Running motto: I’m a fun runner who got into bad company.
Reason you took up running: I started at a works lunchtime running group about 15 years ago, mainly to keep myself away from a very good canteen which was not doing my waistline any good. Some of the crowd there took things a bit too seriously (e.g. taking me out for ‘a short gentle run’ which turned out to be 5 miles over the hills before their serious run that evening!) I was soon talked into my first race, first half marathon, first full marathon… When I left the company I was hooked on running but couldn’t get the motivation to go out by myself, although there was this local club called the Striders which had just formed and arranged a really good 10K race... Joining up was the obvious move and I’ve really enjoyed being a member for the last 7 years.
Running highs: It has to be getting the ‘good for age’ time in my 4th marathon, Manchester 2013, which guaranteed me a place in the London marathon the next year. I’d been trying to get it for 2-3 years before that. Also winning a 5 mile fun run in Macclesfield the previous December.
Running lows: Injuries, usually somewhere on my right ankle. And several half or full marathons over the years where I’ve got to the point of stopping and walking.
Worst Injury: Torn Achilles tendon, caused by sprinting around a football pitch a few weeks after the Manchester marathon. I wasn’t fouled, it just snapped when there was nobody near me, I’d obviously just overdone it. It needed an operation, several weeks in plaster, and a total of 6 months with no running (unless you count a park run wearing an orthopaedic boot & on crutches).
Best race to date: London & Brighton marathons (2007 & 2011). Incredible atmosphere from big crowds at both of them, even though they were both far too hot and I had to stop & walk for a bit both times. Brighton is my home town so I’m biased there.
Worst race to date: Can’t really think of any bad ones, so I’ll say miles 19-24 of almost every marathon I’ve ever done.
Favourite race to date: My favourite race is the Parbold Hill race, because it was a challenge, running up a quarry, through beautiful countryside with mud, streams etc, and some formidable hills, a good feeling of achievement.
Running highs: My running highs are just the sheer pleasure of running, when you're not too tired and you got energy, its liberating and not what I thought I'd be doing right now. I like the final sprint to the finishing line.
Running lows: My running lows are when you're running tired, on low energy, when any sensible person would stop and walk!
When did you start running: Started running a bit at school, enjoyed cross country running and occasionally 800m,
Injuries received: been very lucky so far!
How many miles do you cover a week: I cover about 25k on a good week, but I also cycle and play badminton.
Longest race run: Longest race was the Congleton Half Marathon, I think I would like to do a marathon but a bit afraid to do it just yet!
Other hobbies: Being with my family, walking the dog, gardening, cycling, badminton, and drawing, painting and sculpting with clay, cooking and eating good food, and sleeping, which I do very well!!
When did you start running: I started running at school in the Cross Country team. I wasn't ever the fastest but my points always came in useful when the team scores were added up. One Wednesday evening a couple of years ago, whilst plodding happily through Bradwall I encountered the Striders out for their weekly run. Mik swooped on me to extol the virtues of the club. He ran backwards whilst he gave me his sales pitch so I eventually agreed to give the Striders a go!
Occupation: Dental Training Advisor
Favourite Race to date: Would have to be Race the Train although in my case it was more like chase the train!!! or Hell up North.
Running Highs: I have lots of great memories from winning most improved runner in 2008(still don’t know how I managed that one!!), club camping weekends at Race the Train; completing my first triathlon but probably mostly just being part of such a great group of people.
Running Lows: City Of Manchester 10K in June 2005 which was just a bad race for me, It was the hottest day of the year and they had run out of water on the course (I’m not good in the heat!!).
When did you start running: I began running 15 years ago with Jill Young when we used to pound the pavements of Lower Peover on a Saturday morning. After a break from my first Child we began running again and joined Sandbach Striders and Strollers (as it was called then!!) in Feb 2005.
Why did you start running: I first started running to fit in to my wedding dress but then after joining Sandbach Striders I enjoyed the social side of running which the club brings.
