Chris is a runner who enjoys challenging pursuits. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I've always been interested in sport and fitness in general. I always enjoyed the usual sports like football but really enjoyed skating and BMX riding as a kid. I've always tended to favour the more extreme sports.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
The Wooler Marathon. This was my first marathon and I decided to pick a challenging one. This is one of the toughest trail marathons in the UK and to top it off, there had been an insane amount of rainfall leading up to the race, resulting in a slippery, bog-ridden mess of an alternative route! I was very happy to come 6th considering it was my first race of this distance.
And your proudest achievement?
Completing the above. Also, I won the Kirriemuir 10k Trail Race which really surprised me. This opened my eyes to the potential I may hold as a runner.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
Definitely the Wooler, tougher ones to come though.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I've had a few injuries; I treat them as opportunities to learn and use them to develop weaknesses into weapons.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Take your time. Love the experience.
What are your goals for 2020?
To complete a Skyrunner UK Race.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Scott Jurek, Kilian Jornet, Rich Roll, this could be a long list.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
Sundried is a great ethical company and their products are of excellent quality. They use 100% recycled materials and are a very forward-thinking company. I love the Sundried Dom 2.0 Running Vest, it's a great running top made from recycled plastic bottles.