Sarah Tunstall

Sarah has been running competitively since her junior years. Her primary interests lay in fell and cross country running.

As a senior, she has represented Great Britain and Norther Ireland in 2-European Cross Country Championships, the World University Cross Country 2008, European Mountain Running Championships 2008, World Mountain Running Championships 2009 and the World Cross Country Championships in Jordan 2009.

Success has been a forte that Sarah has enjoyed for a number of years. Apart from the World Cross Country Championships, she has been a member of the gold or silver member teams in all her cross country squads.

In addition to her team success, Sarah has also enjoyed considerable individual success. She has won a bronze medal at the European Mountain Championships and a silver medal in the European Cross Country Championships.

Sarah is destined for newer heights in 2010.


Views on the Commonwealth Championships…


Nadeem Khan (NK): What were your thoughts on running in the Commonwealth Championships?

Sarah Turnstall (ST): I was really looking forward to competing at an international event on home soil especially as it was so close to where I live and train. It was a great atmosphere with athletes from so many nations and different disciplines all in close proximity for the duration of the championships


NK: How was this race different from your other international races?

ST: The amount of home support. My family have been to watch me in international races before but because this race was in England. Family members and friends who have never seen me run internationally could come and watch.


NK: The one thing that you will remember about these Championships…

ST: The sunshine! I often train in Keswick and it’s not very often that the weather is that nice. Also the amount of support on the hill including the music on the summit that will stick with me every time I run up Latrigg from now on!


Get to know Sarah...


NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

ST: Winning silver at the u23 European XC in Brussels last year.


NK: What is your typical training week?

ST: I mainly train by myself usually off road and I run about 60miles per week


NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career…

ST: My Dad. I never got encouraged to run at school and have always trained by myself so if it wasn’t for my dad’s support I don’t think I would be where I am today.


NK: Who is your first call after a major race?

ST: My dad, my sister then friend and fellow mountain runner Victoria Wilkinson


NK: If you could train with a marathon celebrity, who would you pick?

ST: Ingrid Kristianson – I like a lot of her ideas about natural methods of training and would like to understand more about how she used this in her successful career.