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1. Tell us a little about yourself…

I’m a 19 year old university student with a passion for running. I’ve never been very good at team sports but have always found great enjoyment in any sport that allowed me to get out and run around. I’ve been competing for over 10 years and mainly competing in swimming for the majority of this time, more recently competing in triathlons and road running.

I’ve now stopped competing in swimming and triathlon but still like to make swimming a part of my weekly training. Outside of running I coach triathlons with the ‘Richmond triathlon club’. I’m also a big animal lover, especially dogs with 3 of my own at home.

2. How did you get into running?

Running has always been apart of my life, but perhaps not always at the forefront. Throughout primary school I always enjoyed running and once I got to secondary school I began to compete in cross county all the way up to English schools. For me at this time though it was all just a bit of fun.

It wasn’t until 3 years ago when gave up swimming that I decided to take up running competitively. Leading me to where I am today, regularly competing in 10k races.

3. What does a typical training week look like?

My current training week looks a bit like this:
Swimming for an hour on a Monday morning & then a 2 hour circuit training session with the running club on an evening.

Tuesday evening is taken up by a 2 hour track session with the club.

Wednesday starts with a 1 hour swim in the morning and finished with a long run (10-15 mile) in the evening.

Thursday night is hill night with the club.

Friday is my day off where after an easy swim in the morning I take the opportunity to relax.

Saturday morning is a muddy one with cross country training in the morning. I then go out for an easy 10 miles in the evening.

Sunday normally consists of a long run along the Leeds to Liverpool canal.

4. How do you recover after a hard training session?

After a hard training session there’s nothing better than sitting down with a cup of tea and watching a bit of Peaky Blinders.

5. What is your greatest running achievement so far?

So far my greatest running achievement is the Great Manchester 10k this year. It was a great opportunity to run with some of the greatest athletes around and my finishing time granted the opportunity to run right along side them as an elite athlete in future races.

6. What’s keeps you motivated & what have you learnt from your training?

One of the biggest things that motivates me is my strive to achieve. However one other thing is the the amazing sites you get to see whilst running and the opportunity to explore every corner that running gives.

One thing that I’ve learnt from my training is knowing when to stop. Injuries are a runners worst enemy, something I know all too well myself. There’s no bigger dampener on a good season than getting injured and not being able to run.

7. Which university are you at & what are you studying?

I’m currently studying sport & exercise science at Leeds Beckett University with the ambition to go into performance analysis in the future.

8. Do you have a favourite running quote that inspires you?

My favourite quote isn’t just about running but is one you can apply to everything in life:

“When you feel like quitting; think about why you started”

Whether it be when you hit the wall in a race or on those bad days when you don’t want to train or even when things get hard in everyday life, this is a great quote to think about. There’s always a reason you started something and that reason must have meant something to you so even when you want to give up that’s still the reason to carry on over anything else.

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

My advice to any new or novice runners would be to run at your own pace and no one else’s and to listen to your body. Everybody’s different and everyone runs at a different pace. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Run at your own pace and listen to when your bodies had enough, that way you’ll get to where you want to be with less injuries and feeling better about.

10. What is your favourite piece of EVOSSI kit?

My favorite part of running is racing so my favorite of the EVOSSI kit has to be the ‘Victory Race Vest‘. Its a great lightweight top that helps me turn up to events looking good but also feels great to run in. However with the days constantly getting colder the ‘Discover Gilet‘ is quickly catching it up.

Thank you Liam, we wish you the very best of luck! – Team EVOSSI

Follow Liam’s journey via his Instagram.