Hayley started running in early 2016 when a friend encouraged her to give it a try. It was unbelievably difficult and she only ran a mile before turning back home. However she loves a challenge and was eager to try and improve.
Signing up for her first races in that same year, running a 10km on Blackpool seafront followed by Birmingham Half Marathon in 1:35:18, she crossed the finish line saying “I have no idea how people run marathons! That was so far!”
6 months later she ran 3 hours 22 at Manchester Marathon for her first ever marathon with the aim of breaking 4 hours. Inspired by everyone around her, it was incredible. She was hooked on running. Running 2 hours 47 at the London Marathon in 2018 led to selection for her first England team event at Toronto marathon in the same year.
Her current PBs stand at 2:32 (marathon) and 71:03 (half marathon), but aims to reset those PBS soon with the aim of competing in the Commonwealth Marathon team next year! And you may even see this marathon runner on a track soon too!
Running is her passion, and although a relative newcomer to the sport she cannot imagine being without it. It has brought amazing friendships, laughs, tears, challenges, pure joy and everything in between.
Hayley is using our Female Runner Test to monitor her health and training load.