Q&A Interview with Scott Overall


Scott Overall is one of Great Britain's best distance runners with a personal best of 2 hours 10 and 55 seconds which he achieved at the Berlin Marathon in 2011. This time gave Scott the 'A-Standard' and a place for Team GB at the London Olympics.

Scott took up running when he was 14 years old and after winning cross country races at school Scott gained a scholarship in the USA. He attended Butler University and at this time he also competed for Great Britain for the first time in 2005 and placed 6th in the U23 European Campionships over 5000m.

Scott will be switching back to track racing over the summer but kindly took time out of his training schedule to complete our Q&A interview

Name: Scott Overall
Age: 30
Occupation: Athlete
Favourite Events: Half marathon and sometimes the marathon.

How did you first become in interested in athletics?

Scott OverallI started running when I was at school. My school was in Twickenham and obviously it was quite rugby orientated and I wasn't very good at rugby so cross country was the next best thing. I started to enjoy it at school and then joined my local athletics club (Richmond & Twickenham AC)

What is your best performance to date?

My best performance would have to be the Berlin marathon in 2011. I finished 5th here in 2:10.55 and that also meant I qualified for the Olympic games in 2012.

What is your most important training session?

My long runs are the most important, especially being a marathon runner. It also means its a training day where I only have to train once. I find I have a real sense of achievement in doing the long runs, up to 24 miles, and when in prime marathon mode averaging around 5:40 per mile. It's a solid session.

What is the most impressive/craziest training session you have ever known somebody complete?

I know a New Zealand guy, he's an identical twin (so that might narrow it down) who would turn up to the track and do an hour of plyometrics, bounding, cross training type stuff up and down the stairs in the stadium, drills and anything else he would do. Finish all that and just run an all out 400m rep. In around 50 seconds. That would be it.

What are your goals for the next 12 months?

Scott OverallI want to run a PB in the Berlin marathon this year. Then maybe look towards running a championships next year depending on what fits best.

What is the most memorable athletics event you have ever watched? 

Watching Hayley Yelling miss the Olympic qualifying time in the 10,000m at Watford by less than 0.1 seconds - For the SECOND time!

Which athlete do you most admire?

Alister Moses. A semi retired athlete who in his day as a junior would have the beating of anyone. Still loves to run, but the talent that boy had was unreal. The founder of Rock and Roll running.

Where is your favourite venue that you have competed at?

The London 2012 Olympic marathon course. Not really a venue as such, but that is a race I shall never forget.

What is your favourite:

Scott OverallBook: I haven't read a book since school, and I HAD to read them so I couldn't really say they were my favourite. Although I did buy Nelson Mandela's book in 2004 (to read on the flight to America when I started uni there) and I still haven't finished it.

Film: Django Unchained

TV Show: Have I got news for you.

Shameless Plug – My friend has an event in Richmond called the Richmond Running Festival. It's on the 22nd September and promises to be a great event, there will be a 10km, half marathon and also a kids race. Sign up, get entered, and start training! (www.richmondrunningfestival.com)

Question from previous person to complete Q&A (GB Triathlete Jodie Stimpson) - Were would you like to race if you could pick anywere in the world and why ?

Hawaii.. They have a marathon there and it's one place I really want to go to. Plus after the marathon I could take full advantage of the hospitality there.

What question would you like to ask our next athlete to complete our Q&A?

Would you rather be a professional golfer or a professional F1 driver. And why?

If your next race had to be in fancy dress what outfit would you choose?

I would never run a marathon in fancy dress. So my next race would need to be a mile race, and I would choose to wear giraffe costume.

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