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Bertie Houghton

Bertie
Houghton

Yorkshire athlete Bertie is an England international on the mountains, however the majority of his success so far has come on the track and cross country with Yorkshire vests and titles across disciplines, foremost is perhaps Bertie's title in the Yorkshire 2000 steeplechase in 2012. 

2013 will see Bertie making a concerted effort on the hills and mountains, with his goal a GB vest at either the European or World Championships.

Mentor in 2013 - Ricky Lightfoot

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING? For about 5 years after my school teacher got me to try cross country.

YOUR HIGH-POINT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR? Gaining my first England vest at the fell running home international last year was amazing especially as that was my first year of fell running. Apart from that I would have to say making my first English Schools track final was really great after years of wanting to be there.

AND LOW-POINT? I have been lucky enough not to have had any serious injuries so far so I cant say I have had any really low points apart from a few disappointing races.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RACE? Having only raced in one season of fell running I can't say I have a favourite race on the mountains yet so I would have to go with a cross country course - Wentworth Castle in South Yorkshire.

WHAT WAS THE TERRAIN LIKE? Grassy parkland with some long hills and woodland and not too muddy!

WHAT SALOMON KIT DO YOU GENERALLY USE AND ENJOY THE MOST? I love the Discovery Midlayer jacket, it keeps you warm before and after training and is still light enough to run in on those cold days.

HOW DO YOU TRAIN DURING THE SEASON? Each week I do some steady runs, quite a lot of speed work on the track and a tough hill session. I work with my coach, Barry closely and he tweaks my training depending on how I am feeling and what races I have got coming up.  

WHAT WOULDN'T YOU RUN WITHOUT (SHOES DON'T COUNT!) The will to improve.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURTIE TRAINING ROUTE? I like running along the Chesterfield canal near my house then along the wooded footpaths with a few short steep hills on a 11 mile loop.

PRE-RACE MEAL OR SNACK? A nice big bowl of muesli in the morning. 

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAINING OR RACING PARTNER? I really enjoy training with my group a Doncaster A.C, a great bunch of guys who all push each other and have a laugh.


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