30th September 2017
It’s been a busy summer of running and events for endurance runner Susie Chan, who has added a few more medals to her collection since we shared her last update!
- Rock of Gibraltar – 5th July
Susie thought it would be fun to run up the Rock of Gibraltar, and that’s exactly what she did this July! At 1,398 ft high and with gradients of 1:4, it’s not for the faint-hearted, and it’s not surprising to hear that it’s a popular race for the Navy and Royal Marines. Susie completed the run in an impressive 37 minutes and her calves certainly knew about it! Read more and see her run stats on Strava.
- Crewing Badwater 135 Ultramarathon – 14th July
In July, Susie crewed a friend in the Badwater Ultramarathon in California’s Death Valley, a 135-mile non-stop race in one of the hottest places on Earth. With a starting point at 280 ft below sea level in Badwater Basin, the Badwater 135 ends at an elevation of 8350 ft and is as tough as it sounds – long, hot and with gruelling ascents! Susie was part of a 3-man crew and responsible for setting up mobile checkpoints as well as pacing through the day and night…read all about her adventure on Strava.
- Confirmed speaker for The National Running Show
Susie is joining a stellar line-up of speakers at the inaugural National Running Show, taking place 20th-21st January 2018 at Birmingham’s NEC. This is the event to attend for runners of all abilities and interests, with first-class exhibitors, free advice on nutrition, training and equipment, the latest product launches, free gait analysis and more. The inspiring list of motivational speakers includes Dame Kelly Holmes, Jo Pavey, Elise Downing, Sean Conway, Russell Smith, Steve Edwards and Jenny Tough. Find out more and get your tickets at nationalrunningshow.com.
- Athletes Unfiltered on Strava – 23rd August
Susie completed some filming with Strava as part of their #AthletesUnfiltered campaign, which encourages ordinary people to be themselves and proud of the runs they achieve. Featuring normal athletes who are brave enough to share their journey day after day – whether that’s breaking a marathon PB or showing themselves, as Susie puts it, in a “sweaty bad hair mess” – Athletes Unfiltered is real life. “It’s the most honest version of me you’ll probably get.” Hats off to you, Susie!
- Interview in Women’s Running magazine – 1st Sept
Susie was interviewed by Women’s Running UK and was the cover start of the September issue! In her interview, Susie chats about ultra running, the importance of a positive mindset and not getting too hung up on PBs. It’s a fantastic write-up with plenty of tips and inspiration for any female runner out there. It also really shows what an influential and highly respected member of the running community Susie has come to be.
- Nevis Running Festival – 4th September
Susie was all set to take part in the Nevis Marathon and Running Festival but had to leave due to Hurricane Irma taking its hold in the Caribbean. Susie is grateful to have been taken to safety and her thoughts are with those affected by the hurricane.
Hopefully one day she will return to run this beautiful race on one of the Caribbean’s most unspoilt and relaxing islands. In the meantime, she did get a small run in of her own and a quick dip in the sea to cool off…
- Great North Run – 10th September
Susie had a wonderful day completing the Simplyhealth Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon, with her running buddy Sophie Raworth. She met Davina McCall and Mo Farah – and if that wasn’t enough, she had the privilege of meeting the Red Arrows pre-race, before their flypast! An inspiring and unforgettable weekend for Susie!
- Susie officially left work – 15th September
After 20 years of working in museums and gallery exhibitions, Susie finally said goodbye to her 9-5 to concentrate on her running! She calculated that she had been through Waterloo station over 7,000 times over the years – even though we know that was often in trainers to do her run-commute!
What an exciting future ahead for Susie and we can’t wait to see where it takes her. One door closes and plenty more open…
- Swim Serpentine – 16th September
So it’s not just running that Susie gets up to! Susie spent the end of summer doing some open water swim training in advance of the 2-mile Swim Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park – which she completed admirably!
Swim Serpentine signified her completion of the London Classics – the other two events being the Virgin Money London Marathon and the Prudential RideLondon 100 miler – and earned her not just an individual race medal, but a huge London Classics medal to mark the achievement. She entered the London Classics Hall of Fame along with her friend Sophie. Well done, Susie!
- Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K – 17th September
The next day saw Susie commentating at the 4th Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K in Priory Park and having huge fun chatting alongside Dame Kelly Holmes.
This fantastic closed-road event through rural Surrey gets bigger and better every year and enjoys superb community support. Having run countless races herself and knowing exactly what it feels like to be on the start line, Susie is the perfect person to commentate at any event and her bubbly personality shone through as always here in Reigate.
- Ultra coach with XNRG Events – 21st September
Susie is delighted to officially become an ultra coach with XNRG Events. XNRG Ultra Running Coaching is designed to enable more people to achieve their ultra running goals and dreams, through a training programme that covers everything required to reach that goal. With three Marathons des Sables and numerous ultras under her belt, Susie has all the tools, techniques, experience and skills to help ultra runners to prepare physically, mentally and technically for their goals. Congratulation, Susie – we would hire you any day!
- Commentating at Ealing Half Marathon – 24th September
Susie had a blast commentating at the sixth Ealing Half Marathon in the beautiful autumn sunshine. She started the race and then chatted to the winners at the end, soaking up the #EalingFeeling and the fantastic community spirit for which the race is renowned. Susie showed that she is equally as happy in front of the microphone as she is lining up to compete at the world’s most challenging races – and we’re sure there’ll be plenty more commentating in the future!
- Bank of America Chicago Marathon – 8th October
It may have been a full-on few months for Susie with lots of outstanding achievements, but there is one big goal occupying her thoughts now: the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The pinnacle of achievement for elite and everyday athletes, the Chicago Marathon will be the last of Susie’s World Marathon Majors, a series of 6 of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. Completion of the Chicago Marathon in October will place Susie among only 130 women in the world to have ever completed all six races, which is a phenomenal achievement. Go go go Susie!