HAVE YOU ALWAYS RAN?
I’ve been running for Lothian RC since I was an U13 and then I ran for Edinburgh Uni when I moved to the capital to study PE. After my undergrad, I lost some of my love for the sport. But during the 2014/15 season, I went out to Canada to compete for the Trinity Western University Cross Country team, coached by Mark Bomba. Bomba is a great coach. I really owe him for getting me back into competitive running and enjoying the sport again.
DO YOU TRAIN SOLO OR IN A GROUP?
I returned from Canada in November 2015 and initially I was training alone, but I love the social aspect of running and really wanted a group to push me on and have fun with. I started training with John Lees at Edinburgh AC this January after Siobhan Coleman suggested I join the group.
Running with John’s middle distance group (mainly Edinburgh Uni runners, comprising 1500m talent Steph Pennycook and hill runners Louise Mercer and Cat Graves among others) has really brought on my running. I’m quite a social person so love the banter of training with others and pushing each other on. I only run solo on my lunchtime runs as I usually have people to meet for other runs throughout the week.
ARE YOU A QUALITY OR QUANTITY TYPE OF RUNNER?
I’m definitely more quantity type of runner and feel I run better with more mileage. I like to select target races with my coach and train through other races to get up to race fitness. The East District [where Sarah clocked the fastest leg of the day] and National Cross Relays as well the National XC Short Course Champs have set me up nicely for Liverpool this Saturday.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST OR FAVOURITE DISTANCE TO RACE?
My best distance is probably 1500 [Sarah is national champion and ranked 13th in the UK for 1500m in 2016 with a PB of 4.12.58], having focused on it from a young age, but I enjoy running over 5k [PB 15.48] and would like to get a good 10k in this coming year on the road and track.
ARE YOU A FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE?
I’m a PE teacher currently working at Broxburn Academy and two primary schools in West Lothian. I have learned to fit training in with work, adding lunchtime runs and gym sessions before school. It makes my schedule busy, but I enjoy it. I just constantly spend my days in sports clothes!
HOW IMPORTANT IS STRENGTH & CONDITIONING AND NUTRITION IN YOUR TRAINING?
I do core sessions, but I am looking to add in weights to my program this winter. This will be something I have never really tried before. I try to eat healthy but do enjoy some red wine and dark chocolate…
WHAT ARE YOUR SEASON GOALS?
I would like to race well over the cross country season, targeting a medal at the Scottish National Cross Country in February. I am planning on racing the British Athletics Cross Challenge series so scoring well in those races and finishing as high as possible is a winter goal.
Words by Hannah Viner
Image from Sarah Inglis (pictured above wearing 1018)