An Abbots Langley women’s running club came together to celebrate its 10-year anniversary with the first Virtual London Marathon.
UcanJog2, also locally referred to as The Pink Ladies, ran the marathon on Sunday, October 4, refusing to let a day full of rain dampen spirits or hinder performance.
Debra Geard, owner and run leader of UCanJog2, said it was a true reflection of the club’s ethos of women supporting women to improve physical health, fitness and mental wellbeing,
Many of the marathon team were new to running when they joined UcanJog2 and for some ladies, it was just a year ago when they were just about running 5k.
The pre-planned marathon route was particularly special, as it was designed combining the club’s favourite local running routes to total the 26.2 miles, including the 10k Abbots Langley Tough Ten route; a tribute to the race which was set to take place that day, but couldn’t due to COVID-19.
They crossed the finish line together as a team (socially distanced), cheered on by family, friends and local residents.
Debra said: “I am immensely proud of all the marathon team because many were not that experienced, had never run long distances or didn’t believe that they could run a marathon but they took it on with the belief of the strength in the club ethos, knowing that we would train together with my support and the support of each other that the impossible became possible and then a reality.
“To see everyone cross the line with smiles and a huge sense of achievement was fantastic.
I love my job of introducing women to running, whether it be to run a mile or a marathon.”
If you would like to join the club, contact Debra on 07854859057.