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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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At The Finish Line With…Mark Aston

Tell us a bit about your running history

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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