At the Finish Line…with Harry Odell

It’s been a while since we’ve had an ‘At the Finish Line’ interview, so before everyone forgets him entirely, here is a blast from the past with Harry Odell who’s now back in Manchester making waves in the world of machine learning and academics.

Tell us a bit about your running history

I don’t really have a ‘running history’. Before joining OS I hadn’t even ran so much as a parkrun – I always played football and that’s what kept me fit.

When and how did you start running for OS Runners?

I joined OS Runners back in October 2017. At the time I wasn’t playing much football and so needed something to keep me going, some encouragement from also Lucie helped. Here I am 8 months down the line with my first Thunderrun in the bag.

How often do you train and what sessions do you do outside of the club?

I try and train at least 3 times a week. This generally involves a mixed ability type session (my favourite), a Friday club run and then usually a longer’ish run at the weekend.

Which is more satisfying… going for a training run or running a race?

Race! I’m quite competitive so racing brings the best out of me, nothing more satisfying than knowing you couldn’t give more.

What is your running highlight so far?

The overall experience of joining OS Runners and catching the bug has been great, but Thunderrun would have to be up at there at the top.

What are your future running goals?

Get faster! A sub 17-minute parkrun would be amazing.

What’s the most valuable piece of running advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t go out too hard. Easier said than done as a newbie runner but I’ve quickly learnt my lesson.

Where do you like to run?

Southampton common is a favourite of mine.

Do you have any running experiences you’d care to forget?

Not yet, fingers crossed it stays that way.

Do you have any other passionate interests?

Football. Music. Data (joke).

Finally, which other OS Runner do you most admire?

That would have to be James Clarke. He’s an amazing runner, great guy and does it all with a smile on his face. I’m coming for you though James…