Without further ado, let's introduce our budding athletes!
After playing squash for years, Peter was side-lined after knee surgery, so he turned to running to maintain his fitness levels, and he hasn't looked back since. Well on the way to achieving his goal of 365 miles this year, Peter will bag his landmark 300th mile during the Great North Run this weekend after a year jampacked with runs, races, and records.
As a keen triathlete, running is key to Terry's training. Initially, he ran as a way to keep fit and find his bearings after he moved to the North-East, but the expansive parks and stunning coastlines on his doorstep has kept him out and about ever since. These picturesque scenes provide the ideal backdrop to the arduous training for his many races, swims, and cycles throughout the year. In fact, this year's been a big one for Terry, as he's been working towards a near total PB overhaul, which is no small task!
Something of a blog regular these days, Tom is hardly short of a hobby. His passion for racing transcends his well-documented love of cars, and he's a regular face at foot races around the region. After dusting off his trainers back in 2013, he's gone on to become the office guru when it comes to running, having competed in numerous races both on the road and in track and field. Not one to do things by half, Tom set himself a pretty serious challenge this year: to break both his PB and a separate time barrier in the 400m, 5K, 10K, and half marathon distances! So, just a steady year then…
Now you've met the runners, meet the team!
After reaping the benefits of group training with his new running club, Tom wanted to pass on what he'd learned to the rest of the ZeroLight team. Luckily, our move to Live Works brought with it the addition of office showers and flexible lunch hours, so this was the ideal time for Tom to christen the new staff running club with a steady 5K around quayside. Since then, come rain or shine, there's been a hardcore group of runners pushing each other every Thursday lunch, with Tom mixing up the tempo on the back of his own training and race prep outside of work. Sessions have been as simple 5-16K runs, as complex as circuits, and as hard going as hill sprints, Fartlek, and Paarlauf training, with the aim of giving staff the experience, skills, and tactics they need to develop and improve.
Their hard work has paid off, with PBs tumbling left, right, and centre as our budding athletes pummel the pavements of the North-East and beyond. So far this year, Tom's cracked half of his targets, having recently blitzed the 10K in a time of 38.55m and the 400m in 58.8s, with plenty of time left to deal with the last two! Peter also nailed his first half marathon earlier this year, clocking in under his target 2-hour mark with a great time of 1:58.19, and Terry's toppled his targets too: setting new PBs in the 10K, 5K, and 3-mile distances! So, they're all in great shape heading into the biggest race of all…
The big one: The GNR
Tom and Terry are both hardened veterans of the GNR, with Peter making his debut this weekend in aid of Cancer Research (last min donations here!), but it doesn't matter how many times you've run the world's largest half marathon (NewcastleGateshead), it's always a daunting task. None more so than for Tom, who's hoping he can actually finish the race intact this time, having lost 3 toenails last year after an entry mix-up left him starting back in Zone H instead of B, with around 15,000 people between him and his eventual finishing time of 1:38h!
With all the correct starting zones thankfully secured this time around, our athletes are all set to run down their targets, with Peter aiming to break the 2-hour barrier once again, Terry looking to shave his PB down to 1:45h, and Tom looking to crack the elusive 90-minute mark.
Keep an eye out for our Twitter updates to see how they all do!