Name: Beverley Turton
Hometown: Easton Royal, close to Marlborough, Wiltshire
“I would love to be part of BMC 2018 to help me structure my vague ‘get faster’ goals and try to hit the elusive sub-four-hour time.
“I have ran four marathons (Paris, Copenhagen, Liverpool and Disneyland Florida) all at 4hrs 10mins to 4hrs 45mins. Like many people, I assume that, as I am getting older, I am getting slower and slower! I don’t despair too much as running, for me, is about exercise and not so much about PBs. I do need to have goals, however, to keep momentum and interest and so run a half marathon each year with vague goals to ‘get faster’.
“As a mother of three girls, I also believe very strongly in the simplicity but power of running as an exercise for women and girls. It is amazing to read the stories in Women’s Running, see fellow female runners out and about and at the startline of races. I want my girls to see what a simple and achievable exercise it is: if mum can do it, then it must be easy!
“I began running just after I met my husband when I was 29 and we were both living in Japan. It helped me transition from a lifestyle of smoking and drinking to a much healthier one – and my (now) husband and I bonded through becoming fitter.
“I am about to run the Disney Paris Half Marathon with my running buddy, Maxine. My last training run today showed it will probably be a 2hrs 20mins half marathon. Not what I wanted, but then my goals were vague.
“A few years ago, my sister was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. She had just turned 50. As part of her holistic treatment, she has been advised to do one hour of cardio every day. This brought it home to me even more why exercise –and running particularly for me – is so key. In order to keep my motivation going, I have decided to do my first ultra in 2019 – 50 miles for my 50th birthday to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.”
Follow Beverley online:
Facebook and LinkedIn: Beverley Turton, MCIPD