Jack Dakin Athlete Ambassador
Jack is a runner who excels over short distances and track running. He talks to Sundried about racing highs and lows.
Have you always been into sport?
I’ve always been active and enjoyed playing both team and individual sports growing up, as I enjoy the competitive side. At 15 I joined my first running club and haven’t looked back since.
What's been your favourite race to date and why?
Last year I raced in the 5k track challenge. It was only my second time racing this distance on the track but all the hard training leading up to the race paid off and it was one of those days when everything just clicked and I came away with a big PB.
And your proudest achievement?
Running in the inter counties championships in 2011 and 2013.
Have you had any race disasters/toughest race yet?
Most of my tough races are due to me going off too fast at the start, one of these which was particularly tough was the Belper Rugby Rover. Starting off too fast in an 18-mile off road race is never a good idea and I definitely paid the price in the latter stages! However, it was a good learning curve, if a little steep, which I took into account the following year.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I've had my fair share of injuries over the years, normally ankle or calf related. As I become a more experienced runner, I definitely think it’s a good time to look at why these happen and make changes to my plan to help reduce the chances of it happening again.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
Don’t start off too fast! You’ll always regret it in the later stages of the race.
What are your goals for 2020?
For 2020, it would be great to retain the county title for 1500m. I've also been hovering around the 35 minute mark for 10k for the last couple of years so I think it's about time I gave that extra push to go sub 35 minutes.
Who do you take inspiration from?
I really enjoy reading about Roger Bannister and especially the build up to him running the first sub 4-minute mile.
What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of kit?
It's always great to buy from a brand who not only makes great quality products, but is committed to producing them with the environment in mind and using the brand as a platform to promote this. My favourite piece of Sundried kit so far is my padded jacket; it's perfect for warm-ups and cool downs in the winter months.