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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > Nov-17 > YOUR MARATHON JOURNEY IN ASSOCIATION WITH STARTS HERE!


Our Big Marathon Challenge 2018 is open for entry and it ’s bigger and better than ever before. For a guaranteed entry place into next year’s ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, head-totoe kit and free coaching advice to get you to the start line, apply for your spot

We’re searching for three women with big marathon aspirations for 2018. Whatever your marathon goal – be it performance-related or something more personal – if you’d like some help achieving it and a guaranteed entry place at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon (8 April 2018) for a chance to make it happen – we’d love to hear from you. Your progress will be charted in the magazine and on the website, as well as on the Women’s Running social media pages.

As ever, last year’s team astounded us with their inspiring progress and personalities. First-time marathoner and mum Leah McDaniel wanted to rediscover her sense of self, following the sudden death of her husband in 2014, and to raise money for Save the Children. She took home her hard-earned medal at the Virgin Money London Marathon this year, raised thousands and told us the experience has helped her talk to others about her grief. Also running her first marathon was Katie Hainbach, who wanted to raise money for the Stroke Association, as well as raise awareness of how running can help mental health. She did exactly that, raising over £3,500, while also discovering the integral role that running plays in her life. Claire Price – our plate spinner of the group, working two jobs among other commitments – also had big fundraising, and training, goals. She ran two marathons, two weeks apart, achieving a sub-four-hour finish at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, and raised in excess of £3,000 for chosen charity WheelPower. The speed demon of the bunch was fiercely determined Alice Doggrell, who held a sub-3.30 marathon in her sites. While she narrowly missed out on that goal at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon (finishing in 3hrs 31mins 19secs), she broke her PB by nine minutes, and gained the confidence to trust her body, and to push it further.

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About Women’s Running

Get inspired with our November issue of Women’s Running. Read our exclusive interview with cover star Chrissie Wellington, who shares her journey from amateur athlete to becoming four-time World Ironman Champion. Turn to page 48 and you’ll discover how you too can take your running to the next level – find out how one woman approached her first ultra and get all the tips you’ll need to up your distance. Struggling to find time to run for half an hour a week, never mind train for an ultra? No problem. We’ve got some great time-efficient sessions for women with manic lives. If running is strictly off limits for you at the moment due to injury, try our three cross-training plans to keep you sane – and your fitness up – while you recover. And if speed is your focus this autumn, don’t miss our expert advice on getting faster, as we show you how to find your top gear. Enjoy all this, plus all of the usual kit picks, inspiration, recipes, workouts and more!