Introducing Macclesfield Harriers newest run group leader, Elsa West.
Q1: When did you start running?
EW: I started running in Sept 2016 when I signed up on a macc harriers C25K course after my husband encouraged me to enrol for the course. Before this I had done bits of running but never kept it going.
Q2: How long have you been a Macclesfield Harrier?
EW:I joined macc harriers Nov 2016 on completing C25K and have never looked back since.
Q3: What has been your favourite race and why?
EW: I really enjoyed my first half Marathon which was Liverpool rock and roll in May 2017 which I did in 2hrs and 3 mins, but I think London Marathon 2018 has to be my favourite. I enjoyed my training runs in the snow and cold weather and even had two weeks off with pleurisy. I then got injured from mile 7 in the race that was the hottest on record at 24c. The atmosphere from the crowd and having my family and friends there cheering me on just got me round. It was a massive achievement and one I want to do again.
Q4: What does running mean to you?
EW: Running for me is my time. A time when I can be me and escape. It is great for the mind as well, I can switch off and just put one foot in front of the other. I have made lots of lovely friends with the harriers and thank them all for their support. I just know I’m a better and happier person when I run.
Q5: Do you have a top tip for other runners?
EW: Having spent a year out from injury I would say forget about times and pace. Its about being out and doing it. I run because I can and I want to not because I have to. Set yourself goals they don’t have to be big but it gives you a purpose for running.