Runners Stories

Trail Quillan

Nothing is more motivating than hearing others runners stories and how they started, the ups and downs and what keeps them going. 

We all had to start running somewhere and for many it is scary or intimidating or they think they can't do it. Your running stories are here to inspire and to encourage others who are hesitating. So don't be shy as we'd love to hear about YOU.

Tell us about you and why you run

I love hearing your running stories and so do other runners! Let us know what motivated you to start running, the highs and lows, your biggest acheivement and any aspect of your running journey that you wish to share.

Running Stories posted by others

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70 and started Park Run and doing Couch to 5K 
I started running ( really walk jog) a few years ago then life just got busy and I stopped. This year as I turned 70 I decided to start again. I thought …

I have surprised myself!  
If anyone had told me, this time last year, that a year later I would have signed up to run a half marathon, I would have laughed! Like many others school …

RUN AND LIVE FOREVER! 
I have always had to run/jog/power-walk during my soldiering career wearing the standard issued military kit. On discharge I sort of continued in the …

Running free... 
So I always hated running at school and would fake injury to get myself out of dreaded cross country runs... as I got older I occasionally accepted the …

10k madness!! 
I'm 42, nearly 43 and have only just started running 15 weeks ago!!!! I was struggling to run 1 minute to start off with and now can run 3k without stopping, …

My First Marathon age 54 
Looking back, it was a fairly ridiculous thing to do. Sign up to run a marathon in Africa, Sierra Leone to be precise, where it was going to be over 30°C …

Could I really run an ULTRA??? 
Mid Life Running - what a totally appropriate name for the website. Traditionally Mid Life Crises come in the shape of new leather jackets and inappropriate …

Stopped smoking 
In Jan 2015, aged 58, I had been a smoker for 45 years. I stopped and thought running might be good motivation to stay "stopped". I'd never ran previously …

Never Got to Run Before 
When I was little I had a rapid heart problem by the name of WPW. My heart rate would literally jump from 78 to over 200 and I'd pass out. So, no PE, …

Mid Life Running 
I started running again when I was 55. I signed up for a 10k to celebrate my 55 birthday. I walked and ran the 10 k in 1:39 but I think I can go faster …

Return to running in late 60's 
I first started running in my late 30's and ran a ran a marathon in Zimbabwe and another here in UK plus a couple of half marathons. However work demands …

Better late than never! 
Full disclosure: I used to think runners were crazy people! Well, maybe we are, and if that is the case, I am glad now I can be part of this "crazy" …

Parkrun here we come! 
I started running about 3 and a half years ago on the advice of my wonderful GP, when I was recovering from severe depression. I had just 'graduated' from …

Started at 46, marathon was on the bucket list 
I started aged 46 in 2013. All because I wanted to run a marathon. I had no experience of running beforehand and knew no runners, running was not in my …

Starting Running at 70 
At the age of 69 I joined the gym and then ultimately decided to try the local 5k park run. I have now joined a local running group. It is not easy, …

Caroline's Great Running Adventure! 
A year ago (2016) my husband and I were cheering on our two children as they took part in the Great Manchester Run (10km). Getting caught up in the atmosphere …

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