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Catch Tim, weekdays from 3pm on The Big Drive Home & Sundays from 6am.

What makes you smile?

Our cat, Willow, trying to eat her own tail, lovable furry psychotic idiot.

Favourite sound in the whole world?

My youngest, Rachel, eating crisps, it's the ultimate combination sound of pleasure and concentration.

Which song gets you on the dance floor?

No song ever written, doesn't happen, won't happen, hasn't happened.

What is your claim to fame?

I once was an extra in Heartbeat with Nick Berry, that was one cold boring day I tell you.

Best concert/show you’ve ever been to?

Coldplay at Stadium of Light was amazing, I still have the light up wristband somewhere.

Favourite movie of all time and why?

Close call between Star Wars and Goodfellas. Standard man answer.

Who is the best celebrity you’ve met and why?

Met Kylie once, thought she was going to be all showbizzy and diva-like, couldn't be more wrong, we all just sat drinking tea with her in the kitchen at work!

What is your favourite thing to do/place to go on Wearside?

My family LOVE the seafront - The International Airshow is by far my local highlight of the year.

Tell me one thing about yourself that nobody knows.

I am actually attempting to write a screenplay, no, really! STOP LAUGHING.

What would it say on your tombstone?

Shamelessly stolen from Spike Milligan 'I told you I was ill!' 


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1 week to go

So here we are then. 7 days from now it will all be over. I hadn't properly run for about 10 years. Training started in January, and I didn't even leave the gym and run outside until a few weeks later.

I am itching to get it done now. 10k is only about 6 miles, but you have to start somewhere. Secretly, I am getting ideas about my next race now!

One of the things you notice when training for a race, or just getting fit, it how you progress. In this world of social media, posting my Fitbit results on Instagram and on Sun FM's twitter has become a regular thing. 

I looked back over the last few months in my phone this weekend. I ran a 5k in 40minutes when I started, and now I can do it in 30mins. I am sure that it can even be in about 25mins in the next few months too.

One of the most important parts of the training, in and out of the gym, is the support I have had from the boys and girls at Totum Sport. If you are the kind of person who just takes a bottle of water along to the gym and on a run, perfect.



This product comes in small blue sachets, you get 10 in a box. It tastes very salty, because originates from, well, the sea.


The minerals in the drink go straight into your body, cellular nutrition call it, and maintain the balance in your body, as you sweat over a run or workout.


The product has meant I have hardly ANY calf pain and recover MUCH quicker. Worth giving it a go, see what it can do for you. 

I did a 'dress rehearsal' this morning for the Sunderland 10K. I did a full 10k, a little hillier than the real race, and managed it in 1hr 4mins. I am aiming for an hour, and genuinely think I can crack it on the day, with the help of the crowds and the atmosphere. 

I tell you one thing that was VERY odd. I have lost 7 lbs over the last few months of training, nothing weird there. But before my 10k run this morning and now I have lost 2lbs.......somewhere in Wearside I suspect! 

Fingers crossed my final blog next Sunday will include a pic of me and my medal....!

Good luck everyone, and thanks for reading my blog over the last few months.


Posted by Tim West, on 30th April 2017, in Tim's 10k blog.

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