Nigel The Runners Hub

Member of the Month #4

Every month we introduce one of our brilliant Bookhounds.

This month we meet Nigel Crompton, a fell running Race Director and Coach.

Name: Nigel Crompton (he/him)

Hometown: Thingwall, Wirral

Current location: As above

Occupation: Owner of specialist running shop The Runners Hub, and Running Movement Coach

Running style: Fell Runner (is that a style?)

What’s your favourite book about running? 

Usually, the one that I’ve just finished. Probably the most influential were Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Micah True – Caballo Blanco in the book – actually stayed with me when he visited England a few years back) and Feet in the Clouds by Richard Askwith (have also met and run with Richard) but in terms of my job as a running shoe retailer Phil Knights (Founder of Nike) book, Shoe Dog affected me the most. Sorry, that’s three books.

What’s your most unusual mid-run snack?  

I guess I’ve eaten all sorts over the years. On long runs boiled baby potatoes and cocktail sausages were always favourites but pouches of baby food are possibly the most unusual.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten post-run/race?  

Always an English Breakfast. Every Sunday after my long run.

Tell us about a memorable run you’ve been on and why. 

Sunshine and mountains are our key holiday ingredients. We’ve done a few with the latest being a run west to east across the Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca over several days but of them all I loved doing the GR20 in Corsica from North to South over 9 days (118 very mountainous miles) with some breathtaking drops. The Cirque the Solitude is famous for a number of deaths every year. I had sleepless nights worrying about that section (despite being a fell runner I hate heights) but actually loved it once on it.

Recommend a race for other Bookhounds to try. 

Well, I have to say Excalibur Trail Marathon in North East Wales. Just been cancelled again for 2021 but rescheduled to May 8 2022. Full disclosure, I’m the Race Director. Apart from this The Marathon Des Sables is a must do experience.

What’s on the top of your running playlist? 

Birds, wind, silence, nature. No music.

Who is your ultimate running hero? 

I’m a fell runner mainly in the Welsh Mountains. There are a few guys out there who I have got to know at races over the years that are still fell running well into their 70s with no signs of slowing down. I aspire to be them.

Cat or dog?

Dog

Shorts or leggings? 

Shorts I reckon but I’ve only had them on a few times so far this year (I did have tights on by the way)

Tea or coffee? 

Tea

Where’s the first place you’d like to run post-lockdown? 

Welsh Hills

Where can other Bookhounds connect with you? Facebook or at The Runners Hub in Heswall on the Wirral.

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