Ed from Langport

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I first took up running with Yate AC in September 1996 to keep fit and as a social activity. I ran a race each at the 100m and 200m, before deciding to move up to 400m where I stayed for1997 and 1998, doing some 800's and 1500's too. In late 1998 I moved up again to 800m/1500m as I'd achieved my goal in the 400m. I'd done some 5K races late in 1997 and early in 1998 as endurance work. When I moved up to 800m/1500m I competed in another 5K, slashing 1min and 14 secs off of by best and ran a 10K for the first time. Oddly enough the 10K was run a couple of months prior to the 5K and I actually ran it at a faster pace than my then PB for the 5K! At the beginning of 1999 my times were improving at all distances from 800m to 5K, but I went abroad for a year so missed the summer. On my return I ran a few 800's and was getting back to my best when I went to university for four years. Despite joining a club there I didn't compete and despite the odd burst of training I moved onto other things.

In summer 2002 I started preparing for the Battle of Sedgemoor 10K and put in a lot of mileage, starting with 20 miles a week and increasing it until one week I ran 100 miles. That compares with when I was at Yate AC doing 20 - 30 miles a week. Despite weighing a good stone and a half more than my previous racing weight, I was able to put in a run that was less than a minute and a half shy of my best.

After another very long hiatus I've decided to return to my favourite sport because I feel I have unfinished business- that and too much spare tyre! - and joined Langport Runners on January 30th this year. My ambition is to be as good as I was before and eventually better, combining the low body weight of my Yate AC years with the heavier mileage of 2002.
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