A year later, I ran my first half marathon.
I didn’t exactly excel at PE at school and it took me until I was much older to realise you could be active without being sporty and I started going to the gym and taking classes. But it doesn’t have the camaraderie of a club or team.
I turned up at WERR absolutely petrified, but I couldn’t have been luckier to end up in the loveliest, most encouraging group. Everybody’s effort is equally valued and whether that ends up in a 40 minute 10k or an 80 minute 10k, the encouragement and the applause are the same. I feel like I have really found my thing. The impact the club can have on someone’s whole life is unreal.
And it turns out I am competitive too – I just never thought I was. I love the friendly competition and
how it spurs us on to improve and now I think, I won’t just be able to go further, I’ll be able to go
In the picture,I am with my wee cheer squad. One of the huge pluses of running for me is showing my girls that non sporty girls can still achieve really cool things.