Maddy Collinge

Maddy Collinge

It’s unusual to meet a runner who’s been running for over 40 years, and it’s particularly unusual for that runner to be a woman. The RunBritain rankings website lists 31,600 active runners aged 60 and over, but only 28% of them are women. There has been a significant...
Meeting Mara Yamauchi

Meeting Mara Yamauchi

In March I was fortunate to have the chance to meet Mara Yamauchi, the UK’s second-fastest marathon runner, when she came to Nottingham to talk to England Athletics Run Leaders about coaching and training. Mara Yamauchi was inspired to run by watching the Los...
Karen Parkin

Karen Parkin

Did your life change at 50? Karen Parkin started running shortly after her 50th birthday and says, “It’s the best thing I ever did.” The data from Sport England’s Active People Survey suggest that Karen is not alone in taking up running in her fifties. In the nine...
A county that runs….

A county that runs….

How the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland have successfully helped hundreds of people to start running.  England Athletics set up the Run England programme a few years ago to encourage more people of all ages and backgrounds to take up running. They also created...
Learning to be a run leader

Learning to be a run leader

I love teaching and helping other people to achieve their goals. Some of my most rewarding experiences have been when I’ve helped someone to achieve something they didn’t think was possible. Recently I’ve been helping a friend learn to run and I’d like to pass on my...

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