Ann Bath

Ann Bath

Runner and inspiration for us all

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
Started at 40 to get fit for my first skiing holiday, joined 26.2RRC and was hooked, joined their cross country team and loved it. I hated sport at school as girls then weren't allowed to run, it was just hockey, netball etc and I didn't enjoy them. I kept doing it as it raises your mood, keeps you feeling positive and you can run in our lovely countryside and parks. 8 years ago started running Ultras and this motivated me even more as the results where so much better - first lady in 2 out of 3 24 hour races in 2016 was unbelievable!

What is your typical training routine?
I run about 4 times a week with one very long 3 - 6 hours at a slower pace. Pilates 3 times a week and spinning twice. Will race virtually every week at least once, with a lot of short races at 1 mile and 5k which is my speed work for Ultras. Do masses of cross country races in the winter.

Do you run with a club or a group?
Mainly run alone apart from being a run leader at my club, 26.2RRC Zero to Hero, with beginners twice a week.It is so fulfilling seeing them progress to their first 5k.

Where's the strangest place you've run?
Through a cow field in pitch black with their eyes highlighted in my head torch during the North Downs Way 100 mile race and hearing clinking gates behind me, and hoping the cows would stay lying down as I'm scared of them!

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Don't listen to music, happy with my own company and the surroundings.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Was mostly for fun but realised that I do have a competitive streak when I started Ultras and got much better results.

What is the best bit of advice you've had from another runner?
Have goals that exceed your expectations, as the brain is so powerful.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Join a club, patience pays off as the body needs time to adapt, core strength work is very important, and it doesn't matter what age you start you will still improve for many years.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The women's training bundle Navy/black, the top is great in cold weather and the leggings are very supportive and both fit beautifully.

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