Name: Guy Roberts
Name of race organization: Interval Races
Tell us a bit about your organization. How old is it and how did it come about?
Interval Races is just over 12 months old. In 2014 I was race director for Mossley Hill’s annual club race the Tony Barnes Memorial Sefton Park 5 Miler. I really enjoyed planning the event, race directing, and watching the runners compete in something I had a hand in putting on. On the back of this I wanted to organize a race of my own and see if I could do it from the beginning myself.
What races do you organize?
I organize the Norton Priory 5 Mile Race and this year have added the Hale Village 5 Mile Race. I also still race direct the Sefton Park 5 Miler for Mossley Hill AC
What do you personally get out of putting on races?
I love it. I don’t think I’d be doing it if I didn’t. It takes quite a bit of work to put a race on, especially working around a day job, but when it all comes together on race day it’s great to see the runner’s line up on the start line, head off and of course make it back to collect their medal. Everyone has their own reasons for running and all have a story regarding how they make it to the start line. It’s great to be a part of that.
I really love running and honestly can’t shout load enough about the benefits it can bring. Personally I found starting running a massively important part of my life. Running clubs and groups are brilliant and from experience I can say I have met some of the most fantastic, inspiring, kind and helpful people you could come across as a result of being involved in running and continue to do so. From volunteers who organize events like parkrun or help at races such as my own, to coaches and club / group members who give up their time to organize sessions for runners and welcome and encourage beginners to not be afraid to take part. Running is a great thing to be part of at the moment and I want to put on events that hopefully mirror my own love of the sport and will always try my best to do so.
Are you yourself a runner?
Yes, I’ve been running for around 10 years, I got into it just after finishing university as a result of developing a bit of a student gut on the back of a few too many takeaways. After a couple of initial races I was hooked. Since my first few races I have gone on to run a few marathons which I love the challenge of and had a crack at triathlon competing at Ironman Austria as well as starting coaching at Mossley Hill AC.
Over the last year I have really caught the parkrun bug. After my daughter Eleanor was born in 2014 we bought a running buggy and now most Saturday mornings we can be found at local parkruns on the ‘buggy run tour’. We have visited quite a few in the last year, some more challenging than others with the buggy! Hopefully we will make the ‘50 club’ this year.
What’s the most annoying question you get asked before a race?
Possibly ‘will you be running?’ There will be a lot of running around on the day that’s for sure but just not out on course.
Although I may take lead bike duties at Hale Village so I get to go round the course with the runners!
Tell us a funny story, you know you want to.
Less funny, more coincidence, in 2006 when I started running the first race I ran was known as the Halton 5 Mile Race. It ran from Norton Priory and was only an event on the race calendar for 2 years. Almost 10 years later, I resurrected that race as my first Interval Races event. I only realized this when talking to someone about when I started running. Seemed a nice coincidence in my running life.
Have you ever ran your own race? (If you could only run one which one would it be?)
I have run both Norton Priory (in its old form) and Hale Village in the past just not when organizing them
What do you think medals add to your races?
Medals are brilliant. I love getting a medal at the end of a race, it marks your achievement that day and the work it took to get it.
Why should people come and run your races?
Because they are fun, not big and scary and great for everyone. We have top marshals, medals and a relaxed atmosphere. The running community in Merseyside is amazing and racing is a great way to meet up and run with club mates and friends plus challenge yourself, get fit and most importantly make room for a slice of cake.
What’s your favourite medal from your own races?
Norton Priory is my first race and I love the medal. It was great fun to design
What’s your favourite medal ever? (You can be bias)
Probably the medal for Ironman Austria, more for what it represented. Both my wife Anne and I managed to get to the start line and finish strong. It took nearly a year of training in swimming, cycling and running just to get to that medal. It was a real journey for us and we had a lot of fun getting there and lots of great memories so those two medals take pride of place.
Thank you Guy. We love the Norton Priory medal too, we think it looks a bit Marvel Superhero (It almost went in the superhero section of our gallery). We really like the adventures of #buggyruntours too.