‘Couch potato’ completes first marathon

Wendy marathon
Wendy marathon

A BELLSHILL woman who could barely keep up with her gran walking round the loch at Strathclyde Park a few years ago has just completed the Edinburgh Marathon.

Wendy Hesketh (38) decided that 2011 would be the year that she would get fit, and in January - while most of us quickly gave up on resolutions - she began to regain her fitness through walking and then running.

With some Amazon gift vouchers to spare, Wendy decided to buy a book called The Non-Runners Marathon Trainer.

The book encourages readers to sign up for a marathon to help focus their training - and Wendy quickly agreed to do the Edinburgh Marathon.

The only snag, however, as she read on in the book is that this guide was geared for someone who could run consistently for 30 minutes and Wendy could barely do that.

Through runners forums, she quickly learned, however, that it was possible and she slowly began her training.

She said: “My gran, who was 82 at the time, was faster than me walking round the loch at Strathclyde Park. I was a real couch potato and I drove everywhere.

“With me getting closer to 40 I thought I really need to do something about this.”

For full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, June 2.