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SUSAN TOOBY

SUSAN TOOBY (NOW WIGHTMAN) TELLS RUTH JONES ABOUT THE TRAINING THAT LED TO HER RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE AT THE 1988 GREAT NORTH RUN
Susan Tooby: the athlete trained with her twin sister
MARK SHEARMAN

MY KILLER SESSION

BREAKING the British half-marathon record hadn’t been on Susan Tooby’s radar when she toed the line at the 1988 Great North Run, but her training in the preceding months ensured she was capable of sustaining a blistering pace.

Unusually for an endurance runner, the Cardiff AC athlete averaged only a modest 65-70 miles a week, dropping to 45-50 closer to major competitions. Tooby’s coach, Harry Wilson, plotted a higher quality, lower quantity-loaded training schedule for her and her twin sister and fellow Olympian Angela, who has a 31:55.30 10,000m time to her name.

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