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Saturday, 19th April 2014

Big Forest Run Ambassadors 

DREW CUMMINGS & LAUREN STARR

           

Big Forest Run is very proud to have two local runners Drew Cummings and Lauren Starr as event ambassadors. Lauren and Drew are passionate about running and trail running, and also about the pristine forest areas that Big Forest Run covers.

They look forward to meeting you on race day and welcoming you to this great new event and the awesome Yarra State Forest for the inaugural Big Forest Run. 

We asked Drew and Lauren a number of questions to help you to get to know them a little better, and here is what they had to say:-

Name: Lauren Starr

Age: 25

Family: I live with my boyfriend whom I converted from an occasional hiker into a trail running addict too!

Hails from: England, emigrated here when I was 18 (best decision I've made!), now I live in Rowville with my boyfriend.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

I started running at age 11 but for the wrong reasons as I suffered from an eating disorder and used running to lose weight during my teenage years. I ran until I was 21 and  then suffered a series of injuries and illnesses which made my running intermittent for about 4 years. Now that I am right back into running for all the right reasons I am really loving it, and feel I am continuing to improve.

What motivates you to keep going?

I have so much love and appreciation of being outside and moving. I love running with others on the trail, and I also like running alone where I am able to appreciate the beauty around me and forget about life’s usual stresses. It’s just like mediation for me, and I feel mentally refreshed and so happy after a run.

What part of trail running do you love the best?

Apart from the magnificent rural environment, I think the atmosphere and camaraderie is what I love best, ….everyone you meet is friendly, caring and generous.

Front Runner/Mid Packer/Racing the Sweep???

Not a front runner but a bit ahead of mid pack, but with ambitions to move up in the pack!

Favorite Trails (after the Big Forest Run route!!): Too many to choose!! The Dandenongs and Lysterfield are my home training ground, but I just love being out in nature and enjoying the diversity of it so I enjoy every trail! I definitely prefer technical single-track over fire trail though and naturally I love running downhill!!

 What excites you about The Big Forest Run?

Sharing the magnificent, pristine trails with other runners- you have to see it to believe it.

 

Name: Drew Cummings

Age: 40!

Family: Married with 3 kids.

Hails from: Warburton!!!

How long have you been running and why did you start?

About 4 years. Met a bloke at my gym who was a Veteran 6 Foot Track Entrant and would speak about this trail running sport that clearly sounded insane! Needless to say, he was persuasive!

What motivates you to keep going?

I love being a positive role model for my kids! I drive my kids crazy with fitness and nutrition information!

What part of trail running do you love the best?

When you find yourself on a spectacular trail and you get to breathe in the silence and scenery.

Front Runner/Mid Packer/Racing the Sweep???

Mid Packer! Had a couple of highlights but love to challenge myself to stay in relative contact with the leaders (hardly ever seems to work out! :-))

Favorite Trails (after the Big Forest Run route!!):

Victoria's High Country has some great trails and amazing scenery and I'd take any opportunity to get there!

What excites you about The Big Forest Run?

The fact that everyone is coming to my home town to experience some of the best trails in Victoria! I'll be a proud 'Warby Boy' on the day!


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