This month sees the launch of our member profile page. This is to help people get to know other members a bit better and also if you need any help advice there could be someone stood beside you on club nights who you could ask.
Each month we will feature 2 club members and this month Steve has kindly filled in the profile. Thanks Steve and I thought I better do mine too!
Please return the profile questionnaire with a photo to the club email address or speak to me at club nights with any queries.
Name: Steve Thomson
Occupation: Business Manager (Telecommunications)
Where you were born: Colchester, Essex.
How long have you been a member of the club? Since May 2014
Why do you enjoy running? Primarily because it is a great way of relieving stress, it helps keep me in reasonable shape and since joining the club, it has provided an enjoyable social activity. I also like running against other people and being competitive.
Your running highs and lows? There have been more highs than lows. The highs have been progressing to each distance, starting with a 10k and then up to marathon distance. Each time I get a PB it’s a great high and even though I started running relatively late in life, I’m still getting faster.
The only real lows have been when competing at the marathon distance. I’ve always aimed for less than 4 hours but have finished in 4 hours 20 minutes, 4 hours 3 minutes and I had to pull-out of my third marathon. I’m aiming to redress this at MK marathon in May 2015!
Piece of running kit you can’t live without? My Asics trainers without a doubt.
What do you hope to achieve this year? This year I am aiming for PBs at 5k, 10k (already done at Winslow 10k) and a sub-4 hour marathon.
Do you listen to music when you run, if so what do you like? I don’t, but I’m planning to for the 5k Park Run races and hopefully improve my performances. It’s going to have to be loud like Highway to Hell (AC/DC), Living in America (James Brown), Even Better than the Real Thing (U2 perfecto mix), that kind of thing.
Any other hobbies or interests? Nothing too exciting, I have an allotment and am often busy with DIY.
Interesting fact about yourself? I’ve been going up to the Isle of Skye in (Inner Hebrides) every year on a lads fishing trip for the last 21 years. This mainly involves loads of great food, far too much alcohol, a modest amount of fishing and in recent years I’ve enjoyed getting out running on some tough mountain roads with amazing scenery.
Name: Heidi Young
Where you were born: Battisford, Suffolk
Children: One daughter, Lily aged 1
How long have you been a member of the club? Since August 2014
Your running highs and lows? Low was when I hurt my feet just after starting and had to stop for about 6 weeks. High was doing my first 10k at the MK Festival of running which at Christmas I would have thought was impossible.
Piece of running kit you can’t live without? My TomTom Runner GPS watch – although I’m not sure I use it to its full potential (anyone else use one?).
Biggest running achievement? Completing the MK Festival of running 10k.
What do you hope to achieve this year? I have a few races coming up so hope to finish all of those and I would really like to improve my speed a bit and maybe achieve my bronze standard.
Do you listen to music when you run, if so what do you like? I do I like quite a range of music – Foo Fighters, Pendulum, Hadoken, Red hot Chilli Peppers to name a few.
What is your post run treat? A long hot bath and some chocolate
Any other hobbies or interests? Reading, my allotment and spending time with my family.
Interesting fact about yourself? My dad (who was a farmer at the time) delivered me on the bathroom floor and compared it to delivery a calf!