Nell McAndrew Interview
To some Nell McAndrew is a famous model, to others Nell McAndrew is a TV personality but to ATW Nell McAndrew is known as a runner..... and a very good one at that!
This year Nell McAndrew posted the fastest time in the London Marathon as a celebrity in a time of 2 hours 54 mins. She also took part in the Camelot Olympic Park Run where 5000 lucky runners competed over 5 miles and Nell was the first female to cross the line in a time of 29 minutes.
ATW caught up with Nell McAndrew to ask her some questions about her running career and her achievements in the sport.
Name: Nell McAndrew
Occupation: Mum/Model/Fitness enthusiast/TV presenter/Columnist for Women's Running magazine/Supporter of many charities
Favourite events: London Marathon and Great North Run for the support from the crowds along the route. Parkruns for the convenience and relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
How did you first become interested in athletics? - I have always enjoyed keeping fit but taking on my first London Marathon changed my hobby of keeping generally fit and going to the gym to being a passionate runner.
What is your best performance to date? - The Virgin London marathon this year. I managed a PB of 2hrs 54mins, still can't believe it that I have a time starting with 2! It was one of the best days of my life!
What is your most important training session? - All of them! I like to put in as much effort as possible to any training session. Although I know in the lead up to the marathon I should have been doing my long runs much more steady.
What is the most impressive/craziest training session you have ever known somebody complete? - Probably some of the sessions that boxing trainer Jim Mcdonnell puts his boxers through. I used to train once a week with him a few years ago and we still keep in touch. He will text me saying 'just done wicked session, 20 x 300m' or something like that and that will have just been part of it as the rest of the day will be sparring/weights/circuits, etc. Boxers have to be in such good shape.
What are your goals for the next 12 months? - Just to try and maintain a good fitness level. Already I am struggling to squeeze in as much training as I would like with being a mum, work, housework, charity work, etc! Leading up to the marathon I prioritised my running but I am unable to do that all year round.
What is the most memorable athletics event you have ever watched? - Seeing Kelly Holmes win Gold at the Olympics, seeing Paula Radcliffe have to pull out of the marathon in Athens (I cried watching!), felt really sad for her. Also, I recall growing up watching the London Marathon on TV with my Grandma and Grandad. I always thought it looked amazing and at times still can't believe that I have taken part in it 5 times and live in London too. London always seemed so far away. Really appreciate being in such an amazing place with so many opportunities.
Which athlete do you most admire? - Liz McColgan. She was a successful world class athlete. She didn't have much support around her when she started out but proved that with lots of hard work and determination you can succeed. Liz has 5 children, is still super fit and is now coaching her daughter to follow her Olympic dream.
What is your favourite venue that you have competed at? - I was lucky enough to be one of 5000 people to take part in the Camelot Olympic Park Run. It was a 5 mile course which I managed to finish in 29 minutes (a pb!) and was first woman across the line. My mum did it too so was nice to be able to share such a special day.
What is your favourite:
Book - Richard Nerurkar Marathon Training. This book was my inspiration to getting my pb at the London Marathon and running the best i have ever run before.
Film - Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing! I know it may sound sad, but I will never get fed up of watching either of them.
TV show - The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing.
If your next race had to be in fancy dress what outfit would you choose? - One of my next races is going to be in fancy dress! Last year I dressed up as a woodland fairy to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Rays of Sunshine charity. This year I will be dressing up as a squirrel, not a big hairy one, a feminine dainty one with tutu skirt, tail and ears!
For more information about Nell McAndrew visit her website at http://www.nellmcandrew.tv/
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Posted Date: 19th Jun 2012