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Desk-2-marathon in 2 and a half years – New Forest marathon 2017 from Karen Connell’s perspective

Many months ago, Matt Pillinger, Matt Maiden and I arranged to run the New Forest Marathon together. As a trail marathon we wanted to enjoy it rather than push for a spectacular time on what shouldn’t be a PB course. As I was a marathon newbie the two Matts agreed to help me get through it.

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At the Finish Line With…Julie Lloyd

Tell us a bit about your running history

Initially I thought I’d try it as a way of continuing with exercise throughout the winter months (cycling is only for summer!) I had attempted it before when I was a lot bigger and found it most uncomfortable and frankly impossible thing to do. Why run!??
However, try I did. I wasn’t confident enough to join the desk to 5k session but it did inspire me and I asked Tara Anglim to coach me. I always remember the first time, Tara was basically walking but I managed 7 minute before having to walk – that only just got me over ½ mile!

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