I followed in the footsteps of Mum, Jean Hughes; Dad, Geoffrey Walters and Sister Jane by attending CHS from 1967 to 1974. I was more of an academic than sporty person, although I did play lacrosse and tennis along with participating in cross country under the guidance of Mr Ray. (I still see him at the local allotments).
On leaving school I trained with Electricity Board and studied at Salford University for my degree. Cross country was dropped from the sports at that time.
At the age of 53 a friend at the gym invited me to go running and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Over the next couple of years my arm was twisted many times to participate in 10k, 10mile, half marathons and lastly marathons in 2011. By mid 2017 I had run 14 marathons, including London twice. Friends decided to run New York in November 2017, so I joined them. My time for New York enabled me to get Good for Age places in some races. So my bucket list now included running all the Abbotts World Major Marathons. London (Apr 2016), New York (Nov 2017), Chicago (Oct 2018) and Boston (Mar 2019). I have a place in Berlin (Sept 2019) and hope to complete the set by running Tokyo in March 2020.
So from cross country at school, I now hope to complete the ‘6 Stars’ as they are known at the age of 63.