At the finish line with…Rachael Evans

Rachael must be enjoying this run! Grinning like a Cheshire cat!

Rachael must be enjoying this run! Grinning like a Cheshire cat!

Tell us a bit about your running history

Having studiously avoided running all through school and university, a colleague dragged me along to a 0-5k course in winter 2013. At the time it seemed like an awful idea to be running in all that rain but it’s probably the reason I don’t mind winter running! We finished the course, did one Parkrun to prove we could run 5k and then I forgot all about it. When I moved to Southampton in 2014 and was walking distance from the common I started doing Parkrun regularly and picked it up from there. I started running more frequently but sticking to the shorter distances. It wasn’t until the 5-10k course with OS last year that I finally started running longer distances, and I’ve completed two 10k races so far.

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At the finish line with…Ian Robinson

Tell us a bit about your running history

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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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