Over time, we’re going to introduce our members by way of a series of questions we’ve put to them; they’ve kindly agreed to let us publish their answers. On this occasion, it’s the turn of Lewis Moses
How long have you been a member?
I first joined when I was 12, but I had some breaks from the Harriers and rejoined on another 2 different occasions. In total I have been a member of Darlington Harriers for a total of approx 10 years.
Why did you start?
I won the district schools cross country when in year 7 and a very encouraging John Brant handed me a membership form at the finish of this race. I got a free years membership and that encouraged me to give it a go! Thanks John 😊
Favourite type of running (Road, XC, T&F, Fell etc)?
Without a doubt indoor track racing. The tactical element is what I love, but also how close you are to the crowd, which makes the atmosphere incredible.
Best event you’ve taken part in (and why)?
Naturally, I want to say the World Indoor Championships, as the experience was incredible, but I felt like that I wasn’t quite at the level to compete against the top guys in the world. For that reason, I’m going to opt for the Birmingham Indoor International Grand Prix. The track is amazing to run on, it’s like your bouncing and the home crowd is electric. The noise and heat from the track just blows you away.
Event you’re looking forward to (and why)?
I’m looking forward to my wife Gemma going to the marathon. I believe she has massive untapped potential in the sport and I have been coaching her for just over a year. I would love to pace her on her marathon debut and this is what gives me my drive now. The other race, which I want to continue to run is the North Eastern Cross Country. I will not stop until the Senior Men’s Team gets that team medal!
What’s on your headphones while you train?
I don’t listen to anything when running, I prefer to be out listening to my own thoughts or the people I run with. If I had to pick, it would be a podcast and probably athletics or boxing related.
Favourite training session (and why)?
Drills Sessions, which I know a lot of people won’t class as a session, but it’s the one area that brought my performance on more than any other. Once I started to nail my own drills, my form improved, I became faster and stronger. It was a game changer for me and that’s why I continue to teach these drills and why they are a fundamental part of my coaching.
Do you take your trainers on holiday? If yes, where is the best place you’ve trained/ran?
Absolutely! Most of my holidays are running lol. The most random place has to be running from Lake Mead, a long an old disused railway, all the way to Hoover Dam. The look on peoples faces as they get off a bus at the Dam, and you’re there topless midway through a run is just priceless. They have no clue how you got there. This run was done when we were out in Vegas, which proves our running trainers are always with us!
Pre race food & drink of choice?
We have an old joke about 1 banana. That’s a long story and it’s not rude either lol. Drink wise I was electrolytes in my bottle of water, a coffee 2 hours before the race and food I used to vary as I never wanted to get into fixed habits. When you travel the world racing, you have to get used to different foods, so I tried not to get set in a routine.
Post race food & drink of choice?
Chocolate milk as a recovery drink. Has loads of benefits to it in terms of recovery and tastes great. After a big race I’m always looking for Burger and Chips or Fish and Chips. It has to be earned though!
Favourite place to run?
Trails. I just love the trails, especially woods and forest. We pick places to go in the mountains, to explore new trails, but if you’re in the North East you have to check out Kielder Forest, it’s incredible.
Best Club related memory?
Breaking Paul Harkers 1500m Club record, after he had coached me for arguably the most important part of my career. The club did a presentation for me and my uncle came to present the award. My uncle Myles had coached Paul to the record earlier on in his career, which showed how small the athletics world can be. To have him, Paul and a lot of the junior athletes there was just perfect. A memory that will always live with me and I will be forever thankful to Paul for what he did for me. He literally changed my life and without him, I would never have reached the level I did. So if you’re reading this Paul … THANKYOU!
If you could go for a long chatty with anyone, who would it be and why?
The wife. She could talk the ears of anyone! I don’t tell her this often, as I don’t want to blow her ego too much, but she just inspires me so much.
Describe our club in three words:
It’s always home!