Owner of Sportlink
Having had a huge interest in running footwear whilst being a serious athlete and having worked in the sports trade from the mid 1980’s, Neil opened Sportlink for business in 1994 so as to provide a first class service and professional advice on all aspects of footwear and equipment for runners and sports people.
As an athlete he represented England and Great Britain on a number of occasions including a World and European Cup competing in marathons and events all around the World whilst also winning the Leicester, Wolverhampton, Bungay and Norfolk (four times) marathons in the UK whilst boasting personal best times of 29 mins 28 secs for 10k, 49:47 for 10 miles and 2 hours 17 mins 35 seconds for the marathon. In International Competition, he also took the runners up position whilst running for England in Aberdeen as well as finishing 3rd in The Hong Kong, Malta, Bermuda and Luton Home Countries Marathons. Further honours include Norfolk AAA Marathon Champion 1986/87/89/90, Eastern Counties Marathon Champion 1987/89/90, South of England Marathon Silver Medalist 1991 and South of England Half Marathon Bronze Medalist 1992.
Neil is also a coaching advisor offering training advice on many aspects of specific fitness and sports nutrition for individuals and groups which includes a number of World Class and Elite sportsmen.
Neil holds diplomas in sports psychology and sports nutrition for which he has written several articles on these subjects along with training and fitness advice for various publications, magazines and newspapers.
Away from his working and sporting life, he spends a lot of time organising charity raising events to help local causes particularly for animal and rescue centres what with him being a huge dog and animal lover. One such charity event being the renowned Felthorpe Boxing Day Hare & Hounds Fancy Dress Cross Country Run. Since the first running of this very unique race in 2002, this crazy but huge fun event has become a must do run for many runners throughout Norfolk.
Having joined the Sportlink Team in 2013, he was able to combine his Sports Science studies and skills with his work whilst helping customers and clients with all their running and fitness requirements.
Craig has a good background in running, and set a new school record for the 800 metres of 2 mins 11.4 secs (rounded up to 2:12) whilst representing Hellesdon High School at the Norfolk County Schools Championships in 2013. He also represented Hellesdon and Norwich District in the Norfolk Schools Cross Country Championships two years running.
He has a huge interest in running shoe technology and is always keen to learn as much as he can about the new developments and materials which the manufacturers are looking to improve on all the time.
Having suffered a long term injury, Craig is looking to return to the running scene in 2021.
Chris got into running in his mid 20's and quickly found a love for the sport. He has always been drawn to the marathon as a race distance, winning his first trail marathon, the Norfolk Coastal marathon in November 2015. Since then he has run a wide range of distances from 5K to ultra marathons, but has always been drawn back to the longer distance. Currently he runs for Bure Valley Harriers and is chasing a championship qualifying time for the London Marathon of sub 2.45 having ran 2.45.01 in 2018. Following on from surgery in 2019 he is taking the race cancellations of 2020 as a chance work his way back up to fitness.
Kathryn has been part of the Sportlink team, since 2014. Having always been interested in fitness in one form or another from childhood, running came to the forefront in 2009, predominantly as it fitted around family life and a small toddler. After joining a running club in 2010, Kathryn's confidence grew and she began to take part in local races, steadily building her distances from 5k right up to the marathon. Kathryn became a qualified run leader in 2014 and coached those new to running through a Sportlink beginners running group. More recently, Kathryn has taken to two wheels, incorporating cycling into her fitness regime. This year, in addition to running events, she has also competed in duathlons and cycling sportives. Kathryn is mum to the Sportlink Penguin, who can be spotted in all our crazy Christmas films.
Pete has been running for nearly 30 years, formerly with Thurrock Harriers, Basildon AC, Norfolk Gazelles and currently a member of Ryston Runners. He has covered all distances from 800m up to the marathon (2:34) Pete has been three times Norfolk Marathon Champion and Norfolk Road Runner of the Year. He holds the Southern Counties Bronze Medal for the London Marathon, over 50s and was recently ranked no. 1 on Power of 10 for 5000m. He is still active on the local running scene and can be spotted at many races.
From 1997 - 2014 he successfully managed The Runners Centre in Norwich , now retired he can be found working part-time on the team at Sportlink.
And he's much less scary than the other bloke!!!!
Karen has been interested in fitness since her early teens and qualified as a fitness instructor in her twenties. Later working as a Primary School teacher, she was responsible for the delivery of the P.E. curriculum within the school (fantastic as she got to wear running shoes for work)!
More recently having rediscovered the joy of running she now can’t imagine a world without it. Karen runs with Waveney Valley AC.
Goals before her next milestone birthday (21and a bit) include an ultra, a triathlon and learning as much about running shoe technology as possible.
Working at Sportlink things have gone full circle and she can now wear her running shoes to work again!