50-year-old lady to compete at IAAF World Championships - Women's Running Magazine

50-year-old lady to compete at IAAF World Championships

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  July 23, 2015

Sally Read-Cayton, aged 50, is inspirational in her dedication and commitment to running. In August this year, Sally will be leaving her home-town of Reigate, Surrey, to compete in Beijing at the IAAF World Championships as a Masters athlete, the only Brit to participate in the event. Not only has Sally managed to qualify, but she fits her training around working full time as a financial advisor and raising three children.
Life-long Passion for Sport
Sally became a Masters athlete at the age of 35, having participated in athletics all her life. She gained a university scholarship in the US for athletics and went on to become a PE and Maths teacher. At the age of 50, Sally achieved the top ten time for the 400m of all women aged 50+ in the world. This remarkable achievement saw her qualify for the World Championships in the first event of its kind, a 400m race for women aged 50+. On being the only athlete representing Great Britain in the event, Sally said, “I am so thrilled to be representing Great Britain and the chance to mix with the world-class athletes. This has always been my dream, and I have to pinch myself to realise it’s actually a reality”.
The event will be televised internationally on Saturday 29 August at 17:35.
Finding the Balance
Sally works hard to fit her tough training schedule in around raising her three children, the youngest of whom is 12, and also around her role as a financial advisor at the company Foster Denovo. “I love my job, and working with a range of clients and supporting them with the financial planning decisions. It can be very demanding, but it is very rewarding. My employer – Foster Denovo – is providing sponsorship to help me cover the travel costs to Beijing in August. They have allowed me to work flexibly around both my training and my family. This is a tremendous help and enables me to focus and achieve a great deal in my day – employers like this are not so easy to come by,” Sally explains. 
Sally’s training is spread across six days, adding up to eight to ten hours, however she does take Fridays off to rest and recover. She said: “It isn’t easy, and there have been many times I have considered missing a training session and having a gin and tonic instead, but the support of my family and Foster Denovo has spurred me on. This is something I have always wanted to achieve, and – finally – I am getting my chance. Roll on Beijing…” 

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