At Oxbridge, we love to shout about our students’ achievements. So, we’re really pleased to say that our very own Tomas Kirby has run the marathon!

To say we’re proud of Tomas for this achievement would be an understatement. Getting over the hurdles and completing the race is a huge accomplishment, and we’re absolutely thrilled for him!

Tomas proudly wearing his medal.

We asked Tomas a few questions to find out more about the race itself, prepping for it and the benefits of running as a pastime.

1. Welcome, Tom. What was your inspiration for running the marathon?

I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.

2. Well, that sounds like as good a reason as any to us! So, how did you train?

I trained for short distance runs on my own, and with trainers for long distance runs. I also received help from a running coach and guide runner. My energy supplies were something that I kept a close eye on too.

3. What was the hardest part of the training?

Up hill runs and training in the rain were the hardest parts of the training.

4. What advice would you give to someone thinking of running the marathon?

The advice I would give to someone running the marathon is to train and prepare your body early. Be determined – you can do it!

5. How far was the furthest run you did during training?

The furthest I ran in training was 20 miles, which I completed in 4 hours.

6. How long did you train for in the lead-up to the actual race?

I trained regularly for 12 months following the virtual marathon last year and stepped up my training 4 weeks before. So, the last month was when I was training at my most intense.

7. What tips do you have for those starting training for a future race?

Make sure you’re getting enough carbs and protein in your diet as energy sources. Come up with a detailed running plan, so that you feel prepared. Make sure you also get some good footwear and a rain jacket, so you’re ready for all kinds of weather.

8. What factors do you have to consider before and during a run?

The factors I had to consider before and during each run included:

  • Have I got enough snacks?
  • What do I need as fuel during a run?
  • Eating at least 2 or 3 hours beforehand.
  • Keeping plenty of fluid handy throughout the run.
  • Having the right footwear. This includes wearing in new running shoes a few weeks before a long run.
  • Will I need the loo during the run?

9. What are the main benefits of running for you?

The main benefit of running for me is that I just enjoy running as a part of a club. An added benefit is that it also helps my mental health by enabling me to focus on this one activity.

10. Do you think you’d run another marathon?

I don’t think I will run another marathon. I would, however, enjoy going back to running 5ks and 10ks. In future, I think I’ll also run half marathons.

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Photo credit: Malcolm Murdoch