GUIDE SPOTLIGHT - SIMON HUME
***Guide Spotlight - Simon Hume***
This week in Guide Spotlight we introduce to you Simon Hume!
Simon lives in Ivinghoe with his wife and fellow Run The Wild partner in crime Lucy and their bear/dog Logan. When he’s not running trails, Simon works in marketing. Simon is using lockdown to plan trips to explore the best trails to run in Europe. He also enjoys running events with a twist as the 13hr quadrathalon where he marked the finish by chopping a melon with a machete (see pic).
~What got you into running?
I’ve always loved sport, the outdoors and being active, but it wasn’t until I started going to the gym with my friend and we started having 5k treadmill competitions which then turned to 5ks around the local park and before we knew it we were entering the London marathon.
~ Who or what is your biggest motivator?
My wife Lucy is an inspiration and her ability with a pair of trail shoes knows no bounds. I’m also inspired by zero to hero stories like Ben Fogle training and running Marathon Des Sables in a month. Anything is possible with a positive never giveup attitude and you don’t have to be an elite athlete.
~ Favourite area to run trails?
Like Andy, I’d have to say the Lake District. There’s a lovely route from Elterwater to Grasmere which includes forest, lakes and incredible views at the top of Loughrigg fell. Its fresh at the top though!
~Favourite snack whilst running?
Pretty much any sweets. I dont need to be running to enjoy them either!
~Funniest story from the trails?
Probably when running along Tring canal and I got attacked by about 20 ducks. I was defeated and had to turn back. Ducks 1 - Simon 0
~ What are your current goals?
My immediate goal is to recover from an Achilles injury by sticking to my plan and not over doing it. Longer term I want to combine my love of travel and running which includes running from Paris to Bruges, complete the Great Wall of China marathon and somewhere in between better my half marathon PB of 1.26.