NEVER SET LIMITATIONS TO WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE...
I was that middle of the pack runner. I got lapped and came last in track races. I often didn't get picked for teams, unless I did the steeplechase (I was the only one brave enough to do it). But something always told me I could be better. The desire was always there. Even when finishing 293rd in the National Cross Country Championships.
Ever since my mum ran the London Marathon in 2001, I have dreamed on becoming a marathoner. I found the sport through school cross country. But it wasn't until university when I fell in love with running after 18 months of being away from it.
With persistence and a few attempts at the half marathon, everything started to change following a Christmas day parkrun. Unexpectedly breaking 20 minutes for the first time, I finally started to believe in myself. A subsequent 85 minute half marathon gave me the London Marathon Championship qualifying time for 2016, where I debut in 2:45.
A year on, I progressed to 2:37 and finished first female in the mass start at the London Marathon 2017. It was the race that changed everything.
Earning my first England vest for the Toronto marathon which ended in heartbreak, with a DNF in the Autumn with my first major injury.
I am now on tackling the road to recovery with rehab to get back to the marathon once more.
Follow the highs and lows of my journey as I work to achieve my aspirations over the formidable 26.2 miles.