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Kevin Hooper is a 40-year-old PE teacher at Tapton School in Sheffield and keen endurance runner.

 

What school (s) did you go to? 

 

The Roseland Community School in Tregony, Cornwall then St Austell College

 

What’s are your early sporting memories?

 

Being taken around the football pitches of Cornwall watching my dad play. At school, I played a variety of different sports but we didn't have any real indoor facilities so we were restricted to football, rugby, cricket and athletics. I represented my county at both rugby (U16, U18 and U21) and football (U15 and U16) and also played cricket at a high standard for a local club.

 

Who were your sporting heroes growing up?

 

Bryan Robson (Captain Marvel), Carl Lewis and Daley Thompson

 

What is your best sporting memory from school?

 

Playing in goal (due to stitches in my head) and scoring from a kick out of my hands.

 

What is your worst sporting memory from school?

 

Scoring an own goal in a cup match that lost us the game.

 

Can you recall a memorable sporting teacher?

 

Mr Clarke, our geography teacher, who took the school football team.

 

What sports do you play these days?

 

Occasional games of football, but mainly just running and cycling. I started running and cycling in 2011 to raise awareness of Huntington's Disease, I have completed the Ultra Tour of Peak District (60 miles), London to Cornwall (220 miles in 16 hours), Ride London (84 miles), Coast to Coast (135 miles), the Thames Trott (50 miles) and then the Jungle Ultra in June 2016. It’s 135 miles self-sufficient for four days. My training has seen more focusing on heart rate training after having a lactate threshold test. I have to keep my heart rate between 134 and 144 BPM for all my training runs. This will enable me to run all day. I used to play rugby and I'm not really built for running long distances, measuring 179cm and weighing 85kg. But I want to prove to anyone that they can achieve whatever they want to if they push themselves.

 

In what other ways do you stay healthy?

 

I try and watch what I eat and drink. I limit myself to one devil day a week.

 

What is your favourite sporting memory?

 

Playing in the same football team as my dad and brother. It only happened once but it was brilliant.

 

What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?

 

Being sent off in a football match by my dad who was refereeing.

 

What’s your biggest sporting bugbear?

 

The amount of diving and cheating in football in the modern game, I don't like how they attempt to get other players sent off.

 

When was the last time you cried at a sporting event?

 

Stephen Gerrard slipping over against Chelsea/

 

Which three sports people would you like to have around for dinner and why?

 

Jessie Owen to talk about how he became successful and the impact he had on the world with regards to the 1936 Olympics. Lance Armstrong to see the whites of his eyes and discuss how an excellent athlete feels the need to dope. Finally Stephen Gerrard because I just want to meet him and tell him how much of a legend he is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY SPORTING LIFE