Katy Jarrett

 

Katy Jarrett

 
Tell us your name. Katy Jarrett
How and when did you first start running? 2018 Zip to Zoom Group. I had tried and failed to get going with running so many times that I just assumed it wasn’t the activity for me!
What brought you to Nidd Valley? My lovely friend Nadene Wilkinson persuaded me to give it one more try
When did you join Nidd Valley? Immediately after completing the Zip to Zoom course
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I haven’t tried running with music yes, I like to chat with others from the group and when I run on my own I tend to organise and plan
What is your favourite food before and after running? When we run on an evening I try to have a snack of a Banana or some Soreen or something similar then I have whatever I fancy for tea when I get back in
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Like Jeff always reminds us ‘Start off steady then slow down a bit more’
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Completing my graduation run 5K at Fountains Abbey, I don’t think anything will ever compare to that. I Genuinely never believed I would ever be able to run 5K without needing to stop. Once you’ve gotten past that first hurdle (generally your own self-doubt) then anything is achievable
What are your running goals? Honestly, just to keep going ha ha!
I would love to complete a 10K as comfortably as I now do a 5K.
I would also love to help out with the next Zip to Zoom group, to give a little back as I have gained so much from doing it myself
What event are you training for at the moment? Nothing particularly, with having a young family I am currently limited to what I can commit to

Sue Simpson

 

Sue Simpson

 
Tell us your name. Sue Simpson
How and when did you first start running? I was a member of a gym in Leeds and did the occasional fun run from the gym. I also did the occasional 10K but nothing serious. In 2002 I moved to Harrogate and joined my local running club Harrogate Harriers (boo!).
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I finally saw the light and moved to Nidd Valley to be a member of a club which cared about the person and not only what they could win.
When did you join Nidd Valley? Early 2016.
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? None – don’t believe in it, I just concentrate on the running and my whereabouts.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Spaghetti Bolognese on the evening before a race, porridge on the morning of the race and poached egg on toast after the race.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Don’t set off too fast and make sure you do plenty of stretches afterwards.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Finishing 3rd lady in the 2014 Algarve half-marathon.
What are your running goals? To run as long as possible and learn how not to set off too fast!!!
What event are you training for at the moment? As always, my next race.

Andrea Leng

 

Andrea Leng

 
Tell us your name. Andrea Leng
How and when did you first start running? Four years ago when struggling with stress and work pressures I read a really inspirational article about running and mindfulness. I’d cheered my husband over the finish line of a few half marathons and thought I’d give it a go. I went out in the cover of darkness at first as I was so self conscious. I found that as I pounded the pavements it felt good to clear my head, and soon I was looking forward to getting out there to bounce out the stresses of the day. Once I’d got my confidence and stamina up I then ran with some friends in the daylight and haven’t looked back since.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? Having tried another local club it felt too competitive and I just wanted to join a friendly non judgemental club for social runs and be able to keep running through the winter and dark nights. Jeff told me about the club and encouraged me to try it out.
When did you join Nidd Valley? October 2017
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I love to run and chat and take in the surroundings but if running alone I like anything upbeat and usually chart stuff.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Porridge and banana
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Rest when your body tells you to and don’t pressurise yourself if you don’t get the time or the distance you wanted to.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Breaking 10 miles for the first time with a friend – never ever thought I’d be able run that distance.
What are your running goals? To stay healthy and be able to keep running.
What event are you training for at the moment? Nothing specific although I’m starting to get tempted to do something in the future.

