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Vicky Skelton

Vicky has had a decorated international career. She has been a member of the first place Anglo-Celtic Plate Home Nations 100k Championship on 4 occasions, having won the women’s division in 2002.

She has won the London to Brighton 54 Mile race in 2004 and 2005. She has participated in the Bec24hr race, having ranked 21st in the world in 2007 with 125 miles and 16th in the world in 2008 with 131 miles. 

Vicky has also won and set a new record at the Grand Union Canal Race 145 miles from Birmingham to London. In the future, she is looking forward to running Spartathlon and Badwater. 

 

Views on the Commonwealth Championships…

 

Nadeem Khan (NK): What are your thoughts on running in the Commonwealth Series?

Vicky Skelton (VS): This will be the most prestigious race that I have run in, so I am very excited about it. It will be my 4th 24 hour race, so I am hoping to be better prepared and more able to handle the difficulties during the race.

 

NK: How will this race be different from your other international races?

VS: There is more media interest in this one, so I think there will be more spectators. Hopefully a lot of them will be English, so the English team should get plenty of support.

 

NK: The thing you are most looking forward to at the Championships…

VS: I hope that some of my friends from North Devon Road Runners will come and support me. It will be a real help to have their encouragement.

 

Get to know Vicky…

 

NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

VS: Finishing the Grand Union Canal Race in 2007. It was a fantastic race, very hard and it was such a relief to finish so well.

 

NK: What is your typical training week?

VS: When I'm training hard, I run 10-11 sessions a week over 6 days, totaling between 70-120miles

 

NK: If you were not a runner, you would be…

VS: A bodybuilder. I only have to look at the weights to put on muscle, but I'm not so keen on the fake tan.

 

NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career…

VS: My husband Leigh. I couldn't do it without his help.

 

NK: Who is your first call after a major race?

VS: Tony then Carol. I often speak to them in the middle of a long race. They have been known to phone me at 3am to talk me up.

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