Introducing Macclesfield Harrier C group leader, Phil Gaskell.
Q1: When did you start running?
Phil: I started running in my 20s as a way to get and keep fit in order to play rugby (not very well) at Macc rugby club. As I got too old for rugby I just carried on with running.
Q2: How long have you been a Macclesfield Harrier?
Phil: I joined MH in 2000. I had just run the London Marathon in 4:45 having done all the training on my own. I decided that I needed a bit more help and support if I was going to get any better.
Q3: What has been your favourite race and why?
Phil: Wilmslow half in 2002 (I think) when I managed 1:45.
Q4: What does running mean to you?
Phil: Being able to run is really important to me. It provides relaxation and is important for both physical and mental wellbeing. My trainers are one of the first things in my bag whenever I’m going away.
Q5: Do you have a top tip for other runners?
Phil: Unless you are Mo Farah or Paula Radcliffe then there will always be people who are faster than you, so you are only really competing against yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if others are able to run faster than you.
Not my quote, but somethings that resonates with me. – “You don’t give up because you get old, you get old”.
Thank you Phil! If you are interested in joining Phil and the other C group members for a run, they meet at Macclesfield Leisure Centre 18:30, Mondays and Thursdays.