Rebecca Ventress

 

Rebecca Ventress

Tell us your name. Rebecca Ventress
How and when did you first start running? I started running in 2007 after being inspired by all the women that did the race for life so I found a 5k training plan online and went for it!
What brought you to Nidd Valley? A friend had joined and was loving it, so I decided to be brave and went along too.
When did you join Nidd Valley? I can’t remember, 2008 maybe??
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I only listen to music if I’m running a long distance alone, I’d go for a random Spotify playlist and see what surprises I get.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Carb rich before, porridge or toast or a banana (or all 3) and afterwards I might have a chocolate protein drink followed swiftly by a cup of tea.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? No matter how much it hurts always smile when there’s a camera around, as a bad photo will find itself on the NVRR awards night slide show and you’ll never live it down.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? There are lots.
Being a part of the Zip2Zoom coaching team made me immensely proud especially when they graduated at Fountains Abbey parkrun.
A sub 2 half marathon in Barcelona, I never believed I was capable of this.
My first (and only) marathon in Edinburgh, 26.2 miles in 25 degree heat.
My Mum and Dad coming to watch me do the bedrace the first time as they were so proud of me.
What are your running goals? I really want to get better at parkrun-I’d love to beat my PB and I’m trying to do this by doing some weight training at the gym to make me stronger.
What event are you training for at the moment? Nothing – just enjoying what comes along at the moment.

Kaye Kent

 

Kaye Kent

 
Tell us your name. Kaye Kent
How and when did you first start running? About 4 years ago as was coming up to 40 and wanted to get fit
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I’m not keen on running by myself so wanted to join a friendly sociable club to build my confidence and improve my running ability
When did you join Nidd Valley? About 2 years ago. I don’t come along regularly as I work away a lot, but I always enjoy it when I can come along to the club runs
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I prefer not to listen to music when I’m running
What is your favourite food before and after running? Usually cereal or a banana
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? For me personally it’s about just enjoying it, and not getting too hung up on times etc.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Probably just having found the confidence to enter a few races and join a club, as I was really discouraged from P.E. during my school years and believed for a long time that I’m rubbish at sport. Running is something I have naturally clicked with.
What are your running goals? I’ve done a few 10k’s now so want to get up to 10 mile distance by the end of this year
What event are you training for at the moment? Richmond 10k

Christina Taylor

 

Christina Taylor

 
Tell us your name. Christina Taylor
How and when did you first start running? Richard (my now husband) introduced me to running in 2008. I can still remember how hard it was to keep going for even 10 minutes…but I kept at it and ran a few 10Ks and the Great North Run over a few years. I then returned to it in 2016 after a 5 year break.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I had started running again in mid 2016 but I was lacking motivation, and I realised that I would never keep it up on my own especially over the dark winter months. I spoke to a running friend who said that Nidd Valley were know for being a friendly club, so after a few weeks I finally plucked up the courage to give it a go. My friend was right, and I felt welcomed right from the start.
When did you join Nidd Valley? October/November 2016
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I’ve never listened to music when I run. I enjoy the quiet when I’m on my own, or a natter when in a group!
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before a morning run I will have porridge and a cup of tea. Before an evening run I won’t have much, maybe a couple of crackers. After a run…pretty much anything! But I always try to have something small
and sweet within 10 minutes otherwise I feel a bit funny!
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Running is as much about confidence than anything else…believe in yourself and keep pushing. Having a fantastic running club around you really helps to build your confidence as well.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Completing Bridlington Half in under 2 hours (just!!). Also, being part of the 2018 Nidd Valley Ladies bed race team.
What are your running goals? Mostly to keep enjoying running and to stay injury free.
I would love to run a sub 50 minute 10K, and I’d like to do some longer events…possibly something off-road.
What event are you training for at the moment? I’ve got a few races booked in for the rest of the year, but no particular big event at the moment. Maybe next year!

Sarah Chalmers

 

Sarah Chalmers

 
Tell us your name. Sarah Chalmers
How and when did you first start running? Late starter 2006 – ran with my husband who encouraged me to start
What brought you to Nidd Valley? Truthfully, it was just down the road!
When did you join Nidd Valley? 2006/7
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? Shot the Runner – Kasabian and Bad Habits – Last Shadow Puppets gets me up the final hill home but if you bump into me on a Sunday morning with head phones on I’ll be listen to the Archers omnibus!
What is your favourite food before and after running? Bagel with peanut butter before and a cup of Yorkshire tea afterwards
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Don’t go out too fast at the start of a race just take it steady.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Gosh I have a few; my sub 4.30 London Marathon, Ripon Ultra and my first Lakeland Fell Race Fairfield Horseshoe
What are your running goals? To improve in the fells and to keep enjoying my running
What event are you training for at the moment? Yorkshireman off road 1/2 marathon

