Andy Mellor, Kit Man, married to Caroline.  Works as an Audit Manager for the NHS

Tell us something about you which may surprise us!  I am scared of heights but did a parachute jump, admittedly in tandem, for charity.  I don’t even like climbing a ladder so pleased I went through with it

What is your favourite meal? I am vegetarian so something meat-free and simple - particularly Halloumi and cous cous.

Stiff drink or herbal tea?   Caroline and I are both wine fans, but trying to cut down!  A nice warming red in the Winter and chilled whites in the Summer.

What got you interested in running in the first place?  About 6 years ago a group from work thought it would be fun to go out running at lunchtimes – just a mile for a few weeks and then improved enough to compete in some races.  The first race I did was Dronfield 10k in 46 minutes - last year I ran it in 45.  In 2015 I didn’t do any running, then in January 2016 I did the Whitworth Thread and saw all these runners in MAC vests who seemed a friendly bunch, so decided to join.  It is the best thing I have ever done.

How long have you been a member of Matlock AC?   One and a bit years.

Some stats – PBs -  Tunnels and Trails 10k – 43.03; Sheffield Half Marathon – 1.37; 5k – 21 minutes.  Would love to get a sub 20 5k.

What is the best invention in your opinion? Probably the inhaler – I’m asthmatic (my excuse for not being faster) and I’d never really given much thought to how much difference the inhaler made.  But only recently I timed myself doing a few uphill sprints – did 6 of them consistently at around 45 seconds (give or take a second) and then took my inhaler – my next two were 6-7 seconds less.

Other interests?  Badminton and Golf.  Caroline and I often play together.  I have the lowest handicap (but it isn’t that low)!.  I like music and used to play trombone and euphonium in Darley Dale Band.  I was the Burtonwood Brewery prize winning cornet some years ago in Widnes (playing soprano cornet).  That’s one of my few claims to fame, particularly as the quality of bands gets better the further north you go.

What has been your most rewarding running challenge?  I particularly like the relay races such as the Hairy Helmet and the Derwent River Relays.  They are good fun and the camaraderie is great.

What is your preferred type of race?  I would have to say fell races as they are more varied and scenic and I particularly enjoyed David Denton’s Derwent Valley Series of 4 races when I won the MV40 category.

What is your guilty pleasure?  Cake! (although I still blame my asthma rather than my diet for my slow times – obviously!)  Caroline and I own Fresh Ground café bar in Belper and I often end up eating the cake that is left over.  I also like making sweet treats such as tiffin and shortbread. 

Who or what has been your biggest sporting influence/inspiration?  Our very own Jim Thorneycroft.  He is very outgoing and friendly, always smiling and organising great events at the Club.  He is what running is about for me.

Latest music download?  La La Land.  I do like a bit of musical theatre.  Don’t tend to go to the cinema much, but I will watch the film on DVD.

Favourite film?  The Jason Bourne series of action spy thriller films about a CIA assassin, played by Matt Damon, created by author Robert Ludlum.   Have watched it quite a few times.

TV?  Things like New Tricks, No Offence and Unforgotten.  Don’t like it when they get too complicated though – I watched the first series of Broadchurch and really enjoyed it.  Half way through series two and I hadn’t got a clue what was going on!

If you could live anywhere in the World, where would it be?   So difficult to pick just one place – I’d perhaps opt for a cruise ship.  I’ve done quite a few cruises and it’s a nice (albeit lazy) way to see the world – or at least snippets of it.  We’ve had some nice days in Lisbon, Barcelona and Rome, and then returned for longer spells to soak up a bit more culture (by which I mean wine). 

What are the top items on your bucket list?  To do a marathon (just one – then never again!  Just so that I don’t have to feel a bit embarrassed every time someone asks me if I’ve done one).  That should be ticked off this year as I have entered the White Peak Marathon.  Also would love to visit Australia, New Zealand and also Singapore.  3-4 weeks for each.

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club?  Am pleased with the online Kit Shop; I think the Club is going very well and is great as it is.


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