On the Spot – Amy Waring

When did running begin for you?

In 2011, I took part in the annual Cambridge Science Park charity fun run. It wasn’t my idea and I wasn’t thrilled about it. It was a relay race with each member of the team running the 1.1 mile loop around the Science Park. Despite my reservations and total lack of running fitness, I loved it! I haven’t looked back since.

Why do you run?

Mainly to keep fit and (try to) maintain my weight. Running for me is also a great stress-reliever. Even on days when I don’t really feel like going for a run, I always feel better after.

What race or moment in your running career holds the most significance and why? 

I collapsed midway during a 10k race a few years ago and was taken away in an ambulance! The experience was a stark reminder of how important it is to listen to and look after your body.

Who is your running inspiration? 

My dad has taken part in several marathons and half marathons and as a child I remember supporting him across finish lines all over the country. He’s still beating me at parkrun now, even though he’s in his 60s!

What event, past or present, would you like to take part in and why? 

London Marathon. 5th rejection in a row this year!!

What golden piece of advice would you give to other runners? 

Don’t eat chocolate coins as a pre-race breakfast, it will only end in disaster (I’m speaking from experience).

What’s next? 

I’ve signed up to the Brighton Marathon! Eeeeek!

Who would you like to nominate? 

Rachel Greener

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