One of our faster runners, last year Dave won the club trophies for both cross-country and track & field, despite it being the first time he’d tried either. Success has been a long time in the making though and here Dave tells us a little of his running journey.
1. How did you get into running and why?
In 1996 a work colleague told me about Darlington 10k and I thought I’d give it a try. I was more into football and saw running as a way of keeping fit, I enjoyed it though and decided to run the 10k again the following year.
2. What kept you going when you first started running?
At first it was just for fitness, but running the 10k with other people appealed to my competitive nature. I wanted to go back each year and try to beat my time.
3. How much training do you typically do each week?
I usually run 6 days a week, 30-40 miles in total. I try to get to club at least once a week, parkrun on Saturday and a long run Sunday if I’m not racing.
4. Be honest, do you enjoy training?
I love training, I really enjoy challenging myself to see what I can do, how hard I can push.
5. Do you do any other sports or fitness activities?
No, although I miss playing football. The idea of going to the gym fills me with dread.
6. Do you manage to fit in any other hobbies?
Too busy running
7. Tell us about some of the races that you’ve done in the past.
I’ve done the Great North Run 10 times, I love that race. I’ve done distances from 5k to Half Marathon on the road, and last year tried track and cross-country for the first time.
8. What’s your current running goal?
To stay fit and keep enjoying it.
9. What are your longer term running goals?
I still believe I’ve got some more PB’s in me, possibly at 10 miles and Half Marathon distances.
10. What is your favourite race/distance/terrain?
I enjoy the road 10k, but I can’t imagine a Saturday morning without parkrun.
11. What are your proudest running achievements?
Finishing my first Half Marathon in 2009, winning the parkrun points league in 2016 and winning my 10k league in 2016 and 2017. I recently won my first race at Saltburn Hardmoors. Winning the cross- country and Track awards at the club presentation night was very pleasing. I would encourage everyone to give them a go this year.
12. Anything in your running experience you regret?
Waiting until my forties to join a running club.
13. How many pairs of trainers/ running shoes do you have and do you have a favourite pair?
Three pairs, I love Brooks Launch and Brooks Ghost shoes.
14. What’s your idea of running heaven?
The last mile of the Great North Run at South Shields
15. What’s your idea of running hell?
Not being able to run
16. What is the best piece of running advice you’ve ever been given?
You only get out what you put in.
17. Any advice to newcomers to running?
Have fun, it’s easier to keep coming back if you’re enjoying yourself. Join the Quakers!
18. What keeps you going when the going gets tough in a hard race?
I have to give every race my best effort, regardless of time I need to know that I gave it my maximum.
19. How do you relax/reward yourself after a race?
I have a sweet tooth, so cake, chocolate, biscuits.
20. If you could run anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Maybe Rome one day.