Three Men on a Track - Interview Part II

By Iffley Road. Posted: September 01, 2016

3 Men on a track

Last week we caught up with Rune Sanbeck, a busy professional, keen runner and dad of two to find out what inspires him to run. This week we meet his two Optima team mates, James Marler and Paul Burton to find out what inspires them to leave their desk early every Wednesday night and head off to bust a gut at the Barn Elms track in South West London for 90 minutes.

Interview with James Marler, busy professional, returning to training after a health issue

James Marler, 55 runs his own investment firm and travels frequently for work. He is returning to training with Optima Racing Team of which he is Chairman after a heart bypass operation last year.

runner wearing black sidmouth tee at barnes elms track

(James is wearing a Sidmouth gravel black top with Hampton gravel black shorts).

1) When did you start running?

My very first memory of running was winning a cross country race when I was 5 at my primary school

2) What do you love about running?

It makes me feel alive

3) Do you prefer to run alone or with mates or family?

With a group of similar standard runners and a few faster ones

4) Where’s your favourite place and time of day to run?

My favourite regular running place is Richmond Park early on a Saturday morning. My best ever run was in the forests around Gothenberg in Sweden. A trail covered in pine needles.

5) Why do you come to the track?

I am just returning to track running after a long health issue but it is the best way to monitor the progression in my fitness. It also reminds me of running 800m when I was at school.

6) How fast can you run a Mile?

It’s a while since I’ve run a timed mile. Ask me in 6 months!

7) Other than running how do you stay fit?

Swimming, cycling and by not drinking.

8) What’s your favourite piece of Iffley Road kit?

I like the Richmond black storm jacket.

9) Who’s your sporting hero and why?

My sporting hero is Emil Zatopek. His triple Gold in Helsinki in 1952 will never be bettered. He ran against adversity and was a very humble person by all accounts.

‘Running has been like a thread through my life. I remember countries and cities by where I was able to run and who I was running with. I realised last year how much I missed running when I was not able to do so.” – James Marler

Thank you, James.

runner wearing striped lancaster vest at barn elms track

(Paul is wearing a Lancaster vest with Thompson gravel black shorts).

Interview with Paul Burton, busy professional and serious Ironman triathlete

Paul Burton, 35, works in corporate development for a fast growing technology firm. He trains with Optima Racing Team to prepare for Ironman triathlons, including qualifying for the Hawaii world championships twice.

1) When did you start running?

I started running in 2005 having entered the New York Marathon in an attempt to get out of unhealthy lifestyle habits I had picked up in the early years of my finance career. 

2) What do you love about running? 

Simplicity, time efficiency, stress release. I always travel with my running kit in my bag.

3) Do you prefer to run alone or with mates or family?

I need and enjoy both equally.

4) Where’s your favourite place and time of day to run?

Richmond Park at about 7am on a Summer's morning - quiet, serene, beautiful. Full of amazing trails, yet 30 minutes from Central London.

5) Why do you come to the track?

To do the hard yards in a controlled, repetitive environment but doing it with friends who make the pain easier.

6) How fast can you run a Mile?

4:55

7) Other than running how do you stay fit?

Running is one of 3 sports for my triathlon training - between the 3 sports I'm kept very busy! 

8) What’s your favourite piece of Iffley Road kit?

I like the Thorpe granite merino long sleeved top. 

9) Who’s your sporting hero and why?

As a golf-mad kid growing up it was Seve Ballesteros but in recent years Alistair Brownlee because he has turned triathlon on its head the way he races. The most complete triathlete and best single day racer the sport has ever seen.

“For me regular running gets me into a virtuous circle of good health, competition, social life and stress release. Having been a runner for 12 years now, I can't imagine my life without it.” – Paul Burton

Thank you, Paul.

As we leave James, Rune and Paul reflecting on the evening's session there's no doubt that pushing themselves to "do the hard yards" gives them a real buzz and is essential to hitting those PBs.  

If you enjoyed this interview and have any comments, please email us at enquiries@iffleyroad.com

3 runners relaxing at end of session at barn elms track

 


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