Know what it takes to reach the top? Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon favourite Maria McCambridge talks through her pre-race routine, the importance of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and her hopes to finally take first place.
Why do you compete in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
It’s the largest all-female race in the world and it’s here, in my home town.
How many times have you competed in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
Where does the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon fit into a busy race calendar?
It is an important part of my yearly plan.
What is the importance of races like the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for elite athletes?
It’s very important and there’s particularly good press coverage from doing well in it.
How does your preparation change for a Mini Marathon as compared to other competitive events?
I don’t change my routine too much, this 10km event is very much part of my annual schedule.
What’s your pre-race routine?
I always do an easy run the day before, to loosen out. Two and a half to three hours before the race I have a good meal, followed by an energy bar 90mins before the start. I also do a two mile warm-up an hour before the race and finally do a good stretch just before it begins.
What is your hope for this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
To finally win it!
What would (she hasn’t won it) it mean to you to win the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
It would be a real sense of satisfaction after years of coming very close, finishing second and third.
What do you admire about the amateur competitors who take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
The dedication, comradery, the women supporting women. It’s a very special event.
Who do you think is going to win the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I hope to!
The 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Monday 1st of June with registration opening in early 2015. For further information visit www.Facebook/vhiwomensminimarathon. Follow us on Twitter @VhiWmm.