My running journey began in 2004 at the age of 43 when, inspired to raise funds for Arthritis Research following the death of my grandmother a year previously, I entered the London Marathon. Following a 16-week training plan, I progressed from being an occasional jogger to crossing the finish line of a marathon, showing that it is never to late to start and no goal is too big. When I finished the race, I was exhausted mentally and physically but I was totally hooked and I have been running ever since.
In 2015, I joined Farnham Runners and three years later, I became a member of the Welsh Masters Association and ran for Wales in the Great Birmingham 10K. Shortly afterwards, I qualified to represent my country in the Masters International Cross Country Championships. I have completed many races from 5K parkruns to Ultra marathons and hope to complete my dream of doing all six World Major marathons in Tokyo next March.
In 2018, I became an England Athletics Coach in Running Fitness. I coach for my club at our weekly track sessions as well as co-ordinating our beginner’s course each year.
I am part of the core team at the Alice Holt parkrun and I am a committee member of the Farnham Sports Council.
I hope to share with you my love of running, I cannot rate it highly enough! Running is such an accessible sport, it is excellent for mental and physical fitness, it can be social or competitive but the good news is that you never lose when you go for a run – although winning my age category in races now is an added bonus!