Name: Matt Newton

 Age: 33

Occupation: Tea Lady/Distribution Services Assistant.

Matt not in Lycra

Group you frequently run with? Group 5.5 Leader.

How did you get involved with the Pumas? I got involved when Mel managed to drag me along to the Pumas.

I run because… I had moved back into the area and wanted a social life.

By joining the Pumas, what were/are you hoping to get out of it?  A social life and to get fit.

Do you have any personal goals and running aims for 2017? To beat Neil Coupe….. Seriously though I want to beat my Half Marathon time of 1h 43

Do you remember your first session? Yes, It was in October 2015 and bloody Cold!!!!

Did you run before you joined the club, or is it totally new to you? Do you or did you do any other sports? Never ran before. I did however ride my bike and got quite good!!! I’ve completed Completing many 100-mile bike rides in a decent time. Now it seems I just have gear and no idea! Ha. 

What’s your favourite part of being involved with the Pumas? The social life and the team spirit we have.

Have you got any favourite routes? That’s easy… up Tan House!! (I know I’m not quick up there but it’s a good challenge) and up to Queensbury and work our way back via Green Lane.

What do you find the biggest drag in running? Dark, rainy and windy nights.

Matt in action

How do you feel you have benefitted from joining the Pumas? Increased confidence is the main one. I was, and still am, very shy.

Have you taken part in any organised events? Too many to mention. It would be a BIG list!

If so, what was your most memorable run? That has to be the Helen Windsor 2016!!! The team spirit was amazing!! London came a close second though.

What most people don’t know about you is… I was a child TV star. Well, I did an advert for Eureka. Hahaha.

If you were stuck on a desert island what would your luxury item be? Has to be my phone!!!

If you were stuck on a desert island who would you like to be there with? Jack Dee…. Funny, funny man.

If you were stuck on a desert island name your three favourite songs (at least one should be your favourite song to run to)? AC/DC – Thunderstruck by AC/DC (running song), Drinking in L.A by Bran van 3000, and Pink by Areosmith.