Your Name: Paul Corderoy
Occupation: Systems Developer
Home Town: Gloucester
Twitter Account: @Asimiiate
What is your running background?
I started running in 2009 at the age of 43. I have never been a runner. At school I was regularly last in the cross country and hated every minute of it. Particularly the mud.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
My first Ultra attempt was the Thames path 100 in 2012. Which I failed. That was the first race I had failed to finish and that got me interested, because it was hard. I learnt enough to go back and finish it in 2013. I had previously completed a double Iron distance triathlon in 2012.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
I have grown to like 24 hour races and running around in circles, so any 24 hour track race.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
Winner of Spitfire Scramble 2015 and current course record holder
Winner of the Foxton 24 hours race Preston 2016 and current course record holder
What was your hardest race experience?
Failing to finish the Spartathlon in 2015
What events do you have planned for 2016 up to Spartathlon?
Crawley 24 hours – April 1st
Harwich 24 hours – June 1st
Kennett and Avon Canal race – July 28th
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
Start of slow and get slower
What does a typical training week look like?
There’s no typical week. I will try to build up distance over the next 5 months and also do some speed work
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
It depends on their background and goals. A middle of the pack marathoner: Train fast once a week and build up back to back long days to get time on feet. A competitive runner: Speed work and only run over 2 hours once a month.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
My mum was addicted to ginger snaps when she was pregnant with me and that’s why I have ginger hair.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
How did you get on?
What tip would you pass on to those taking part for the first time?
Quads. Train your quads
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
Seeing my Greek friends, who I miss now I no longer live there.
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
Running up and down hills
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?