April 19, 2016 Uncategorized

WHEN marathon maestro Anne Parsons sets her sights on a running goal nothing stands in her way. After fighting her way back from a painful neck injury, Anne has achieved the greatest running challenge of her life – completing the New York Marathon in an impressive time. “New York has been my ambition for years, so I was absolutely delighted to run through that finish line in a good time,” says the Bootle Processor, who had already ticked off one ambition to run in the London Marathon. “New York was fantastic but definitely the toughest race I’ve done,” reveals Anne, who flew out only 24 hours before the race kicked off on November 1. “It was much harder than I expected, especially as I was a bit jet-lagged before I started and so I was really thrilled to run through the finish line. “It was also very hot and muggy because there was a freak heatwave. I was exhausted at the end,” admits Anne, (left) at the end of the race which she ran in three hours, 58 minutes and 43 seconds. She had been forced to stop running for several months last year while she recovered from the neck injury, but managed to fight back to full fitness in time. “I had an incredible few weeks – not just achieving my ambition but going to America, a country I’ve wanted to visit for many years,” adds Anne, whose trip of a lifetime also included Las Vegas and seeing family in California. Not content with running in the world’s toughest marathon, she flew home and, barely a week later, took off to Benidorm to compete in the half marathon where she finished third in the Women’s Veteran category for the second year running. This year she has yet more ambitions in her sights. Anne’s off to Brazil for the OIympics. “It’ll be great to sit back and watch but if Team GB needs me I’ll be happy to help,” she jokes.