Thank you to all of you that entered our competition to win a place in the 2017 London Marathon.
We are delighted to announce that Lisa Richards from Chellaston is the lucky winner of our prize draw and will be taking part in this year’s London Marathon!
“I’m absolutely delighted to have won a place in the London Marathon – I’ve entered the ballot for the last 2 years and been unsuccessful so I’m really pleased and excited to have finally got a place.
I’ve done 3 marathons so far – Chester in 2015, and Brighton and Snowdonia in 2016. I am doing Brighton this April and training for sub 4:30. I’ll then do London 2 weeks later.
My first marathon was a very slow 5:34, I just downloaded a get you round plan off the internet, and ran lots of long runs on my own, very slowly!
Then by using an online training coach I did Brighton in 4:56. I’m using the same coach (Laura Fountain – www.lazygirlrunning.com ) to try and take another chunk of time off. If I can get under 4:30 I’ll be happy as really it’s the experience rather than the time that I enjoy. I’ll probably then just pick a couple to do each year in locations that I want to visit (have just entered the Edinburgh Ultra (50K) in October of this year and will combine it with hols in Scotland).
I was an “on/off” jogger in my 30’s (I’m 47 now) doing the odd 10K, never any further and then in 2014 decided to try a Half and entered the first Ramathon with my husband. And I’ve done it every year since.
Last year a number of us entered from work (I am a partner at Dains LLP, accountants) and all had a great time and we are doing the same this year. We have started an informal Dains Derby Running Club to try and encourage a number of us to try running as a way of keeping fit so I hope there will be more of us entering this year. 7 of us did our first training run last week.
After completing the Ramathon I then became curious about trying a marathon, and whether I could run that far – so I tried one and loved it. Chester was a great intro, quite small but had a really friendly feel with great support.
And then I think I was then like a lot of people, once you’ve done one….!
We wish Lisa all the very best for her first London marathon and can’t wait to see the photos with the medal and t-shirt on the finish line!
Click here for more information about the first training session and to get signed up.