Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I’m Amy, I live in Derbyshire with my husband Ian and our cat, Chester. By day, I make radio adverts and out of work I’m a volunteer coach for Jog Derbyshire, helping many runners take their first and subsequent steps to running for health and happiness.
I was never an athlete. At school, I was the last person picked for any sports team and had to walk the 400m on sports day. I’d do anything to avoid sport and could usually be found tinkering with guitars and mixing desks in the music block.
I took up walking in 2009 and then in 2011 I joined my local jog group. The leader of the group was an ultra runner. When she found out I was in the Long Distance Walkers Asociation, she took me under her wing and promised to make an ultra runner out of me.
Later that year, several runners at my club, Ripley RC, started talking about the ASICS Windermere Marathon. It was billed as a monster, suitable for hardcore runners. Naturally, having pretty much just winged my first 10k, I signed up. Needless to say that although it’s not the flattest, it’s a stunner of a race and far from a monster!
Windermere Marathon was life-changing for me. As I was training for the marathon, I was the slowest in the club by a long way. As I got towards the 16+ mile training runs something crazy happened. I was invited out with a group from the club. They were “proper” runners and I was a hanger-on. They took me out over some beautiful Derbyshire hills and gave me all the support I needed. On the day of the race, I finished in a respectable 4.35 but the finishing time didn’t matter. Everyone waited for the last runner, we drank champagne out of plastic cups and relaxed on the shore of the lake, sharing stories from the day.
Following that, I’ve gone on to complete a further 24 marathons and 4 ultras to add to those I’d completed as a walker.
2022 is the 10th anniversary of my first marathon run. I’m also turning 40, and hoping to complete my 50th marathon so it seemed like the perfect time to take on what is by far the biggest challenge I’ve ever tackled, running 10 marathons in 10 days in the place where it all began.
Brathay has always helped children, young people and families to have more positive engagement with their local communities. Since 2020, this has become more important than ever. So many young people’s lives have been impacted by the challenges and changes forced upon them during the pandemic. With Brathay’s help, using practical activities and funding, they are far more likely to end up on the right path to improved mental health and wellbeing. Brathay’s simple philosophy of “Awareness, Choice, Action” underpins the work they do and I can’t wait to help the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and skilled, successful and above all, happy young adults.
- 2010: Charnwood Marathon (my first marathon - walked)
- 2010: Keswick to Barrow
- 2012: ASICS Windermere Marathon
- 2013: London Marathon (my first sub 4.00)
- 2013: Keswick to Barrow
- 2014: Edinbugh Marathon (my marathon PB: 3:40:21)
- 2014: Chicago Marathon
- 2015: London Marathon (guiding a visually impared runner)
- 2017: Berlin Marathon
- 2018: World Masters Athletics Marathon (1st F35-39)
- 2020: Long Eaton, Derbyshire - ran a marathon around local Park Run course
- 2021: Saxons, Vikings & Normans Challenge - my first double marathon
- 2022: Brathay 10in10 Donate