Olympian Chris O'Hare on his of love of trail running

Photo: Ricardo Augusto

Photo: Ricardo Augusto

Chris O'Hare, who won yesterday's Hoka One One Long Island Mile in New York, has made a name for himself on the track and road, but the Scot talked to Trail Running recently about his love of the off-road.

Even though the 26-year-old, who reached the semi-final of the Rio Olympics last year, is used to timing splits to fractions of a second on an oval Mondo surface, he jumps at the chance to forget about the watch and experience running in its purest form.

In the days after reaching the 1500m final at the World Championships in London last month, O'Hare enjoyed getting back to basics by running on trails around his family home near Edinburgh.

Seven days after his World Championships exploits, he said: "It's nice to get on to the soft surfaces and take in the woodland instead of always running on the road or the track.

"My parents live in West Linton outside of Edinburgh and it was good to get back this week and just reflect on the Worlds and just how lucky I am to be 12th in the world and be disappointed with it, whilst taking in the nature and the soft ground and the smell of wet grass and trees. It's nice to get back to where I started.

"This whole week I left my watch at home and just ran how I felt and it was great to get back to nature and back to where I started my running career up in the hills and just enjoy running."

O'Hare is Britain's 11th quickest 1500m runner in history with his personal best of 3:33.61 from this year. In the Big Apple he clocked a winning 3:56.22 in the third edition of the mile road race, which was renamed in honour of twice winner David Torrence, a US Olympian who died last week at the age of 31.