DJ, media personality and Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon advocate Ruth Scott joins us for her take on the uplifting, inclusive and exciting moments that keep her coming back for more.
Why do you run in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? I do the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon every year, somewhat out of habit but mostly because I just love the event. It would be so out of character for me not to be there as I've been so involved in it for some years now. I like to make a habit of it and every January, when the talk about the June bank holiday starts, it’s a great incentive to get the runners on and get out pounding the pavements!
How many times have you ran in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? I wouldn't swear to it but I suspect I’m doing it about 10 years now.
Who are you running on behalf of? I'm still trying to decide who I will represent this year. Because I host the event from the stage at the start line, I see so many charities represented as the t-shirts fly past me. It's a tough decision with so many worthy causes.
What is the importance of races like the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for you? I love meeting the women who tell me that they have never walked 10k in their lives and then, with a bit of training, they are now going to walk or jog it for the first time. That never fails to cheer me up. It's an incredibly uplifting day with such a positive energy that would melt even the hardest of hearts.
When do you start preparing for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? I start in January because that's when I’ve always started to think about the event. I just try and get back out walking again after a Christmas of indulgence and work my way up from there.
Do you have a pre-race routine? My pre-race routine hasn’t been the most traditional in the last few years. I usually popped into the 2fm Roadcaster alongside the start line and have a chat with whoever is presenting a show on the radio. I'm pretty sure that every year after that, I got to announce who from among the entrants wins a car. Up onto my stage at the start line and from there I start chatting to the crowd, doing safety announcements, requests and have a fabulous time playing all sorts of cheesy tunes to get the crowd warmed up. Once the race starts, I did some commentary at the start line, mentioning the charities that I see on t-shirts, and about 15 minutes in, I'd have a last minute bathroom visit and off I went!
What is your hope for this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? I hope that Vhi Healthcare feel very welcome as the new sponsor of the race. I hope that people enjoy the day and for those who never exercise, I would like to think that they find a little bit of pleasure in the exertion.
How do you define a ‘successful’ Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? Successful would be different from so many perspectives – health and safety; not too hot, not too rainy! For me, a good sing song before we start things off is a huge plus. I always find it very pleasing when I don't have to stop to re-tie my laces several times. I know – you would think I could tie my shoes properly by now.
What do you admire about the people who take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? I admire every level of fitness you see in the race. I love that there's a woman in her 80s who does it every year and it doesn't knock a bat out of her. I love that it's such an emotional day when brave people put the face of their loved and sadly deceased family member or friends on their t-shirt and do 10k in their memory. I admire the people who move sideways to let someone jog or run past them. I admire the people who don't get caught up in the competitive element whatsoever and sit down for a cool drink along the way. I admire the "do you want a drink from my bottle" and "a bit of my bar" people. I admire the supporters who say things like "Come on, you're doing great" as we pant past them.
Who do you think is going to win the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon? At the risk of sounding cheesy, anyone who takes part is a winner. Other than that, I wouldn't like to guess.