a couple of days after that when I brought my first running shoes.

Book or Kindle? I use both.  I particularly like crime fiction, such as the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Childs.

What is your worst habit? My wife, Sarah, would say watching TV on my kindle in bed

Advice for youngsters? Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.  Go out and enjoy running or sport in general

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club? Need to adapt to the rapid growth of the club and learn how to manage the needs that come with that responsibility.  Using technology to assist as much as possible.

 

 

 

 

Dennis Belbin, MAC Secretary.  Aged 40 on 25th March.  Married to Sarah.  Father to Ellie 10 and Georgia 7.

Works as a Catering & Retail Manager for the National Trust in the Peak District

What got you interested in running in the first place?  I was getting fat and was finding it difficult to even do activities with the girls.  So 3 years ago bought a pair of trainers and decided to get fit.

Why MAC? I thought running would be a relatively cheap sport to do and entered my first half marathon.  By my third half I thought I was running really well but the runners in club vests kept overtaking me and so I decided I needed to be in a Club.  Joined MAC 2 years ago.

What is your favourite meal? Pizza

Stiff drink or herbal tea? Beer

Childhood ambitions? Into my teens I wanted to be an accountant, but life took a different turn and I worked in Austria for four years doing ski & summer seasons, firstly as a dog’s body and then assistant hotel manager, hotel manager and in my final season I managed 3 hotels and 8 chalets.  I met my wife, Sarah whilst working abroad and Ellie was born in Austria.

When we decided to come back from Austria (Ellie had just turned 1 and we wanted to be near, or at least in the same country, as family) I had a flat in Southampton and Sarah had one in Matlock; after living in the mountains for 4 years there was no way I could go back to a big city - so Matlock it was!

Some stats – 5k – 19:38 at Southampton Parkrun December ‘14, 10k – 42:01 at Bolsover December ’14, Half Marathon – 93:01 at Southampton Half April ‘15

Tips for training? Get out and run.  If I plan it too much I spend longer on that than the actual training session!  I find a Garmin helps with my training.

 

Next sporting challenge?  The Brighton Marathon on 17th April.  This will be my first marathon and I am nervous because I haven’t done enough training, and I’m not really sure what to expect.  I am aiming for under four hours

Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do? I cycle to work sometimes.

Other interests?  I love movies.  Favourite film is ‘Happy Gilmore an American sports comedy with Adam Sandler as an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers a talent for golf.  Also ‘Blues Brothers’ with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.  These two films I watch over and over again.

Also enjoy music of all types.  I like David Bowie, Sia, Catfish & The Bottlemen and a little bit of Country.

Where do you like to holiday?  Like to be active on holiday – do not like sitting on beaches.  Will go running and enjoy sight-seeing.

What has been your most rewarding running challenge? Southampton Half Marathon.  This is my home town and it was Southampton’s first half marathon.  I had loads of support along the way from family and friends, so it was a very special experience.  My time was 1.33 which was a PB.   I enjoy half marathons most of all as I find them a strong test and I am not so keen on off road and hills.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be? I would like to be an elite athlete, to see the level of dedication and commitment it takes to get to the top of their sport, I might even pick up a training tip or two!

What is your guilty pleasure? Fizzy drinks; I know they are bad for you; contain loads of sugar – but I just really like them!

Who or what has been your biggest sporting influence/inspiration? At the 2012 Olympics when Mo Farah, Jess Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford all got gold medals on the same day – It was a couple of days after that when I brought my first running shoes.

Book or Kindle? I use both.  I particularly like crime fiction, such as the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Childs.

What is your worst habit? My wife, Sarah, would say watching TV on my kindle in bed

Advice for youngsters? Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.  Go out and enjoy running or sport in general

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club? Need to adapt to the rapid growth of the club and learn how to manage the needs that come with that responsibility.  Using technology to assist as much as possible.

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