April – Steve Thomson & Heidi Young

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.

Heidi

 

Name: Steve Thomson

Age: 45

Occupation: Business Manager (Telecommunications)

Where you were born: Colchester, Essex.

Children: Two daughters, Kellie aged 17- currently in the 6th form and Charlotte aged 19 who is currently at University.

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.

Biggest running achievement? This would be completing Northampton half marathon in September 2014 in 1 hour 36 minutes. I didn’t think I was capable of running it in that time.

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.

What is your post run treat? After long runs- generally on Sundays (13+ miles) it’s a big roast dinner and several glasses of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (not good training practice) for me 

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.

Steve at the 2014 Northampton half marathon

Steve at the 2014 Northampton half marathon

 

Name: Heidi Young

Age: 32

Occupation: Mum

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

Why do you enjoy running? It gets me out of the house. Its nice to get some fresh air and gives me a chance to think without cbeebies on in the background.

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!

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