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Role models

Who inspires you to run/cycle/have an adventure? Who makes you think that maybe you can take on that big audacious challenge? Who inspires you to get out there and put the hard miles in when you really don’t want to?

All of us have role models or heroes that we look up to for a whole variety of reasons. When I was a teenager playing rugby I wanted to be just like Neil Back, quiet and unassuming but absolutely committed to his role in the team. Someone who just got on with his job without making a big deal about it and was so effective at what he did.

Fast forward a few years (ok, more than a few) and I’m now a dad to 3 crazy little people and I’m very conscious about the type of role models they see. I’m passionate about showing them that a healthy lifestyle is both normal and important. That exercise should be part of our daily lives and not because we need to stay thin but because it’s fun and makes us happy. That’s why I love involving them in the running that both the lady of the manor and I do. We also show them that a balanced diet means eating good food that we make ourselves but doesn’t mean it can’t include cake and chocolate.