The Marathon Men

The Marathon Men

Name:  Langley Willis

Age:  39

Hometown:  Hexham, Northumberland

Personal Best:
4hrs 6 seconds at 2011 Brathay Windermere Marathon

How long have you been running?
I’ve been running for about 3 years now, initially it was very much just to get fit. Sitting in an office all day doesn’t really do much for the waistline. In the first year I really only participated in 10k runs such as the Blaydon race and then a half marathon in the shape of the Great North Run.

Last year I ‘upped the anti’ a little by entering my first marathon, it was the Brathay Windermere marathon which is not known as an easy run. Once in training I got the crazy idea of running the equivalent of a marathon a week for 44 weeks giving it the catchy title of:

The 1161 mile Newcastle – Barcelona (albeit not in one go and not from Newcastle to Barcelona) Charity Challenge!

It was great fun and set me up nicely for the marathon training and getting used to consistently putting in miles.

This year I’ve done a number of 10k and half marathon races as well as doing the Brathey Windermere and Kielder marathons. I’m pretty pleased as I’ll have notched up 1500 miles and around 250,000 calories by the end of this year. That should set me up nicely for the challenges Jamie and I will face in the next 12 months.

Which of the 12 races are you most excited to run?
I think given the sexy video they’ve produced the two Endurancelife races, Anglesey in January and South Devon in February are the ones I’m looking forward too the most. They are also the two marathons I fear the most!

Do you have a favourite training session?
Not so much a training session, I certainly have a session which I dislike the most .. Hills, every blumming Tuesday for the first 8 weeks of the marathon training programme! In terms of favourite run, well there’s a good reason I showed Jamie the run up above Hexham towards Allendale. It’s a very rewarding run with 3 miles of quick running on the return journey

What is your pre race meal?
Don’t really have one, although I should … If I’m lucky I’ll try and force down a banana or two, but only if they’re in really good condition. I’m a complete wuss when it comes to bananas!

What would be your advice to any new marathon runners?
Build slowly and make sure you do the miles, don’t increase your training by more than 10% a week and listen to your body! Rest is as important as the runs themselves.

  Name:  Jamie Williams

Age:  24

Hometown:  Hexham, Northumberland

Personal Best:
4hrs 48mins at 2011 Salomon Kielder Marathon

Marathon Man Jamie only began running in September 2011 in preparation for his first and only marathon to date – The Salomon Kielder Marathon. It was this experience that inspired him to take on an even greater challenge in 2012.

Jamie’s training is well underway, averaging between 30 to 40 miles per week. Keep an eye out for Jamie who is often seen flying around the streets of Hexham or battling bravely up the steep inclines surrounding the town.

‘I think this is a great challenge, raising money for a great cause – I can’t wait for it all to start on 21st January’.

How long have you been running?
Only since September 2011, when I started training for the Salomon Kielder Marathon. I’ve been hooked since then!

Which of the 12 races are you most excited to run?
I am really excited to run at each of the 12 locations. I think we’ve picked some beautiful routes, which will each have their own special feature. Hopefully we won’t get too engrossed in the scenery though.

Do you have a favourite training session?
Langley introduced me to a great 15 mile run which meanders through small parts of the North Pennines, starting just outside of Hexham. It’s a tough run with a lot of testing hills, but the beauty of the countryside makes it easy to focus your attention away from the aching legs!

You can check out all of my training routes on my RunKeeper page, which you can access from this website.

What is your pre race meal?
Porridge, honey and fruit.

What would be your advice to any new marathon runners?
Enjoy your running – the more you enjoy each run the more you will start to challenge yourself. Don’t set your early expectations too high!

‘NO MATTER HOW SLOW YOU GO YOU’RE STILL
LAPPING EVERYONE ON THE COUCH!

:O)

 

‘SOME OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST FEATS WERE ACCOMPLISHED BY PEOPLE NOT SMART ENOUGH
TO KNOW THEY WERE IMPOSSIBLE.’