Earlier in the year we asked two of out members who were lucky enough to gain a club place how their preparations were going.

Here’s what Sharna said:

“So training is going well and the miles are slowly creeping up into scary territory! I am finding a mix of solo and group runs a nice balance and join different groups depending what’s on my plan, which is a nice chance to catch up with different people and there’s lots of other people putting in long tough miles, which helps to encourage each other! Club members have been really helpful, from Amy helping with the plan, and the marathon group page is great for sharing tips and motivation. I’ve been trying Torq gels which were suggested and up to now they seem to work a lot better for me, also Sadie twisted my arm into treating myself to the Hoka Carbon x 2… well I didn’t take much convincing!! I’m enjoying my interval session solo, with music as a distraction from the fact I can barely breathe 😂 but do hope to join the group intervals on a few sessions too, I just prefer to get those out of the way in a morning! I am fairly disciplined but if motivation or time lacks then I will try to go out in the morning before I talk myself out of it, or swap for a strength or cross training session and run another day. So long as I get my key runs in the week I am content but I’m also trying not to beat myself up if I feel too tired or work gets in the way, as it’s difficult to fit everything in sometimes but it’s not meant to be easy!! I try to keep training varied with different routes and some off road running now and then… and by looking at my progress week on week is a big motivator to keep pushing at the end of long runs, when the wheels start coming off 😂 Also just reminding myself how lucky I am to be running London and that the reward will be absolutely worth it!!! 😊”

We also had an update from Karly too:

“Id like to start of by thanking South Cheshire Harriers for the opportunity to run in the London marathon in October 2021. Starting C25K in January 2019 a marathon seemed a distance dream. Im using the SCH training plan and now in to week 7 of my training, ready for 17 miles on my next long run. Im enjoying the long slow runs and running into the unknown, learning how my body reacts to the increased mileage.

Shortly after getting into the VLM my dad had a major heart attack. He was incredibly lucky and survived with the help of the amazing people in the NHS. To try and show my appreciation ive decided to run the VLM for the British Heart Foundation as without them, my dad may not have been here today. Seeing all the achievements from other Harriers is really inspiring and i hope i do you all proud on the day. Thank you everyone for all your support so far. If anyone would like to sponsor me heres the link, every penny raised goes to a great cause.


Good luck to all Harriers running an autumn marathon!