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Phil West - Road Runner

I joined the Harriers four years ago. Before joining I was training alone and entering road races with friends as an unattached runner.

I was running through Kettering one day and a car slowed down beside me and someone shouted that I should go to the Harriers at Thurston Drive on a Tuesday or Thursday evening and introduce myself. It would be nice to thank that person but I’ve still not got a clue who it was. I decided this would be a good idea because it could improve my performances.

I was nervous about going because I was not sure if I was good enough. When I went, I was made to feel welcome and realised that training nights were open to people of all abilities. I found training with other people, following an organised training plan and having advice and support on hand gave me the motivation to improve my running.

I feel that I have improved beyond my own expectations over the past 4 years and I’m still getting faster. The only thing I don’t know is when it will stop!

Since joining the Harriers, there has been more of a purpose to my training and competing as part of a team, as well as individually, gives me even more motivation to perform well. It’s just great to turn up at an event and have that extra support and camaraderie from your teammates to spur you on.