Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fitness about Lots of Had No Eating That an despite Officebound Health MOT Diet Weight. Never Am Very Maintaining Spent I

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fitness about Lots of Had No Eating That an despite Officebound Health MOT Diet Weight. Never Am Very Maintaining Spent I

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MIKE Lewis, 60, is a software engineer from Birtley. Despite working in an officebound environment, he has always made time to keep fit. On business trips abroad, he always packs his running shoes, training as far afield as India, Iran and the USA.

Mike recently ran 60 miles in a single day on his 60th birthday, raising nearly PS800 for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Were you ill much as a child? Not really, but I did have a bit of a major health scare when I was five years old. I came down with meningitis and as result spent six weeks in hospital. Fortunately, I came through it with no serious long-term ill effects.

What sports and activities did you take part in at school? Sports were a big part of school life at the school I attended. I loved rugby, cricket, athletics and cross country.

Have you ever had a health scare? Nothing, since childhood I'm glad to say.

Have you ever had an operation? I had my tonsils removed. But I think that growing up in the 50s and 60s, every kid who had a sore throat ended up having their tonsils out.

How often do you exercise and what do you do? I tend to stick just to running nowadays. I get out for a run at least five days a week. How far each week depends on what I'm training for. Training for an ultra-distant event requires putting in a lot of slow miles as opposed to say training for a 10km road race.

What's the most challenging activity/event you've ever done? A year or so back I ran with a friend, Mark Alison, aka 'run Geordie run', who at the time was training to run across the USA. We ran from Edinburgh to Newcastle in three days, averaging 35 miles per day. It was the end of November when we did it, so the days were short and cold, and the ascent out of Scotland over Carter Bar was pretty tough going.

Have you ever done the Great North Run? I ran the first two Great North Runs. The very first one was very much a novelty event at the time and attracted nowhere near the number of runners that it does today. I think the first year there was only 8,000 runners and like many, I didn't even own a proper pair of running shoes at the time. …

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