We’re delighted to report that Susie Chan is back up and running after her Achilles injury, with lots of exciting news to report for September!
1. Ealing Half Marathon – 30th September
Susie returned to commentate for a second consecutive year at Ealing Half Marathon, and had a great day providing a first-class commentary and cheering on the thousands of runners at this award-winning race. The weather was much kinder than it had been the previous weekend for her 24-hour challenge, with beautiful autumn sunshine all day, and there was a wonderful and inspiring atmosphere at this community-driven race where all profits are invested straight back into the community. Susie had the pleasure of meeting Mara Yamauchi, the second fastest British marathoner ever, who was running the race and soaking up the #EalingFeeling. Congratulations to all runners who crossed the finish line!
2. Intersport Jarrold Norwich – 27th September
With her legs just about working again (see point 3, below), Susie went over to Intersport Jarrold Norwich for a fantastic evening of running and run chat. She joined the store’s Run Club leaders Bronwyn and Dom for a beautiful sunset run with the local runners, and then returned to the store for a Q&A session and to chat with runners and inspire them with her running stories.
Intersport Jarrold is one of Intersport’s very first new concept stores, offering a superb new range of sporting equipment as well as enhanced store services such as digital gait analysis.
Susie is a perfect ambassador for global retailer Intersport and it’s great to see her supporting community events such as this.
3. Self-transcendence 24-hour track race – 22nd-23rd September
When you’re completing an ultra you kind of want the weather to be on your side, but it’s fair to say that Susie’s 24-hour track race at Tooting Bec Athletic Track was a complete wash-out. Non-stop rain – combined with the coldest temperatures we’ve felt for a while – poured down on the team of ultra runners who were competing to cover the greatest distance possible over a period of 24 hours, midday on the Saturday to midday on the Sunday.
This international race attracts runners from around the globe and is a real test of mental as well as physical strength, with the competitors running circles and circles of the track and continuing throughout the (very wet) night. Susie kept smiling throughout and her social media updates were nothing short of inspiring – even emotional at times, with streams of friends turning up to support her and keep her going. Overall, she clocked an impressive 102 miles and came 3rd placed female! We’re super impressed with this truly incredible achievement – well done Susie!
4. Commentating at Intersport Run Reigate – 16th September
Susie spent a great morning commentating and supporting runners at the 5th anniversary Intersport Run Reigate. It was her second year commentating at this popular event comprising a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon race, and she loved seeing so many runners achieve their goals.
Susie is the perfect person to commentate at races, her cheery smile and words of encouragement helping many runners to cross the finish line. In her own lovely words, “It never fails to inspire me watching people cross the line. From the speedy elites to those that cross at the back of the field, they’ve all covered the same distance, gone up the same hills, received the same medal and worked hard for that finish line.”
5. Kew Gardens 10K – 15th September
Susie ran the Kew Gardens 10K as part of Richmond RUNFEST and was delighted to run a 10K – not her usual distance – in a good time and with the support of friends and familiar faces.
Much more comfortable running ultras, Susie admits that 10Ks are a real benchmark of fitness and that you just have to put yourself out there and see what you can do on the day. Congratulations Susie on a great race!
6. Great North Run – 9th September
Susie’s first big race since having treatment for her Achilles was the ever-popular Great North Run, which she ran with her great friend and running buddy Sophie Raworth. We can always trust Susie to do things in style and she enjoyed a (rather choppy) boat trip back to Newcastle afterwards, followed by a spectacular Red Arrows flypast.
7. Back on it after Achilles injury
Any runner will understand the frustration of injury and the joy of getting back out there for the first time. Susie certainly enjoyed a pain-free 8-mile run in the sunshine after much lower mileage during August due to her Achilles injury. Her patience and days off running had really paid off and she was delighted to be able to build up the miles slowly again…all ready for her September adventures, and her exciting new Campus Run Academy in Portugal in October!