Adam Kirk

 

Adam Kirk

Tell us your name. Adam Kirk
How and when did you first start running? I was quite involved in middle distance running (800m) at school, so since my teenage years, although I slowly let it slide over time. I’ve been back running regularly again about 3 or 4 years now.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I needed a bit of a kick up the bum! I felt I’d let my fitness deteriorate a lot and fancied getting back to something I’ve always loved. Tried a few sessions at Nidd Valley and was bowled over by how welcoming and friendly everyone was…so I signed up!
When did you join Nidd Valley? I’m now in to my 3rd full season, so probably about 3.5 years ago.
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I never run with music anymore as I find it a bit of a distraction, but if I had to, I’d probably go for a collection of indie/alternative stuff from early 2000s. Maybe the Strokes first album “Is this it?”.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before – always porridge with almond milk and sometimes some fruit. After – if it’s a race on a Sunday, it’s got to be a roast, there’s nothing better!
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Keep your running varied. Different places, different paces, speed sessions, stamina sessions…it stops things becoming stale and keeps it interesting. Plus, I find it has a huge impact on your overall fitness and running ability.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Completing my first marathon (Manchester) earlier this year and in under my 3 hour target time. I’d always viewed a marathon as a bit of a pipe dream, so I’m super proud to say I’ve done one now.
What are your running goals? Just to keep enjoying and improving in my running. I try not to set too many goals, I like to just see what interests me at the time and go for it!
What event are you training for at the moment? Currently, the Yorkshire marathon in October, with lots of shorter races thrown in along the way.

Graham Hyde

 

Graham Hyde

 
Tell us your name. Graham Hyde
How and when did you first start running? I was absolutely hopeless at sport at school and have been ever since. My abiding memory of cross country was finishing last and having to walk to my Grandma’s house to get her to drive me home! A particular lowlight was being forced to enter the “handicap” race at school sports day and my PE teacher having a massive go at me for a sprint finish as I’d not put enough effort in during the race. I ALWAYS sprint finish now!! I really don’t know why I started running but I began at parkrun in September 2013. Still going strong and have tipped over the 100 marker! I am totally chuffed with this.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? Like most people. It was Jeff. The guy is a solid gold legend. I wanted to improve as I was running on my own and entering races on my own and I thought NVRR could help me. What I have found at Nidd Valley is the team spirit being rather overwhelming at times, but a good overwhelming! I have so many great friends too that will run with me on a Sunday morning or pick me up on a Thursday night club run when I’m struggling.
When did you join Nidd Valley? Early on in 2016
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I used to run with music but don’t anymore. The escape to the outdoors is soundtrack enough.
What is your favourite food before and after running? My pre run routine is a coffee and 3 weetabix if I am at home, or coffee and flapjack otherwise. I’m not a big eater after a race but a post race pint is always a winner for me.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? You can absolutely do it. If I can, you can.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Being part of the Team Nidd photo that was taken at the 2017 Brid Half. To be part of a team as fabulous as we are was a real moment for me. The realisation that I can take part and contribute, from the back.
What are your running goals? I would like to consistently run under 30 minutes for a 5k and I have aspirations of a sub 60 minute 10k. Even 59:59 would do me. I also want a Gold medal at the club dinner.
What event are you training for at the moment? The Great North Run.

James “Fozzy” Forster

 

