Leader spotlight – Chris
In this series of mini-blogs we want to introduce you to some of the faces you’ll be seeing delivering sessions and leading runs across BRW – these guys volunteer their time on a weekly basis to lead groups and help others enjoy running! Without them the entire weekend (and probably running in Sheffield) would be on its knees!
First up it’s ATR regular and shop stalwart Chris!
When and why did you start running?
2006, I was dared to take part in a trail event called ‘Hell Runner’. 10miles (approx.) with a few hills and the ‘Bogs of Hell’ to wade through. I was hooked.
What groups do you lead/get involved with?
I lead a weekly beginner’s group with Accelerate Trail Runners (ATR), as well as group activities throughout the year as part of Accelerate Community. I also assist with sessions during the Big Running Weekend.
What was your favourite thing about Big Running Weekend last year?
While I helped lead the Accelerate Red Route and both Blue routes at BRW 2018, I particularly enjoyed the Hills Workshop on day three, where despite my 12 years’ experience, I still managed to pick up some useful tips.
What do you do when you aren’t running?
I’m a keen film buff, so oddly enough, when I’m not running, I’m sitting completely still! My two young sons try to keep me from getting too comfy for too long.
Do you like to do any events/races? If so, what have you got planned this year? If racing isn’t your thing what inspires you to run?
I do enjoy the odd event, whether it be a flat out race or an attempt to complete something long. My favourite thing is to run ultra-distances and I’m down to race the Four Inns in April (40miles), with the Dig Deep TU60 looking like it may become my first attempt at 60 miles come September.
When time is limited (and it is), I find the occasional trail race satisfies my ‘need for speed’, so I’m currently entered for the 2019 Gritstone Series and will be pushing for completion of every race this year, in order to become a ‘True Gritter’.