Joanne Nicholas caught the running bug whilst at university when
she was encouraged to take it up by her friends. Little did they
know that a few years later she would be entering competitions and
setting herself ambitious goals. Jo explains:
"When I first started I couldn't even run 200m to the post box
before having to stop for a rest!
The turning point was joining a local running club (Dinas and
Penarth Runners). They have runners of all abilities, and sessions
to cater for this. When I started I was one of the slower runners
but some good training guidance and people to run with meant I was
I have really caught the bug now and have even started entering
I started with the 5K race for life (which at the time seemed a
long way) but now run 10K and half marathons. I've improved
significantly over the years and have set my sights on running a
10K in under 40mins and a half marathon in 1hr30. I'm nearly
But the desire to achieve this keeps me going. My biggest
running achievement so far is being the first female in the Bradley
Stoke 10K - I won a trophy and a basket of fruit - my first ever
And why does Jo do it?
It's the 'feel good' buzz - a short burst of exercise is great
to forget the days stresses and get you back feeling on top of the
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