What made you get into running?

I actually wasn’t a big fan of running in school…or any sport for that matter actually. So decided I wanted to try and get fit in college so went for a run that barely lasted 15 minutes and from that moment I fell in love with it.

What has been your proudest/best running moment?

My proudest running moment was definitely completing the 53 challenge. Running my 53rd marathon on the 53rd consecutive day was the best feeling in the world, I don’t think there is going to be much that will ever top that.

What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?

The biggest challenge was probably deciding to try and run 53 consecutive marathons because to a lot of people it was unheard of, so it was hard try to ignore some negativity I received before embarking on 53.

Amy Hughes, from West Felton, is running 53 marathons in 53 days to raise money for the Isabelle-Lottie Foundation. She started her local leg from Festival Square, Oswestry, and was cheered on by local school children on her route around the area. HD240914
Amy Hughes, from West Felton, is running 53 marathons in 53 days to raise money for the Isabelle-Lottie Foundation. She started her local leg from Festival Square, Oswestry, and was cheered on by local school children on her route around the area. HD240914

Who is your inspiration, and why?

My inspiration is probably my mum because she worked so hard for us when I was younger and I admire that.

What are your future goals?

To continue to set myself new challenges and goals, i always love to challenge my body in different ways and never want to stop that.

What would be your one piece of essential advice to someone looking to start up running? 

My advice would be to just enjoy it. Its so easy to get caught up with beating others and personal bests, which some people thrive off but sometimes that makes people start to dislike running. So I would say try to find your reason for running…Whether it be running socially with friends or in groups, to run to clear your head or to run competitively.

What is your favourite piece of running kit?

My favourite piece of running kit is my Brooks ghosts.

What’s your favourite thing about running?

My favourite thing about running is the fact that is such a good way of exploring different places, no matter where you are as long as you have your trainers you can get up and go.

As it’s Women in Sport Week: What do you think is the biggest challenge for women runners, & how do you overcome them?

I think the biggest challenge for women is having the confidence to get up and start running. I think this can be changed by women sticking together and showing each other support and encourgaement. My aim throughout 53 was to promote the importance of health and fitness and to prove that anyone can do it. I don’t think change will happen over night but I can already see small changes starting to happen which is what its all about.

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