How long have you been a Horsforth Harrier?

25 happy and memorable years.

Which training group/s do you normally run with?

ABG – The Absolute Beginners Group is my world.

If I can inspire anyone to overcome his or her demons, gain confidence, or even become a leader by learning to run then I feel fulfilled.

Inspiring new runners through leadership of the ABG

What are your running goals for the year ahead?

To complete marathon 100 when I am fully recovered from recent surgery. Editor’s note: Marathon 100 is due to take place on Saturday 21st March – Grim Up North – Leeds and Liverpool Canal Canter (Day 1). 

To run some more marathons and see if 100 Parkruns is getting closer.

Volunteer at some races.

What is the PB you are most proud of?

Possibly completing 95.6 miles around a track at the East Hull 24 hour track race. At age 64 I was 3rd lady. I could have chosen the vets prize but preferred the former.

10 marathons in 10 days at the Scorcher Running Festival July 28th to August 4th 2019 probably best yet.

After completing Scorcher 10 in 10 – 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days

10 in 10 medals

What was your first race?

1994 – Horsforth Harriers 10k which went over Bayton Lane, up Harrogate Road – no tunnel then – on Otley Old Road and Scotland Lane. I won 1st F50 and didn’t know it until a Harrier delivered my prize on a Tuesday evening. He told me to run Pudsey 10k where I got 1st F50 again. I was totally hooked on running.

What’s your favourite race, and why?

Probably the Lairig Ghru class C Hill Race from Braemar to Aviemore via the Lairig Ghru Pass, may not still be fielded. Close second is Rombalds Stride. Both require the ability to learn the route and deal with challenging conditions.

Challenging conditions at last year’s Pateley Pie ‘n Pint Marathon

What is your most memorable experience as a Horsforth Harrier?

Receiving the Marc Springer award shortly after his death. It was very emotional. Thank you so much Harriers.

Close second was completing 10 marathons in 10 days at the Scorcher Running Festival in 2019.

Another memorable experience was arriving at a race wearing sandals and realising I had forgotten my trainers! Jane Squire lent me hers. They were 2 sizes too small! The race was painfully completed as fast as I could run just to be able to take off those shoes.

Feeling proud after completing 10 marathons in 10 days at the Scorcher Running Festival in 2019

Do you have any favourite motivational running quotes or things that inspire you?

Much of my inspiration when running comes from recorder music. I am currently learning for the next Rombalds Recorders orchestra concert, whatever parts I am learning sing in my head. Sometimes ad nauseam! The bass part to Chaconne by Lully and the tenor part to Dixit Maria are hard to shut off.

Getting inspiration through playing recorder

Other inspiration comes from interacting with other competitors as they pass me on a multi lap course. I shout “well done” to all who run past. The fast may only flick a finger, many reply, I know all feel better for the recognition. So many call my name as they pass. It is an honour to be held in their regard and it is motivational. The secret is to be aware of anyone approaching and make sure they have room to go by.

I had to climb a grass verge when the Viking boat needed to pass at the point in Yorkshire marathon where the route divides – 10 milers right, marathon left. Being already on the left when they caught me there was only the verge as a refuge! We did “bit and bit” as they kept stopping for photos and corners. I roared at them, they jeered back, great fun.

Cheering the Vikings at Yorkshire Marathon 2019

A young man telling me “nothing is impossible” set me off on the quest for 100 marathons when only 33 were run.

 

With my medal & trophy collection

Complete this sentence: “I run, therefore I am…”

Happy. I hope I may be able to inspire people to commence and keep on running for many years.

Hilary Wharam at Leeds Half Marathon by Anne Akers

Happy summer running with the ABG

With Anastasia Lincoln at ABC 2019 – photo by Philip Bland

 

Yorkshire Marathon in 2016 – photo by Anne Akers

With friends before Leeds 10K 2019

Running at Endure 50K in July 2016

With fellow Harriers before Eccup 10 2019