Date you joined Sutton Runners:
September 2007 I think?
Do you do any other sports?
An occasional game of tennis…which actually means I played twice a couple of years ago.
When did you start running?
2000 – I lived in Australia for three years and fitness is a massive part of their lives which eventually rubbed off on me. A friend convinced me to enter a race called City to Surf – I even had to get up at 5 to run before it got too hot, which to me is total dedication!
If an 8-year-old asked you why you ran, what would you say?
To run off the stresses of having to teach you all day.
Favourite race distance:
Probably ten miles but there is something quite special
about a marathon.
It has to be the London Marathon. The atmosphere,
scenery and buzz from the crowds makes all the weeks
of training worth it. Running over London Bridge reduces
me to tears – although last year just watching it made
What motivates you?
Growing up I hated exercise and the only time you would
see me run would be for last orders at the bar. Nobody,
including myself, would ever have dreamed that one day
I would find a passion for running.
Favourite training session or route?
For me it has to be Richmond Park for the fantastic
scenery and normally quite good perving opportunities!
You can’t beat a roast dinner with all the trimmings –
and one day I may even have a go at cooking one.
Who / what inspires you?
My Granny – a very special person in my life who I adore.
Do you have any race rituals/superstitions?
No – maybe this is where I am going wrong!
If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?
I would go forward 40 years as I’m intrigued to know
what kind of old lady haircut I will have.
What do you have in your fridge right now?
I hate cooking so not a lot apart from mini eggs, vodka
and a large selection of sports drinks I seem to have
What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up
in the morning?
What do you do for a living?
Teacher in a primary school and before you say it, yes I
know we get a lot of holidays and I enjoy every single day
Any race tips:
Always wear waterproof mascara – panda eyes are so
not a good look.
Best race / Proudest achievement?
My third London Marathon – knocking an hour and a half
off my previous time was an amazing feeling.
Tadworth Ten – as much as I love hills, doing that one
twice is not what I call fun.
5 things people wouldn’t know about me
1 – I’ve been ‘wild in the aisles’ with Dale Winton on
2 – I’m a member of the Home and Away fan club
3 – I can’t burp
4 – Ken Barlow is my now, not so secret older man crush
5 – My family all call me Betty
Hopes for the future?
To stop being late for everything and that one day I will
learn when it is a good idea to stop drinking.
10k: 48.48 10m 1:22 half marathon 1:51