Owner of Sportlink
Having had a huge interest in running footwear whilst being a serious athlete and having worked in the sports trade from the mid 1980’s, Neil opened Sportlink for business in 1994 so as to provide a first class service and professional advice on all aspects of footwear and equipment for runners and sports people.
As an athlete he represented England and Great Britain on a number of occasions including a World and European Cup competing in marathons and events all around the World whilst also winning the Leicester, Wolverhampton, Bungay and Norfolk (four times) marathons in the UK whilst boasting personal best times of 29 mins 28 secs for 10k, 49:47 for 10 miles and 2 hours 17 mins 35 seconds for the marathon. In International Competition, he also took the runners up position whilst running for England in Aberdeen as well as finishing 3rd in The Hong Kong, Malta, Bermuda and Luton Home Countries Marathons. Further honours include Norfolk AAA Marathon Champion 1986/87/89/90, Eastern Counties Marathon Champion 1987/89/90, South of England Marathon Silver Medalist 1991 and South of England Half Marathon Bronze Medalist 1992.
Neil is also a coaching advisor offering training advice on many aspects of specific fitness and sports nutrition for individuals and groups which includes a number of World Class and Elite sportsmen.
Neil holds diplomas in sports psychology and sports nutrition for which he has written several articles on these subjects along with training and fitness advice for various publications, magazines and newspapers.
Away from his working and sporting life, he spends a lot of time organising charity raising events to help local causes particularly for animal and rescue centres what with him being a huge dog and animal lover. One such charity event being the renowned Felthorpe Boxing Day Hare & Hounds Fancy Dress Cross Country Run. Since the first running of this very unique race in 2002, this crazy but huge fun event has become a must do run for many runners throughout Norfolk.
Manager at Halesworth
As manager of the Sportlink Halesworth shop Steve is certainly no newcomer when it comes to running!
His first race was at the age of 12 when he ran in the Yarmouth Cross Country School Trials and, wearing his football boots he won! From this, Steve went on to the Norfolk Schools and East of England races, managing to finish high up each time. Consequently, Steve was invited to join the local Athletics Club and running became part of his everyday life.
As a Junior 800m and 1500m Track Runner, Steve gained County and Regional titles in several age groups. He competed in the English Schools Championships for both distances as well as the Welsh Championships (thanks to Steve's Mum’s Welsh nationality). Steve's greatest achievements as a Junior athlete were representing Wales at Home Country events on Track and Cross Country, and also the privilege of representing GB in the under 20s Cross Country. His PBs on the track were 1:55 for 800 and 3:56 for 1500.
For the last 3 years Steve has also qualified for the Championship start of the London Marathon, where he will be again this year, aiming for a sub 2:30. More recently, Steve came 5th in Coventry Half and 7th at North London Half Marathons.
Sports Scientist and Manager at Taverham
Steve competes for Bure Valley Harriers and is without a doubt an athlete of the highest level having won a number of Norfolk County Titles as a youth, junior and senior which includes a silver medal at the English Schools Association Athletics Championships as a junior athlete. Steve is also very active as a coach whilst over seeing beginners running groups on behalf of Active Norfolk for which he is also looking forward to setting some running groups up at the Halesworth store in 2017. Away from work and running commitments, Steve likes to spend time relaxing whilst bird watching for which he also has an extensive knowledge of British and foreign species.
Assistant Manager Taverham
Kathryn has been part of the Sportlink team, since 2014. Having always been interested in fitness in one form or another from childhood, running came to the forefront in 2009, predominantly as it fitted around family life and a small toddler. After joining a running club in 2010, Kathryn's confidence grew and she began to take part in local races, steadily building her distances from 5k right up to the marathon. Kathryn became a qualified run leader in 2014 and coached those new to running through a Sportlink beginners running group. More recently, Kathryn has taken to two wheels, incorporating cycling into her fitness regime. This year, in addition to running events, she has also competed in duathlons and cycling sportives. Kathryn is mum to the Sportlink Penguin, who can be spotted in all our crazy Christmas films.
Pete has been running for nearly 30 years, formerly with Thurrock Harriers, Basildon AC, Norfolk Gazelles and currently a member of Ryston Runners. He has covered all distances from 800m up to the marathon (2:34) Pete has been three times Norfolk Marathon Champion and Norfolk Road Runner of the Year. He holds the Southern Counties Bronze Medal for the London Marathon, over 50s and was recently ranked no. 1 on Power of 10 for 5000m. He is still active on the local running scene and can be spotted at many races.
From 1997 - 2014 he successfully managed The Runners Centre in Norwich , now retired he can be found working part-time on the team at Sportlink.
And he's much less scary than the other bloke!!!!
Craig is the youngest member of staff and is currently studying and completing his level 3 diploma in sports science. Having joined the Sportlink Team in 2013, he has been able to combine his Sports Science studies and skills with his work whilst helping customers and clients with all their running and fitness requirements.
Craig has a good background in running, and set a new school record for the 800 metres of 2 mins 11.4 secs (rounded up to 2:12) whilst representing Hellesdon High School at the Norfolk County Schools Championships in 2013. He also represented Hellesdon and Norwich District in the Norfolk Schools Cross Country Championships two years running.
Apart from running, he has a huge interest in football for which he makes the best use of his running talents and also represented his school in many competitions helping his team to win the Norfolk FA School's County Cup Competition in 2014. He currently plays football for Norwich’s oldest football club CEYMS.
He has a huge interest in running shoe technology and is always keen to learn as much as he can about the new developments and materials which the manufacturers are looking to improve on all the time.