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Tim Burn, aged 23, is a 400 metre runner based in Sheffield. Originally from North Yorkshire, Burn has been in the city since studying at Sheffield Hallam University. Burn is aiming to represent England at next year’s Commonwealth Games.

What have you been doing today?

Had some meetings at work and then headed out for an easy run. Bit of preparation before hard winter training starts next week!

Who is your inspiration and why?

Both of my grandfathers recently passed away, both incredibly talented in there respective trades which I would love to replicate on the track.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Tim Benjamin was my favourite sprinter, his raw flat speed was immense.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Football, which I played before I changed to athletics. I have also grown impartial to a spot of Rugby.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Nobody really!

When was the last time you cried?

Watching Xfactor... does that count?!

Who or what are you most proud of?

Being selected for the England Squad at Loughborough this year.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Pain is only temporary, giving up lasts forever

When did you know you were good at what you do?

When I was playing football my speed on the pitch was great, shame about the ball control!

What’s the one item you take with you wherever you go?

Tennis ball – great for those boring hotel rooms and massage

What is the most nervous that you have ever been?

Prior to the UK champs final at Birmingham

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Try not to! Although with the bought of injuries I have had over the years it has been difficult not to at times. Keep persisting.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

Twitter and Facebook are great for socialising and letting people know what you are up to. I do think the amount of information some people post is scary though, you never know who might see it!

How do you relax away from sport ?

I spend time with the girlfriend and friends away from the track. Games and Wii nights are often a favourite as T-total activities!

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

Pathos – Cyprus. Combined training week and holiday. Would definitely go again, lovely weather and great restaurants.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite? if not who provides that favourite meal?

I am a big fan of cooking. My favourite dishes are Lasagne and sausage casserole. Desert wise can’t beat mum’s apple pie!

What was the last book you read?

I read the Eragon book series a few years back which was fantastic – although I am still waiting for the final book to be written and released.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

If I had the opportunity I would love to have a go at motorsport, I am a real adrenaline junky but at 6’3 its not that practical! I’ve also wanted to give Rugby a real go to.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we are interviewing you?

To gain more of an insight into the life of a part time athlete. Working and training can be difficult to manage but will hopefully be worth it in the long run.

Your favourite television programme?

Recently Game of Thrones, before that the Smallville series based around Superman.