Meet the Team – Angela

First off – the exciting news that our race T shirts have arrived. Those of us who can get (at least 2) will be revealing them on Saturday at the Rising Sun Parkrun, but here’s a little teaser – yes, they’re very purple!

Second, here’s the all-important address for donations: https://www.justgiving.com/page/running-the-way-forward

Next, it’s time to meet another member of the team – Angela.

What’s your running history? I first did the Race for Life 5k in 2013. It was the first time I’d done 5k without stopping. I never ran at school, I was always at the back with my friend. I did other sport – hockey, netball, badminton, but didn’t run till much later. After the Race for Life I did the Great North Run in 2014 and I’ve done 7 in all. I got into trail running and that’s how I got to know Liz better. During lockdown, once we were allowed to meet outside, we used to do a lot in small groups. Then I did the virtual London Marathon in 2020 and the Loch Ness Marathon in 2021. When we decided we were all going to do Loch Ness we paired up into similar speed groups and I got to know Phil a lot better. I used to run with the North Tyneside Running Group, where I made friends with various lovely people.

I haven’t run since Loch Ness but I really wanted to get back to it and I’m currently training for the London Marathon, though I’ve got injured.

I remember the Night time Duregar, which was up Rothbury way, 10 miles wearing a headtorch up Simonside, that was amazing. There was a big group during all of 2020 but after that life began getting back to normal and people dropped off.

Since my last race I’ve had achilles problems, gained weight, done next to nothing. I really need to get going – I need a rocket up me.

What was your best run? I can’t pick one: the one that makes me feel all funny was my first ever run for life because I never thought I’d be able to do it. Loch Ness was the most challenging, very hard mentally and physically. So many memories!

What are the barriers to you running? Time and injury. Whenever I’ve trained hard I’ve always ended up with an injury, the only time that didn’t happen was 2019 because I was doing an event every month so I was training consistently.

What does running give you? Headspace. I run by myself a lot because it’s my headspace time. I used to run to nothing but now I listen to podcasts and I love it. There are so many different people to listen to and it’s really interesting. On my first Great North Run I was listening to the Passenger album and I associate different songs with different bits of the route.

When I’m running somewhere lovely I don’t have the earbuds in. Seaton Sluice and Blyth Beach is a special run. There is something very powerful about breathing in the sea air.

Running has given me my really good friend Xena, we became friends running together in lockdown, getting things off our chests on runs.

How has running changed you? It’s challenged me to do something I never thought I could. I’m not a quitter and I’ve always been resilient but it’s made me even more so. And I’ve met lots of lovely people It’s given me a really good outlet, just for me (no one else in the family does it), it’s cheap and easy and you can do it anywhere.  I always run when I’m away somewhere. I love coming back to running and it’s really frustrating to be injured now. I hope I’ll be better in time for Edinburgh! Liz and I have found that we tend to have our good phases and our challenges at different times, it comes in waves and we’re not synchronised!

Where is God when you run? Everywhere. That’s why I don’t like running on a treadmill. It’s not the same at all as being outdoors in God’s world.