We’ve had thousands of women taking part in our Great Run series over the years, and in 2017 for the first time ever we had more women than men taking part in our running series. We think that’s something worth celebrating!
Take a look at some of the inspirational women who have donned their trainers and achieved greatness:
The inspirational Claire took on her second Great Run challenge at last year’s Simplyhealth Great South Run where she successfully walked the 10 mile route in her bionic suit in 24 hours. Storm Brian didn’t put off the determined Claire as she battled wind and rain along the Southsea seafront in Portsmouth.
An amazing challenge, and an amazing lady.
Having never taken part in a half marathon, Davina put her fitness levels to the test at Simplyhealth Great North Run. She completed the 13.1 miles in just over 2 hours, having overcome a calf injury just a few days before the event took place. We think Davina has caught the running bug now!
Susie took on the Simplyhealth Great North Run alongside close running friend BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth. They completed the half marathon in a super fast time of 1:40. Susie’s story is pretty inspirational as she only took up running in 2011 and took part in her first Ultra Marathon in 2012. Susie now runs for a living and competes at many distance events across the world. Go Susie!
Maureen represented Dundee in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Community Challenge as she took on the 10k at the age of 72. Maureen has taken part in many events and distances including the London Marathon. She joined a gym 17 years ago and is now fitter than ever and is mother of 10 and grandmother of 14! Two of her sons have autism and mental illness so she regularly fundraises for Sense Scotland. What a woman!
Jo Pavey is a regular friendly face at Great Run events and even brings along her children to take part in some of our events. Jo took on the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run half marathon - she is a true super Mum! Jo won the 10,000m Gold medal at the 2014 European Championships just 10 months after giving birth to her second child. She also became the oldest female European Champion in history at the age of 40. Keep smashing it Pavey!
At the end of 2017, 41-year-old Dawn, from Oldham in Greater Manchester, finished last in a local 5km run, 10 minutes behind the other participants.
Dawn was completely inactive for 17 years and said she did not want to be seen in public in her exercise gear but thanks to her sheer determination, she went on to conquer the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run.
After Dawn took to the streets of Manchester, she is now an inspiration to all. In her own words, “I’m just ordinary. I’m a wife and mum-of-two.” Dawn will be joining us at the half marathon in Manchester this May.
Her story proves that ANYONE can be a runner!
Shah is a truly inspiration woman who has gone from no running to completing her first marathon at the Birmingham International Marathon in October 2017. Aston Mum took up running two years ago and shed a massive six stone! She now inspires other first-time runners to get out there through community running groups. Go Shah!
If you fancy taking on your own running challenge and you've been inspired to get those trainers on, we have lots of events to choose from in 2018. Find your Great Run.