VERNON Andy < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 07 Jan 1986 in Fareham, ENG
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Natasha, daughter Arya [2018]
Residence England
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Sports Science - St. Mary's University College: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? "I got into athletics through my local club, Stubbington Green Runners. They were holding the annual 10k fun run. I was doing my Sunday morning paper round so I phoned my dad from the paper shop, asked him to run me round in the car and bring some trainers and something to run in for me. I entered the race, won it, signed up to the club that day and went from there. I was 14, I think."
Club / Team Aldershot, Farnham and District: England
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 2015 Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University in California, United States of America, which qualified him for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (on-running.com, 01 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol Australian distance runner Craig Mottram. (eightlane.org, 18 May 2015)
Injuries In 2020 he was affected by persistent calf injuries. "Annoyingly, as pain in one calf settles down and I started to build up my training again, the other calf broke down. This happened four times making it near impossible to get any kind of consistent training in." (Instagram profile, 20 Oct 2020)

In 2019 he had shock wave therapy to treat Achilles tendinopathy and hamstring tendinopathy. (fastrunning.com, 21 Jan 2019)

In 2015 he suffered a high-hamstring tendon injury. (portsmouth.co.uk, 30 Jul 2015)

He was unable to train towards the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 due to an Achilles injury. (portsmouth.co.uk, 27 Mar 2014)

In 2012 he suffered from a stress fracture in his left foot. (athleticsweekly.com, 31 Oct 2012)
Ambitions To compete in the marathon at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (mirror.co.uk, 08 Aug 2018)
Other information NANNYING AND RUNNING
Between 2014 and 2016 he ran a nanny business called 'Athlete Mannies' in London, England. "I previously did combine part-time work as a nanny with running, but it was tricky to balance it with high mileage and racing all over the UK and sometimes abroad. It fitted in really well around my training, meaning I could run in the morning, rest, then pick children up at 15:00, look after them for the afternoon, then run again at 19:00. The parents were really understanding of my need to sometimes take time off for training camps or races abroad, but then I had a great year in 2014, made enough money to survive without the work, and, with the 2016 Olympics fast approaching, I needed to concentrate on running full-time again." (fastrunning.com, 21 Jan 2019)