Getting to know…Kirsty Millington
How did you get started?
I started running September 2017 aged 35. My daughter inspired me when she completed a triathlon that spring. I remember watching her feeling very proud seeing all the crowds cheer and clap her on the way round. It looked like such fun. Watching her face light up running over the finish line with such excitement made me think it might be a possibility for me (well running anyway).
I took the plunge and signed up with SE for the September to start a walk to run group. I was absolutely terrified!!! (Never ran in my life not even for a bus) I arrived at the club and was made to feel very welcome from all the leaders and the runners. The lovely leader Becky was very kind and reassuring, she made the group enjoyable. I made the effort to attend three times a week and every time I went I noticed I was walking a lot less and running a lot more. I moved up to the next group in June as a fully-fledged runner. I always said my goal was just to able to run but once I had got the hang of it I then started entering races with my first race being 10 miles cathedral to castle.
After running for one year with the club I decided to give something back and help. I became a volunteer leader as I felt I had a lot to offer with being a non-runner previously. I am proof to newcomers feeling a little scared and nervous that they can run if the effort is put in. Being part of a lovely group definitely helps and gives you the guidance and motivation you need. I couldn’t have done it on my own and I have the leaders to thank for that.
Any plans for the future?
My future plans are to keep on running and improving.
What’s your favourite event so far?
My favourite event was the Liverpool half marathon which I completed in April 2019. I didn’t think I had it in me to run so far for so long. It was such an incredible feeling. Training with amazing friends from SE really helped.
My Top Tips
- Even if you don’t feel like running GET OUT trust me the runners high is so worth it at the end.
- Bottom line; I didn’t think I could run and joining SE Fitness and receiving all their support and guidance made me a runner. (Still can’t believe it)!