In the first of our member spotlights star runner Emmie Collinge answers a few questions:
1. Which sport(s) do you / did you participate in?
Just running, as it is the only sport that I am any good at.
2. Which year did you become a veggie and why?
I have never eaten meat, grew up in a vegetarian household.
3. What’s your favourite veggie food?
It has to be falafel, or anything homemade with lots of vegetables.
4. Could you recommend a good veggie café / restaurant?
Tough question, too many favourites. Alley Cafe in Nottingham, Mildreds in Soho, Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green.
5. Thinking about your sporting activities, what’s your favourite event to participate in?
Off-road races, preferably with lots of difficult uphills and as few descents as possible.
6. What’s your favourite sports event to watch?
Any international athletics on TV – track and field, indoors, xc, marathons.
7. Are there any other sports you’d like to try?
I think I’d really enjoy duathlons.
8. What made you start participating?
I started doing cross-country races when I was in primary school as I had older siblings who had done the same. Things just developed from there and I ran more and more throughout school.
9. Do you / did you always train purposefully, or just for fun?
I spent most of my teens training intensely, but this died out when I started university and realised that training clashed too often with social events. I’ve been running seriously again for a while but I still try to keep a healthy distance in my head between running and training. Training would, I think, result in a lack of enjoyment and desire to go outside.
10. Do you / did you prefer to be on trails / off road, or on the road?
Definitely off-road, although sometimes it’s nice to feel some speed on the road.
11. What is your favourite distance to run / cycle?
Running somewhere between half marathon and marathon distance probably, and cycling on the road for about 120-140km is a dream.
12. Which events are on your ‘must do’ or ‘would like to do’ list?
Way too many to list and each day I see new ones that I think look fun.
13. What are your plans, sporting wise, for the next few years?
Ideally to keep enjoying it, build up my weekly distances, perhaps get selected for GB if I can persevere with my training through this winter and into the spring.
14. What is favourite post-event / post-training treat?
A takeaway pizza, eaten outside somewhere once we’ve recovered from the race.
15. Do you have any tips for those starting out in your sport?
Find friends, join a group, it’s so much more pleasurable to have company on runs and they’ll keep you going beyond where you thought your capabilities ended.
16. What is your favourite bit of kit?
inov8 roclites for off-road and my pearl izumi arm warmers are just too snug.
17. What would you recommend as a good food for refuelling on those long runs / bike-rides?
Liquorice, depend on it.
18. What’s your most embarrassing mishap at an event?
I finished a mountain race this summer in Switzerland at 2,600m and then cried and insisted they take me down in a helicopter as I was too scared to go down the mountain. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2014/jul/02/skyrunning-running-extreme-lodrino-lavertezzo-skyrace-switzerland
19. Tell us a surprising fact about yourself?
I touch wood throughout races (it helps if the route goes through woodland) to keep me calm and prevent the race from going wrong.
20. Which sporting achievement are you most proud of?
Probably the xcs that I won when I was younger and racing amongst the best, but recently I’m not so sure. It was amazing to run a 65km mountain ultra with my boyfriend and to both finish with a smile.