Our Ambassador Jo Pavey
We just knew Jo had to be our ambassador from day one. We were honoured to have her presenting our awards at our first R40+ awards ceremony in November 2021. After the event we knew we just couldn’t let her go – she is simply the best person to be our ambassador.
So in December 2021 we got our thinking caps on, and we asked, she accepted, and the rest is history, and she is very much part of the R40+ community. Jo became the oldest female European champion in history at the age of 40 years and 325 days. As a long-distance runner and a World, European and Commonwealth medallist, she won the 10,000m gold medal at the 2014 European Championships in Zürich, ten months after giving birth to her second child. We love working with Jo (and her husband/trainer Gav) and are very grateful for her/their continual support.
Jo Pavey in conversation with GI Jo Wilinska April 2023
This is such a moving story, shortly after joining Running at 40 Plus, Jo Wilinska was diagnosed with breast cancer. She shared this all with our community with her posts, the good and the bad. We are truly thankful for her honesty, her spirit and most of all the inspiration she gave and still continues to give us all, throughout her journey. We are truly thankful that Jo Wilinska (aka GI Jo) is now a year past her last Chemo, and to be able to share this in conversation with her and our ambassador Jo Pavey. It was emotional for them both, but we hope this helps any runner or soon to be runner, that there’s a group out there that supports each other, no matter what, to inspire and be inspired.
Jo Pavey in conversation with Sara Crosland July 2022
After a few months of feeling unwell, Sara’s life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour. Following a haemorrhage and major brain surgery that left her unable to walk, with impaired vision and balance, as well as permanent profound hearing loss, she has been focused on getting back everything the tumour took away from her, and much more.
“Yes, I have my concerns, running, however, is the least of them, most of all … I believe that we don’t need to be defined by what has happened to us!”
“No one is better than anyone else, there are no good runners and no bad runners. Just runners and guys starting out on their individual running journey. We encourage each other. We talk to each other. We listen to each other and we support each other. We NEVER judge. Our motto is “Be Inspired and Inspire”.
Whatever your reason for running… Be it for weight loss, mental well-being, improved physical fitness. We are here to help.
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Meet The Team
This is just a short hello and a warm welcome to Running at 40 Plus. Martin and Sally set up R40+ as they were of a certain age and many other sites/communities didn’t quite sit with them. Both in their 50s their running needs have changed – and so Running at 40 Plus was born.