Active Family

My children have a different sporting activity every day of the week, and weekends for us are race days!  Running is my passion, and it is something that the girls are also developing a real love for.  On Saturday mornings I can be found either running or as a volunteer at my local parkrun and on Sunday mornings I can be found as a volunteer at Junior parkrun as both girls run.  We are there whatever the weather and we love the parkrun community and our running family.

Running has not always been such a huge part of my life, I started running in September 2014 and ran up to November 2015 when I had to stop due to some very serious injuries that could have lead to permanent disabilities.  I was 20 weeks pregnant at the time and had completed my first marathon two weeks prior.  In March 2016 my son was born and I could not wait to begin running again.  I had to wait until the all clear from physio and in August 2016 have begun running and joined a running club.  Whilst pregnant I competed in all race distances from 2K fun runs to marathon.

Why I run?

It is certainly true that once you get bitten by the running bug you find it hard to stop.  I am by no means the quickest, in fact one of the slowest but this is simply irrelevant to me.  I run because I love it.  I run because:

- I like to eat cake, and if I did not run I would simply spend all day eating cake
- It gives me freedom to think
- It clears my mind and helps me to unwind
- I get to meet some fantastic people
- It is my time for me

My Dreams

When I was younger I cannot remember anyone running.  I wanted to play football and cricket but school told me these were not sports played by girls.  They are sports I enjoy and to be told they are not 'for girls' was something that really stayed with me.  I want to show my children that there are no 'girls' sports or 'boys' sports.  Sport is sport and open for all regardless of gender.  I want to show them that women can get muddy, dirty, sweaty and still be women.  I want them to accept sport as a normality.  Most importantly I want them to develop a love for the outdoors and for the freedom this can bring.

I have of course dreams for my running, I want to travel the world, running in each country and have my family there to cheer me on or take part in fun runs.  My running bucket list is:

1. London Marathon - running in April 2018 for Meningitis Research Foundation
2. Disneyland Paris Half Marathon
3. Super Heroes half marathon
4. Star Wars Dark Side Half marathon
5. Disney Castaway Cay Challenge - Completed in 2017
6. Dopey challenge
7. Yorkshire Coast 10K - Completed October 2017
8. Brighton Marathon
9. Trail run in the Lake district
10. Run a race in Central Park NYC
11. Complete an Ultra marathon [perhaps just once and just because I like the challenge]
12. Istanbul marathon - simply to cross from Europe to Asia in one run!
13. Great Ocean Road Marathon
14. Rock n Roll Half marathon -Completed 2017
15. The chocolate race - Canada
16. Cakeathon
17. Run a race at sunset
18. Run a race with my children [a non fun run]
19. Great North Run
20. Complete the major marathons series

Upcoming races and events

Races in 2018:

Sat 20 Jan Night Run Nostell
Sat 27 Jan Waterway 30

Sun 4 Feb Mickledon Straddle
Sat 24 Feb Carssington Half

Fri 9 Mar         Norton 9
Sun 11 Mar Retford Half
Sat 17 Mar Langsett 13
Sun 18 Mar Windmill 6

Sun 8 Apr Manchester Mara
Sun 22 Apr London Mara

Sat 19 May Liverpool RnR
Sat 20 May Liverpool RnR

Sun 3 Jun Ramathon
Sat 9 Jun         School Run
Sat 23 Jun Pennine Barrier 50 mile
Sat 30 Jun Endure 24

Sun 15 Jul Toss O coin

Sun 9 Sep Shepley
Sun 16 Sep Berlin marathon
Sat 29 Sep Stairway to heaven

Sun 7th Oct     Chicago marathon

The dogs

J loves to run and explore and has accompanied me on many training runs,  He has completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks and is my faithful companion.  Spotty dog is still in training to overcome her fear of dogs so is unable to run at the moment.  I am currently looking into the canine running clubs available and hope to take the dogs with me on more runs.  

Past races