So who is this Guto?
I first heard of Guto in school at Newport. He was a local legend because he ran the 12 miles from Newport to Bedworth in 53 minutes. They used to say he could catch a bird in flight and beat a horse. 53 minutes - that's the same time as Haile Gebrselassie today and this was in 1737. Guto's girlfriend - Sian - used to promote his running and for the Bedworth race the prize was 1000 guineas - a fortune for the time. Apparently she slapped him on the back in congratulations and he dropped down dead. I've taken such an interest in the subject that I've started researching a book.
Had you done any writing before the story telling project?
No, not at all. A friend took me to an open evening then I put my application in. I was quite surprised to get the call. Now I think...if only I had a computer. The people at the workshop give you such confidence; I'd love to do more.
How did you start thinking about the story you were going to tell?
I was on a packed train out of Cardiff and the Welsh actor Ioan Gruffydd was standing. He got out at a stop and ran to 1st class. As I watched him run down the platform I just thought, because of the way he looked with that sort of Italian Welshness - he could be Guto!
What are your favourite places to run?
Oh...there are lots. But I used to live in Stockholm for three years and I loved to run through the forest parks that go in and out of the city. The ground beneath the pine trees is so soft and forgiving, you can run for miles. Of course, I also love the canals in Newport, we're quite lucky for that here. I once ran with a friend, out along the canals, all the way to Brecon...it was just so beautiful we didn't want to stop.
What was the workshop experience like?
I enjoyed the storytelling workshop - all the technology fascinated me. It was a good introduction and it felt as if I had only put a foot in the water.