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Interview with FlyingScotsman

pedroscalls asks: Congratulations on the win, my question is if money and time was not an issue what route or race would you like to run?

FlyingScotsman says: Thank you PedroScalls! I would love to do the IronMan Mallorca (maybe the 70.3 though), because who wouldn’t? the sparkling blue sea, the mountains and amazing views, it would be an absolute dream, in amazing weather too :)
Cheeky’s Dad asks: Congratulations FlyingScotsman! Now you have achieved the highest accolade in sport, what are your ambitions for the future, in running and sport more generally?

FlyingScotsman says: Cheers Cheeky's Dad! I would like to progress my running to build up my mileage, which will, in turn make me fitter for rugby, I think it would be really cool to do an Ironman or half ironman when I'm old enough. i would also really like to run the West Highland Way although that may be some time before I attempt it.
westmoors asks: Congratulations. If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

FlyingScotsman says: Thanks Westmoors, this has been a really hard question to answer but I would probably have to say Tom Cruise, I love the mission impossible movies and how he does most of his own stunts, so I reckon there would be plenty to talk about
halfpint asks: Hurrah! So glad you got this. You're 12 days of Fetchmas was a massive motivator for a number of us during December. I'd like to know what it is that motivates you.

FlyingScotsman says: Thank You Halfpint! Most of the time it’s up to myself for motivation to get out and exercise but my dad has been a great help in telling me to get on with it. Oh, and wanting to be the best rugby player in my team has definitely spurred me on. Just before lockdown I was selected to join a development squad for my area. this was a massive boost to my motivation as I want to get selected again and show them that I am the BEST! So this has kept my training going over the past year or so.
Trin asks: Congratulations! My question is, if you could live anywhere in the world, money no object, where would it be and why?

FlyingScotsman says: Cheers Trin! The south east of France, in the countryside, a couple hours away from the Alpes for skiing in the winter and cycling in the summer, and then a short drive to the south coast for beach holidays and running in the summer/autumn.
RRR-CAZ 🇬🇧 asks: Congratulations My question is if you were to be given a golden sports ticket to any event in the world what would you choose to watch ?

FlyingScotsman says: Thank You RRR-Caz! The Rugby World Cup! I can’t imagine what the atmosphere there would be like but I reckon it would be spectacular. It would be amazing if I could watch Scotland play there, but let’s be realistic.
Raggedy runner asks: Congratulations on the win - loved the pre-Christmas challenge you set us and what I also loved is that you’re a youngster. We need more of you - too many oldies like me! You’re obviously the sporty type. What is your favourite sport/activity to participate in and if I can ask a second, which sport would you like to learn next?

FlyingScotsman says: Thank You Raggedy, My favourite sport is probably rugby which I love to play and really enjoy, it has a great atmosphere for watching professional matches and the physicality of the game has really toughened me up. As for your other question, I would like to try underwater hockey, my mum used to play it in university and she says it's great fun.
Night-owl asks: Congratulations what's the first thing you want to do once we can get back to a normal life

FlyingScotsman says: Thanks Night-Owl, Go camping with my mates in Scouts. Really missing going on camps and doing adventurous activities, so that will be high up on my to-do list
Angus Clydesdale asks: Congratulations! Well deserved accolade. My question... why haven't you done all your chores yet? No, wait. Proper question: what do you want to do when you grow up? Also, the traditional final question - Why are you so good looking?

FlyingScotsman says: Thanks Angus, What chores? When I grow up I would like to become a fighter pilot for the RAF, but only after I've gone to Uni to do a degree in engineering as a back up. And I would be daft not to take rugby as far as I could. As for the last bit, Natural Beauty my friend, that crossed with good sleep and a good diet.
Alice the Camel asks: Well done FS! Do you take part in other sports and if so, what’s your favourite? What’s your favourite spectator sport?

FlyingScotsman says: Thanks Alice, I take part in the 3 Triathlon disciplines (sometimes even as a triathlon), I am massively into my rugby, and I enjoy skiing, my favourite is probably Rugby. As for my favourite spectator sport, Rugby. We often go to Murrayfield to watch Scotland's home matches, and have been very lucky in the results we have had whilst there.
GimmeMedals asks: Congratulations FS - I really welcomed and enjoyed your 12 days of Fetchmas challenge. What is your favourite animal and why?

FlyingScotsman says: Thanks GM, interesting question. My favourite animal would probably be a dog. I love dogs and very much miss my one. They are probably the ultimate companion, they improve your mood when your down, they encourage you to go out for exercise. So definitely dog. Unless you meant an animal that i couldnt have then it's a wolf, because they are pretty epic, hunt in packs yet stereotypically solitary and they look cool.
McGoohan asks: Well done. You've done the twelve days of Christmas. Next mission: 'a hundred green bottles standing on the wall, and if one green bottle should accidentally fall, there'd be 99 green bottle standing on the wall' etc. Can you devise a challenge that goes from 100 down to 1? :-o :-)

FlyingScotsman says: Thanks McGoohan, I reckon I could, how about burpees XD, (I can hear the screams from here). Might have to have a think, but I have the easier version sorted.

a hundred green clap press-ups sitting on the wall, and if one clap press-up should accidentally fall, there'd be no clap press-ups and no blooming wall. (Incase you didn't get it, clap press-ups are explosive)

On a serious note I will give that a think, and I expect YOU to be first in the sign up sheet 🤣, you will probably regret this question
Ness asks: Congratulations! Do you have a favourite race distance (mine is half marathon, preferably on flat roads ;) ) ? If so where would you like to run one?

FlyingScotsman says: Thanks Ness, My favourite distance would probably be half marathon, I have never raced a half marathon before but I am much better at long distance than I am at short distances.
Pothunter asks: Congratulations! What would be your death-row meal? Starter, main and desert.

FlyingScotsman says: Thanks Pothunter, brilliant question and very well done on doing the 12 Days in about 6. Starter would be pasta salad with a basil vinaigrette, we made this once at a competition camp and it is AMAZING!! Main would be Steak Pie, it's my favourite meal and I've had it for about 5 years on the trot. Dessert, either Sticky toffee pudding or Atholl Brose. However, if I really was on Death row, I would have a camel turducken (google it) as they wouldn't be getting rid of me any time soon with that.
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