What does running mean to you, and how did you get into running?

Running is freedom.
There’s no better way to relieve stress, release endorphins and clear your head than to go for a run. It’s a great way for me to keep fit and I’ve developed so many friendships through running. I got into running after being asked to fill in for someone at a school athletics race. After somehow winning the race, I enjoyed it so much that I joined the local club and started training.

When did you start with RunThrough, what is your role? 

I started marshalling with RunThrough at the very first race in Bushy Park in 2013, and was a regular event marshal until 2018 when I started full time as the head race timer.

What do you love about RunThrough?

I love the huge community that has continually grown over the years. It’s like one big family and it definitely adds to the great atmosphere we have at events.

What is your favourite RunThrough event, and why? 

My favourite event(s) are the Colchester Zoo 10k & Half Marathon – Such a picturesque start line inside of the zoo, thousands of runners, brilliant atmosphere, live music on stage, & free entry to the zoo afterwards – what’s not to love!?

Name 3 top tips for runners, that you have learnt over the years
  1. Not every run has to be hard/fast and not every run will feel easy – don’t beat yourself up over the tough ones
  2. Remember that rest days are training days. Listen to your body, because if you get injured you’ll wish you took the rest day and still be able to run
  3. Find a running partner/training group – this will definitely help on the days that you don’t feel like getting out and running

What would you say to anyone coming to an event for the first time?

Enjoy yourself! Take in the atmosphere and don’t stress over your race time or position. Everyone is so friendly and supportive, and as long as you’re relaxed, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you’ll end up running quicker than you thought.

What is your proudest moment?

Running for England.

What are your current running/sporting goals?

My current goal is to get fit again after a few years without running. Although I’m doing more gym work I’d like to get back under 17 minutes for 5k.

What is an interesting fact that no-one would know about you…

I taught myself to cut hair aged 14 and I’ve never paid for a haircut!