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Here in the UK, many people, runners and walkers, are looking forward to the return of parkrun events which is planned for 26th June. Fingers crossed they can go ahead.
I won't be at parkrun that day as I've entered a race - my first since February 2020. It's a 6-hour trail race called The Halo, run over a 4-mile loop and you do as many loops as you want in 6 hours. I'm really looking forward to it as it will be very different from most of my runs this year.
What are your running and racing plans for this summer?
UK charity, the Centre for Ageing Better, has created a library of free-to-use images of people in later life. The images depict older people in a realistic, positive and diverse way. The aim is to counteract the ageist portrayal of later life in many stock photos which often focus on frailty, illness and decline. There's so much more to life over 50!
There are lots of photos of people enjoying being active and playing sports.
Karen Nash has been a runner all her life and is now in the v55 category. Starting with cross country at school, as an adult she enjoyed fell running and then got into ultra marathons. Most of her running is off-road and it's often on challenging routes. This month she ran her first race since the start of the pandemic, the 32-mile Spire ultra, and finished second. Read about the Spire and Karen's other races on her blog.
What I'm Listening To...
An in-depth interview from May 2020 with British ultrarunner Sharon Gayter on the Inspirational Runner podcast hosted by Robbie Marsh. Sharon has had a long-lasting and illustrious career, including being British 100km and 24 hour champion in the 1990s and setting the record for John O'Groats to Land's End twice.
Who I'm Following...
Shireen Woodward started running in her mid-30s, trained as a personal trainer and then at 50 decided to become a health and wellness coach. I enjoy seeing her Instagram posts (@RunningShireen) because she has such a positive attitude and is not afraid of making funny videos. Despite recovering from neck surgery, having to wear a neck brace and not being able to run, Shireen's staying upbeat.
Sandy was the first runner over 50 that I interviewed for my blog. At the time, she was the Ladies' Captain at my running club and the first woman in our club to compete in the v70 age category. She encouraged me to push myself in races and to try track.
57-year-old Australian runner Liz Woodgate finishes first in West Macs Monster race, ahead of two men, both at least 20 years younger than her. The race is a challenging 231km route in the Northern Territory Outback. Only 3 of the 15 runners finished.