Panel announced for “Women Run Strong” with Susie and Kelly

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The panel has been announced for the first Women Run Strong event, which was launched by Susie Chan and Kelly Roberts in association with Strava, ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The central London event will be run and hosted by the popular endurance runner Susie Chan and inspirational US blogger and runner Kelly Roberts. Taking place on Friday 21st April, and supported by partners The Running Works and Breathe Unity PR, the evening is aimed at female and male runners of all abilities and is expected to be a hugely popular preface to marathon weekend.

Attendees can look forward to a pre-marathon shake-out run led by Susie and Kelly along Tower Bridge, followed by a fun evening back at The Running Works for a panel discussion featuring an inspirational line-up of runners. Free of charge and with food and a glass of bubbly included.

Panel biog details:

Susie Chan:

Susie Chan is an endurance runner, who runs races from one to 100 miles and some of the toughest ultra-women run strongmarathons and endurance races. She is also a public speaker, race commentator, pacer, contributor to fitness magazines, podcasts and websites, as well as a mother, wife and working full time.

Susie started running in 2010 and has built up from half marathons and marathons to complete in some of the world’s toughest ultra-marathons and endurance races. Susie is currently running her way through all the World Marathon Majors and will be one of only 200 women to have achieved this.

Susie has finished the legendary Marathon des Sables three times, has survived five days’ self-sufficient running 250km through the Amazon jungle, run non-stop 100 mile races, completed numerous multi-stage ultra-marathons and in 2016 broke the world record for the longest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours.

Kelly Roberts: women run strong

You may know Kelly Roberts from her popular blog and Podcast Run, Selfie, Repeat or recent #SportsBraSquad initiative encouraging women to ditch their shirts and redefine what strength looks like

A force in the body positivity movement, and named by Women’s Running and Competitor magazines as a woman who is changing the sport of running, the self-proclaimed former President of the “I hate running club” encourages runners of all different athletic levels to set impossible goals and find a way to laugh through the pain.

Devon Yanko:

Devon is a runner in every sense of the word. She runs roads, trails, mountains from distance from 5km to 100 mile. She is a woman that just loves to run.

women run strongDevon has run more than 30 Marathon and 30 Ultras since 2006, winning and CR a majority. 3 time
member of the USATF 100k National Team including 2009 Gold Medal winning team in Belgium. 2007 RRCA Marathon National Champion. 2010 50 mile road National Champion. 2012 Olympic Trials marathoner and has a marathon PR of 2:38:55 2011 100k National Champion. Set Fastest Known Time on the Grand Canyon R2R2R trail with Krissy Moehl in April 2011. 3rd place at the prestigious Two Oceans Marathon (56k) in Cape Town, South Africa and 5th in Comrades Marathon (89k, as well as first novice and first American). Recently, she ran the 3rd fastest trail 100 miler ever for a North American running 14:52 at the 2015 Javelina 100. She also won her way into the 2016 Western States 100 via winning Sean O’Brien 100km which earned her a golden ticket. Devon went on to finish 3rd at the 2016 Western States 100.

When Devon is not running, she is running and baking at her bakery M.H. Bread and Butter, which she co-owns with her husband Nathan in San Anselmo, California. She loves great food, travel, adventures and sharing time with her friends and family in Marin.

Sophie Walker:

Sophie Walker is the leader of the Women’s Equality Party, which she helped to build from an idea to a

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flourishing political movement of 65,000 members and registered supporters. Before joining WE, Sophie worked for 20 years as news editor and journalist at an international news agency, reporting on politics and business from around the world.

Sophie became a keen runner when her daughter was diagnosed with autism and the lack of support prompted her into awareness-raising and activism for equal rights – starting by running the London Marathon. Sophie is the author of Grace Under Pressure: Going the distance as an Asperger’s Mum, which charts her progression as carer and marathon runner. She is also an Ambassador for the National Autistic Society and IncludeMeTOO, a national charity supporting disabled children from diverse backgrounds.


The early evening run is set to start at 6.30pm and runners of all abilities are welcome. There will be paced groups led by volunteers who know the route, and the 2-3 mile route will take in local London streets and pass the iconic Tower Bridge.

The groups will then return to The Running Works, near Aldgate, for the panel discussion and for the fantastic chance to socialise and to meet Susie and Kelly whilst soaking up the pre-race atmosphere. It is set to be THE event to attend as the city gets set for one of the biggest weekends of the year.

Places were booked up within record time and no further places are available.