Michael AldridgeMichael Aldridge

Date of Birth :  14/09/73

Place of Birth :  Caracas, Venezeula

Event : Endurance Athlete

Michael has been a member of R & N AC since 2011 joining at the age of 38 and since then has set personal bests in every distance  from 3k to marathon.

Michael was a keen sportsman at school and represented his county at rugby, cricket, athletics, cross country and even chess, but it was his love for running that has bought him most enjoyment and success.

By his own admission, he ‘didn’t do much’ in his 20s and was well into his 30s before he took up running more seriously. A ‘bet with a friend’ saw him enter his first marathon in 2006 where he finished an impressive 3rd at Abingdon. He followed this up the following two years by coming 2nd at the Jersey Marathon and 3rd at the Leicester marathon finishing the latter in 2hrs 33 in a good quality field. In 2010 he completed the very tough Snowdon marathon in 2 hrs 40 taking the bronze medal behind 2 welsh international athletes.

It wasn’t until his late 30s that his running really developed. Fearing that he was nearing the end of his running career he sought advice from his now coach, Ian Wilson and what an incredible partnership that proved to be. In their first year together, Michael went on to win the British Masters age group title (35-40) for the half marathon on a very tough course in Leek followed a few weeks later by the British Masters 10 mile title.  Michael was then selected for the England masters cross country team and represented them at the British championships in November of the same year.

Michael joined Rugby & Northampton AC in 2012 and is still working with Ian Wilson as his coach and mentor and has gone on to achieve more success, winning the British Masters cross country age group title, the Midland Masters cross country title, the British Masters 10.000m on the track and the 10k road running title. He was selected again for the England Masters cross country team that year.

In 2013, he ran 15.39 for a 5k Park run, came 9th overall and 1st in age at the prestigious Edinburgh marathon in 2 hrs 30 and took the British Masters 5000m title the day after he turned 40 in a new pb of 15mins 27.  He finished a great year by then winning his age group title at the Great Eastern half marathon (a new pb of 70.48 in very poor conditions) followed by winning the Nene Valley 10 mile race in an outstanding 52 mins 33 leaving him at the top of the English age group rankings.

And he still thinks he can get better !

International Honours

England Masters cross country team 2011 & 2012

Personal Bests

3000m 8.54
5K 15:39
5000m 15:27
10000m 32.42.73
10K 32.33
10mile 52.33
Half Marathon 70.48
Marathon 2:30.50

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Championship Bests

British Masters 2011 Half Marathon 1st
British Masters 2011 10 mile 1st
British Masters 2011 5000m 2nd
British Masters 2012 XC 1st
British Masters 2012 10,000m 1st
British Masters 2012 10K 1st
British Masters 2013 5000m 1st