TORQ warmly welcomes Chris to the team and can’t wait to get him in the new 2016 team colours.
Chris Brookman is the latest member to join the TORQ Performance Running Team. Although he will be targetting both trail and road runs in 2016, his heart is in “off grid”, so to speak, out on the trails, purely because he loves the freedom it gives him and offers the escape he needs from everyday life.
Here’s more from Chris on why running is his medicine:
Chris – I enjoy pushing my body and mind to see what it can achieve and I get a real buzz out of the progress I make by putting in some hard work and dedication.
I’ve been socially running since 2009, when I completed my first Marathon. It’s only during the last year I have started to focus on my training and begun to train more and train smarter. I have realised that with a bit of structure to my training and self belief, I could be pretty good over the longer distances, which is why I’m now under the wing of the Lakeland 100 winner, Stuart Mills – if anyone can bring the racer out in me, then it’s Stuart!
I’ve only been running competitively in Ultras during 2015 and achieved, in my view, some good results:
Country to Capital (45 miles) – 4th place in 5:16
Northants Ultra – (35 miles) 1st place in 4:17
XNRG Cotswold Ultra (2 day event, 60 miles) 1st place in 9:02 and new course record by 38 minutes.
High Weald Challenge (50K) 2nd – in 4:07
October Centurion Autumn 100 (100miles) 2nd in 15:06 – This was one of the fastest 100 mile times on UK soil this year and, with the exception of a couple of track efforts, we believe this to be the 2nd fastest 100 mile time this year in the UK.
2015 has been a good year, despite a set back in the summer when I fell and cracked 2 ribs whilst training out on the Lakeland 100 course – 4 weeks before the race. I started the race, but had to drop out after 20 miles, as they just weren’t fixed enough for me to push as hard as I wanted; I pulled out in 9th position – however, I have come back strongly since then though!
I really do believe this 2015 is only the beginning. I’ve built up some good experience of how to ‘race’ and, I seem to have this incredible endurance that allows me to just keep going on these longer races.
2016 and beyond are set to be extremely exciting, to see what my body can really produce, and I’m really delighted to be part of the TORQ Performance Running Team.
The TORQ Running Team is sponsored by the following and without them, we would not be able to do what we do, thank you: