Going The Distance – Chris Mickleburgh









We regularly feature one of the Sportlink team for a Q&A. 

This month it's Chris Mickleburgh in the spotlight.

When did you first start to run?
February 2014, the day after having my last cigarette.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?
Seeing how far I can push myself.

What’s your biggest running achievement?
Winning Marriotts Way marathon in 2017 in 2.50 despite getting lost for a mile just after the start.

What in the world motivates a person to run long distance?
The desire to test yourself and see what you are capable of.

What kinds of things do you think about as you run?
I really don’t think too much. I try and switch off. If it’s an effort session or race I think it’s important to try and be in the moment instead of overthinking how you’re feeling and performing.

One the day of the big race…how are you feeling? Are you performing any superstitious rituals (like wearing the same unwashed socks you trained in for months)?
I always have the same breakfast everyday of training so I know it will sit ok on race day. My clubmates at BVH brought me a spirit level to make sure my race number is on straight so I don’t embarrass them all again with it being wonky

What’s your next race?
Run Norwich 10K.

What’s your favourite running shoe?
On Cloudsurfer.

Who’s your running hero?
Jim Walmsley and Zach Miller. Oh and of course the legend that is Sportlink’s very own Kathryn Hammond.

What’s the best thing about working at Sportlink?
Being surrounded by people with a shared passion for running.