NEVER SET LIMITATIONS TO WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE...
Ever since my mum ran the 2001 London Marathon, I always wanted to be a marathoner. With a little cross country at school and winning the 800m at sports day, it wasn’t until university that I fell in love with running.
A “middle of the pack runner”, I got lapped and finished last in track races. I often didn’t get picked for teams, unless I did the steeplechase because I was the only one brave enough to do it.
Finishing 293rd in the 2012 National Cross Country Championships, I was frustrated by lack of progress. Inspired by Super Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics, I had huge desire to improve.
An unexpected sub 20 minutes at a Christmas day parkrun was a pinnacle moment where things started to change. A subsequent 85 minute half marathon gave me the London Marathon Championship qualifying time for 2016. A naive marathon debut, running 2:45, I finally started to believe in myself.
With structured marathon training, I progressed to 2:37, finishing first female in the Championship race at the 2017 London Marathon.
It was the race that changed everything…
Earning my first England vest for the Toronto Marathon the following Autumn, which ended at mile 10 with a DNF and my first major injury. It was the breakthrough which broke me.
After a year away from competitive running, I’m progressing back to racing and eventually the marathon.
Follow the highs and lows of my journey as I work to achieve my aspirations over the formidable 26.2 miles.