27th February 2018
Before we start on Susie Chan’s adventures in 2018, we’d like to congratulate her on a phenomenal 2017! Susie clocked up the most miles she had ever run in one year, with her Strava profile registering 2,244 miles on 31st December 2017. Awesome achievement, Susie! With a year of ultras ahead, we can’t help but think she’ll top even that this year…
In this latest January/February update, we’re picking up where we left off at the end of 2017 and have lots to report from the first months of 2018.
- Run the World podcast – 23rd December
Susie has joined up with marathon runner and fitness junkie Charlie Watson to record a new British running podcast, Run the World.
It’s fantastic inspiration for runners of all abilities, especially females – and in this first episode they talk about how they started running, their first race experiences and what they have lined up for 2018. A great podcast to keep you going while you’re running! Download here.
- Boxing Day Run – 26th December
Christmas jumper, knitted turkey on the head, downing a pint after a hill climb…
Susie didn’t just complete the Devil’s Punchbowl Boxing Day Beer Run in style, she came third placed female and earned herself a shiny new tankard!
- January ultra training
So Susie’s January training has been all about getting the miles in and working on all-round fitness, speed and strength. Track Tuesdays, hot yoga and body pump have become regular additions to her schedule as she prepares for these incredible races. We will of course be reporting much more on Susie’s ultras, so keep posted!
You can also check out Susie’s January piece on Run Ultra, giving valuable tips on how to step up to ultra and how to tackle those first few long races.
- Radio interviews with Strava – 12th January
On a day when people were most likely to give up their New Year resolutions, Susie did a series of radio interviews with Strava and chatted with lots of people about staying motivated. The perfect antidote to the cold, January weather we were having and a much-needed dose of positivity – thank you Susie!
As if to prove a point, Susie then ran 20 miles home, nailing her ultra training for the day too.
- Man v Horse race confirmed
The Whole Earth Man v Horse has been confirmed for 9th June 2018. One of Susie’s favourite events, the race consists of 22 rugged miles against 50 horses in beautiful mid Wales.
Susie happily reports that “enough tea, cake and peanut butter to sink a ship” awaits at the finish line and she is looking forward to working with sponsors Whole Earth on some exciting pre-race content.
- Intersport sponsor – 15th January
As one of her sponsors, Susie was delighted to receive a package from Intersport to kit herself out for her runs – including a range of the highly technical and affordable Pro Touch gear. She is grateful to Intersport for all their support and looking forward to a great year working together!
- The National Running Show – 20th & 21st January
Susie had a fantastic weekend co-hosting The National Running Show at Birmingham’s NEC alongside adventurer Russell Smith. She was thrilled to introduce the brilliant and inspiring Dame Kelly Holmes to a full audience and enjoyed an amazing weekend of meeting people, listening to tales from Olympians and other endurance runners, and hearing how running has helped so many people to overcome adversity.
Susie hosted her own talk entitled ‘An introduction to ultra running’ and chaired various panel chats over the two days covering mindset, adventure and challenges (pictured right, second from left).
The National Running Show was an overwhelming success and will be back in January 2019!
- Gourmet meal to celebrate #SpiritofLondon – 26th January
Just like you do, Susie ran 21 miles into central London for dinner with Sophie Raworth, cooked by Michel Roux Jr – to kick off the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon and the new #SpiritofLondon campaign. A meal definitely well earned and a great precursor to the biggest weekend of running in the capital!
Look out for The 2018 Running Awards on 19th April and stay tuned for details of another exciting event hosted by Susie on marathon weekend!
- Alice Holt parkrun – 27th January
Susie loves parkrun as much as she does her big international races, so she was thrilled to return to her local Alice Holt parkrun with a few run buddies. Despite the hills denying her a sprint finish, she had huge fun running 5K in 21:20 (with a 241 ft elevation gain).
Photo courtesy of Ben Lumley.
- Break from running – 2nd February
Susie was all set to take part in her first ultra of the year, the 66-mile Pilgrim’s Ultra, but was unexpectedly out of action for a few weeks after discovering a tumour growing in her neck. Thankfully she had an op to remove it and took a couple of weeks of rest to get better and look forward to her next races. She thanks her sponsors for their support (Intersport, Greenacre and Breathe Unity) as well as all those close to her. She certainly had a flood of warm wishes from her many supporters and followers, and we’re delighted that she’s now back up and running – literally!
Next up – the 51-mile and incredibly scenic Badwater Cape Fear on 18th March. Good luck Susie!
Oh, and Susie may have missed Pilgrim’s Ultra but she was super proud of her running friend Sophie who kept the side up and came 8th.
- Commentating in 2018
i) British Airways Run Gatwick – 13th May
The inaugural British Airways Run Gatwick takes place this spring and Susie is delighted to be commentating at this exciting new road race in the south east. With an International Half Marathon and 5K, a Corporate 5K and a Family Race all taking place on the day, the event promises something very special for runners of all ages and abilities.
ii) The Running Festival at Goodwood – 14th October
Susie will also be commentating at The Running Festival at Goodwood in the autumn, featuring a new Half Marathon and 10K at this iconic race circuit in Sussex. Susie’s bubbly personality and incredible race experience shines through when it comes to commentating and she’s the perfect person for it – so runners, get ready to be inspired!
- Susie becomes a British Athletics Coach – 25th February
A great way to round off, we’d like to extend our huge congratulations to Susie for recently becoming a fully qualified British Athletics Coach! This is a fantastic and very exciting achievement that will allow her to pass on her immense experience and knowledge to others. With assessments, exams and practical completed, she learned an enormous amount on her Coaching in Running Fitness course and is looking forward to putting it all into practice. Way to go, Susie!