MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Matt Tooby

Every month we introduce one of our members, this month's featured member is Matt Tooby.

1. How long have you been running ?

In one way or another I’ve been running for about 12 years. I started when I met my now wife Sarah. She showed me the ropes and we entered the Cardiff 10k in 2009.  

2. How long have you been with CRC?

I’ve been a member of the club for about 2.5-3 years.

3. What inspired you to start running?

I wanted to get fit and healthy after never being particularly sporty or active I enjoyed long walks and it seemed the logical next step to take up running.

4. What motivates you to keep running?

A mix of things, to be honest. First and foremost running keeps me feeling physically healthy and mentally well – I have a pretty stressful job and a busy life with a young family so running is a welcome outlet for offloading all that stress! I never regret going for a run, and I always feel better for having got the trainers on and heading out there! I am also quite competitive with myself so I am motivated by pushing myself to go longer or faster than I have before and getting in the best shape for upcoming races.

5. What is your running ambition?

I can honestly say that my ambition is to still be running in my later life and loving it. I am massively inspired by some of the more senior members of our club and seeing their continuing love of running come rain or shine. If I am still turning up for a cross country race on a rainy January morning in my 70s I will know I’ve done something right!

6. What do you consider your proudest moment?

Achieving my 1000 mile award with club for the last two years. With everything going on with work and life I guess I’m quite proud of myself for continuing to get out there and run.

7. What is your favourite race and why?

Has to be the Christmas Pudding race in Merthyr Mawr near Bridgend. It starts with a leg burning run up a massive sand dune and covers all terrains including a stunning stretch along the beach. I’ve done it the last couple of years and will always be a fixture in the diary!

8. What is your favourite music to run to or what do you think about while running?

I don’t usually run with music. I spend my work life talking in meetings all day and my 4 and 7 year old ensure that my home life is pretty noisy, so a run is a moment of quiet and space to think. I try my best to clear my mind and just think about the run and my surroundings whilst I’m out (not always successfully!)

9. What advice would you give to a new runner?

Run your own race. Unless you’re winning Olympic gold medals there will always be someone quicker than you or able to run further. That’s not the point. Set your own goals and ambitions and just enjoy doing what you can to achieve those.

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Photography credits Robert Gale 

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Additional contributions by Caerleon RC members