Welcome to the June update from endurance runner Susie Chan, who has had a busy month racing, presenting and more. Read on to be inspired!
1. RunFestRun – 1st June
Susie kicked off June by hosting the new running festival RunFestRun. She spent much of the day interviewing people, before talking about her own running adventures with her great friend Sophie Raworth. Susie is the perfect person to host any event related to running and she was first to cheer runners over the finish line of the various races taking part.
2. #IAMARUNNER – 5th June
To celebrate Global Running Day on 5th June, Susie and her good friend Lily Partridge created a video to show that if you put on your trainers and run anything, at any pace, you are a runner. The message is about celebrating being a runner no matter what you look like and whatever you can or can’t do. The hashtag #IAMARUNNER went down a storm and you can find the inspiring video on Susie’s Twitter and Instagram feeds from the day.
3. Yateley 10K – 5th June
Another 10K in a series of 10Ks that Susie is tackling at the moment. The great news is that Susie felt much more controlled than in her previous week’s 10K, knocked 30 seconds off her time and ran her fastest 10K in 4 years! It may have hurt in the last mile (as 10Ks do), but all the hard work and variety of training sessions is certainly paying off. Well done, Susie!
4. Man v Horse – 8th June
It’s no secret that Man v Horse is one of Susie’s favourite races, and this year saw Susie lining up at the start for an impressive 5th time. This epic race puts 500 runners against 60 horses over 22 miles and it was once more great fun and very muddy!
Despite some brilliant competition, the cooler conditions favoured the horses and a horse was first over the line – even though the human winner clocked a faster time than the horses in the previous two years!
5. Strava – The Weekly 5K Club- 12th June
Susie is the proud new host of The Weekly 5K Club on Strava, an in-app club where runners can find running tips, advice on keeping motivated and stories about all things running. The Club celebrated its launch with an easy 5K run from the ASICS store in London and through Hyde Park. Come rain or shine, the club will be celebrating getting out there once a week and Susie is looking forward to being inspired and encouraged by everyone’s runs each week.
6. Rushmoor parkrun – 22nd June
Susie is a big fan of parkrun, which coincides perfectly with her Weekly 5K Club. She went along to Rushmoor parkrun where there was a fantastic turnout on a warm morning. Even though she felt her pacing wasn’t quite right, she still enjoyed the great social atmosphere and managed a sprint finish.
7. Club Championship trophy – 27th June
Well, Susie’s pacing clearly isn’t that off as she only went and finished the month by coming 1st female vet at her running club’s Championships! After 8 years of trying, she was delighted to see her name on the trophy – well deserved, Susie!