Andrew started hill running seriously less than 2 years ago and has not looked back. At the Scottish trial race for the Junior Home International in Llanberis in 2011 Andrew gained selection for Scotland, in virtually his first race!
The 2012 British Home Countries International bronze medalist is also very comfortable on the track, with redoubtable speed. However, it is on the mountains where Andrew's aspirations lie and in 2013 he hopes to gain selection for GB to run at the European and World mountain running championships.
Mentor in 2013 - Angela Mudge
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING? I have been running since I was 13 but nothing serious until about 2010 when I gave up competitive swimming and triathlons to concentrate on my running. Initially I concentrated on track (middle distance) and cross country. I only started hill running about 18-24months ago. My first serious hill run was the Scottish trial race for the Junior Home International Hill Race in Llanberis in 2011- I was selected and gained my first Scottish selection. I have been hooked on hill and trail racing ever since.
YOUR HIGH-POINT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR? I have 2 highpoints to date: I ran at the European hill running trials at Sedbergh in 2011and couldnt believe it when I was selected as reserve for the GB &NI team for the European Hill Running Championships in Turkey. The other high point was in Sept last year when I finished 3rd at the U18 British & Irish Hill Running Champinships at Melmerby while still at the bottom of my age group.
AND LOW-POINT? My low point was a disappointing run at the World Hill Running Trial race at Glenridding in 2012. I had been hopeful of selection to the GB team as it was an uphill race which is my strength...but I unfortunately experienced a flare up of achilles tendinitis during the race and finished a very disappointing 10th place.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RACE? I haven't been hill running long enough to have a particular favourite race but I particularly enjoy uphill races over light fell.
WHAT WAS THE TERRAIN LIKE? Light fell terrain is a favourite.
WHAT SALOMON KIT DO YOU GENERALLY USE AND ENJOY THE MOST? My favourite Salomon kit has to be my new Speedcross 3 shoes- they are so comfortable to wear yet give lots of support to my feet and great grip. I also really like the Fastwing Hoodie Jacket- its really lightweight yet breathable and comfortable to run in.
HOW DO YOU TRAIN DURING THE SEASON? So far I havn't trained specifically for hill running. My athletic club- Law & District AC, has a track and cross country focus. We train mainly on track or road during the week but do regular trail/ cross country runs at the weekends. Hopefully with my mentors help (Angela Mudge) I will be able to tailor my training more to help my hill running. I hope to go to Edinburgh University to study PE teaching in Sept this year. The University accommodation is a stones throw away from Arthurs seat and Holyrood park and within easy reach of the Pentland hills so I will be able to do much more hill training then.
WHAT WOULDN'T YOU RUN WITHOUT (SHOES DON'T COUNT!) I wouldnt run with out my training partners at Law & District... and my coach Pat Kelly- we have a great bunch of guys at the club and all encourage each other.
FAVOURITE TRAINING ROUTE? My favourite training runs are either the
various medium and long trail runs we do at Chatelherault Park in Hamilton at
weekends or the trail runs we do along the banks of the River Clyde at the New
Lanark World Heritage Site.
PRE-RACE MEAL OR
SNACK? I usually fill up on pasta the night before a race, then have a light
breakfast of Wheetabix and Soreen fruit or banana loaf- if I eat too much
before racing I usually end up feeling sick. I always have a bag of Haribo
jelly sweets for energy.
WHO IS YOUR
FAVOURITE TRAINING OR RACING PARTNER? My training
group at Law & District AC are my favourite running partners- there is a
good mix of guys around my age in the group along with a couple of older guys
who offer lots of encouragement and advice. My favourite race partner is fellow
Avenir athlete Nathan Jones - he really pushes me on the downhill sections
and I push him on the uphill sections.