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At The Finish Line With….Liz Cole

Tell us a bit about your running history

I really enjoyed running when I was at school and competed in 200m and 400m, when I was asked to change my event to 800m I decided this was way too far to run and I had fallen out of love with running by the time I left school.  I didn’t do any running again until I was pushing 30 years old and just on a whim thought I’d go for a run, it was horrendous, but I kept at it.  I never actually competed in any events until I joined the OS Running club a few years later and took part in the CSSC 10k, back when you were given the day off work to go for a run!

Liz muscling her way through the competition at a Lordshill 10k Road Race!

 

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At The Finish Line With…Dean Paulley

Tell us a bit about your running history

I really enjoyed running when I was younger, running at school and in some local races. I enjoyed cross country and would always be the one who signed up for longer races at sports day rather than the short sprints which I was no good at; some things never change! But by the time I got to secondary school I had lost my passion for running and focused on other sports.

I only started running again when I went to University but even then it was more of a warm-up activity before doing something else, I definitely would not have described myself as a ‘runner’. It was only when joining OS three years ago that I really started to run a lot more, enjoying the social side of OS Runners.

In those three years I have had many firsts; 10K, Half Marathon, 24 hour race, Adventure race, and have even gone on running holidays; two words which I never thought belonged together. I have now definitely got the running bug and my challenges just seem to get more extreme every year!

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At The Finish Line With…Claire Savage

Tell us a bit about your running history

I was hopeless at running in school and dreaded every athletics season. The 1500m used to take me 15 minutes and that was with great effort.

After leaving school, I used to occasionally run on a treadmill and I certainly never dreamt I’d run outside or do any distance.

Then things changed. I have always played field hockey and after having my second child, I realised that to get back on the hockey pitch I was going to have to be able to run for at least 40 minutes and outside. So, I started to give it a go.  After a few months, a friend suggested I should go out running with her cross country and aim for a 10km. At the time, I was horrified – the thought of running 10km was just completely unachievable coupled with it not being on the treadmill just seemed totally out of reach. But somehow, I ended up signing up for the ‘run up to Xmas’ at Moors Valley and completed it.

The Great South (10 miles) then followed and then I thought I’d give a half marathon a go. I picked one which sounded nice and scenic – the South Downs half heading out from Seaford, Sussex.  Many events followed including Clarendon marathon relay, Pewsey half, Brighton half … and probably the hardest event ever was the Combe Gibbet 16 miler – you catch a coach up to the top of the hill and have to run back to Overton.

My running then came to abrupt halt in 2014 when I had to have ACL surgery on my knee. It took a long time to recover, I put on a lot of weight, lost my running mojo and only did running as part of sport. It’s only since joining OS in March, I’ve started back up.

*Hurry up and take the picture…I don’t think I can stand up for much longer*

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At The Finish Line With…Nick Lindsay

Tell us a bit about your running history

Well I’ve been ‘running’ since my distant student days in Bristol, but that was mainly to contain student excesses and keep in reasonable shape for the squash court. Once my squash career was curtailed through injury my running combined with swimming (for fitness) and MTB cycling for fun led me into the world of triathlon.

Nick trying to remember where he’s left his bike…

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At The Finish Line With…Nigel Clifford

Tell us a bit about your running history

Having stopped playing rugby after getting my face rearranged by my opposite number 9, I began running. Having family in the north east the Great North Run became a target and is now a regular event for most of the family – last time we did it I was accompanied by my Geordie brother in law (who has completed all but 1 of the GNRs) and all three younger Cliffords.

What do you mean I’ve got to do another lap?! Nigel ‘The Blur’ in full flight at the Romsey Relay Marathon.

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At the Finish Line With…Julie Lloyd

Tell us a bit about your running history

Initially I thought I’d try it as a way of continuing with exercise throughout the winter months (cycling is only for summer!) I had attempted it before when I was a lot bigger and found it most uncomfortable and frankly impossible thing to do. Why run!??
However, try I did. I wasn’t confident enough to join the desk to 5k session but it did inspire me and I asked Tara Anglim to coach me. I always remember the first time, Tara was basically walking but I managed 7 minute before having to walk – that only just got me over ½ mile!

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