Judith Porter – Running for England

In January a friend invited her to stay in Cheshire and do the Essar 4 Villages half marathon.  When she discovered this was an England qualifier event she put her name down as the qualification was to be in the top three in the age category and do the half in under 2hrs 30min.  There were only two ladies in the category so that was a tick and she just squeezed in at 2.30.  The race was hilly and the weather was windy. 

Having got the ‘vest’ she trained more than usual and surprised herself and many others by completing the Manchester Half Marathon in 2.10.56.  It says a lot for the quality and number of veteran runners that there were nine ladies over 70 in the England team with the fastxest running the half in 1.44.  Judith was 7th