Training smart, eating good fuel and getting plenty of sleep were some of the key messages delivered by athlete Chris O’Hare to the best young distance runners in the Borders.
Back home in West Linton for the festive period from his United States-training base in Boston, O’Hare’s inspirational visit to Tweedbank on Sunday gave an insight into his journey from the Peebles Three Bridges Primary School races to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and his European bronze medal.
The young invited audience comprised of runners from across the region who have represented their clubs in championship cross-country races or Team Borders in the East League. They listened intently as O’Hare, a full-time Adidas athlete, explained what had helped him progress, including the importance of his school studies, which allowed him to take up the offer of a scholarship at Tulsa University.
“It was a pleasure to take some time out from my training to speak to the young distance runners from the Borders,” he said.
“Potentially, somewhere in that room were future international athletes and I hope I managed to pass on some useful advice about what that takes. It really is imperative for me as a person to pass on anything I can to the next generation of Scottish athletes.”
Of himself, Chris said: ”Training is going well and I’ll get a good indication of my winter form on Saturday at Holyrood Park in the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country.
“I’ll then be heading back to Boston and will race indoors with my eyes firmly fixed on the European Indoor Championships in Prague in March.”