A question all Macclesfield Harriers have been asked from time to time . . . ‘You’re a Macclesfield Harrier, you must know Julian Brown?’
Here’s a few things you may not have known about Julian;
Q1: When did you start running?
Julian: I’ve always enjoyed long distance walking and started ‘jogging the downhill bits’ about 1994: carried on from there I suppose.
Q2: How long have you been a Macclesfield Harrier?
Julian: About 1996 I think.
Q3: What has been your favourite race and why?
Julian: It’s not really a race but the Fellsman is probably my favourite event – It’s a long distance walk / run around the Yorkshire Dales – because the scenery is spectacular, the organisation second to none and it’s great to go back and meet folk – both competitors and helpers – every year. Of the ‘proper races’ perhaps my favourite is the Snowdonia Marathon: for much the same reasons.
Q4: What does running mean to you?
Julian: A way to get away from work, modern life’s pressures, and all that stuff, and the chance to spend time in interesting places ideally with interesting people !
Gets you out of the washing up and DIY for a bit as well.
Q5: Do you have a top tip for other runners?
Julian: three really…. In increasing importance….
– the hardest steps are the 3 to the front door once you’ve put your trainers on, after that the running but is easy.
– do the best you can whenever you pin a number on, it doesn’t matter where you finish, it was still your best, and even if you’re last you still beat all those who weren’t there…..
– enjoy it !!!
Last words: We’ve approximately 750 folk in our club, all ages and abilities, from all walks of life doing all sorts of things, just sharing a common interest in our sport: we seem to get along OK ! If you get a chance to put something back in to the sport though, either within the club our outside, then take it, as it’ll be much appreciated and is as rewarding as the running itself: and clubs, races, training and so on don’t happen on their own.