On the road, the track, cross country and indoors, Great British running star Andy Vernon is a force to be reckoned with. His medal collection includes national titles from 1500m to half marathon, plus two medals at the 2014 European Championships: silver in the 10,000m and a bronze in 5,000m.
How did you start running? When I was 14, I entered a local fun run, won it, and after the race the local running club who organised the race asked if I wanted to join. I did and it went from there.
Why do you run now? Running is my livelihood, it’s how I earn a living, I’m fairly good and I enjoy it.
What was the most important race you’ve run to date? I won the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University in 2015 and ran the Olympic qualifying time for Rio 2016 so this race got me to the Olympics.
What is your pre-race ritual? I don’t really have a ritual because its hard to emulate something for every race, but I do the same warm up routine for pretty much every race.
What is your go-to training meal? I have porridge with a cup of tea before my training sessions
How do you recover after a tough run? Eat well, hydrate, stretch and sometimes nap.
What song is your go-to for the run? I listen to all sorts of music while out running.
Who is your “team”? Me and I have a lady who gives me sports massage once a week from Physio and Therapy, Teddington.
Apart from endurance sports, what is your passion? I love Formula 1 and property development.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional athlete? I would probably be mixing a bit of coaching with property development.
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? How lonely it can be at times.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? Don’t mess up.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? Be patient, train smart and get a good coach.
Why On? I love the brand, On is fresh, innovative and the kit and trainers look smart. The company have good morals and principals and I like being part of that.
What’s your favorite On shoe and why? The Cloudflow because it looks and feels great.
What’s your favorite item of On apparel and why? I like the tracksuit bottoms. They are comfortable, good fitting and again, look great.