Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Short Race Was the Longest of My Life; Health MoT

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Short Race Was the Longest of My Life; Health MoT

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HAYLEY Morran, 34, is head of curriculum at Gateshead-based fitness training provider Fit Training Ltd (

Fit Training offers personal training and fitness instructor courses from beginning to advanced level for men and women and young people wishing to enter the fitness industry.

Were you ill much as a child? I was very rarely ill as a child, bar the normal, for example the chicken pox virus.

What sports and activities did you take part in at school? I loved sports at school and got involved in as many teams as I possibly could, netball, hockey and swimming. I really excelled in athletics especially the 800m and 1500m, I still have the medals and trophies at home.

Have you ever had a health scare? Never, I still have a pretty good immune system. My daughter however was diagnosed with cancer at two years old which had a big impact on me and I beat myself up for a while wondering if I could have done anything to prevent it.

Have you ever had an operation? No, and let's hope I never have to.

How often do you exercise and what do you do? I aim to complete five exercise sessions per week. I get bored quite easily so tend to vary my training frequently. I love circuit training, especially those sessions that require you to really dig deep, and I run at least three times per week covering four to six miles each run. I enjoy weight training but prefer body weight exercises, they are much more interesting.

Have you ever done the Great North Run? Yes, I love it and would recommend it as one of those things to do before you die!

What's the most challenging activity or event you've ever done? To be honest there isn't one single event that stands out; there have been a few for different reasons and different stages in my life - my first Great North Run, as I was really apprehensive and nervous.

The 100 dead man burpees in 10 minutes challenge which I completed recently with my foundation learning students - this was tough but really rewarding, especially seeing the students complete it. …

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