On the Spot – Sarah Oughton

When did running begin for you?

I ran cross country in school, but then stopped completely until my mid-20s. I started running again by accident when my gymnastics friend invited me to run with her before our class. We ran 1k and a few months later I signed up for the Paris half marathon.


Why do you run?

Mainly for my mental health. It helps me clear my head and get outside even when I’ve got my grump on and don’t really want to.


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

Race to the Stones in 2021. I was training at the same time as buying a house and moving to Farncombe which wasn’t easy! I’ll admit I had a few training tantrums, but actually really enjoyed the race. 

I never thought I’d be able to run 100k and it felt amazing to finally cross the finish line and see my husband (and a huge burger).

Who is your running inspiration?

Carla Molinaro – she holds the record for LEJOG and recently took 3rd place at Comrades. She’s also won the Knacker Cracker dressed as a unicorn.


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

The Dragon’s Back in Wales. But with my sense of direction/ability to follow simple instructions, it’s unlikely to be one I’ll ever do.


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

Lift weights, it’s fun and good for you! And volunteer at parkrun.


What’s next?

I’m trying to set a new 5k PB by the end of the year. In terms of races, I’m thinking about entering next year’s Boston Marathon.


Who would you like to nominate?

Ellen van der Velden

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