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I try to focus on the four hundred and four hurdles but I’m quite injury-prone and I think the older you get the more injury-prone you get, but nevertheless since I’ve been at EY, I have managed to continue with competitive running; and that for me does mean training anywhere between two and five or six times a week, and I have found that EY have been reasonably flexible in allowing me to do that; so when I’ve been in Sweden, once a month or so, so that’s every second time I’m out in Sweden, they are quite happy with me to leave work an hour or so early to meet up with my brother and another group of guys in the local town, or actually I think it’s a city to go training with, which does make my time out in Sweden that little bit more bearable and it allows me to continue doing something that I enjoy doing, that kind of stress relief, that escapism. I’m not quite at a national level yet, fingers crossed without any injury I might sneak into a sort of national level, but at the moment it’s a kind of county, regional level so I mean you do, in athletics, you do come across the big names, you do, I have run against Olympic medallists. I have been convincingly beaten by them as well, but it’s a wide range of people. Most people that I compete with are training quite seriously and actually you tend to find they're kind of the university age, because that is the environment where they can actually focus on training quite regularly, and a lot of people find it quite tough to continue that training when they hit the world of work.
I’m generally an evening person when it comes to training. Occasionally I’ll do the morning thing, although I haven’t found it to be too successful, so it's my preference to do it in the evenings and that’s when I’ve found it's worked best; and that often means finishing work promptly but at the same time, I’m not really sure there is a time where you’re actually meant to finish work. There is a degree of flexibility around that as long as you’re meeting your client’s commitments. In Sweden, in particular, I make sure that I am in at eight o'clock on the day I go training so that I’ve still done what is arguably a full day's worth of work so that I can get to training later that day. Or indeed sometimes if I know I want to shoot off at a bit earlier on a Wednesday for a mid-week meet[ing], I may put a couple of extra hours in over the week. Check it with the people I’m working with, check they’re happy with it, which they nearly always are and then just disappear off a couple of hours early to make the meet[ing].