What got you interested in running in the first place?   Seemed to be naturally good at sports at school, particularly Cross Country and football.  Was Senior Victor at Grammar School in 400/800/1200 on sports day.  Later trained with John Brown and 2 others who became Olympic runners.  In early 20s joined Hallamshire Harriers and won lots of races.  Gave up football at 25 to concentrate on running

Who inspires you?

Was inspired by Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe in the 1980s and thought would go for half marathons but  discovered that the track was where I had most success and excelled at 800m, being ranked in the top 100 in the country.


Some stats

PBs : 1.51.9 for 800m and have run faster than the current women’s world record

50 secs for 400m

3.51.8 for 1500m.  All in my 20s.

33 approx for 10K

53.40 approx for 10 miles

European Fire Service Champion in the 800m twice and Captained the British Team in the European Championships in Stuttgart.

Derbyshire Champion in 400m O40 and O50 age group.

Derbyshire x country champion O40 and O50

Competed in World Veterans Athletic Championships in 800 and 1500 metres and was 13th fastest over 800m when in 40 age group.

3rd in British Championships 800m.  Could have been quicker but sustained calf injury preventing adequate training pre-race.

2012 – Completed Joss Naylor Challenge (A fund-raising running challenge for the over 50s and involves climbing 30 tops, crossing some 48 miles of mountain terrain and ascending nearly 17,000 ft in the Lake District within a time limit of 12  hours.

 2013 - Completed the Bob Graham Round (42 of highest Lakeland peaks, crossing some 66 miles over a 27,000 ft circuit within 24 hours!) Now a member of the exclusive Bob Graham 24 Hour Club.

Although the training is a big demand on one’s time, particularly enjoyed seeing a lot of the countryside and having a support team to help make it happen and to share the experience made it very worthwhile and satisfying.

How long have you been a member of Matlock Ac?

Since 1992

Tell us about your training regime?  Depends what I am training for but, pre-cardiac arrest in July 2013 and since being at Matlock AC my training would be sporadic but when motivated would try to copy my formula of the 1980s when at Hallamshire Harriers.  However, would run approx 40 miles per week, consisting of 2 speed sessions at the club and a longer run of approx 10 miles.  So would run 9 out of 10 days.  

Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do?

Depends what discipline I am training for but would gear training to the specific event.  Also enjoy cycling, swimming, climbing, walking, mountaineering, scuba diving.

Believe it is important to push yourself in other disciplines and to have variety in competitions, so have taken part in road, fell, x country and track running, as well as ultra distance, triathlons and duathlons.  It is important to aim high and train to ensure that you reach your highest possible level in competition.

Pre-race tips?  Do not eat for 2-3 hours before a race and try to avoid alcohol before a race; drinking during a race is OK though!

What has been your most rewarding running challenge?

Competing on the track when in good shape

What are you training for next?  Where do you go from here?

Post cardiac arrest in July 2013 doctors have told me to exercise in moderation, so I will not be able to be competitive as in the past, so instead of taking part in events will run and cycle to maintain a level of fitness.

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club?

Think it is important to enter the traditional team events, such as County and National Championships, Relays etc and to ensure that anyone who wishes to is encouraged to reach their full running potential.  Also to enjoy the social side of being in a club.  During my time with the club, there has been a great mix of people who have inspired me to keep running and to try other activities.  Many people have supported me when I needed them most.  Long Live Matlock AC!!!

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