What does running mean to you:
It was a big part of my life growing up in my teenage years, I used to run as part of a club, running every week for my mental health and also part of a social thing, with mates, good to be competitive with your peers.
Especially in lockdown being able to catch up with your mates, an hour down by the river – social really.
I started running just as little hobby, now it’s become so much more than that where I can’t go a week without doing it. There’s so many benefits to it.
Favourite place to run:
Down by the river.
Agree, we all live in the Walton area.
Sandbanks. Bournemouth, along there is lovely.
Your best running memory:
Parliament Hill country hill, really gruelling – the National. 3 years ago when I was running competitively (which has come to a standstill) so this is my first run since then.
To be fair this is my first half, so probably this, especially dressed up like this.
My first half today, official with the boys, hopefully first of many.
Why does running matter?
As everyone can do it – you can start walking, then running. However fit, small, tall, pace. Everyone can get their running shoes on, get out and get on with it. It’s important to many people. You don’t need equipment – other than shorts & T-Shirt. You can do it in summer, winter, spring whenever.
Great for your hormones, endorphins levels, great for your general mental health and health and fitness
Running plans for the future:
Today we did this for a charity, a hospice in Esher. When you’ve got lots of supporters donating money it makes you feel like doing it again, for longer events (tough mudder or London marathon).
Get as many mates along as possible, encourage as many people to run as possible.
A full marathon. I enter the London marathon every year but have yet to get in – gutted, one day I might make it.