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 Tom Addison
How long have you been a member:
Why did you start:
I’d actually started training for triathlon throughout 2016, but injury stopped me being able to ride or swim, as well as not being able to play golf that I’d done fairly successfully for 20 years. I’d worked hard for that 8 handicap!
I then attended the McTaggart Trot at the end of 2016 and was partnered with Andrew Glencross and Wes Atkins, so heard all about Darlington Harriers.
Couple that with a conversation I had with Colin Taylor, who mentioned Coatham Crew runs on a Monday (“but if you go, they’ll be asking you to sign up”), so I went along and signed up shortly afterwards.
Favourite type of running (Road, XC, T&F, Fell etc):
I do love a good Road race, but Track & Field is my favourite.
The team spirit is brilliant, and encouragement is non stop from not just fellow club members, but other competitors too.
If you’ve not had a go, please do, it’s brilliant.
Best event you’ve taken part in (and why):
Northern Road Relays @ Birkenhead in 2019.
From a personal perspective, it was arguably my fastest race/best performance to date, and that feeling of racing as a team and running for others really pushed me up that final hill. My quads still haven’t forgiven me!!
Shout out to the NECAA Pentathlon a couple of years ago, though; tremendous fun and a day to remember.
Event you’re looking forward to (and why):
Before recent world events, I was pencilled in for the Cheshire 5k, though that’s now deferred until who knows when! So hopefully I’ll get that done at some point.
I was also looking forward to Darlington 10k too, as I’ve not done that in race trim for 8 years or so, for various reasons. If not this year, then maybe next.
Ultimately I’ll end up I’ll doing more track as my fitness comes back, work more on speed; probably 1500/Mile sort of distance. I want that 5 minute mile! 🤛🤞
What’s on your headphones while you train:
I rarely listen to headphones, but if I do, it’s a right mixed bag. Sometimes NFL podcasts, sometimes music.
Also, I defy anybody to not run to Nakatomi – Children Of The Night and not run faster 😂
Favourite training session (and why):
Friday Tempo’s. Brilliant for fitness and I know it’s worked wonders for me. Whether its 3 x 2 mile, or a straight through 6 miles, the benefits are there to see in my performances since.
I also do love a good set of 400s for some speed endurance work.
Do you take your trainers on holiday? If yes, where is the best place you’ve trained/ran?
100%. Last year in Spain was brilliant, so many roads to explore off the beaten track, despite the heat.
I’ve also ran a fair amount around Germany, and Afghanistan, too; fun until a sandstorm hits!
Pre race food & drink of choice:
Coffee to drink, and oats/banana for breakfast, though a slice of toast and jam always goes down a treat, too.
Post race food and drink of choice:
Not a big fan of eating straight after, especially the more intense stuff, so tend to go with some form of shake/smoothie these days.
Favourite place to run:
Running inland at Spain last year was great, so peaceful.
Day to day though, as sad as it sounds, I love running my tempos around Faverdale Industrial estate.
Failing that, I can often just take myself out and figure out a run around town as I go along, no set route, and hopefully I’ve calculated my position correctly and finish near home 😂
Best Club related memory:
Again, I’d have to say Birkenhead.
However, I have to reserve a special mention for that (awful) day at Sedbergh in 2017. We had a great day out, despite none of us being able to walk for a couple of weeks. Cake afterwards only softened the brutality of it all a little bit, but it’s a day I’ll never forget.
If you could go for a long chatty run with anyone, who would it be and why:
Tiger Woods. 100%.
From that first Masters win where he obliterated everyone, all the highs, the lows, and the Tour Champs/Masters wins that crowned the comeback.
From a sporting perspective, I’d argue he’s right up there as having one of the strongest mental approaches any sportsperson has ever shown. Solid as a rock under pressure.
Also, 100% win record against fire hydrants 😉
Describe our club in three words:
Inspiring. Family. Home.