Peter Bartlett


Event Distance: Half Marathon

How did you become involved in the world of running: 
At school many years ago, I had a teacher Mr Heard who was interested in running.  He coached the team.  We were quite successful during my secondary schooling.  My wife Cara, got me back into running about ten years ago.

What drives your passion to keep running: 
It is a great way to stay fit and a minimal amount of cost for the sport.  Good shoes are important.  

What motivates you on those days that you just don’t want to run: 
It is important to be active each day.  With the advance of technology in our faces everywhere, it is important to spend 30 minutes doing an activity.  It is very important for your health, especially as you get older.

How many kilometres have you covered in preparation for YRF: 
I am building up again but it will have been about 25 - 40km per week.  That has been with doing the Park run, a long run and the Wednesday run track session that I lead.

YRF race day goal:
Pace runner for 2hr Half Marathon.  Hoping to assist as many people to achieve the magical goal of going under 2hr.

What will be your race day choice of footwear (Make/Model): 
Asics Gel Kayano/Nimbus

Any Pre-race ritual? And go to meal/nutrition before an event: 
Go to the toilet often.  I enjoy my cereal about 2-3 hr before the starting gun. A banana or mandarin 30 minutes before the race.

Your number one tip for injury prevention: 
If you injure yourself, listen to your body. It is telling you to either take it easy or rest.

Your “local” hero? Why: 
3 people: Bev Laundry and Paul Tucker: They are both outstanding athletes who have achieved great results nationally, but are wonderful role models.
Cara Bartlett: After breaking her back her inspiration and tenacity to get fit, she took up running and has completed 12 half marathons.  All three for different reason are my “Local Heroes”

Favourite sporting quote: 
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Best advice you’ve been given (Doesn’t have to be sports related): 
“Believe in yourself”

Thanks Peter, good luck in the Half Marathon from the YRF Team. We're sure you'll track well under 2hrs!