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 Michael Watson
How long have you been a member:
Why did you start:
I took up running on 1st Jan 2010, on New Years Eve 2009, I was invited to a party, to be honest I’d probably partied since December 20th!!! Too much food, far too much alcohol, putting on too much weight and feeling pretty rubbish about myself. My nephew (who is autistic) was complaining about ear ache so I said I would drive him to the hospital to get him sorted out, so I didn’t drink at the party. On the way to the hospital, it had just started to snow and on woodlands road, there was a middle aged woman running. New Year’s Eve… running in the snow and this was the catalyst to start. I applied for the GNR three days later and in September 2010 I ran GNR in under 2 hours. And that’s what got me going.
Favourite type of running (Road, XC, T&F, Fell etc):
Best event you’ve taken part in (and why):
New York marathon… doesn’t need any explaining does it!!!
Event you’re looking forward to (and why):
York 10 mile usually in October.
What’s on your headphones while you train:
My favourite song whilst is I run is Song 2 by Blur.
Favourite training session:
6 x 800 metres with 60 secs rest… brutal!! But gets the 5k time down.
Do you take your trainers on holiday? If yes, where is the best place you’ve trained/ran?:
As I have an autistic child, we usually go to Centre Parcs so running around Whinfell Forest is lovely. Great hills and great scenery.
Pre race food & drink of choice:
Porridge with plenty of sugar…. and lots of water.
Post race food & drink of choice:
Usually a full Sunday lunch, and if I’ve done ok, a couple of lagers watching the match on television on Sunday afternoon
Favourite place to run:
Anywhere there is great scenery, takes your mind off the running.
Best Club related memory:
When the first C25K group ran their first parkrun on December 1st 2018… from starting as complete beginners to finishing was such an achievement for them all. It’s about bringing people with different abilities together and enriching their lives. Many of those people have gone on to do longer and better runs. I’m so proud of them all.
If you could go for a long chatty run with anyone, who would it be and why:
Paula Radcliffe. Just to ask her how embarrassing it was to go to the toilet with millions watching her. (It would be Jen Harrison if it was someone from the club, we do love a good chat!).
Describe our club in three words:
Progressive. Intensive. Helpful