Runner Profile – Mark Swift

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This is the start of a feature to profile a few of our runners – First profile is Mark Swift, Mark is a modest man and makes light of his huge improvement in pace from his first mile, and the impressive weight loss since starting running with the Pops. If you want to write a profile please get in touch!

Name: Mark Swift
Sex: Male
Age: 40
Been a member since: April 2015
Job within the pops: Press Officer

Mark on the day of his first marathon… a year after his first lap of Charnwood Water

Favourite food: Any Asian Food
Favourite drink: Real Ale
Favourite training session: Spot On Hills
Favourite race: Coventry Half Marathon: great atmosphere and wonderful community involvement.

First memory running with the pops? Charnwood Waters ; I felt sick when I saw them all standing there. I turned up in jogging bottoms and a jumper because I didn’t want anyone to see how fat I was.

Best moment/achievement with the pops? West End 8 – average pace was sub-8 which I didn’t think I was capable of. Was still kicking myself I didn’t push harder though 😀

Do have any superstitions before a race? I didn’t think so, but my wife noticed I always wear my orange and black underpants on race days.

What do you think of during running? Pace

And what are your targets for the future? My next goal is a sub 1:50 half marathon.

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