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I’m an ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon Ambassador (there will still be cake)

January 20, 2015

DING DONG! Ahem. Testing 1-2-1-2 I have an announcement to make.

I’ve been chosen as one of four people to act as an Ambassador for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2015.

I realise that this might engender responses along the lines of: “lunatic / oh no not another january health kick / great, now the blog is going to be all quinoa and kale” but I’m really excited about this. I’ve enjoyed running for a long time and I seem to be not too bad at it some I’m having a bash at really pushing it. Also, I have to admit I’m quite keen of both quinoa and kale. Sorry.

Anyway, if you’re interested to know what that means you can find out more here on Athletics Weekly. I’m one of two ladies and two gents who are lucky enough to have been chosen and we’ll be writing about our experiences as we push for a PB (3:10:47 is my current PB).

The other Manchester Musketeers are: Tom, Andy and Amile

So… for you, what does that mean? It means that in amongst the cake there will be some running related posts and maybe a few more run-fuelling recipes. Currently my runs are fuelled by large amounts of yoghurt (Thanks Collective Dairy – I appear to have developed a russian fudge habit!!) Never fear though, I shall not be trying to convert you all to marathon running… you can just laugh at me as I plod by 🙂  If you happen to be in Manchester on April the 19th please feel free to come and cheer me on. Maybe you could throw cake at me?

Soggy but fun. No rucksack on this run. So much nicer.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2015 10:52 am

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading all about your journey.

    • January 21, 2015 12:28 pm

      Thanks Stephanie and congrats on your amazing first Ultra. Respect.

  2. Craig Keyworth permalink
    January 21, 2015 12:13 pm

    Congrats on being chosen. Whats the times you are all aiming for so I know which of you to follow more closely. I’m looking to pb a 4.30 having done previous marathons at 4.41.

    • January 21, 2015 12:28 pm

      Hi Craig,

      I’m aiming to beat my PB of 3:10:47, though I’d love to get sub 3hrs
      Andy is aiming for sub 2:34
      Tom is looking to beat 3:39:24
      Amile is running her first Marathon.

      Do keep in touch and let us all know how you are getting on! I’m totally unschooled and have got my current time by stubbornness rather than skill whereas the others are much more trained / fine tuned and knowledgeable. Tom is an ultra runner I beleive, so we cover all styles and skills!

  3. Andrew Pearson permalink
    January 21, 2015 11:08 pm

    I love cake almost as much as I love running! 🙂 Great blog Gill !

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