Phil Wicks Interview
Phil Wicks is one of the Country’s leading Distance Runners and he is currently ranked No.1 over the Half Marathon distance. Phil Wicks has competed at the highest level whilst representing the GB Team over both the Road and Cross-Country. This April Phil will be competing in the London Marathon and aims to be selected for the World Championships in Moscow.
Phil Wicks kindly took time out of his race preparations to complete our Q&A interview
Name: Phil Wicks
Occupation: Business Analyst for Legal & General Plc
Favourite Events: Anything on the road between 10km and Half Marathon (and hopefully Marathon if things go well this year!)
How did you first become in interested in athletics?
My interest in athletics came about as a result of watching my uncle compete in the London Marathon when i was around 16 years old. Experiencing the atmosphere in London made me want to run the Marathon myself and so in 2002 i entered and finished the course in 3:28. From that point on I had caught the running bug and shortly after joined my local running club and started being coached.
What is your best performance to date?
In 2009 I ran my fastest time for Half Marathon (62:51) when finishing 2nd in the Reading Half Marathon, but nothing compares with the feeling of representing Team GB, which I've been fortunate to do on the road, track and cross country. These have been my proudest moments as an athlete.
What is your most important training session?
When I'm in Marathon training it's the long hard Marathon race pace sessions. These hurt so much at the time but if it goes to plan then afterwards you know you've put another good building block in place before race day.
What is the most impressive/craziest training session you have ever known somebody complete?
The craziest session I've heard of has to be a 10mile run on an athletics track that a fellow competitor completed as part of their build up to last year's Marathon - can't imagine how mind-numbing 40 continuous laps of the track must have been!
What are your goals for the next 12 months?
To run a Marathon PB (2:15:38) and qualify for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in the summer. In the short term I am building up towards the Virgin London Marathon in April and will be racing in the Finchley 20 as part of my build-up.
What is the most memorable athletics event you have ever watched?
It's got to be Super Saturday at the Olympics. 3 gold medals in short succession and a piece of golden history created that so many people will remember for the rest of their lives.
Which athlete do you most admire?
Paula Radcliffe. An amazing athlete and role model, who didn't get everything she deserved from the sport for the phenomenal athlete she was.
Where is your favourite venue that you have competed at?
The World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. The temperature at race start was over 30 degrees, humidity around 90% and the crowds at the race were like nothing I've ever experienced before. The course was run over a golf course overlooking the sea and the surrounding hills were packed with tens of thousands of excited Kenyans.
What is your favourite?
Book: Any sports autobiography - whenever I'm in a training camp or at a hotel the night before a big race I'll have an autobiography with me to give me some extra motivation.
Film: The Departed
TV Show: Top Gear
Shameless Plug – Is there anything going on in your life at the moment that you would like to mention?
I've recently parted ways from my long-term kit sponsor so if anyone's interested in supporting an aspiring Team GB elite Marathon runner then please feel free to get in touch!
Question from previous person to complete Q&A (Olympic Triathlete Will Clarke) - What was your biggest ever set back and how did you overcome it?
Having to drop out of the 2011 London Marathon at 22 miles. My training and race preparation had gone really well but unfortunately i came down with a bug a couple of weeks before the race and subsequently I wasn't 100% on race day. By halfway I knew that it wasn't going to be my day and I had to take the gut-wrenching decision to call it a day. Shortly afterwards I flew to Singapore for a road race and I made up for my Marathon disappointment by placing well in an international field.
What question would you like to ask our next athlete to complete our Q&A?
Outside of your normal training routine, what one thing do you do to give you the edge over your rivals?
If your next race had to be in fancy dress what outfit would you choose?
Superman! - Pants on the outside and cape flowing in the wind!
Related to this article:
The Finchley 20
Will Clarke Q&A Interview
Free Marathon Training Plans
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Posted Date: 08th Feb 2013