A KEEN runner will complete her challenge of running 100 marathons before she is 40 at this year’s Chester Marathon.
So Mei Chan, known to her friends as May, took on the challenge after her first in 2009 and is on target to reach her goal when she crosses the finish line at the Chester Marathon in October.
May said she didn’t start running until she was in her 30s. She said: “I wasn’t much of a sports enthusiast as a youngster and can’t remember exercising much at school either. I guess that once I hit 30, all those late nights and restaurant meals were beginning to take their toll on my health and I was beginning to see the effects of my sedentary lifestyle.”
May, who is from Hounslow, west London, works full time in the freight forwarding industry, and sometimes finds it hard to fit in her marathon events around her busy work schedule.
She said: “My marathons are my training now, I run one every other weekend. I’m very comfortable running long distances; I know how to pace myself and where my limits are. My biggest challenge is juggling around my work schedule and forward planning to make sure I meet the marathon goals I’ve set myself.
“Work is work, I like to keep my running hobbies separate from my day job, however my work colleagues have always been very supportive and I’ve been mentioned a couple of times in my company newsletter.”
Organisers of the Chester Marathon welcome runners of all abilities to enter the race, whether they’re new to running, taking part in a charity challenge, or aiming to set a new personal best. With a series of marathon training runs organised throughout the year, race organisers hope to help as many runners round the course as possible.
Chris Hulse, joint race organiser of the MBNA Chester Marathon, said: “We are delighted that So Mei has chosen the Chester Marathon as her 100th, it’s a real honour and we’re looking forward to welcoming her to the event. As with all our entrants, we’ll be there to cheer her across the finish line with open arms as she celebrates completing this inspiring challenge.”
The Chester Marathon won’t be So Mei’s last event as she already is signed up for marathon number 105. She added: “I run for a sense of well being, it’s a way of clearing my mind at the end of a tough day, and it gives me the ability to explore and learn about myself”.
For more information on So Mei’s Challenge go to maychan88.blogspot.co.uk
Entries for the Chester Marathon, which takes place on Sunday October 5, are now open. The official race charity is Cancer Research UK. To enter, go to www.chestermarathon.co.uk.
More information on the dates and times of the training runs can be found at www.active leisureevents. co.uk/full-marathon/training-runs.aspx