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 one of our Junior athletes, Libby Hammond
How long have you been a member:
About 5 years, I started when I was in year 3 and became a full member when I was in Year 4 of primary school.
Why did you start:
I always looked forward to school sports days and then on one occasion in year 3, I won the KS2 long distance and my head teacher and class teacher recommended I joined a running club.
Favourite type of running (Road, XC, T&F, Fell etc):
I love cross country especially running in the mud and puddles, road running is also fun especially when it is a charity event such as the Daisy Chain events or the JGNR. On the track my favourite is the 1500m although I was looking forward to running the 3000m this year.
Best event you’ve taken part in (and why):
Three spring to mind; the first being selected to run for Cleveland in the English Schools competition, I had trained hard to achieve a place and although not my greatest run, I felt very proud to be running with the best in the country in my age category. The second was running for my school in the city games and seeing GB next to my name and because this was a 100m sprint and not my event at all, I was just full of excitement and pride as was my family and school. The third was The Durham City Running festival and running alongside running greats such as Paula Radcliffe, Lewis and Gemma Moses and Ben Smith and I loved the atmosphere and being able to run with professionals and have a chat.
Event you’re looking forward to (and why):
An event when the juniors can be together supporting each other and cheering each other on. A non-club event I really want to run in is the Disney 5k which was cancelled due to the current situation so hopefully I can take part when it is rescheduled.
What’s on your headphones while you train:
I don’t run with headphones on as I am usually running with my Dad.
Favourite training session (and why):
My favourite training session is a long run on a Sunday or hill training, I know I sound crazy but I just love the hills!
Do you take your trainers on holiday? If yes, where is the best place you’ve trained/ran?
Yep, all of the time whether it be a weekend break or long family holiday. I have been lucky to run in many beautiful places such as The National Stadium in Singapore, through the streets of beautiful Berlin, in the Dubai sunshine, The USA, Thailand, by the canals in Bristol, London, Centre Parcs and the Lake District to name but a few.
Pre race food & drink of choice:
Whether it be a morning training session or a race representing Darlington Harriers or school I always have porridge with honey and topped with berries with a glass of cranberry juice. A race mid-afternoon, I always eat a banana.
Post race food & drink of choice:
Once I have finished a morning training session I like to come home and have a cooked breakfast, any other time I look forward to eating fish and chips.
Favourite place to run:
My favourite place to run is a long run from claybank to Lordstones, or up Roseberry Topping or Captain Cooks monument and where I am off to now, running in the rain around Wynyard Woodland Park.
Best Club related memory:
My best club related memory is quite recent, taking part in the Christmas Handicap in December 2019 along with my dad and other Harriers. I won the trophy and was very proud when Andy presented me with it at a club training session.
If you could go for a long chatty run with anyone, who would it be and why:
Jessica Ennis Hill because she is an inspiration and I’d like to ask her about the lows and highs of running and training as a young girl. I would lie to know how she feels about being a fantastic role model for young girls and athletes today.
Describe our club in three words:
Friendly. Fun. Charitable.