Name: Rosie Morris
“My goal might not seem massive to many, but it’s incredibly important to me, and I’d love to have the opportunity to document it to inspire the many other female runners who probably face a similar barrier. I’ve run over 15 half marathons and three marathons, but have never been able to hit the sub-four-hour marathon. It feels so close, yet so out of my reach.
“I have been a runner for about six years. My current PB is 4hrs 11mins, which I got in my second marathon in Budapest in 2015. My most recent marathon in April 2017, Milan, ended in slight disaster after I badly pulled a muscle in my leg at 30K. I still finished, but I was absolutely gutted, having trained so hard and having felt fairly confident that I could meet my goal.
“To be honest, since then, I’ve really lost my faith in myself to complete a marathon in what once felt like a very realistic goal of sub-four hours (I would take 3hrs 59mins!), and have found it very hard to pick myself back up and get running again. My times have been slower, my energy and passion for running lower.
“For that reason, I would absolutely love the opportunity to take part in the Big Marathon Challenge. I think only other runners really understand why we all have an obsession with shaving what could be seen as a pretty small amount of time off a PB. But 11 minutes is ambitious.”
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