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AVERAGE RUNNING WEEK IS USUALLY around the 35-50 mile mark


spread over five days, although it depends on what I’m training for. I coach at my club and I am involved with the running of the local Run England group.


WHAT’S IN THE


KIT BAG SPARE BASELAYER and t-shirt, Body Glide, safety pins and bottle of water.


TOUGHEST RACE ALLENDALE CHALLENGE. 26 miles of ups


and downs over the North Pennines. Mud, tough terrain, peat bogs and whatever weather decides to show up on the day - wind, rain, hail, ice and snow, all part of the fun!


MY RACEDAY ROUTINE ... IS SIMPLE: drink, eat, relax, focus, run, enjoy!


Don’t get too worried if you have a bad day or your race does not go to plan, you won’t be the first nor will you be the last.


FAVOURITE EVENT? HAS GOT to be the Blaydon Race. It is part


of the North East’s heritage, and is iconic for all runners from the area and beyond. From just 212 competitors in the inaugural race the field has grown to 4000 runners who tackle the 5.9 mile course between Newcastle and Blaydon. The race is organised by Blaydon Harriers and incorporates local tradition, with stotties and bottle of local beer included in the goody bag.


PRE RACE MEAL? PLATE OF scrambled egg with


a tin of beans and sausage on top.


AND POST RACE? BOTTLE OF For Goodness


Shakes, pizza, followed by some beer!


FAVOURITE RUNNING PARTNER?


I’M HAPPY to run with anyone as long as they are happy to enjoy a run with me.


LONDON 2012 ... THERE WILL


SATURDAYS ...


ARE A mixture of kids football and parkrun followed by going to watch my beloved Newcastle United if they are at home - I’ve been a season ticket holder for the last 15 years, some happy days and some bad ones.


never be a better time to build on what has been a fantastic year of British sport. Everyone should be inspired by what has been achieved by our Olympians and Paralympions. Now is the time to inspire a generation of young people to take part in local volunteering and physical activity.


NORTHERN RUNNING EGUIDE 9


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