About me

marathonfinishHmm. About me. Always a tricky one!

I guess I’d describe myself as a 34 year-old female fresh air fanatic, with a bit of a penchant for nuts (of the edible variety). Particularly almonds and macadamia nuts… but really, any nuts. Mum to an enthusiastic four year-old, lapsed musician, regular training hermit. And probably not your average librarian.

As this blog is ostensibly about running, I probably ought to mention that my preferred method of getting said fresh air fix is to go running. The further the better; over the hills and far away, except this being the land of the Fens, there aren’t that many hills really.

I started running three years ago, a few months after my lovely little girl turned one. Having previously been a fairly decent rower and sculler, I found I needed a competitive outlet that wasn’t going to take up quite as much time as messing about in boats on the river. Fast forward a couple of years and running now takes up just as much time as rowing ever did, but at least it’s much more portable.

It all started with a parkrun, which turned into several parkruns… which turned into a way of life. My home parkrun, and favourite place to be, is at the beautiful Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, where I’m now also part of the core team (in the role of Volunteer Coordinator) for the junior parkrun too. I think it’s fair to say that the sunny Saturday morning at the end of April 2014 when I first turned up to run at Wimpole changed my life.

That year I ran lots of 5k and 10k races, and a couple of Half Marathons too. I also joined the Blue & White army that goes under the name of the Endurance Running section of the Cambridge & Coleridge Athletics Club.

In 2015 I ran my first marathon, my second marathon, and my first ever ultra, and I’ve never looked back. Onwards and ever onwards, I can’t wait to see where the trails take me next!