THESE Goal-den Girls are gearing up for another run!
The over 50s running squad, set up by Tricia Ellis, are training for a marathon next year, but have already run the Blackpool 10k, and some are getting ready for the Race for Life.
Several members of the group – which trains on Wednesday nights at Stanley Park – will be taking part in the 5k run for Cancer Research UK at the end of the month at Lawson’s Showground.
The group, which started last year, now has 30 ladies as members, all over the age of 50.
Tricia said: “We are going strong. Numbers have grown, all the ladies are doing well. We are going to visit the Olympic Stadium in August, which will be really inspiring.
“We’ve been awarded the Inspire mark by the Olympics committee. We’ll be doing the marathon in the Olympic year.
“Some of the ladies are doing the Race for Life in June and, in October, we will be doing the Pier to Pier race, so it’s all going well.”
Great grandmother Vicky Sloane, of Marton, will be doing the Race for Life for a reason close to her heart.
The 64-year-old lost her husband Eddie last year to cancer.
She said: “I decided to join the Golden Girls when I read about them in Eve. I was a couch potato when I started.
“I could only run about 50m then I would have to stop and walk. Now I have done two 10ks and it’s great.
“I’ve lost two and a half stone, I feel better and have more energy. It’s healthier to get out in the fresh air.
“The group are great, so friendly, and Tricia is really motivating and an inspiration.”
Pat Ward, who lives in Elswick, has run in the past, but stopped when she had her two children. Seeing the Golden Girls’ story inspired her.
The 58-year-old said: “I never did a marathon and always wondered if I could. I thought about it and realised this was my only chance.
“It definitely helps having the group to run with. It’s a great bunch and everybody gets on well.
“It’s great we are all 50 plus, but we range from a lady who just turned 50 to a lady who is 66, so it’s inspiring for us to see members of the group who are older. I’ve been doing the Race for Life now for about eight years. I’ve had family and friends die due to cancer, so many people have.
“It’s a nice, friendly event and it’s good fun. I used to walk part of it but this year I will be running it all.”
And Tracy Kelley, from Cleveleys, said she too had decided to run the Race for Life as she had also lost family members and friends to cancer.
She said: “I can’t believe we are now doing 10 miles, I never thought I would get this far. When I first started running, I couldn’t run further than one lamppost.
“It’s fantastic and I am making some nice friends along the way.”