Useful Stuff

If you’d like to read more about the experiences of other women runners over 50 have a look at my list of blogs from around the world.

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs that are open to all ages and abilities.  They are ideal for beginners as you don’t even have to run – just go at your own pace.  parkruns take place at 9am on a Saturday morning.  Visit their website to find your nearest event. When I started this blog in 2014 there were over 200 parkruns in the UK. At the start of 2020 there are over 700.

RunTogether is a website and app set up by England Athletics where you can find details of local running groups in England that provide courses for beginners.  RunTogether aims to encourage more people of all ages and backgrounds to take up running and enjoy the social and health benefits it offers new runners.

If you regularly run in UK Athletics licensed road or multi-terrain races (and parkruns) have a look at your results on your profile page on the runbritain rankings website.  You can find out how you rank amongst UK runners for different distances and you get a handicap score reflecting your most recent performances.  Great for tracking your performance over time. is the home of the weekly marathontalk podcast which is all about distance running  (not just marathons) and features news, training tips and interviews.  Browse the archive for some great interviews with older women runners, including Joyce Smith – first female winner of the London Marathon (February 2014), Libby James (March 2013), Kathrine Switzer (April 2012) and Sister Madonna Buder (April 2011).

The Tough Girl podcast from Sarah Williams features thoughtful interviews with female adventurers of all kinds, including several women over 50. There are interviews with Carolin Botterill, Audrey McIntosh and Mimi Anderson who feature on my blog list.

Dr Juliet McGrattan is a former GP who is passionate about using exercise for health and well-being and wants to get as many people up out of their chairs as possible and experiencing the joy and benefits that exercise brings. In her work Juliet is involved in promoting good health through physical activity. Her website includes information on health topics for active people, advice on keeping children active and interviews with active women from a variety of sports. She interviewed me in January 2019. aims to share the wisdom of women with a wide range of articles of interest to women over 40. The health section features articles on exercising.

Running 101 is a new site from recent sport and exercise science graduate Matthew, which he set up in 2019. It includes running tips, training advice and reviews of kit, books and blogs.

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