Jane Wilson took on the Kingston Breakfast Run to get fit after the birth of her two children Ellie and Alex 15 years’ ago and she has not stopped, writes Stuart Amos.
The 48-year-old Teddington mum is the only runner to have contested all 15 Kingston Breakfast Runs since its inception in 1998.
Wilson, a self-employed psychotherapist at Re...root in Richmond, will be on the start line again this year, with Twickenham’s Fiona Rennie.
And Wilson, who has completed the 8.2-mile course in just over any hour in the past, would not bet against being there again when
the race celebrates its 30th anniversary.
“Running to keep fit is all very well, but you have to race to keep motivated,” she said.
“I started training with my friend Fiona and did my first Breakfast Run after having my children and we’ve just sort of kept it up really.
“I really like the course. It is so pretty running along by the river, particularly by Hampton Court where people stop and support. There is a great atmosphere.”
Wilson set up her psychotherapy business in October 2011 having retrained at Roehampton University.
The Breakfast Run is a traditional warm-up event for the London mmarathon and Great Britain international Phil Wicks holds the men’s course record for both the 8.2-mile and 16-mile race.
Wicks, who lives in Cobham, clocked 40 minutes, 15 seconds for the shorter distance in 2006 and then ran the longer course in 1:20:47 in 2011.
Belgrave Harrier Birhan Dagne holds the women’s 8.2-mile record of 46:37.0, while Jo Lodge has the 16-mile course record of 1:34:17.
* The Kingston Whole Foods Breakfast Run organised by Human Race takes place in Kingston on March 24. Visit humanrace.co.uk for more details.