My running journey: The early years (1994-2011)
May11

My running journey: The early years (1994-2011)

Although I write a lot about running, I realise I’ve never written about my running journey from the start, particularly the early years. I’m proud of the fact that I started running in 1994 and have never given up. Although in those early years I didn’t run a fraction of the distance I do now. It was my husband who persuaded me to start running in 1994. I was 20 years old and still at university. He’d been at...

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How my half marathon times have improved in over 20 years of running
Jun14

How my half marathon times have improved in over 20 years of running

When I ran the Tewkesbury half marathon last month, it was my 12th half marathon. I thought it would be interesting to look back on how my half marathon times have changed in over 20 years. I ran my first half marathon in 1995. Yes, 1995. There were no times on the internet, email or text. I would have looked my time up in the newspaper the following day – on the shelf in the newsagent because I couldn’t afford to buy my own...

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(Half) Marathon woman
Sep09

(Half) Marathon woman

I have run three half marathons in my life – two back in the dim and distant past and one earlier this year. I run my fourth on Sunday. Running a half marathon is a commitment. You can’t just do it, you need to find space for it in your life. But it is DO-ABLE. The commitment is not as big as doing a full marathon, swimming the Channel (or the Thames!), a Three Peaks or an Ironman. I firmly believe pretty much anyone could...

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