Mother of Harry, age 15. Works as Sales Executive, part-time, Townscape Products who make street furniture

What is your favourite meal? Fish, particularly squid, white bait, especially when someone else cooks it

Stiff drink or herbal tea? Italian red wine – by the gallon

What got you interested in running in the first place? Have started so many times over the years but never stuck with it.  I was running once on my own and climbed over a 5 bar gate, slipped off and fell onto a spike, cracked a rib and punctured my lung.  Had to have the air ambulance.  So after that I thought I had better join a club and run in a group.  Nicky’s Monday Night Ladies has been brilliant for me.  I have been in MAC 3.5 years.

Any tips on organising life as a single mum?  Take up the same interests to fit in with the children, although I did draw the line at rugby.  Harry was really into fitness and used to swim 5 times per week and do cyclocross.  I used to join in.  Weekends were always spent doing some activity or other.

Some stats – PBs:  Half Marathon 1.55.  Marathon 4.-05.  10k 51.50.  10 miles Meerbrook 1.30.

Parties or peace and quiet?  I enjoy the company of others and being with friends, so parties

Favourite holiday destination?  The Ardeche in France.  Have been 4 times with Harry since he was 7.  The holiday consists of a coach to get there and loads of activities – such as caving and climbing, including a 2 day descent down the Ardeche with overnight bivouac on the banks of the river.  Such a beautiful area.

Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do? Swim with the swimming club at the Arc, road cycle and do some stretches at home.  Used to ride a horse, Coco, until I was 15.

Other interests?  I make crafts – noticeboards from wine corks and I decorate brooms.  (See pic).  Used to do craft fairs with my sister who makes furniture from English hardwoods; the old fashioned way using butterfly joints.

If you could sit next to anyone on an aeroplane, who would it be and why? Billy Connolly.  Within 10 seconds of him speaking I am stitches.  He is brilliant at observation and can laugh at himself

Tomorrow I am going to …………….Do as I am told.  I can be a bit of a rebel

What has been your most rewarding running challenge? The Chester Marathon with Tess Whittaker in October 2015.  We ran and crossed the line together in 4.05.   One of the best days of my life.  Not just the race, but the training with Tess and Andy.  Once we ended up sitting in the River Derwent fully clothed when we were so tired after an 18 mile training run, much to the amusement of passers-by.

If you could go back to another era when would it be?  Before electronics.  Everything is so fast nowadays and there is no time to appreciate the simple things in life.

What is your guilty pleasure? Nuts – all of them, especially cashews

Who has been your biggest sporting influence/inspiration?  Nicky, Tess and Jan.  They have really given me confidence in myself to run and train.

Latest music download? Not my thing.  Not greatly into music but do sometimes listen to the radio and play CDs.  I like some of Harry’s music.  Used to be a Queen fan.  Only once been to a festival – Y Not and although I enjoyed the first day, I wanted to go home after that. In fact going to my first concert next month in November to see Simply Red.

Favourite film? Shrek.  Also Chocolat with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche

Favourite actor? Tom Hanks.  He can make me laugh and cry.  He has been in so many varied films.

Apart from the physical benefits of running, what else has MAC given you?  Loads of new friends and opened up my social life.  Also encouragement to compete and I like the relays.  It is great running off road and looking at the beautiful scenery, although I am rubbish at navigation.

Top of your bucket list? To win something in sport

Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club?

It would be good to do an occasional session on the track. karens crafts

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