Penarth grandmother completes first half marathon - and finishes sixth among 3000 plus in age category
11:58am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Penarth news
RUNNING 13 plus miles is a feat many people would be proud of. But when you are 65, and finish sixth out of more than 3,000 in your age category – in your first half marathon no less – you have particular reason to celebrate.
Penarth grandmother Andrea Jones completed the race on Sunday in an impressive 2 hours 21 minutes.
The 65 year-old is a member of group Women Running Penarth, and said despite years of running it was a test she had never come close to attempting before.
Not that she was scared she would fail to finish– the challenge was not over extending herself.
“I am usually away this time of year, but I ran the 10k Race for Life earlier this year and did quite well and decided this was the year to do the half marathon too,” said the Plassey Square resident.
“It was something I knew I could do. I set myself a time of 2 hours 20 minutes but one of my fellow group members ran with me to make sure I stayed within my limits.
“I was really pleased with my time. I will certainly be doing it again next year, and racing against myself for a better time!”
The grandmother of five, who still works at Marks & Spencer in the evenings, said running had become part of her day-to-day life.
“You either love it or hate it and I have grown to love it over the last five years. I run three times a week and wouldn’t miss that for the world.
“Running with the group gives it a great social appeal too.”
Running group chair Erika Fitzgibbon called Andrea “an inspiration”.
Women Running Penarth offer free taster sessions for new members on the first Monday of every month. They meet in the entrance to Tesco in Penarth Marina.
The group had over 37 members run the half marathon, with several breaking the sub two-hour barrier.
Their website is www.womenrunningpenarth.org.uk/