This months Meet a Harrier is Andy Harvey. Andy is our unofficial Social Secretary. He regularly organises social runs, post race fuddles, Sunday Strolls etc and is a team player through and through. Despite team being first and foremost Andy trains really hard and you can rely on him to have tried the latest gadget or gel. Andy joined the Harriers via the improvers course 3 and half years ago, but is an intrinsic part of our club, he’s also my running buddy and a good egg.
1. How long have you been running with the club?
Just over 3 years joined as part of an improvers course.
2. What made you start running?
I was running on my own and my wife who was with another running club suggested I try out a Harriers club night after we went to one of their Park Run Takeover, it was bit daunting going down on your own on the first night but I can honestly say now it’s one of the best decisions I have made.
3. Biggest running achievement?
I would say doing the 4 marathons I have managed to complete but recently doing Endure 24 which was a 24 hour relay race with 18 of my friends from the club, running through the night and then running in the morning with hardly any sleep was tough but the massive sense of achievement we all felt at the end was amazing not to mention the fantastic team spirit throughout the weekend.
4. Favourite race?
Guy Fawkes 10 held in Ripley is one of my favourites, it’s a hilly but scenic 10 miler which finishes in Ripley Castle and you get a nice stash of chocolate at the end, also Leeds Half Marathon as its in through the city and has a great atmosphere.
5. Any Running Tips?
Just enjoy running is my advice, you don’t always have to chase that personal best and when you can always try run with running buddies or with your own running club, it can give you confidence and make you a better runner ,finally listen to your body during and after running and try not to overdo it, always helps to mix in a bit of cross training as well like cycling or swimming.
6. Best thing about being part of Crossgates Harriers?
As I said earlier best decision I made joining the club, a fantastic bunch of people who always look out for each other, at races we always cheer our last runner home.
I’ve got so much fitter and become a better runner on the advice of some of the more experienced runners in the club.
And most importantly they are good at putting up with me!