We meet 400m European Champion Vicky Ohuruogu

Vicky Ohurugou, 4 x 400m European Champion, and sister to Olympian Christine offers the following great running tips.

We meet 400m European Champion Vicky Ohuruogu

What words of encouragement would you give to someone new to running?

I remember when I first started running, I was told to jog on the roads and I felt really self conscious. But then I thought, everyone is doing it, and no one is looking at you. I see people running all the time, and they’re just running in normal track kit, they don’t care whether you’re hair’s done all nice or whether you have make up on. There’s nothing to be self conscious about, you just need to get out there.

Would you rather run a race in a pair of heels, or in running shoes two sizes too small?

Two sizes too small – definitely!

If you could run with any celebrity, who would it be?

OK this is a childhood obsession, it’s actually a bit sad, but I’m in love with Jack White from the White Stripes. I really love him, he’s just a bit weird, I’d love to run with him.

What is your most embarrassing moment on or off the track?

There was one time, I was walking up the bus with a load of shopping, and I tripped up the stairs… my shopping went everywhere. I just grabbed what I could and got off that bus as quickly as I could. I couldn’t take it, I just left stuff there all over the floor, I wanted to disappear. The bus was packed and no one helped me. That was horrible.

What was your favourite sport at school?

I loved hockey, but I chipped my tooth playing when I was about 13, so my dad made me stop. It makes me wonder if I’d never chipped my tooth whether I’d still be doing it, because I loved it so much.

What’s the hardest thing about running?

Nutrition is hard for me. You think it’s simple, you see people with their green smoothies, but it’s really hard! Vegetables are OK, but I have to reward myself – with pizza. I was a chocolate person, but I’ve gone off it a bit lately. I’ll go out once a week on a Friday or Saturday to treat myself, it used to be twice a week, but I had to limit it.

If you could be prime minister, what would be the first thing you’d change?

I’d scrap student loans. Or I’d make Oyster cards cheaper!