Injuries received: I used to have problems with my hip and knee but this was resolved with a pair of new shoes. I have also tore my calf muscle which resolved with rest and some exercises from the physio.
How many miles do you cover a week: 3-6 depending on time. You will usually find me on a Wednesday running the shorter route or running at the back with newcomers to the club.
Longest race run: Chester Half marathon in May 2010.
Other hobbies: I play netball in a local league ( I have been known to run a 10K then go off to play netball although that hasn't happened in a while!!!), keep fit, cycling and spending time with my family (usually either by the side of a football pitch or cricket field!!)
Favourite Race to date: I don't enter, or compete at too many races, and would say I enjoy nearly all of them. The clubs Deja Vu marathon, was a great with all the support and people you know. The other club events have been great too (Doughnut challenge, treasure hunt, etc), but I probably would say that this years Chester marathon would be my favourite.
Running highs: Well there are so many I could mention on this journey but I tend to like the real long stuff in the pouring rain gail force winds and even the odd bit of snow. Ive been blessed to be able to run some fantastic events and ultra marathons. I love anything off-road and particularly love the Yorkshire Moors or the Peak District races where hills get you and no-one cares if you listen to some music.
Running lows: Getting injuries, being sick after a really long run (happened too often for a while) .
Worst Injury: I’m writing this sitting with an ice pack on a very swollen and twisted ankle. However the worst injury has to be the IT band injury I sustained whilst training for my first marathon. Painful and it just would not go away for some months.
Best race to date: Marathon du Medoc 2013
Miles Covered per week: Varies on event I am training for. However, I like to get out and do a social club run on the Wednesday night, A run by myself on a Friday and a long run at the weekend. But I take 1 weekend in 3 off completely so about 40-60 on a big week and about 15-20 on an average week
Other hobbies: Motorhoming and Crystal palace FC to name a couple but I have had so many over the years.
Occupation: Dental Hygienist
When did you start running? I started running about 2007
Why did you start running? To keep fit and meet people mainly. I hated the gym, and much preferred to be outside. I was really nervous joining a running club, thinking everyone would be really good runners, and competitive, but pleasantly surprised at how friendly you all were, and all abilities… that must be about 7 years ago now, and I’m still here!
Favorite Race: Probably like most others, there are many races which I have really enjoyed and others not so much. I like the variety, and depending how fit/ unfit I am at the time, have different memories. I do like the more off road runs recently though. Not the big ultra runs, but the little fell races at country fairs, such as Bosley, and Burrator fell race which we did on holiday in Devon this year, Cloud 9, Race the Train and the Cheltenham Circular. Although I think the Marathon du Medoc does have to be there at the top of my list... for the fun of it, great camaraderie, party, fancy dress and great bunch of striders at the end… looking forward to this year.
Miles per week: Depends on injuries and training plans and enthusiasm, but anything 0 – 30 miles per week.
Injuries: You name it, as soon as i train for anything big. I have the worst running style, all lop sided, probably why i get so many. Shin splints, plantar fasciitis, torn tendons, and currently a sprained ankle. Spent a fortune on physio but i keep on coming back.
Favorite Running Kit: I had a lovely pair of red Salomon trail shoes which I loved. They eventually wore out and I now have Innovate Roclite, which are nowhere near as good. I can feel all the stones underfoot. Does Vaseline count as kit? It was essential for Medoc last year!
Other Hobbies: Cooking, entertaining, food in general, reading my collection of recipe books, camping with Chris and Andre, walking in the hills, coastal walks and currently having piano lessons.
