October 13, 2021

Location: London (but I’m a born and raised Lancashire Lass)

I run because I love it, I’m passionate about health and fitness and running helps me cope with a demanding career.

AM or PM runner: I definitely prefer PM, I just feel like I have more in the tank, and I love a good post work run to clear away the stress of the day. Although that said sometimes I do love just to get up and get out there.

I run solo, with partner, pet or club: At the moment I run solo, or with the ASICS FrontRunner team. My boyfriend has recently just started running so I can’t wait until we can head out for longer runs together. I also volunteer as a guide runner, so frequently I run with a VI athlete- this is my favourite way to run, its so wonderful having company! I’ve tried running with my dog but she gets really excitable and jumps up at me!

I run on trails, in my park, by the sea or in the city: My favourite route in London is along the Thames, close to where I live. Although I try to run anywhere I can! My favourite route of all time is running along the beach at Formby close to my parents’ home.

When running I wear: I always wear brightly coloured leggings, the more in your face the better. I also alternate between my ASICS Dynaflytes for longer runs and my Roadhawks for short fast runs. I never leave home without my Garmin!

Favourite tunes whilst running / training: This changes all the time, I never like to listen to the same playlist. I’m also a Zumba instructor so I really love Latin rhythms. A real guilty pleasure is mambo number 5, I find when I’m feeling tired its great to help set your pace to!

Favourite distance and why: 10k I love this mental battle between distance and speed. I’ve only recently started running half marathons and I do love the sense of accomplishment that comes with that distance.

Favourite race event and why: The Mad Dog 10K in Southport. It’s a beautiful route along the seafront close to where my family are based. The atmosphere is incredible and the organisers work tirelessly to make the event a success. Money raised goes to local charities and I’ve seen first hand the benefits of this. Swansea half marathon will also always have a very special place in my heart as my first half marathon.

Favourite food: Has to be Pizza (I should probably say something healthy as a runner, but no….pass me the cheese)

Guilty pleasures: I’m an absolute popcorn addict.

Favourite race fuel: This changes depending on what I’ve tried or what race I’m fuelling. At the moment I love the Chia Charge peanut flapjacks, they’re so soft and tasty.

Running hero or athlete: It is a tough choice! Mo Farrah, Usain Bolt, Jonnie Peacock and Jess Ennis-Hill are all up there! I also have a massive respect for David Brown (American Para Athlete) and his guide Jerome Avery. I was lucky enough to see them at the World Para Athletics last month, the bond and friendship they have as runner and guide is incredible.

Favourite running or motivational quote: I run because I like cake (it is very true!)

Favourite running book, guide or magazine: I love Women’s’ Running.

Tip for newbie runners: Try a Parkrun - you’ll never look back.

My running goals are: My absolute dream is to run the London Marathon.

Why I wear my run angel: I frequently run on my own and run angel gives me the added security and confidence to head out and explore new routes. I have had issues when running solo in the past and run angel really helps me feel safe. I also use my run angel when guiding or volunteering at parkrun, it really helps knowing you have an instant way to alert others to an issue.

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