Member Spotlight, April 2019 – Ian Young

He’s been a runner for almost 40 years and as a coach epitomises all that is good about the Quakers. Ian Young shares some of his running experiences with us.

1. How did you get into running and why?
Around 1980 – I worked at United Bus Offices on Grange Road and a work colleague started running and I went to keep her company.

2. What kept you going when you first started running?
Enjoyment of running plus time away from my wife!!

3. How much training do you typically do each week?
I coach the 10-minute mile group Tuesday and Thursday evenings plus the monthly Sunday Social.

4. Be honest, do you enjoy training?
Yes love it. Hate having to miss sessions.

5. Do you do any other sports or fitness activities?
No! Falling off a treadmill in “Up and Running” recently has put me off trying the gym!

6. Do you manage to fit in any other hobbies?
I play for a 5’s and 3’s team weekly and walk my 2 dogs many times a day.

7. Tell us about some of the races that you’ve done in the past
I’ve done many different 10mile and 10km races, with the furthest afield being Skegness. I ran my 30th Great North Run in 2018. The most poignant moment in my running history was the mass 1 minute silence for the 1st anniversary of the twin towers at the Great North Run that year. Not a dry eye to be seen.

8. What’s your current running goal?
I’m an OAP so at my age just to keep running and coaching as long as possible.

9. What are your longer term running goals?
As above!

10. What is your favourite race/distance/terrain?
The Great North Run

11. What are your proudest running achievements?Completing 30 Great North Runs. I’m very proud of the Quakers and exceptionally proud of winning the Neil Harrington “Spirit of the Quakers” award last year.

12. Anything in your running experience you regret?
Not joining Quakers Running Club before 2009.

13. Any mishaps when you’ve been running?
Whilst running the Thirsk 10K a few years ago with Sue Woodcock and Pamela Barras, I complained to them all the way round about a pain in my right foot. I completed the run, removed my shoe to find I’d ran the whole thing with a hair comb in my trainer!

At my 1st Great North Run I was coming from Newcastle Central Station to the start line. I spotted some people with backpacks so I followed assuming they too were runners. I ended up on a building site!

Ian running the Darlington fun run with his grand daughter

At another Great North Run, I arrived late and struggled to find parking so I left my car at an underground waste disposal unit. On my return the gates were locked with my car inside.

14. How many pairs of trainers/ running shoes do you have and do you have a favourite pair?
Currently 2 pairs but did have my favourites for 18 years until wife threw them away!

15. What’s your idea of running heaven?
Running in silence in fairly cool weather.

16. What is the best piece of running advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t be afraid to try new races / terrains etc

17. Any advice to newcomers to running?
Vary your running experiences. Try main sessions, steadies, social runs, cross country etc

18. What keeps you going when the going gets tough in a hard race?
Concentrating on the goal of finishing and the feeling that brings.

19. How do you relax/reward yourself after a race?
I don’t really.

20. If you could run anywhere in the world, where would it be?
At 67 years old I have never left the UK. I’m content with the North East runs.

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