Most of the great fell runners were farmers
or punks ...
His lifestyle of cider, Mars bars, parties, “a lot of curry and a bit of pasta” wasn’t exactly the stuff of sports science, but back then fell running’s drinking culture was all part of the camaraderie. “Before races, we’d all pile into a van, all chatting and drinking, with a cassette player playing punk stuff like Discharge or Chron Gen,” he remembers. “We’d get to the race site, put the tents up and go to the pub. If it was a normal race you could easily have four cans of cider in the van and then another four pints in the pub the night before. If it was an important race, I’d just have two or three, but most of us drank the night before races then, so it was a level playing field.”