Mr Neil Edwards -
Where do you work
Room on the main police headquarters site at Hutton, Preston
What is your rank and job title
How many years have you been running
I have been running since
I was at grammar school (about 28 years ago) I did the Mersey Marathon back in
1982 and the Preston half marathon in 84, 85 and 86 and then just ran for
pleasure and fitness until 1998 when I did the London Marathon. After getting
divorced I started to run more regularly so started to enter races and now, as
well as the League, normally enter 5 or 6 races or more per year.
How many years have you been running in the NPCCL
This is my 4th season of
NPCCL running - Dave Watkinson got me interested by saying it was, “good winter
training and made you get out and do a bit”.
What makes you keep returning to the Northern Police League each year
I've kept going to try and
improve my times and enjoy the scenic courses that we run on and a certain
amount of bonhomie that develops over time as you become a "regular". We also
have as our focus Steve Broadbent, an enthusiastic and fully certifiable runner
and masochist to boot !!
What is the highlight of your running calendar
I don't really have a
running highlight as, due to shifts, I can't always do the runs I would like to
do, though the "Garstang Gallop" and "Guys 10" are two good races, as is the
Welcome 10k which is a course near me.
I've quite enjoyed doing
the Norwest half marathon last weekend along the prom from Blackpool to Bispham.... I
suppose also the fact that I did the Welcome 10k in a best time for 7 years and
the Witton park winter warmer in a pb show that you don't necessarily slow down
with age !!
What other types of running do you do and what other sports
As you can tell I also run
road races mainly 10k's with the odd 5 miler or 10 miler thrown in when
suitable, plus the occasional half marathon. Besides running I go to a gym on
the days I do not run and I try and do a run one day, gym the next, run, gym
doing alternate programme and the either a run or gym before having a day doing
nothing - this is my ideal scenario as shifts and seeing my children can prevent
me exercising !!
Do you have any other hobbies or interests outside sport
Apart from running and gym
I enjoy the odd pint or three of beer and the resultant quality cuisine that
entails from the resultant hunger pangs!! Living in the small village of Lostock
Hall I have to walk past three take aways, 2 pizza/kebab houses and a KFC on my
way home! Like most males I like watching football, I support Liverpool, and
although I don't go to the matches I enjoy watching from the comfort of my local
with a glass of the frothy stuff!
What are your running plans and ambitions for the future
Ambitions??? To keep as
fit as possible as long as possible, run as long as I keep on enjoying it. Keep
on setting little goals to achieve to try and keep on improving things. I
wouldn't mind finding a nice female running partner either but hey..... !
Ladies in the League, take note!