Mike Benson

 

Mike Benson

Tell us your name. Mike Benson
How and when did you first start running? I started in 2013 at Harrogate Parkrun
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I looked at Harriers but they had a minimum requirement. I was at Parkrun when Nidd Valley did a ‘Take Over’. It was a great advert for the club.
When did you join Nidd Valley? October 2016, I came running with the club a few times before I actually joined. That really helped.
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I stopped listening to music while running when I joined the club. Though I did like Eminem, especially ” ’til I collapse”
What is your favourite food before and after running? I struggle to run after eating. after my run though, Caramel flavoured rice crackers with peanut butter and sliced banana on top.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? “It’s a hill, get over it” (Sam Fugill 2017) I was allowing the hill to defeat me before I had even got to it. “Same effort, less pace” (Fell Running Phil 2016, ’17 & ’18)
What is your proudest moment in your running career? I did actually train for The Great North Run, my running improved and I enjoyed the training. Managed to get a sub 2 hour time. Being part of the Zip2Zoom Bed Race Team has been a huge highlight too.
What are your running goals? Sub 21 minute Parkrun??? In the mean time, my first marathon and A few more fell races in 2019.
What event are you training for at the moment? Amsterdam Marathon October 2018