It’s better to be small and nimble than large and slow. Which is good, as we’re a small, but refined team here at Millican.
We’re growing at a steady pace and I’m sure it won’t be long before we’re adding more members to our growing team.
Since 2008, we’ve managed to assemble a team of freelance experts – Matt, Magnus, Jon, Roger, Cheryl, Moy, Robin, Neil, Russ, Jack to name a few, who’ve all helped create Millican as we know it today.
We’ve been working with Russ for a few years now, he manages our logistics from the warehouse in Kendal with Neil and the rest of the team. If you’ve ever wondered who packed your bag so beautifully in a recycled cardboard box and wrote you a little note, that’s likely to be Russ.
When Russ is not in the warehouse you’ll most probably find him up a fell. He is a passionate fell runner.
Photo courtesey of Planet Fear
I took the opportunity to catch up with Russ a few weeks back, our questions and answer session gave me a real insight into what fell running means to him.
What is your earliest memory of fell running?
No real early memory as I came to fell running fairly late in life. My first race was from The Scree Hotel in Wasdale. I was sure I would be last so was surprised to come midfield. They also did a great Tatie Pot in the entry fee.
What interests you about fell running?
Being able to move fast and light in the fells and be independent.
If you could run any fell over and over, which would it be?
Not sure but I have been fortunate enough to live at the bottom of Kentmere Valley all my life. I have walked and run those fells for 40 years and I’m not tired of it yet.
What would you say is the most important characteristic to make a good fell runner?
The ability to keep pushing yourself as hard as you can when all you want to do is sit down.
Our namesake, Millican Dalton was quoted ‘Don’t mix words, jump to conclusions’, do you have a motto which you live by?
No real motto but be willing to give things a try. You can always achive more than you think.
It wouldn’t be a real Q &A unless I hit Russ with a few quick fire questions…
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
What were your first pair of fell running shoes?
Walsh PB boots.
What do you do when you’re not fell running?
Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, drink wine and family stuff.
Slate Green or Antique Bronze?
Favourite Millican product?
Rob the Traveller.
Ben Nevis, just coming off the summit
In case you were wondering, Russ is number 224 in the green vest.
Anyone spot Wally?