Getting to know…Chris

Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 29. Chris is a runner that I met through our RunMND group. He spent many years teasing me about how much I raved about the New York Marathon. Then he ran it!! Let’s just say, he now understands!!

Chris also took on the 24 hours solo run at Endure 24 and we loved the shout of ‘one more lap’ every time he ran passed. I’m sure that is what made him reach 100 miles 😉

This is the last Getting to know post before Christmas. I will then give it a break, well posting new ones, so that I can hassle more people to get involved. So if you have any suggestions please let me know.

Also, I would love some feedback about questions. Would you like some more questions asked? Is there something, in particular, you think you’d like to know? I will put some comment boxes on my Instagram stories soon, so make sure you are following me and please get involved.

If you have missed any of the other ‘Getting to know‘ post, you can find them here. If you would like to nominate for someone to feature, or you would like to take part yourself. Please get in contact. (rularuns@outlook.com)

Favourite thing about running? Freedom, just being able to lace shoes up and get out and explore in the fresh air.  Chris Maple Click To Tweet

Name

Chris Maple

Age

47

Occupation

Civil Servant 

Chris Maple

How long have you been running?

First running event was 2012, a few events in 2013 and 2014. It was 2015 where I would say my running really started and was regular.    

What made you start running?

To fundraise for charities. My first event in 2012 was for local hospital (Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal) and for those who do know me, may not be surprised it was in fancy dress as a panda.

In 2013, I started fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) following my Father-in-law being diagnosed with MND, the life-limiting and deliberating disease. Sadly, he died just a few days prior to me running the Great South Run that year.

I met many lovely runners there in Team MNDA and have continued to run for the charity since. Seeing the impact of the disease on him and the family was a huge motivator to raise awareness of the disease and to fundraise.  

Why do you run now?

I run for a variety of reasons; to continue to raise awareness of MNDA; to challenge myself physically and see what I am capable of doing; for fitness, both physical and mental; to race and represent my club; to socialise with friends and to make new friends; to explore new places, seeing more of the UK countryside.

Chris Maple after 100 miles
That’s what 100 miles does to you!

What was your last event?

Clarendon Marathon (a hilly and very muddy run from Salisbury to Winchester)

What is your next event?

Now that is a question? Do any of us know. I have numerous events rolled over to 2021 from this year.  

Favourite thing about running?

Freedom, just being able to lace my shoes up and get out and explore in the fresh air. 

Worst thing about running?

Injures, carb loading, and tapering.  

What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?

Don’t compare yourself.

Best piece of advice given to you?

Slow down to go faster. Do not always run as fast as you can, lots of training should be at a steady pace. I am a big advocate of the 80/20 training method (look up Matt Fitzgerald), following that helped me smash my half marathon PB. 

Favourite race distance?

Marathon.

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

 Embarrassing or funny? Wasn’t sure which this fitted into. Great South 2018 and I was dressed as Unicorn (again, but this time bigger and better (well that was the plan)). It inflates with a battery-powered fan. All good for 2 miles and into the dockyard whizzing along.

But then the fan stopped. I stop to try and fix it and a MOD Police Officer comes over to check I was OK; I advised I was, but the Unicorn was struggling and if there was a vet around! I ended up having to deflate completely and tie around me, it was less unicorn and more a 1980s dodgy shell suit type look!  

Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?

Plenty of falls and always when other people are around to see it – on trails (roots, tree stumps, mud), but equally skilled at falling over on roads (speed bumps, ice). Not making it to my son’s football match, having got lost on trails; the 7 miles ended up being over 13 and a call had to be made to pick me up, although was unsure where from. 

On average, how many miles do you run per month?

 120-150

Do you belong to a running club?

Yes, City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club. Also, a member of (not affiliated club) Run MND. 

Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?

Swimming; I enjoy open water swimming (sea, lakes and rivers), also do swim in the pool. Also, try to regularly do PiYO but failing miserably. 

Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?

Pasta of some description with honey glazed chicken or salmon, whole grain rice and broccoli. 

Favourite post-run meal?

Probably a curry or burger and chips. 

Do you have any superstition?

No, none.  

What is your biggest achievement sport wise?

Running 100 miles at Endure 24 in 2017 in 22 hours 42 mins.

If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?

To never be injured again; I could then put inconsistent training and hard work, to try and achieve goals on distances and speeds. 

Jumping Chris Maple

Links

Instagram: @themapes


This or That

Early Morning Run or Evening Run

Tea or Coffee

Winter Running or Summer Running

Solo running or Running with Friends

Road Running or Trail Running

Dog or Cat

Miles or Kilometres

Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent

Run with no socks or run with no underwear

Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k

Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon

Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon

Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside (may just keep running to maximise it.)

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