I'm Hayley. I'm 49 years old and started running nearly 3 years ago.
Location: Cheltenham Gloucestershire
I run because… In running I've discovered a passion and an ability that I never dreamed would be there . In my life with 4 children and a business to run, I often feel like I have a million balls in the air that I'm juggling, but I think you can always make time for the things that make you happy and I believe it makes me a better parent and person.
AM or PM runner: AM when the world and my children are sleeping. Love singing along to a good tune at dawn with just the milkman about . Having said that now my youngest is a bit older I have been to more evening club sessions this year.
I run solo, with partner, pet or club: All four !! I run with my sister a lot and we go to a few club sessions in the week and if I'm not going too far I also run with my dog.
I run on trails, in my park, by the sea or in the city: I live in the Cotswolds and this year have done a lot more trail running, as my experience and confidence has grown. Also I run a lot around the village where Iive.
When running I wear: I hate being too hot so it's normally shorts or running tights with a vest top.
Favourite tunes whilst running / training: love listening to music whilst running anything goes really but it tends to be charts, throw back 80's or even belting out the odd ballad or two on a long run!!!
Favourite distance and why: Without doubt half marathon distance. I love the steady pace required of a long run and find it so relaxing.
Favourite race event and why: The Handicap Series that my club runs every year. In my first year with the club last year I won the Series and trophy, definitely a proud mummy moment seeing my children’s faces when their old mum brought a trophy home.
Favourite food: Got to be a medium rare steak on a Saturday night with all the trimmings, sets me up great for a Sunday long run or race .
Guilty pleasures:I have an obsession with Randoms, anything chocolate and Mix Up crisps.
Favourite race fuel: SIS gels, Bloks, Randoms and, also love Kind bars.
Running hero or athlete: Mo Farah.
Favourite running or motivational quote: "She believed she could, so she did."
Favourite running book, guide or magazine:Hal Higdon's Half marathon and Run Fast books.
Tip for newbie runners: Remember every step you take is making you stronger. You will have good runs and bad runs but whatever you do, just keep running.
My running goals are: to run a sub 2 hour half marathon.
Why I wear my run angel: It’s my job as a parent to keep myself as safe as possible for my children and loved ones, whilst doing something that gives me so much joy.
He was so much bigger and stronger than me, I felt like his rag doll. This is when I realized, I was alone...