This Months Profile

WDAC's Alan Mills - Athlete, Coach & Secretary

Thanks to Heather for asking the Questions

When and why did you start running?
I started running in 1992. I used to play competitive squash, but found my eyesight was getting worse, and I could not focus! A friend and his son were training for the London Marathon, and asked me to help them train. We completed a maximum of 10k runs. A few weeks before the Marathon his son dropped out, and he asked me to join him for the marathon, which I did – in 4 hours.
I noticed how nice runners were compared to my squash days, and decided to find a local club. I found a few runners running from Redwell, joined them and never looked back.

How did you become a coach?
There were no coaches doing endurance training when I started at the club, and was asked to go on a BAAF course for Level 1 coaching in 1993 ( this is now equivalent to Level 2 coach).

What do you do as Club Secretary?
As the club grew larger a committee was formed. At first I did not have a clue as to what to do. I could not even use a computer, or type!! I have learnt a lot in the past thirteen years as Club Secretary, I provide all the administrative support for the club.

What is your favourite race distance?
It would have to be the half marathon, but realistically, being 70 this year 10 miles maximum (although I am currently training for a Triathlon).

What is your proudest moment at the club?
It would be the starting of the beginner’s course, which the club ran for three years. Seeing people, who could only walk to start with, run the 5 mile Welly route. Also seeing the club from the start to how it has prospered.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining the club?
Just give it a go, you can achieve what you want to achieve.

How would you hope club members remember you?
That they would see the smile on my face when Arsenal win the treble next year!

A lot of club members take their inspiration from you, who inspires you?
Two words – Tom Wildman