At the finish line with…Ian Robinson

Tell us a bit about your running history

Ian-Robinson-CS10k-2016

Crikey that’s going back! Probably started when I was a toddler, chasing our dog around the garden, or it might have been the other way around! The only running I did at junior school was in the football team, apart from the sports day. Same at grammar school, although I was also introduced to the joys of cross county running, across muddy fields in plimsolls (trainers hadn’t been invented then and if they had they’d not reached County Durham!). I suppose running became more a way of life rather than a sport when I joined the Army. Although they spoilt it by making us run in ill-fitting boots, carrying weapons and heavy rucksacks in all sorts of weather, all times of day. I was successful in the regimental athletics team as a middle distance runner.

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At the finish line with…Egbe Manners

Tell us a bit about your running history

Egbe enjoying her running

Egbe enjoying her running

I know it’s hard to tell now but back in the day, when I was in school, I used to compete in track and field events like 100m, 200m, 100m hurdle and high jump. Then I got into university and discovered alcohol (don’t tell my dad!) so never did any running again. Fast forward 14 years (since my last run), I met my husband – Tim in 2008, who went out running at least twice a week on the Common, so one day I thought I’d go out with him and I nearly passed out. He actually finished his lap of the common and still caught up with me!! I did a few runs after but nothing that serious….until Eddie started taking me out for a run at lunchtime round the Beginner route, after I had my daughter. We’d go out and he would tell me to run up to a marker like a road sign or a pole then I could walk, which I enjoyed. So I thought I’d sign up for the first Desk to 5k program, I may have been physically ready to do it but I wasn’t mentally ready for it, as I was always the one left behind unable to keep you with the group and gasping for air. So as you figured this knocked my confidence and I got demotivated and didn’t run again for about a year.

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