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 at over 200 locations in the UK. Visit their website to find your nearest event.
Run England is a website where you can find details of over 2,000 local running groups in England that provide courses for beginners. Run England 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.
marathontalk.com 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).
runmummyrun.co.uk is a running network for women in UK and Ireland. Its aim is to enable women to chat about everything ‘running’ whilst gaining support and motivation from other runners. There’s also a private Facebook group which is a great place to ask questions and share experience in a supportive environment.
luffit.com aims to put the “luff” into getting fit by encouraging all women to try new types of exercise and share their experiences. They believe that “you don’t have to be fit and good at something to have fun”. There is an inspiration section where you can read about other women’s involvement in sport and fitness, including running, cycling, touch rugby and yoga. I was delighted and touched to be included as an “inspirer” because of this blog.
HealthyHappy50 is a new blog launched in December 2015 by Jo Moseley. It is dedicated to celebrating women over 50 who enjoy being sporty and keeping fit. Its aim is to celebrate, encourage and inspire women over 50, whatever their sport, ability or experience. I am delighted that my story is one of those featured on the blog and look forward to reading lots more stories.
henpicked.net 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 (including a couple written by me). My favourite is “Slow and steady…finishes the race!” written by identical twin sisters Sandra and Lynn who’ve run over a hundred races together.