I have run in 4: 2012/13/14 and 2016. I had to withdraw from the 2015 event due to my daughter returning home from Australia for a holiday.
Tell us about your MSM experience.
I met David (Jago) and Jim (Vidler) out on the course the very first day of 2013; they were going one way and me the other. As we had numbers 10, 11 and 12 we just said “Hi” every time we passed, then it became “Hi 11, Hi 12”. In fact, it was quite some time before we got to know each other’s names, and even now during races we will call each other by our numbers when shouting encouragement.
I started running when I turned 40 to get fit for a swimming life saving course. I began running on my own, but got fed up with the rude remarks people made. While walking in the park one day a race was going on. I spoke to a volunteer marshal who mentioned the local club she belonged to, which got me thinking. I have not looked back since; Crystal Palace Fun Runners has been my club for the last 27 years.
I have completed 22 London Marathons, 19 Beachy Head Marathons, plus marathons in Paris, Monaco, Fort William, Giants Head and the Dorset Invader to name a few.
Running the London Marathon with my daughter who was completing her first marathon. The look on her face when we crossed the line and she turned to me and said “Thanks Mum” was worth any medal, even if she did try and race me to the line!
I have been injured since running the Camelot Challenge last September so I have had to wear my sensible head, which is really hard. However, l want to be running in 10 years time so at the moment, for me, it’s little and often.
I have a few tips:
I have run in the Mid Sussex Marathon twice now, in 2013 and 2016.
Jim (Vidler) and I were already friends (since 2010) when we first ran the MSM in 2013. We said hello to “Number 10” every day as Jim and I were numbers 11 and 12. On completion of the third and final leg of the Marathon we went to a local pub and got chatting to Carol and her husband Fred. After a drink and a meal we went our separate ways, but bumped into Carol and Fred again a few months later at the Bewl 15. We swapped numbers, connected on Facebook and have been friends ever since, meeting up at different running events.
I started running in 2012 to lose weight and get fit.
The scenery, along with the support; whether you are fast or slow, fellow runners and supporters watching help to motivate and support you along, especially if you’re having an off day.
Finishing my first marathon – Brighton Marathon in 2013, completing the Beachy Head Marathon 2013 and my first ultra marathon – 50k Stockholm, 2015.
Go with the flow; start slow build it up to your comfortable distance. I also like a statement I saw in a gym: “it doesn’t matter how slow you are, you’re always lapping someone on the couch”. My advice to seasoned runners is: don’t run injured, give yourself time to heal; there is always another event.