I’m a 40 something runner and this year I’m training for my second London Marathon.


I’m running for Free to Run, an NGO dedicated to supporting women and girls into running and other activities in areas affected by conflict as well as those who have been forced to flee and live as refugees. And where possible, opportunities are created for women and men to participate together including mixed gender teams from Afghanistan running ultra-marathons! 


Please support me via JustGiving.


It started in early 2012 with a runner beginner’s course. Since then, I’ve found an amazing group of people to run and chat with, done things I never thought were possible (run races – 10ks, cross country, 10 miles, 20 miles, a marathon; enjoyed runs through rain, hail, shine and snow; marshalled), and helped other beginner runners. 


Sometimes running is brilliant, other times it sucks. While I’ve gone for weeks with rubbish runs (when legs are heavy and there’s no zip in my stride), it’s worth it for those moments of joy and connection with the world and others. I’ve never regretted a run, no matter how many times I’ve had to walk or just felt plain awful.


I read books about running and I like to share recipes. My philosophy on food is simple and I thank Michael Pollan for the line – ‘Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.’ I often fail on the last of these but hey ho. And I do know sometimes it’s hard to find the time and the energy – picking up a pizza, curry or kebab can be the most tempting option. Most of the recipes are simple and can be adapted to taste, can be cooked in bulk and leftovers frozen – they’re all pretty quick, vegetarian and tasty.


Enjoy and let me know how you get on with running the roads and trails, wherever you might be, and the recipes.