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My personal worst

A PW IS SOMETHING EVERY RUNNER DREADS, BUT SOMETIMES IT CAN HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES AND BECOME MEMORABLE FOR GOOD REASONS RATHER THAN BAD…

REAL LIFE

Claire (far left) at the start of the York 10 Mile

“I abandoned my PB attempt to help a runner who was in cardiac arresst”

“I was aiming for a comeback the day I ran the Vale of York 10. But little did I know that instead I’d end up saving someone’s life,” says Claire McAndrew, 47, a paramedic from Steeton, West Yorkshire.

“I began running seven years ago but, at the start of 2017, I got laryngitis, which negatively affected my running for several months. I also found it hard to fit in training around shift work. When I ran the Temple Newsam Ten in Leeds in January, I was disappointed to find I was 15 minutes slower than usual. Hence by the time I came to do the Vale of York 10 in April, I was hoping to complete the run in under two hours, to show myself it was the trail terrain in Leeds that had added time to my run, not my lack of fitness!

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With the festive season approaching, life is about to get busy. That’s why, this issue, we’re helping you ensure you keep up your running over the festive period with our Christmas Survival Guide, including a four-week training plan, achievable no matter how busy your schedule. Wellness is at the centre of the issue: you’ll find information from our resident GP on how to ensure you’re getting enough iron in your diet as a female runner – and spot the warning signs of a deficiency – as well as essential advice on running through pregnancy from coach Laura Fountain, as she looks at why it’s so essential for pregnant runners to listen to their bodies and focus on their own individual journeys. If you’re finding it difficult at the moment to concentrate on – and look after – yourself a little bit more, then don’t miss cover star Karen Lewing’s story; find out how she transformed her life – and her wellbeing – when she did just that. And if that’s enough to encourage you to make more time for you – and your running – next year, don’t miss contributing editor Tina Chantrey’s feature on the benefits of paid-for coaching…2018 might just be the year you take your running to the next level.