1st June 2018
May has been a big month for Susie as she completed the epic 100-mile Keys 100 race in the US, amongst other running adventures and events! Read on to find out more and be inspired…
1. BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex – 28th May
Susie had a great time chatting with Allison Ferns and co-hosting a radio show live on BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex at the Surrey County Show. During the show Susie described what it’s like to run 100 miles (see point 4 below) and spoke about racing against horses, which she will be doing at the 22-mile Man v Horse race on 9th June. We’ll be reporting back on this one!
2. Crewing Grand Union Canal Race – 27th May
Susie doesn’t just run, she’s also a great person to have as crew – and she’s recently crewed her friend Emily at the 145-mile GUCR from Birmingham to London. Emily came second placed female and it just goes to show how important it is to have the right support around you and how great the running community really is.
3. #MovementRuns – 24th May
Back by popular demand after last year’s Women Run Strong event, Susie hosted the fantastic #MovementRuns event at the ASICS store in London, a collaboration between Breathe Unity and Susie Chan. This year her special guests were her running buddy and great friend Sophie Raworth, Founder of Run Mummy Run Leanne Davies and Ben Smith from The 401 Challenge. Together they held two superb panel discussions and took runners on a relaxed 5km run, making for an inspiring evening of running, chatting and socialising. For Susie it was a great reminder that running is all about the people you meet. The event was supported by Strava, ASICS, Intersport and Breathe Unity and was a great success!
4. Fast Running – 22nd May
Susie featured in Fast Running in a fascinating article about influencers and the changing world of athlete sponsorship in the digital age. Susie has always been very engaged with her social media following, in addition to being very down-to-earth and honest about her running journey. It’s great to read more about her as an influencer as well as find out more about her racing, training and coaching.
5. Keys 100 Ultramarathon – 19th-20th May
Susie’s 3rd ultra of the year (and her third ever 100 miler) was Keys 100 Ultramarathon, choosing to run uncrewed at this 100-mile race in the Florida Keys.
Just as the rest of the UK was settling down to watch the Royal Wedding, Susie was posting captivating updates on her social feeds – in which she remained her usual smiling self, despite increasingly sore legs and feet and plenty of tropical downpours!
Together with her hubby, Susie crossed the finish line to be presented with a brightly coloured and well-deserved medal. In her own words, a tough race – but what an incredible experience and huge congratulations Susie!
Re-live the action and watch Susie’s video of her Keys 100 experience.
6. British Airways Run Gatwick – 13th May
Susie had a fantastic time and did a brilliant job commentating at the inaugural British Airways Run Gatwick on 13th May. She loved chatting with three of the UK’s favourite running heroes and Flying Start ambassadors Colin Jackson CBE, Sally Gunnell OBE and Iwan Thomas MBE, who were there to support the runners, start the races and give out prizes.
With all her running experience, Susie was the perfect person to commentate and she brought many runners over the finish line with her words of encouragement! With an International Half Marathon, 5K, Corporate 5K and Family Run, the event proved to be a hit with runners of all ages and abilities and really made its mark as a must-do event in the UK race calendar.
7. Heat chamber training
For Susie the early part of May was spent putting in many hours of training in Kingston University’s heat chamber, in preparation for Keys 100 ultra marathon. With many sessions reaching 35⁰C and 85% humidity, she did all she could to prepare for the tropical climate of the Florida Keys – just as she had when training for Marathon des Sables in April. Making sure you are as prepared as possible for your races is key to success and Susie certainly knows a thing or two about race preparation.
She did however make the most of the beautiful May weather with a few runs outside – where the views were no doubt much more rewarding than in the heat chamber!
8. Buggy Squad – 3rd May
Susie loves inspiring runners wherever she goes, and at the beginning of May she joined the Virginia Water Buggy Squad for a lovely run in the sunshine. She is a big fan of run communities and thought that Buggy Squad was a brilliant group and initiative. She finished up with a few more miles around the water…of course!
9. Athletics Weekly – 3rd May
Susie often features in running magazines and last month she was interviewed for Athletics Weekly in a feature titled ‘Beyond the Marathon’, in which she shares her extraordinary running journey. From her early steps in running to taking on ultra marathons, the interview is full on inspiration and top tips. Susie also explains why she particularly loves the Man v Horse race which takes place in June.
Good luck Susie at Man v Horse and with all your running this coming month – we’re looking forward to following your adventures!