How long have you been a Horsforth Harrier?
I have been running with the club for 2 years.
Which training group/s do you normally run with?
I run on Tuesday nights with Steve Wood/ Keith Park. I also regularly run with the Bun & Butty Club on a Thursday morning.
What are your running goals for the year ahead?
My target is to get a half marathon time below 1hr 50min.
What is the PB you are most proud of?
PB of 22 min 32 (at Armley parkrun). This is proof that age alone is not a barrier to getting faster. The training routine is a big factor.
What was your first race?
My first serious race was the Leeds Half Marathon in 2013 when I entered with Michael ( my eldest son). He has since got much quicker than me.
What’s your favourite race, and why?
Leeds Half Marathon. It’s very motivating to hear so many bystanders, some who you recognise, shouting the runner’s first name or the name of the club.
What is your most memorable experience as a Horsforth Harrier?
It was taking part in my first vets race at Honley last year. I was just glad to complete the course. The club camaraderie and team spirit was most uplifting.
Do you have any favourite motivational running quotes or things that inspire you?
I don’t have any favourite quotes. My motivation comes from within. I’m always aware of where I am and what I need to do to improve. My long term goal is to keep running and achieving in the highest age categories. I run to improve my chances of staying well and enjoying an active life.
Complete this sentence: “I run, therefore I am…”
…looking after my heart and lungs, even if the joints take a battering sometimes.
My wife Ginny has also been running with Harriers for the past year and has made fantastic progress from her start with the beginners group. She now runs with Deborah, Jane and the improvers. She also enjoys taking part in the weekly Bun & Butty Club runs. We love parkrun and have enjoyed doing some touring with the Harriers parkrun tour group. Bramley is our local parkrun and Ginny is well known for always smiling (even at the top of the upward flat section).
Since retiring from bus driving and previously teaching maths I have been lucky to have plenty of free time to either run, walk or cycle. My worry is that Strava can become addictive!
*Main image credit: Dave Dutton at Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K by Andrew Swales