Stuart Govan

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Where are you from and where do you live now?

I’m born and raised in Bearsden just outside Glasgow, had a few years more central Glasgow but now back in Bearsden with my wife and three girls.

How long have you been part of the group and what’s been the most memorable moment so far?

I only discovered other day that I was a member from day 6 of the group starting. Just seeing everyone’s progress has been most memorable and everyone offering advice to anyone starting out.

What got you into running, what was your motivation?

I was a reasonable runner when I was younger but didn’t enjoy it then I got lazy and only played football occasionally and nothing much else. About 5 years ago I started going more frequently and actually the stopped looking on it as just exercise and started to enjoy it as a hobby and me time. My motivation is simply because I can! I’m fortunate to be fit and healthy so I want to enjoy that. I also want to be a fit dad that my girls look up to and hopefully inspire them.

When you’re not running what’s your day job?

I am senior Videographer (Editor/camera operator) at the biggest and greatest football in team in Scotland/the world (the blue side of course). Love my job.

If you were granted three wishes, how would you use them?

Ask for 100 more wishes!! Then I could help rid this world of its problems while getting myself new cameras and computers!! (gadget lover that I am)

What one thing could you not leave at home when going out for a run?

I can’t leave without my Garmin. Recently upgraded too and I love it. Even if I’m just going out for an enjoyable saunter, I like to keep track.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Super strength or lightening speed! Can I just be Superman please!

If you could single out one run ever, which would it be and why?

Hmmm, I really enjoyed the Loch Ness Marathon I did last year but a month or so ago I got a rare free day and I went up and over conic hill (Balmaha) and it was just such a nice relaxing run. Wasn’t cold and just loved the freedom despite not having much scenery as it was very cloudy.

Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?

Because in the 18th century women used to put crushed flowers on sticks then paint it onto their lips, making it a lipstick!…….Ok I made that up!

Finally, any tips for running and for the rest of our members?

I would just say don’t be afraid to push yourself to get to that next level, be it speed or distance but at same time, don’t over do it. But most importantly, try and enjoy it, don’t always look on running as a way to get fit but as an enjoyable escape from normal life!

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