Despite running his first half marathon in 2005, Steve Sutton has no plans for slowing down any time soon; in fact, this year he hopes to speed up!
In September 2005, Steve completed the Glasgow Half Marathon in 2 hours 15 minutes and 11 seconds. In 2017, he completed the same race in 2 hours 16 minutes and 21 seconds.
Steve said, “The main reason I take part in the running events is because I enjoy them, but I’m also very competitive and determined to improve each time I run.
“I really felt like I could beat my time from 2005 last year but unfortunately the weather was horrendous and I think it cost me a couple of minutes. Not one to give up, I’m training hard again this year and aiming for 2 hours and 10 minutes!”
Steve also ran the 2017 Paisley 10K in 58 minutes and 32 seconds. While he was delighted to get a time under the hour mark, he is also determined to beat that time this year.
He said, “I was really pleased with my time in the Paisley 10K. Getting under the hour mark for the 10K was a great achievement and exactly what I was aiming for. This year, having experienced the route once already now, I’m looking to go lower and hit under 55 minutes.”
In addition to running, Steve is also a black belt in karate and a 2nd Dan instructor at the Sakai Karate Club in Kilmarnock.
Steve originally took up karate when he was 16 years old and has competed at both regional and national level. He originally took the sport up during the rugby off-season; he never returned to rugby after catching the karate bug.
Steve said, “There are a lot of youngsters in the Karate Club now and I need to stay as fit as possible to keep up with them. I’m fighting proof that age is just a number!”
Steve’s weekly training regime involves three karate sessions, two sessions on strength and conditioning at the Lagoon Gym and two outdoor runs. On top of training himself, Steve also makes use of his experience to coach youngsters at his karate club on a weekly basis.
As an added extra to all of this, he is also planning on signing up for Tough Mudder this summer.
He said, “I really enjoy all aspects of my training. Not only does it help to keep me fit and healthy, but it’s also great fun and great socially. I also enjoy the coaching as it’s great to be able to help kids enjoy karate.”