James Forster

 
Tell us your name. James “Fozzy” Forster
How and when did you first start running? All of this can be blamed on fellow NVRR member James Braddon who took me to fountains Abbey Parkrun a few years ago. I remember I ran 27:27 and this was 4 months after major surgery. I have new completed over 50 parkruns and hoping to reach 100 sometime next year.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? Every weekend I would be taking part in some running event and every time NVRR had a huge presence and would cheer me on even though I wasn’t a member. I was being pursued by 3 other running clubs at the time. Having friends already in the club meant I would hang around with them and I could see straight away this was the club to join.
When did you join Nidd Valley? April 2018
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I don’t listen to music when I run.
What is your favourite food before and after running? The only time I pay attention to nutrition is for marathons and ultras. I tend to have rice pudding in the morning and some cake just before the start of the run. Afterwards I take on recovery shakes and salt and vinegar Pringles.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Never doubt yourself and your abilities. Always back yourself. Foam roll everyday.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? I have far too many to choose from. Coming 2nd in a 20 mile event. 3rd in a 5K trail race and competing in the Hardmoors 55 in the Beast From The East to name a few.
What are your running goals? To complete the Abbott World Marathon Majors
What event are you training for at the moment? The Hardmoors Super Slam next year which consists of a 30 mile ultra on New Years Day. A 50 mile ultra in March. 110 mile ultra in May. 60 miler in September and finally an 80 miler in November.

Martin Weeks

 

Martin Weeks

 
Tell us your name. Martin Weeks
How and when did you first start running? I have always run, sporadically, and that goes back to the mists of time. parkrun that got me interested in running on a regular basis, about five years ago.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? My better half, Yvonne Skelton, joined. As I already new quite a few NVRR members from parkrun I thought it would add to my enjoyment – it has!
When did you join Nidd Valley? April 2018.
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I like music but I don’t like running with it. I love the landscape and listening to the birds, wind and sounds of the countryside.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Coffee, muesli, coffee, freshly warmed Welsh cakes, coffee, more warm Welsh cakes (my Welsh heritage coming out). Oh yes …… more coffee.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? A lot of my friends stopped running in their 50s with knackered knees. In my 70s I am lucky enough to be still running, albeit now moderate distances, and I put that down to my love of off-road and cross country. So my hot tip would be limit the time you spend on tarmac.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Watching Yvonne do so well in her 60s. I will keep my proud moments for cycling!
What are your running goals? To run in as many interesting places as possible. We do parkrun tourism and whenever we are in France we try to include runs with travelling and holidays. We ran In the grounds of Versailles one frosty morning, and on another occasion we did the parkrun at Fontainebleau. Parkrun 250 would be good. On 177 at the moment.
What event are you training for at the moment? The next parkrun with Tony L-C!

Kirsty O’Donnell

 

Kirsty O’Donnell

 
Tell us your name. Kirsty O’Donnell
How and when did you first start running? I was never sporty at school; I used to hate PE and always did the Sprint at Sports Day as it was the shortest distance and meant I could get it over with. Fast forward a number of years to 2014 and on a whim I decided to sign up to a 10K with my sister and brother-in-law. I had never run that distance before; I still remember the all-over pain I felt reaching the finish line but I felt like Mo Farah when I finished….and was hooked! I started doing Parkruns thereafter.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I got chatting to someone at Parkrun who mentioned Nidd Valley and that it was the “friendliest running club in Harrogate”. Which is absolutely true. Such a great bunch of people and there’s always someone new you haven’t spoken to before. It’s great running with a club where you all have something in common, even if you all have different reasons and goals for running.
When did you join Nidd Valley? November 2016
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I don’t listen to music all the time, but when I do it’s usually something upbeat like Calvin Harris or the like.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before a race – porridge. After – a big 3 course meal out somewhere to cancel out all those calories I’ve burned!
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Whenever you can’t be bothered to do that run, feel a bit lazy and skip that session, remember there is nothing worse than actually not being able to run or do what you love – due to injury, or illness. Work with what you’ve got while you have it, and remember, no matter how slow you go, you’re still overtaking whoever is on the sofa!
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Probably finishing my first half marathon last year.
What are your running goals? Get back down to my PB at Parkrun and one day run the London Marathon.
What event are you training for at the moment? Brid half.

