Elle Hankinson

Elle Hankinson

Runner and journalist

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?

A dare to run the London Marathon was the catalyst to get me running. The desire to nurture my body & mind to function more efficiently & those addictive endorphins is what keeps me running.  

When I began training for my 1st marathon I started a running blog - the aim more than anything was to keep myself interested in training. Six years later & it's about to launch in a new guise. Stay tuned to for details!

What is your typical weekly training routine?

I've never been one for 'routine' per se. I'm training for the London Marathon again at the moment, but I keep it interesting by mixing up my workouts - speed, strength, conditioning, Barrys Bootmcamp, spinning, hot yoga - I give it all a go!

I'm religious about my Saturday long runs though. Clocking up the miles in my legs is essential.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I've made a lot of friends through running, so it's become as much a social thing as a wellness one. I love a running or training buddy. I also host #artsrun - a run open to everyone, where we run to galleries & exhibitions. All announced on my Instagram account @runlikeelle It's been a great way to combine my passions of art & running.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
I hosted a special #artsrun at London Fashion Week, where I invited a group of fashion students and female friends I find inspiring to come together & run to the fashion shows & experience fashion differ barley. It was wonderful & we finished with great debate over brunch, but the confused looks we got at the shows was hilarious!

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
Not a song but a genre. If I need to dig that bit deeper I turn to drum & bass to pick up my pace.

Do you run for the fun of it? Or for the results?
Both. I run to experience the world around me, but equally - having goals helps you move to the next level.

What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Enjoy it. Otherwise what's the point?!

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Persevere & book yourself into a race. Whatever the run - a 5k charity run or a 1/2 marathon. The experience of that collective energy is addictive & the sense of achievement when you finish is all yours.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The light grey men's rain jacket. I'd wear it over a buttoned denim jacket out & about & zipped up for training.

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