At The Finish Line With….Liz Cole

Tell us a bit about your running history

I really enjoyed running when I was at school and competed in 200m and 400m, when I was asked to change my event to 800m I decided this was way too far to run and I had fallen out of love with running by the time I left school.  I didn’t do any running again until I was pushing 30 years old and just on a whim thought I’d go for a run, it was horrendous, but I kept at it.  I never actually competed in any events until I joined the OS Running club a few years later and took part in the CSSC 10k, back when you were given the day off work to go for a run!

Liz muscling her way through the competition at a Lordshill 10k Road Race!


When and how did you start running for OS Runners?

In 2012 when I first joined OS, pretty sure it was Naomi Stanley who talked me into it, so Kudos to Naomi!

How often do you train and what sessions do you do outside of the club?

Before having my kids I was much more dedicated and would probably run up to three times a week, now I can seem to go weeks or months without running but now London Marathon training is in full swing so I’m back up to 3 times a week….most of the time.

Which is more satisfying… going for a training run or running a race?

I’ve got to say races for me, I like the little bit of nervous excitement I get before a race.

What is your running highlight so far?

I think my running highlight is yet to come….bring it on London Marathon 2018.  Although, I do love taking part in the Great South Run back in my home town of Pompey, the crowds are awesome and the incentive of the pub afterwards for a big roast lunch is excellent motivation to keep on running.

What are your future running goals?

I’m doing the Portsmouth Coastal half marathon in a few weeks’ time, part of the route is over the beach so if the tide comes in I may well get soggy feet, the goal for this is just to make it round, then it’s all about the London Marathon after that.

What’s the most valuable piece of running advice you’ve ever been given?

Rest days are just as important as running days.

Where do you like to run and have you anywhere particularly memorable?

I love a bit of beach life so running along the seafront is my favourite place to run, taking in the sea air and zoning out from work, kids and all the other stuff that generally fills your head.

Do you have any running experiences you’d care to forget?

Thinking I could do Southsea Park run pushing my twins in the double buggy after not running for a long time, it was so hard and I underestimated how much you need your arms when running.

Finally, which other OS Runner do you most admire?

Not sure I could pick out any one person in particular as everyone is brilliant, however I would like to thank Matt Pillinger for all his marathon top tips and in particular his Wednesday motivational quotes, I don’t want to keep them all to myself so here’s one to end on:

“Medals aren’t just earned on race day, they are earned on long, cold training runs”