Spotlight on Danielle McComb

Why did you start running? I started running to get fit and lose a bit of weight. Since having my twins 9 years ago I have really struggled with my weight. I started running about 4 years ago, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be and I didn’t realise how unfit I was. I started doing Tilgate ParkRun on a Saturday morning, I remember thinking, 3 miles yeah I can do that no problem, oh how wrong I was!! Week after week I kept going back and now I can proudly say I have improved my time by over 20 mins & thoroughly enjoy it. Running has now become a big part of my life and I love it!

What would you like to improve? I would like to improve my distance running. I have signed up for the Brighton Marathon 2017 so I really need to start putting in the miles and improving my distance running.

What was your best/worst race experience? My worst race experience has got to be the Reigate Half marathon this year, I didn’t train enough for it and even though the first half went really well the wheels really started to come off at about mile 10. If it wasn’t for my great friend who was running with me I may have even given up! When I saw the massive hill at mile 12 I felt like crying but with her amazing words of encouragement I carried on and crossed the finish line. I am thinking of signing up and doing it again next year so I can improve on it as I’m sure it can’t be that bad second time round.

Favourite race? My favourite race has to be The Brighton Half Marathon, I enjoy it so much I am going back for a 3rd time in Feb 2017.

Top tip for the Crew? Whatever your level, set yourself a challenge as this will help to keep you motivated. Add variety to your running by doing different routes and distances as doing the same over and over can become boring.