Occupation: Speech and Language Therapist at Peterborough City Hospital, currently on maternity leave.
Years Running: 11 years
Favourite race: The Great North Run. The atmosphere is amazing and I always love the Red Arrows fly over and display at the end. I also particularly enjoyed the Manchester Marathon and really enjoyed Equinox24 when I was part of an 8 man team.
Least Favourite Race: The Stamford 30k valentines run 2014. My target time was unrealistic and I consequently paced the whole thing wrong, going out too quickly and paying the price later on. I do feel like I've finally made my peace with this race though as I completed it this year and felt much more comfortable this time, running at a much more sensible pace.
Why did you start running? I started running when I was at university in Newcastle and got a place in the Great North Run through the university. I had no idea how much I'd love it and how addicted I would become. Back then it was easy to fit in runs around university, now it takes a bit more planning due to work and family commitments. I've got a 3year old and a 9 month old so it can be tricky getting out when I want to. However, I just take every opportunity that I can to fit the runs in and I'm lucky that I have a very tolerant husband!
Injuries received?: The injury that kept me out for the longest was a metatarsal stress fracture. I ended up taking 3 months off in the run up to the Edinburgh Marathon and the ultra run that I had planned in June 2011 and was miserable during that time! I think I have been fairly lucky since starting running again after giving birth as I haven't really had any niggles.
Furthest Distance ran?: In 2011 I ran the Coast to Coast from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in Newcastle. It was 145 miles over 5 days with my husband supporting me on his bicycle. I also ran The Wall in 2014 which was 69 miles from Carlisle to Gateshead.
Trainers worn: On Cloud Runners and Brooks.
Top tip from your experience: I stopped running for about 3 months when I was heavily pregnant and around the birth of my second son. It can be hard to get going again when you've had a few months out but it is totally worth it, mentally and physically. I never thought I would get my fitness back but by starting slowly and being sensible with my training, my fitness has slowly improved. Don't beat yourself up if life gets in the way of your training plans and just get out when you can. You'll feel better for it!
How many miles do you run per week? Usually around 35 but it's very dependent on my husband's shifts.
Favourite Running Kit? My Garmin forerunner 405. I literally can't leave the house without it when I go for a run.
Other hobbies? Life is busy with two small children so most of my spare time is spent with them and my husband. I also enjoy the occasional swim as well as reading and eating out. Oh, and I shouldn't forget "wine nights" with my sister, Penny!
GRC was formed during the summer of 2010 by a group of runners
ranging from the complete novice to the seasoned club runner.
Since forming we have been a vibrant, growing club with almost
200 members and three UKA licensed coaches and twelve UKA licensed run leaders . We hope that joining not only
improves the times and enjoyment from your running but also introduces
you to new friends and the activities we take part in.