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Member Spotlight – August 2021

CHRIS EDWARDS

Why did you start running?

I wasn’t in a good place mentally or physically and needed to take back control. So, I joined a gym, quit smoking, stopped dabbling in substances and lost weight. I started running on the treadmill until I felt confident to hit the streets, and as they say, the rest is history!

What/who motivates you to run?

I am a very self-motivated person. Also, being in the RB community Facebook group and reading what everybody else is out doing, is always a great motivator to lace up and get outdoors.

What is a typical training week?

I’m currently doing a “something every day streak” which can be walking or running a mile. I try to run a minimum of 20 miles a week, but a good week can be up to 70+ miles.

Favourite session?

I don’t have specific sessions. I just lace up and decide how many miles I want to do that day and go out and run them.

Least favourite session?

A cancelled one.

Road or trail?

I do more road running at the moment due to running with the Smurfs in the buggy. However, I love hitting the trails when I can and that’s where my real passion lies.

Top 5 songs on your running playlist

1. Universal nation – Push

2. Pray – Hollywood Undead

3. Whatever it takes – Hollywood Undead

4. Solar System – Sun Focus

5. When Doves Cry – Everyone Loves a Villain

Do you run alone or with a group?

Mainly run with the best two co-pilots you could ask for. If not, it’s solo runs.

What other training do you do?

Don’t do any other training unless chief bag/toy and child carrier can be classed as alternative training!

What is your greatest running achievement so far?

Running 32 miles whilst pushing a double buggy.

What was your last race?

Chagford Challenge 30 miler.

What are your future running goals?

To finally run The Mendip Marauder 50 miler. Last year was cancelled due to covid and I had to defer this year’s place to next year due to unforeseen circumstances.

What’s on your bucket list?

To run official trail and road marathons.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting to run?

My advice would be stick at it. What seems hard at first will become your warm up.

What do you like to do when you’re not running?

Being outdoors having fun with the Smurfs.

What would you name the autobiography of your running life?

The Three Wheeled Runner” or “My Adventures with Bonnie & Clyde”