Aged 38 years old I am lucky enough to be part of the 2016 Brathay 10in10 team. I am both excited and nervous about the journey which lies ahead and I am looking forward to some life-changing moments along the way. Qualifying as a midwife in 2012, I work in a busy unit linked to the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. We have just under 3,000 deliveries each year.

Having no affinity for sport at school I started running after the birth of my first child Jack, who is now 14 years old. I also have a ten year old daughter Alice. My first ‘race’ was the Race for Life in Cleethorpes. Finishing 8th out of over 1,000 participants meant I’d found something I could do and that made me feel brilliant!

My first road marathon in 2004 was the London Marathon. Since then I have run London twice, Edinburgh once and Loch Ness twice. In between road marathons I have also taken part in several off road marathons. Probably my greatest achievement was finishing 3rd female at the Swaledale Marathon on a blisteringly hot day. I am helped on my long runs by having one of my closest friends Cheryl to run with. We certainly put the world to rights as the miles tick by!

I decided to enter the 10in10 after following local runner Tony Hooper and his amazing journey as part of the 2015 team. He is my inspiration for taking part in 2016 and he continues to share his wealth of experience with me for which I am so grateful. change this to …….I have many fears around the 10in10.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of failure.  Fear of Fear.  But I have in my head a vision of finishing Day 10 – my friends and family there to support me.  This overrides any fear.  I can’t wait for that feeling!!!


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