A charity worker for Adoption UK in Banbury completed the Great North Run on Sunday and has just 26 days to prepare herself for a second half marathon.
Elaine Kristan is the charity’s human resources manager and the 39-year-old was delighted to complete the run in two hours and 11 minutes, shaving ten minutes off her previous time at last year’s event.
Elaine described the atmosphere at the Great North Run as something that ‘everyone should experience at least once’.
She said: “In the lead up to the race it’s an emotional rollercoaster – one day it was fear then the next day I just couldn’t stop grinning.
“The actual day was amazing though and I loved every step of it because the atmosphere is so fabulous and you just get carried away with it.
“Thousands of people line the streets, you’ve got kids high-fiving you and spraying you with water bottles, cheering and clapping you on as you run passed...and then there was the flyover by the Red Arrows – they make me cry every time!”
Elaine and her friends celebrated completing the run with a tipple in a beer tent for competitors where they spoke to a soon-to-be octogenarian, who had just crossed the finish line.
Elaine said: “My friends and I were so inspired by her we all vowed to carry on running until we’re 80 as well!”
But first Elaine has to concentrate on the ‘small’ task of the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday, October 11 – less than one month away.
She said: “My legs are very stiff today so stairs are not my friend and if I drop anything it has to stay on the floor. It didn’t help that the car journey home on Monday took about five hours. I just sat on the sofa when I got home.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Elaine in the Oxford Half Marathon can do so by visiting her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/Elaine-Kristan2/
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