Your Name: Tim Young
Occupation: Lead Construction Manager for Transport For London
Home Town: Tonbridge
What is your running background?
Cross country runner at school, then a massive gap whilst playing football. Started running again to regain my fitness after retiring from football due to an ACL reconstruction. Found running totally addictive and soon moved from 5k’s to marathons to ultras and multi-day events. Now I can’t wait for the weekend to come around to get out on my local trails. I’m a member of Sevenoaks AC where I have recently rediscovered the joy of cross country.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
I first started ultras in 2014 when I was press ganged into doing Trailwalker by my boss. It was an amazing experience and the hook was well and truly set.
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
Usually Centurion events, although having crewed my bro-in law on the Arc of Attrition last year I’m really looking forward to taking part in January 21.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
Firstly, although not too much running was done, it has to be finishing the Spine Race. Second would be finishing and enjoying every minute of Deadwater, a multi-day race from Scotland to Wales.
What was your hardest race experience?
Completing the last stretch of the Spine race over an extremely cold and frozen Cheviots. It seemed to go on forever.
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
Break it down into manageable chunks, try not to think too much and just run!
What does a typical training week look like?
4-5 runs per week and a gym session. Also squeeze in two football coaching sessions which tires me more than the running.
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Be careful its very addictive!
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
According to my wife I’m never wrong.
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
No, first one for me.
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
So many different things, the atmosphere, the scenery, conquering Mount Parthenio, that tingly feeling you get on the start line that builds before the off and most of all seeing the statue of Leonidas.
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
The heat during the race and the morning after the race when I first try to move.
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
More miles on the road and hopefully a little heat training.
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race? (If so, please introduce them briefly)
Yes I’m luckily going to be supported by my wife Jo and brother in law Darren. Both keen runners and happily willing to kick me down the road!