Lee Woodland  at the Burnham Sprint triathlon 2014

Lee Woodland at the Burnham Sprint triathlon 2014

Name: Lee Woodland
Age or Running Category: 49
How long have you been running? 9 years?
Why do you run? I started running when someone teased me with the idea of doing a Triathlon shortly before my 40th birthday. With swimming being my first and best discipline (still is) I hated the thought of running. Even a 5k was scary. Now I just love it- it’s almost my favourite. I still do the occasional triathlon and a few races, but I mostly run to keep fit and to keep my weight down. It also helps to justify a few ciders and the odd cake or two. It’s also a good hangover cure.Until recently it was also a good way of taking the dog for a run and getting a good run myself. Making off-road a natural choice. Unfortunately she’s getting a bit old now and limps more than me.
Describe your favourite run: Off road, through the woods and hills near where I live. Or just pounding the local country lanes. Anywhere away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Do you take part in races? If so what distance/terrain? Occasionally. Maybe 4-5 races a year, from 5k to Half. My favourite would be a half-marathon and preferably off-road, but road races can be fun to.
What is your greatest running achievement? That’s tough. There have been so many over the years. I guess a sub 1:40 half is, on paper my best, but finishing my first Mendip Muddle and the 20m Grizzly felt far, far harder.
How long have you been a member of Cheddar Running Club? About 6 years
Why did you join Cheddar Running Club?  Where I live the options for running in the winter, particularly at night, are virtually non-existent. I also wanted to become a stronger and faster runner. Cheddar is perfect for both.
How has Cheddar Running Club helped you and your running? It’s made me faster and made me do stuff I wouldn’t normally ever do – like sprint sessions, timed mile and 5k. If I turned up more regularly and did more constructive running outside the club I’ve been told by Shane I’d be even faster.
What would you say to anyone thinking of joining the club? Just Join! It’s a really friendly club for ALL abilities. It’s down to you to how hard or how easy you go. The club are always encouraging and helpful – whatever you want to achieve.



Categories: Members

Jenny McNamara

Road running vegan runner bean! Chair of Cheddar Running Club.

Leave a Reply