Like many ladies I decided to enter the Race for Life but thought I ought to do some training. I came across a leaflet for the Women's Running Network and it was just what I needed. It took a lot of courage to turn up for that first session but I have never looked back. Fast forward to 2008 and I decided to share my obsession with others so enrolled on a Fitness in Running and Walking Course (the predecessor of the Leadership in Running Fitness course) and within a month of completing that I found myself on a Level 2 Endurance coach course.
I will never be fast, can claim the honour of coming last in a race (although I crossed the finishing line with someone younger so technically I wasn't last in the results) and no longer enter races unless they are more about having a good time and involve dressing up, eating, mud, water, ice, fire or having dye thrown at me! And of course a large slab of cake at the end never goes amiss.
After a lifetime of other sports, I decided that my early forties was time for change. So I decided to try running and joined a Women's Running Network group.
The support and encouragement was so much more than I expected and I went from novice to a "not bad" runner in a very short time. But more importantly, I made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun. And I still do!
I became a leader in 2014 and love encouraging people to start running and continue achieving. Liz and I are lucky to have a really social group who welcome new runners so enthusiastically that you'll soon feel like you've known them for years.
Feel free to contact us with any questions and I look forward to meeting you.