Cath Barber

 

Cath Barber

 
Tell us your name. Cath Barber
How and when did you first start running? I joined Stroud Athletic Club when my first job took me down to Gloucestershire and I started sitting still more but still consuming vast amounts of biscuits… excersis was needed! There was a bloke called Jim who lead a ‘steady’ group. I’ve channeled him ever since.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? Ran once with Harriers, decided there must be something better, turned out I was right!
When did you join Nidd Valley? October 2015
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I don’t listen to music, mostly because of the tech faf needed, and my pace would be all over the shop. I much prefer to talk to others, or enjoy the quiet of the countryside.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before: Toasted bagel, rice pudding or toast. After: literally anything, I mainly run because of chips and beer…
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Uphill: knees up, chin up
Downhill: arms out, brain off
Generally: Pick your feet up
What is your proudest moment in your running career? I’ll let you know,
What are your running goals? To stop getting injured, complete a decent winter training regiment, run long distance, and complete some Lakeland classic fell races respectably….BG? Who knows!
What event are you training for at the moment? An Ilkely Skyline, the Wensleydale Wedge and the FRA/Hodgsons Bros relays in the Autumn.

Christine Jones

 

Christine Jones

Tell us your name. Christine Jones
How and when did you first start running? 1979, yes that long ago! My final year at school when most girls discover romance and stop any form of exercise. I had always been an active kid but lacked the confidence to race so I was a late starter. Ironically, running helped with my confidence as a youngster and as an adult I find it helps with any stress and puts most things in perspective.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? Moving to Harrogate in 2013, I wanted to meet people and joining a running club seemed an obvious way to do that. NVRR gave me the warmest welcome and seemed the most friendly.
When did you join Nidd Valley? Autumn 2014
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I’ve never listened to music whilst running. I prefer to listen to my breathing when I’m on my own but much prefer group running and chatting.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Porridge with honey before a race and after a race a well earned glass of anything alcoholic, pizza, chips, food of any kind really.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Most running is about mind over matter, believe in yourself and remember some running at any pace for any distance is better than nothing.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? 1984 aged 21 years. UK Police National Cross Country 1st place. Same year National 1500m 1st place in a new record of 4 mins 31 secs and 1st in 800m.
What are your running goals? To enjoy my running and to accept my limitations.
What event are you training for at the moment? To complete 7 of the road championship races.

Emma Kettlewell

 

Emma Kettlewell

 
Tell us your name. Emma Kettlewell
How and when did you first start running? I started running properly when I joined Nidd Valley. Previously I just used to go out for a tootle when I felt like it. I didn’t track my miles or pace, I just went out when I needed to free my mind or if I had friends that wanted company running
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I needed some companionship/advice for the long training miles in prep for London Marathon. Also I was new – ish to the area so it was a great way for me to get to know people.
When did you join Nidd Valley? Sep/Oct 2017
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? Anything upbeat and motivational. I love listening to the Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy podcast, they’re good company when you need a giggle
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before – bagel with peanut butter and a banana. After – everything and anything!
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Don’t overthink it, don’t compare yourself to others, focus on you and what you want to get out of running
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Finishing the London Marathon this year and being alive to tell the tale
What are your running goals? Try some more fell runs, get a little quicker on the shorter distances and help others with theirs
What event are you training for at the moment? Pub runs!

Dave Seaman

 

Dave Seaman

 
Tell us your name. Dave Seaman
How and when did you first start running? The first “distance” running I remember is when I was 10 and my teacher marked out a 1 furlong course around the playground. We ran 8 laps to make a mile. Later I discovered that cross-country was the one sport that I was (relatively) any good at, mainly because the real sportsmen wanted to play soccer or rugby.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I’d just decided to take up running again after a 7 year break and was offered a number in the Great North by a friend. The night before I had a call from someone (Sue Threadgold perhaps?) asking if I would like a seat on the Nidd Valley bus (organised for many years by Alan Harby) and, since I had only a vague plan as to how I was going to drive there and back, gladly accepted. Alan gave me a membership form on the bus on the way back!
When did you join Nidd Valley? October 2000
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I don’t see the point of listening to music through earphones while running. I’d sooner be aware of the sounds of nature if out in the country (which is where I prefer to run) and think it’s dangerous to block out the sound of traffic if on road.
What is your favourite food before and after running? I usually have a big bowl of porridge when I’m running in the morning but just have an orange and some Greek yoghurt or maybe a biscuit or 2 at tea time before an evening run. After running, a bag of crisps and a bottle or two of Black Sheep! (At least on Thursdays)
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Push yourself but not to the point that it ceases to be enjoyable.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? I can’t think of one particular moment but I am quite proud of the fact that I did my first marathon at the age of 55 and got within my target of 4 hours by 7 seconds and that I did 5 more up to the age of 62, always staying under 4 hours
What are your running goals? I like to think that, like my hero Alan Harby, I’ll still be running at 80.
What event are you training for at the moment? I’ve never followed a training programme for a particular event, apart from throwing in a few longer runs before a marathon

