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At The Finish Line With…Nigel Clifford

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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

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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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At The Finish Line With…Mark Aston

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This is what you call a flying finish!

I took part in cross country and track races at school occasionally representing my school in events against other schools.  I remember doing 400m on a track in a PE lesson and thinking it was the longest distance ever and being completely exhausted afterwards.  After school I didn’t do any running until I was in my 20’s when I tried to pick it up again by running in the Common, I had no idea what I was doing or what I was capable of doing.  To motivate myself around the route I used to say to myself “every time you come to a bench, you can sit down and rest”.  It wasn’t until 2010 that I started running properly thanks to the help and advice of Mick Anglim, Matt White and Peat Allan.

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At The Finish Line With…Nicole Frith

Nicole struggling to keep up with a Mum and buggy runner….

Tell us a bit about your running history

I have only recently really got into to running. I have always enjoyed exercise since learning to row at school (though I used to hate when they made us do the cross country run in PE!). This continued into University, where I rowed for my college. I would often go running as part of my training for rowing, just to do something different.  I joined the University Cross Country Club for a short while, but was unable to manage both rowing and cross country training. When I moved to Southampton to start on the Ordnance Survey graduate programme, I decided it was time for a change. I joined OS Runners and Lordshill Road Runners and started to train more specifically.

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At the finish line with…Rob Finch

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Rob avoids getting too muddy by just not touching the ground. Photo courtesy of the legendary race photographer Paul Hammond.

My earliest running memory is doing a mile race on a Cub camp and finishing last! Fast forward a few years and I used to run the Junior Great South Runs while my Dad did the full distance. I suffered from asthma and was easily beaten by my younger brother. Fortunately, I hit puberty, got taller, stronger and started to train and run more! Since then, I have trained with a close family friend, Jon Tilt, who is my coach and a great 400m runner. I ran a fair bit with school and college before going to university where I was injured attempting to run 5 milers close to my PB pace a few times a week.

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At the finish line with…Kat Earls

Tell us a bit about your running history

Ooh, photographer…imaginary helium balloon tied to head; check…both feet off the ground; check…looking focused and determined; check….Nailed it!!! Kat in full flight.

Happy New Year and happy running to you all! Well, I’ll confess I’m an on-off runner. My habit is to enter a race to get fit, finish it by the skin of my teeth, then stop training until I pick another race and start the cycle again (I don’t advise this approach, by the way!). I started running in 2009, cajoled into The Great South Run in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. As part of training I signed up to a 10K around Beaulieu. I had no concept of the distance, almost pulled a muscle during the warm-up, set off far too fast and spent a long loop waving a number I’d found on the ground because I thought the owner might be disqualified without it. Regardless, I loved the atmosphere and GSR felt even better. I’ve run GSR six times and some halves (Run To The Beat, Bath, Portsmouth, So’ton), lots of 10Ks (Eastleigh, Stockbridge, Hursley, Lordshill) and even the London Marathon in 2012 (but don’t ask my time, ha!).

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