Member Profile: Steven Bonthrone

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Introduce yourself

Hey! My name is Steven Bonthrone and I live with my wife Allison in Perth, Scotland where I was born and brought up. I fulfilled a dream when I started my own business as a Personal Trainer in 2006 and I’m passionate about helping people live healthier, fitter and more positive lives.

Why & when did you start running?

My dad introduced me to running when I was young but it wasn’t until I suffered a back problem in my late 20’s that I decided to take a more serious interest in running. I was signed off work for 4 weeks and while I was off, I saw an ad for the London Marathon, decided that I didn’t want to go through life affected by a back problem, needed a challenge to work towards and so I put my entry in! I was lucky enough to get accepted first time for the 1998 race and the feeling I got when I crossed the finish line totally changed my life. It was the first time in my life that I felt that I had worked hard and achieved something. I felt that if I could do it, anyone could and I wanted to be able to inspire others to go after things they previously believed to be impossible. Not long after that, I quit my job and began studying to become a Personal Trainer and now I love helping others achieve their goals. I have since run over 15 marathons and lost count of the Half Marathons, 10k and 5k races I’ve done.

What does running do for you?

It gives me a release, a chance to relax and focus on me, think about everything going on in my life, share my thoughts with my dad who passed away a couple of years ago and thank him for introducing me to running. It also gives me great ideas for developing my business and I always feel energised and happy at the end of every run.

Do you have any running goals?

My main goal is to run sub 3.15 in Paris in the Paris Marathon in 2016 to claim a good for age place for London in 2017. Apart from that, I want to continue running well and prove that even in my 40’s, I can still run as good, if not better than I have ever done.

What’s your greatest running achievement?

Running the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon in the same weekend at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in 2014. I decided to do it as part of a bigger challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of my dad who lost his battle with cancer in 2013. The 10k and 5k took place on the Saturday with about an hour or so between finishing the 10k and starting the 5k then on the Sunday, I had to race the Half Marathon then jump on my mate’s motorbike and head back into Edinburgh to start running the Marathon. We hit heavy traffic on the journey and I was late getting back meaning I had to sprint along the road to cross the start line of the Marathon before they lifted the timing mats! The atmosphere over the whole weekend was amazing and it was such a buzz around all the events. The feeling crossing the finish line of the marathon was incredible and I was lucky that one of the photographers captured that moment. I was pleased that the photo was not only used by the organisers to promote the event but also by Macmillan to inspire others to run for them.

What are your biggest challenges?

Making time to do my own training really! I’m busy helping others achieve their goals and often find myself skipping runs to get other things done. I now go for quality over quantity with my training runs.

What has been most helpful to you?

Being fortunate enough to learn from some amazing people. Going on a training camp hosted by Liz and Martin Yelling a few years back totally changed my running and training with a guy called John Hardy from Faster as part of my work has made a huge difference in the way I train and train my running clients. Aside from that, sharing a passion for running with my wife Allison and being around some great people at DYRT and Parkrun is always helpful.
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