Member Profile

Paul Higgins

May 2019's member of the month is our Chairperson, Paul! Please enjoy getting to know him little better.

Who are you?

My name is Paul, I’m 51 years young, married to Karen and we have two children Jack and Lucy. Co-Founder and Chairman of Faversham Running Club.

Interests outside of running are alternative sports including cycling and swimming with the aim to challenge myself to a sprint triathlon later this year. As a family we enjoy travelling to the Austrian mountains where I like to partake in the odd ‘mystery’ walking tour up inclines, hills and mountains and sporting traditional lederhosen (leather shorts).

What's in your kit bag?

It has been said that my kit bag consists of vintage running kit from the early 90’s onwards when I first started my running hobby. Looking back on some old photographs, I can confirm its 100% correct and they sort of still fit. I recall completing my first Beachy Head Marathon in 1992, with London in 1994 and 1998. There were no such gadgets as GPS watches when I started, my Casio wrist watch and the local papers were the only way to receive race results, none of these high tech devises we have today. So, my trusted TOMTOM multi sports watch has been invaluable capturing my running achievements. I also have reverted back to Brooks trainers, and currently on my third season of Brooks Adrenaline GTS. During training runs and events I hydrate with water only and occasional jelly babies, although I have tried energy supplements plain water works for me.

What's been your greatest achievement?

When we talk about achievement this can mean so many things, looking back do I remember all the results, the hours of training? Not really. However, the greatest achievement is that I still love to run in some of the most picturesque parts of the country. Whether it’s quaint villages, dramatic coastline or beautiful countryside with new and old friends along the journey.

Give us your top tip

Sport is about setting your own achievable goals, today may be your first steps for couch to 5k, 10k, 10 miles and beyond. So my tip is to remember why you are doing this challenge, keeping it in perspective and listening to your body. Rest is equally important as pushing yourself to achieve.

What would you say now to the pre-Faversham Running Club you?

I have always enjoyed taking to the countryside to find new routes and was happy to run alone, although it can be quite a solitary sport. In the early 90’s I joined Sittingbourne Striders so can appreciate the value of what a club can provide. The motivation and support to make everyone’s goals achievable. Moving forward and returning to solitary running I sometimes met like-minded runners and conversations led to the concept of formulating a running club. The rest is history, Faversham Running Club was conceived and for me, the biggest thing is the friendships that I have made and continue to make.

Some other background information; The vision for Faversham Running Club, was to be authentic to Faversham. This was fundamental in the distinctive design of our clubs kit and logo, reflecting our historic town skyline and heritage. The club strives to provide a fun and enjoyable environment whilst you set your own challenging opportunities. Whether it’s your first steps to fitness or last stride over the finishing line, Faversham Running Club will be there to support you all the way.