Occupation: Marketing Officer, South Cheshire College
Why did you start running? I worked in Saudi Arabia as a Medical Secretary from 16 December 1983 to 5 February 1992, in 6 months I went from 7.10 to 9.10 due to the fact that the commissary never catered for single people, so it was always family meals. You could not buy a packet of kit-kats (it was a box). That coupled with the fact I was finished work at 3pm, 100 degrees heat and no exercise made me realise I had to change. When I was in the UK, I was a medical secretary in a busy hospital, worked 3 nights a week in a bar, ran my own scout group and I played netball for a team. I was always on the go, I never watched that much TV. In Saudi I was contacted by other like-minded ladies and we formed the EPRR (Eastern Province Road Runners). We were sponsored by Kanoo Travel and King Abdullah Azizh. I got the bug which led me to completing many 5K, 10K half marathons, time trials, duathalons. I was also part of the ladies marathon relay team that competed every year in the Bahrain Marathon we always won. I completed my first ever marathon 3 days after the first Gulf War cease fire n a time of 3.45 (3rd female). I also got the added bonus of meeting the fastest runner in the EPRR male team, who was a lean mean running machine (my hubby Richard). He had run 27 marathons by then (fastest one in 2.27).
Injuries received? Stress fracture to ankle bone in right foot.
Favourite race: A toss up between Marathon du Medoc (the sheer decadence of it), and Crewe Déjà vu (the Striders’ ‘family’ at its best).
Why did you start running? Originally? How can I put this? It was 1983, and I was inspired by Jimmy Savile’s fund-raising exploits (sadly this is true). I got injured the following year and gave up for more than 20 years until I looked in the mirror in 2005 and saw a very fat man looking back at me, so I started pounding the streets of Middlewich on my own. Three years later I was running in the Moulton Pie and Peas race, and the guy who finished one place behind me (John Lawton) mentioned the Sandbach Striders, so I found out about them and joined.
Injuries received? Strained an Achilles in 1984. Apart from that, nothing besides the occasional muscle twinge.
Furthest Distance ran? 26.2 miles plus a 400m lap-of-honour (thanks Steve Treweeks) at the Crewe Déjà vu last week.
Favourite running kit? Anything fancy dress and, of course, my famous white lycra shorts.
How many miles do you run per week? I normally manage about 40 miles per week (typically including a 13 mile run on Saturday, and two rest days)
Other hobbies? Amateur Dramatics (very occasionally).
Favourite race: has to be Congleton, least favourite was Langley 7!
Why did you start running? I started running about 12 years ago and been a club member for 2 years and have since done most races and improved my distance, I cannot remember why I started but could not live without!
Injuries received? Had no injuries so far but get occasional backache!
Furthest Distance ran? My furthest distance is about 16 miles but hopefully should be 26.2 when I hopefully finish the Déjà vu marathon.
Favourite running kit? Definitely my skins and I have various shoes from Brooks and Asics.
Other hobbies? Tennis, Cycling, Skiing and recently taken up Pilates and Yoga. Also I like cooking and baking and a nice thriller to read, ah and football (Man U and Germany) and not to forget travelling with favorite place being South America...
Occupation: Acoustics Engineer
Years Running: ~8 years
Favourite Race: Far too many to pick a single favourite – Snowdon Mountain Race is spectacularly stupid, run up Llanberis path to summit & then return back along same route – the longest piece of downhill running I’ve ever done! The Roaches fell race is another favourite, a good proper fell race (i.e. includes a river crossing) that always feels a relief to have completed. Running the full length of the Sandstone Trail earlier this year was also a fantastic day out that I will be returning to (hopefully next year).
Least Favourite Race: There’s a time & a place for every race – Crewe Air Products 10k with its 2 laps of Crewe industrial estate may not be inspiring but if you want a quick 10k it’s not bad. I’ve had some bad personal experiences in a few races but I’d never allow that to put me off. I guess the races I like least are those that are missing the spirit & camaraderie of some of the brilliant races I have been lucky to enjoy – the races where people don’t give a wave & say thanks to all the volunteer marshals, where it’s deemed acceptable to throw empty gel wrappers aside because everyone else is doing it, where it’s ok to run with earphones & isolate you from the people around you – you get the idea – basically any big, over-organised (but often poorly organised), over-priced, event.
Why You Started Running: A bit of post-university weight-loss & a chance to explore the local area when I moved to Wheelock.
