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Meet Ollie Lockley: Manx Athletic Champion

Tuesday 16 November in Sport


Ollie Lockley



How did you get into the sport?

I have always been sport mad from the moment I could walk. While being at school I took part in every sport and enjoyed most of them, but I tended to gravitate towards running more because I was reasonably good at it. My parents were both ex-runners with my Mum representing Great Britain over the Marathon. My parents never pushed me into running but I naturally took an interest in the sport, and once I did they helped me with training. Once I started to ‘specialise’ more into running, I joined Manx Harriers and started to do more structured training and went away for races. Since then I have progressed year-on-year and I still try and better myself from the previous year.

Who inspired you to take up the sport?

My parents definitely inspired me take up the sport. Once I did decide that running is what I wanted to pursue, the running clubs and culture that the Isle of Man has to offer then made it easy for me continue the sport.

What do you enjoy most about your sport?

I definitely enjoy the simplicity that running provides, and in a strange way I enjoy how difficult it is. Even when you are fit and feeling like you’re flying, running is still hard and I do enjoy pushing myself and seeing how much I can get out of myself. Furthermore, running has given me so many opportunities and has enabled me to travel the world and meet friends for life.

The most challenging thing you find is?

Currently the biggest challenge I find is training the majority of the time by myself. Unfortunately I do not have the luxury of training with a group, and this is something I wish I had because not only does it bring you on but it makes training much more enjoyable. Turning up to training by myself in the wind and the rain is hard, but psychologically trying to remain positive and focused makes it even more difficult.

Your proudest sporting achievement?

Winning the Great Ireland Run 10k on my debut for England – photo above.

Your biggest sporting influence?

Growing up it was probably Tiger Woods, as I was in awe of his ability and psychology. More recently it is Eliud Kipchoge, for the same reasons.

Your earliest sporting memory?

Winning the 800m at primary school and probably thinking I had just won the Olympic Final.

Your teammates / coaches would describe you as?

Hopefully dedicated, hardworking, and always willing to better myself.

In 5 years time where do you see yourself?

Running marathons consistently at the elite level.

What is your main sporting goal?

I have recently been selected for the Marathon at the Commonwealth Games next year, so the goal is to at least run a PB in the race and finish as high up as possible.

Top tip for your younger self?

Never put too much pressure on yourself and enjoy the process.

Sum up your experience in three words

Consistency is key.

If you could do any other sport, what would it be?

I recently just tried rock climbing for the first time and really enjoyed it, so doing that properly would be fun!

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