Steve Franklin

A very long overdue update to my bio on the Front Runner website (Updated Feb 2019).

I’m a relative late comer to running not really lacing up a pair of trainers until my early 20s in an attempt to beat my brother’s Ironman marathon time. Unfortunately, I chose the Snowdon Marathon and the weather was typically Welsh so John maintained the bragging rites but my passion for the sport was born. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and over the last 9 years have run alongside climbing and bouldering but with each year I find the running bug growing stronger.

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My first race was the Snowdon Marathon in 2009, it was wet, windy but amazingly good fun. 

I feel exceptionally fortunate that during the 6 years of owning and running Front Runner I've been able to keep up my running.

Moments which stand out are; running the Cuillin Ridge in 2017, running for Yorkshire at both fell & cross country in 2018, the Sheffield Half Marathon 2018, Trofeo Kima in 2018, Glen Coe Skyline in 2015 and the Paddy Buckley in 2014.

I love to race on the fells, trails and roads and like to try my hand at all distances. Back in 2017 I set myself the challenge of running 10 new races each year which I've just about managed (it gets harder each year). This has been a great way to explore new places.

I still try to rock climb when I can and also dabble on a bike.

It's been wonderful to see the shop develop since 2013. I've met lots of great people, seen some go from absolute beginners to quality runners and made an amazing number of friends through the store.