Injuries sustained: Nothing major to date… the occasional niggles that I generally ignore. Have been to a physio once or twice but generally end up paying good money for their expert opinion & then promptly ignoring it!
Furthest Distance to Date: I ran the Lakeland 50 a few years back which I thoroughly enjoyed, will definitely try a 100 mile one day but that will take some preparation.
Favourite bit of running kit: My first pair of Inov8 Roclite 305’s (they’ve changed the design now & it’s not for the better) just for the adventures they took me on! The only thing I’ve never been running without is my shorts (unlike some other club members!) & I’m often more interested in my post-race clothing, especially the nice thick, dry, warm socks!
Trainers worn: Currently wearing Asics GT-2170 for my road running – my favourite method of trainer purchasing is still to do a blind test in a proper running shop with a whole range of trainers & just buying whichever feel most comfortable – often works out to be quite expensive but at least I know I can feel the difference in performance & therefore I’m getting value for money!
Other Hobbies: Being a Dad – quite time consuming but very rewarding!
Miles per week: Wanted to achieve a 1000 miles this year (a bit down on the usual 1200ish) so that’s somewhere about 20 miles/week! A lot less than you may think I run!
Years Running: 8/9 years
Favourite Race: Wincle Trout Run
Least Favourite Race: Totton 10km in Hampshire. I have chosen this as my least favourite race purely because one year it was so hot I was nearly getting a lift from the sweeper ambulance!
Injuries sustained: I’ve got a problem with a joint in my lower back, near to my hip. The bones keep wriggling out of place and need to be manipulated back into place by a physiotherapist every couple of years. I’ve also had inflammation fluid trapped in my foot, but, once again, this was treated by a physio.
Furthest Distance to Date: 12.5 miles
Trainers worn: Brooks Ariel
Other Hobbies: I love spending time with my family and friends and, when I’m in the mood, I like reading; my favourite books are Jane Eyre and Jamaica Inn. I also enjoy visiting a range of places from historic buildings to the beach.
Miles per week: 16 miles but I’ve just started to increase this.
Years Running: Off and on for ~15yrs (with big 'lose of mojo' gaps in between, I'm rubbish - I find it hard it really hard to stay motivated!)
Favourite Race: London Marathon 2011 (start to mile 22; mile 26 to 26.2!)
Least Favourite Race: London Marathon 2011 (mile 22 to mile 26!)
Why You Started Running: To keep fit (I used to play lots of team sports, but after leaving uni and coming up to the NW I needed to find something else...). Also, as a result of a dare (to run the London Marathon in 1999)!
Injuries sustained: Nothing too serious, just niggles around my ankle, shin and calf.
Furthest Distance to Date: 26.2 (although my Garmin said 27.1!)
Favourite bit of running kit: I'd love to sound cool and say my Garmin Forerunner 405 but in reality it's my Shock Absorber sports bra - just can't run without it (well, only the once in the NE!)...
Trainers worn: Asics (but I'm considering a change!)
Other Hobbies: Reading and tormenting my family!
Miles per week: 0-25 depending on the mojo!
Miles per week: About 12 to 15 normally, and up to about 40 during the latter stages of marathon training, I only ever run 3 times a week or I generally break!
Years running: 18 months
Favourite race: Marathon du medoc (wine,food,sun and a bit of a run, unbeatable!)
Least favourite race: Crewe 10k, but enjoyed that to a degree, just no scenery!
Why did you start running? Lifetime ambition to run a marathon after knee surgery
Injuries sustained: (Current) heel pain, and have had tight hamstrings last year.
Farthest distance to date: Marathon - doing sandstone trail in may (33miles)
Favourite bit of running kit: Garmin gps watch
Trainers worn: Brooks glycerin 9 (proper advice makes a difference for trainers)
Other hobbies: Collecting watches, anything mechanical.
Miles per week: Currently nil! (am going to cycle to retain fitness until injury free, but on average 20 to 25 miles a week.