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Kirsty's ready for her Great Run challenge

First-time England Masters representative Kirsty Price's meteoric progress

Shropshire-based stroke rehabilitation specialist, Kirsty Price, relied on exercise to get her through one of the most challenging stages of her career during the pandemic. On Sunday 25 September, she’ll be wearing an England vest for the first time after qualifying for an England Masters Athletics team place at this year’s Great Bristol Run 10K.

Kirsty will join almost 200 age-group runners who will represent England Masters in a Home Nations International 10K. The W50 athlete runs for the Halesowen Athletics and Cycling Club and will be targeting her 43:03 PB – achieved when she qualified for England selection at the Bourton 10K in freezing conditions in February. 

“I have Reynaud’s disease, which means I get difficulties with my circulation during cold weather and my qualifying race was on a particularly cold day,” says Kirsty. “I wasn’t able to feel my hands or feet and had to wear lots of layers at the start line, but luckily my husband was able to carry all the extra clothes I shed as I warmed up throughout the race!”

Before the pandemic, Kirsty enjoyed swimming but had to switch her exercise routine when her local pool closed. “My husband is an experienced duathlete and he has an exercise bike at home. During the lockdown, he bought me one too, and we also started running together much more. I really enjoyed that when there wasn’t much else I could do and it helped me deal with the emotional aspects of my job. These days, running is a big part of our lives. Even when we’re on holiday, my husband will create routes for us to run together!”

Most England Masters representatives in Bristol are seasoned competitors – to be expected with age categories from 35 to over 80! However, Kirsty's arrival on the international stage has been meteoric as her athlete profile on Power of 10 lists only four races – all in 2022. 

The Great Bristol Run 10K starts in the city centre and takes runners past the vibrant waterfront, before crossing onto Spike Island, through Wapping Wharf, and looping around beautiful Queen Square at the halfway point. Runners then cross over into Redcliffe before rounding historical Castle Park on a final section through Old City, before the grandstand finish on Anchor Road.

This year, runners can look forward to a live start line DJ, pumping out a high-energy set to help them find their groove for the challenge ahead. And for the first time, an Après Run zone in Millennium Square will feature more great music, as well as food and drink stalls, ensuring the celebrations continue long past the finish line.

Entries for the Great Bristol Run 10K, Half Marathon, and Family Mile are now open here

For previous results and reports visit runABC South race listing here

Image courtesy Kirsty Price.

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