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MY RUNNING LIFE


With the North Pennines on his doorstep, Ian Young tells NORTHERN RUNNING EGUIDE about training in the


countryside and his two favourite clubs, Blackhill Bounders and Newcastle United ...


WHO IS IAN YOUNG? A 39-year-old married man with three kids who


lives in Consett in Co. Durham on the edge of the North Pennines. I have worked as a self- employed network engineer for the past 10 years.


RUNNING BIO ...


I’VE BEEN running since I was at high school and always enjoyed it. I only really took it up after the Great North Run in 2006, and it is now a key factor in my life. I am a member of my local running club Blackhill Bounders and have gone on to take a level 3 coaching badge in endurance running.


WHY RUNNING? SHOW ME another


sport that you can get so much enjoyment out of. From 5K to ultra distances I enjoy them all. Pick a route either by yourself or with a group of friends and just go for it. It`s free and you can go wherever you want.


NORTHERN RUNNING EGUIDE 8 I TRAIN ...


IN AND around the North Pennines where I live - a lovely part of the country. I do a mixture of road and off-road running with a few hills thrown in for fun.


RUNNING HIGHS TOO MANY to choose.


My top three in no particular order would be running my first ultra race, running back to back marathons and running from Edinburgh to Newcastle over three days with local hero and fundraiser Run Geordie Run, I had a great time with Mark and he is truly an inspirational character.


RUNNING LOWS


HITTING THE wall at mile 16 of the Great Langdale Marathon while in a good position. Sense of humour failure turned into 10 hilly miles of torture. It is an experience I will never forget, and the lessons learned that day will hopefully never again be repeated.


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