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Joe Symonds

Joe
Symonds

Joe is a new member of the Salomon UK team for 2012. He is a very keen mountain runner, but occasionally does a bit of cross country and road running as well. In the past he has focussed on the shorter mountain races and the World Mountain Running Championships, but recently he has had some success in multi-day events. He won the LAMM and the OMM in 2010 together with his brother Andrew, and came 2nd in the 2011 Transalpine Run with Jethro Lennox.
Joe was brought up running on the Howgill Fells of the Yorkshire Dales, but he has lived in Scotland since the age of 19. Joe works as a paediatric doctor and currently lives in Inverness.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE SALOMON TRAIL TEAM? Since 2012

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AND GOALS FOR THE 2012 SEASON?
The British Chamionship fell race series, goal to win!
The Three Peaks Race
The Scottish Island's Peaks Race
The Snowdon Race
The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships
The Kielder marathon

YOUR HIGHEST POINT OF YOUR CAREER?
Finishing 4th in the World Mountain Running Championships 2007 and finishing 3rd in the World Mountain RUnning Grand Prix series taht same year

AND LOWEST POINT?
Being injured with iliotibial band friction syndrome for 2 months in 2008

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RACE?
The Scottish Island's Peaks Race - I've done it 9 times in a row!

WHAT WAS THE TERRAIN LIKE?
Varied but plenty of bog. Some very rough scree slopes on the Paps of Jura

WHAT SALOMON KIT DO YOU GENERALLY USE AND ENJOY THE MOST?
Only just joined the team but I really like the Fellcross

HOW DO YOU TRAIN DURING THE SEASON?
Hard! Lots of quality, especially hill reps. Ocasional long outings into the fells

WHAT WOULDN'T YOU RUN WITHOUT (SHOES DOESN'T COUNT!)
An objective - weather that's a good day out in the fells, a recovery run, or an important training session

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURTIE TRAINING ROUTE?
Ben Wyvis. Just 35 mins drive away from home. My local munro.

IF YOU COULD COMPETE IN ONE LAST RACE – WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Jura

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAINING OR RACING PARTNER?
For running  - my brother, Andy is good to run with, but I run with al sorts of people, including my wife, Esther.
For racing - I always seem to be battling it out with Jethro Lennox of Papua New Guinea!
 

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