Richard Taylor

 

Richard Taylor

 
Tell us your name. Richard Taylor
How and when did you first start running? 2006 I decided I needed to get fit and entered Leeds half marathon. I had no idea what I was doing and my longest training run was only 7 miles. I managed to get round in under 2 hours but it was very tough, but I had got the running bug and wanted to have a crack at a marathon.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? After having several years out of running I got a place in the London marathon and wanted to train properly. My wife was a member of the club and told me how friendly everyone was, and this gave me the push I needed to join.
When did you join Nidd Valley? March 2017
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I don’t tend to listen to music when running. A favourite track would be The long distant runner by Iron Maiden.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before running I tend to eat bananas or porridge, after I enjoy ham and cheese toasties.
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Enjoy your running and go at your own pace. Don’t be afraid to try different events (distances or terrain) and buy a foam roller, works wonders on tight muscles.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Running the London marathon. This had been a childhood aim from watching it on tv in the 80’s.
What are your running goals? I would like a sub 4 hour marathon and a sub 45 minute 10k.
What event are you training for at the moment? Yorkshire marathon

Benjamin Baird

 

Benjamin Baird

 
Tell us your name. Benjamin Baird
How and when did you first start running? I’ve participated in sports since I was young, so have always done some form of running. I began running as its own sport for a 10 km run in 2012.
What brought you to Nidd Valley? I wanted to do longer runs to improve my stamina, mainly for Ultimate Frisbee which was my main hobby at the time, and struggled to motivate myself. I wanted to join a club, and in all honesty Nidd Valley was closest to home.
When did you join Nidd Valley? July 2015
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I don’t listen to music. I like to listen to nature and get lost in my thoughts.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before – 2 eggs and toast, maybe a banana if it is a late start.
After – Junk food!
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Do the runs/races that you enjoy.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? I don’t have any moments I’m proud of. Anyone who has spoken to me will know I’m very critical of all my runs (even if they’re PB’s!) looking for ways to improve. In 15-20 years when I look back I’m sure I’ll be happy with what I’ve achieved!
What are your running goals? Short term I’m aiming for a sub 5-minute mile and sub 18-minute 5 km. Long term I want to run a sub 15-minute 5 km (you never know unless you try!).
What event are you training for at the moment? Leeds Golden Mile

Brian Hainsworth

 

Brian Hainsworth

 
Tell us your name. Brian Hainsworth
How and when did you first start running? At school I was a sprinter but this stopped after leaving, I began running again at the end of summer 2016
What brought you to Nidd Valley? After training by myself and then completing the Leeds Half Marathon in May 2017, I decided I quite liked this running lark and thought I’d join a club. After looking into local clubs, Nidd was the one that I liked the sound of and I definitely made the right choice.
When did you join Nidd Valley? June 2017
What is your favourite running music? Genre or specific tracks? I prefer to not listen to music anymore while running but Go by The Chemical Brothers is a good track to get you going.
What is your favourite food before and after running? Before running I like to have a plain 3 egg omelette. After anything to hand be it cake, chocolate, banana…
What is your best running tip that you would like to share with us? Never compare yourself to another runner, there will always be someone faster or slower than you. Ultimately you are competing against yourself and just enjoy it.
What is your proudest moment in your running career? Helping a best friend get into running and running Fountains Abbey parkrun with them for their first non stop run. Also on a different day, being there when another best friend completed their first non stop run at the same parkrun after being coached by Nidd.
What are your running goals? To complete an Ultra.
What event are you training for at the moment? The Yorkshire Marathon.