For neuro-physiotherapist Jane Nyland, the Tour of Tameside is a great opportunity to practise what she preaches!
Jane, aged 50, was one of the lucky winners to clinch a free Tour place in our competition.
And she’s the first to admit that supporting people to stay active through exercise as part of the Tameside & Glossop Community Neurorehabilitation Team means she has to walk the talk!
Jane will be competing in the full Tour of Tameside and is a member of Newton Runners.
Fresh from the exceptionally hilly Bluebell 10-mile Trail in Halifax and her first triathlon, the Cheshire Sprint – in which she proudly came third in her age category – she’s fairly relaxed about her Tour build-up.
Having taken part previously – her overall time last year was 5:36:22 – she’s been getting stuck into training on a couple of the routes.
Her only concern is getting enough miles in with just a few days to go.
“I generally run once or twice a week and also cycle and swim once a week and do strength training twice a week,” said Jane.
“My general fitness levels are good; I just need to get a few more running miles in the legs before the Tour!”
“I’m so excited as I know it’s a fantastic event but I’m also daunted as I know I haven’t done nearly enough running, so my legs are going to complain a lot!”
For Jane and many others like her, the Tour of Tameside is such an iconic and exciting highlight in the running calendar and to have it taking place on your doorstep is a sheer bonus.
Her incredible enthusiasm and determination will certainly see her through.
“It is an amazingly well supported event,” said Jane.
“I have met so many lovely people through running over the years. This race is a significant local challenge and a great way to socialise with others. I loved it last year.”
Aside from supporting others to be physically active, Jane says running and exercise are a big part of her life.
“As a physiotherapist, an important part of my role is supporting people to stay active and exercise,” said Jane.
“I am very fortunate to work with the Active Tameside Live Active service team, in particular supporting people with Parkinson’s into exercise.
“I love to exercise. It is hugely beneficial for physical health, but also mental health. I love being challenged. I love being outside. I’m always motivated by my running friends.
Best of luck Jane. We know you’ll smash it and can’t wait to hear how you get on!
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