Meet the ladies running ten of our WR10K Races - Women's Running

Teachers on tour

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  September 22, 2015

Sian and Charlotte after Milton Keynes

If you fancy running in a race series, you usually choose the race that’s closest to home (or furthest away if you fancy an excuse for a long weekend away) and that’s it, job done, perhaps you’ll enter another race in a different series later in the year. But for friends Charlotte and Sian, one race in a series isn’t enough, in fact neither is two! After running in our WR10k Races in Southampton and Milton Keynes last year, these ladies have made it their mission to run in all 10 of our WR10K Races this year.

Twenty-six-year-old Charlotte Jones is an English teacher and her friend, Sian Hughes, aged 31, an ICT teacher. After joking in the school playground with Sian that she may take up running again, Charlotte ended up booking into an event and has since not looked back. Although Charlotte used to run now and again to keep fit, it was only since meeting Sian that she caught the running bug in a serious way, training with Sian up to three times a week for various events. “When my training began with Sian it was amazing how quickly I was able to run for a long distance,” said Charlotte. “I can honestly say that if Sian had not ‘trained’ me last year then I would not be where I am now.”

Charlotte Pre Southampton

Although she has now run five 10K events, Charlotte is determined to tot this up to an impressive 15 10K events as a ‘personal challenge’. In doing so, Charlotte hopes to beat her 10K PB of 58mins 32secs, which she achieved at the WR10K in Milton Keynes last year, all forming part of her training for her long-term goal to complete a marathon. “My long term goal is to complete the Virgin Money London Marathon”, says Charlotte, “I remember going to London to see Sian running and it was incredible!”

A huge part of Charlotte’s decision to take on all 10 events is to raise as much money as she can for Alzheimer’s Society. She said: “We will be raising money for Alzheimer’s Society as part of this. My granddad suffered from dementia and I know of a large number of people who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia so this charity is close to my heart.”

Sian Pre Southampton

Like Charlotte, Sian will also be running all 10 events to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. Her decision to complete the challenge is also a huge part of her journey in taking up running again, after being medically advised three years ago to give up running marathon distances due to a medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects the joints. After being given this medical advice, Sian gave up running completely but upon meeting Charlotte decided to take it up once again, yet running shorter distances. “Since taking running back up I never looked back,” said Sian. “Charlotte and I have run five different 10K races in the last 12 months and, while I still suffer joint paint, I have found the benefits of running far outweigh the potential drawbacks. We have managed to encourage several other friends to have a go at running too and we are hoping some of them will be brave enough to join us on some of the WR 5K and 10K Series races.’

Sian and Charlotte will be blogging about their experiences of running in the Series went the event kicks off in May.

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