Rolf van Lieshout
What was the main drive that got you to run in the first place?
I would have to say it would be the fact that you can always improve yourself just by working hard, being disciplined and committed. However, the main drive would have to be the feeling that one would get after a race. The fact that you have to go through so much physical pain to end the race, to keep refusing to listen to your body, pushing yourself to keep going is amazing for me because of the moment when you cross the finish line. The fact that you have managed to bear with it to finish your goal is very satisfying and keeps me going.
The fact that you have to go through so much physical pain to end the race, to keep refusing to listen to your body, pushing yourself to keep going is amazing for me.
What is the best time to go out for a run for you?
I prefer the mornings really. I love it when it’s quiet outside and when there are not many people out. And even if there are any, they are also running themselves. Running through parks and by the Maas relaxes me during my run, especially when the sun is just about to come up. I see these early mornings as the best time to go for a run and start the day.
Deion van Rooijen
What music pumps you up the most?
I always listen to music. It would have to be legit rap music that gets me up to run. Some of those are like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Childish Gambino and similar.
I do not usually run, that is not the main thrill for me; I mostly do it for the competitions.
How long did it take you to get fast enough to run the 10k under 42 minutes?
Around a month. I do not usually run, that is not the main thrill for me; I mostly do it for the competitions. I just like to keep challenging myself and I see the running competitions as a good way to do it. So, when I see a competition coming up, I often start training 2 months beforehand. I do train quite hard so getting the necessary speed and endurance is never an issue.
Do you prefer running with somebody or do you prefer solo?
Depends on the type of practise. If you are running with someone, you should not go too quickly as it is very annoying. You need some time for yourself and you always get those moments where you want to grab a sprint. If you want to practise and push your boundaries, then if you have someone of similar strength and speed as yourself, then it is ideal as one can keep pushing the other to the limit. Otherwise, I would say it is better to run alone.
(...) if you have someone of similar strength and speed as yourself, then it is ideal as one can keep pushing the other to the limit.
Any tips for rookie runners?
Always try and listen carefully to your body would be my first tip. If you fail to do that, you will get injured, without a doubt. The other thing would have to be that you have to start off easy; you should never over-exercise as your body has to get used to the new challenges you are giving it. If you’re not doing that, there is a high possibility you will hurt yourself, which can then demotivate you from running in the future. And lastly, if you wish to improve you have to bring diversity to your practise. You have 3 parts to exercise: speed, endurance and strength. If you able to incorporate those three in your practise perfectly you can keep improving yourself.
Any specific reason to do the Charity Run?
When you work in finance, it’s important to remember to sometimes consider those that aren’t in the luxury position you are. I sometimes buy a drink for one of the students that follows the logistics specialisation of econometrics, but this time I’d thought I’d go the extra 6.52 miles and take part in the Erasmus Charity Run.
I remember my first discus competition and briefly learning how to throw. I was up against some pretty big guys.
Have you participated in any competitions before?
I used to run for Lewes AC. We often won the Sussex Sunday Cross-Country league amongst other things. I also used to do a couple of field events during the summer event. I remember my first discus competition and briefly learning how to throw. I was up against some pretty big guys. On my third throw, I remember I just really went for it and ended up winning the competition. Still my proudest moment to date.
All of our families are supporting us in many ways and are coming along to cheer for us at the race.
How would you describe your running style?
I prefer maintaining a constant pace and taking everything in as a challenge so I can push myself to keep that constant pace up. I think that this pace allows me to run as efficiently as possible and finish as quickly as possible.
Who is supporting you guys?
All of our families are supporting us in many ways and are coming along to cheer for us at the race. However, we would all be very happy to have even more people supporting us. All help is appreciated and will help the cause.