3rd May 2017
We’re just over 4 months into the year and Susie Chan has already clocked up 800 miles this year alone. The endurance runner has had another action-packed month and we’re excited to bring you all her latest news, from her third attempt at the legendary Marathon des Sables to pacing, hosting and presenting at events across London! Sit back and be inspired…
10 Highlights of the Month for Susie Chan
1. Marathon des Sables – 7th-16th April
Susie completed her third Marathon des Sables in April as part of team WAA – a truly astounding feat in the heat and sands of the Sahara. This time around it was quite a different race to her previous attempts, the 6-day, 250km ultramarathon really taking her back to basics and making her realise that it’s not what number you end up in the rankings that counts, but what you learn about yourself on the journey to the finish line. Susie should be proud to hold that medal and her blog about the Marathon des Sables is fascinating. Congratulations, Susie!
Watch Susie’s rollercoaster journey at the 32nd Marathon des Sables here:
2. Women Run Strong with Strava – 21st April
Susie hosted the hugely popular Women Run Strong with Strava event in central London, with co-host Kelly Roberts. Timed to inspire pre-London Marathon, tickets were snapped up within one hour as 100 runners of all abilities signed up to a pre-marathon shake-out run led by Susie and Kelly along Tower Bridge, followed by a lively panel discussion at The Running Works.
Joining Susie and Kelly on the panel were Women’s Equality Party leader and marathon runner Sophie Walker and American elite runner Devon Yanko. The evening was a fantastic success; Women Run Strong was supported by Breathe Unity PR.
3. Pacing the Virgin Money London Marathon – 23rd April
Just one week after the Marathon des Sables, Susie returned as a Runner’s World pacer for the Virgin Money London Marathon. It was her third year of pacing the crucial sub 4-hour group in the blue mass start. She had a phenomenal day and brought the runners home in 3:59. You can be our pacer any day, Susie.
4. Susie selected for Strava’s athlete blog
Susie Chan was one of 36 athletes to be selected from tens of millions worldwide to promote and test the new Athlete Posts forum on Strava! The 36 athletes, who include her running buddy Kelly Roberts from Women Run Strong, will be able to share stories, photos, questions, gear tips, race reports and workouts with other Strava users. Susie was their featured athlete in some of the press releases and marketing communications about the launch! Athlete Posts will be available to the entire Strava community later this summer.
5. Presenter at The Running Awards 2017 – 20th April
As a great icon in the running community, Susie swapped her running shoes for heels and made her annual trip to indigo at the O2 to present awards at The Running Awards 2017. The only independent awards ceremony to celebrate the best of running and its culture, it was a fantastic and inspiring evening.
Pictured here, from left, are Joe Williams from UKRunChat, our very own Rebecca Richardson from Breathe Unity, ultrarunner Tom Evans, Susie Chan and her husband and fellow runner Shaun Marsden.
6. Crewing hubby on his ultramarathon – 29th April-1st May
Susie’s husband Shaun is hugely supportive in her running adventures and sometimes it’s Susie’s turn to be the ‘support team’.
Susie recently crewed Shaun on his 96-mile, 3-day ultramarathon, the Extreme Energy Devil’s Challenge along the South Downs Way, and cheered him over the line as their household gained yet another medal.
What a pair!
7. The Running Bug – Susie Chan’s Monthly Column
Susie’s next monthly column has appeared at The Running Bug, the popular social network for runners. Susie now gives us her top tips for how to juggle training with real life, which is perfect for those of us struggling to find the time to train. It seems that planning ahead is a big help, and she reminds us how it’s important to be proud of every small achievement. Hear hear!
8. Kit Review: The dhb running range
Always up for trying new gear, Susie has recently tested the latest dhb range to hit the road. Her kit review appears on The Running Bug and it’s a very interesting reading for anyone on the lookout for new gear. Susie concludes that the dhb running range offers a very good price for quality run apparel, the stitching, material and cut all representing great value for money.
9. Outdoor Fitness Magazine Photo Shoot
Smiling, energetic and fun, Susie is the perfect person for a sports photo shoot, and she is often called upon to trial and model new gear. Susie will shortly be featuring in a photo shoot to follow up an interview with Outdoor Fitness magazine, so we’ll keep you posted!
10. Sports Insight Pro Touch by Intersport feature
Susie has also been featured in Sports Insight promoting the Pro Touch by Intersport range. Constantly in and out of running gear, Susie was more than happy to try out this new range of technical, affordable and stylish kit – and gave it a big thumbs up! Check out Pro Touch by Intersport.
Anyone inspired by Susie’s Marathon des Sables effort should head to the Desert Multi-Stage Running Seminar in London on 7th June. An inspirational and informative evening with a panel of multi-stage experts, including Susie, it is a perfect opportunity to network with other runners and have your burning questions answered, whatever your background or ability.