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Member profile - Eloise Smith

Happy bank holiday Monday.


Another Monday means another brilliant profile.


This week itโ€™s none other than Eloise Smith.


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1. Please Briefly introduce yourself.


Hi! Iโ€™m Eloise and have been part of BRC since 2019 when I moved to Brentwood. I am a qualified PT (@EloiseFitness) and running coach and got the bug for running in 2019 when I realised how much it was benefitting my physical and mental health.


2. What events if any do you have coming up?


I have a Good For Age place in the London marathon in October but Iโ€™m expecting my first baby in August - so events are on hold for now!


3. What does running mean to you?


Itโ€™s a cliche - but running saved me! I started running after my Dad died in 2011 and I was struggling with depression and anxiety. It became part of coping with grief; something consistent to focus on, something to get me up and outside, and something to be proud of. Since then itโ€™s become a way of life, and helped me realise that my body and mind is capable of more than I ever imagined. The running community are also the most welcoming group of people, and joining a club helped me overcome some social anxiety, meet new people and make new friends. Itโ€™s also a passion which I love to help others find meaning in too.


4. What is your best BRC memory?


I really loved my first cross country season in 2019 - running as part of such a supportive team and really pushing myself in something totally new was a huge amount of fun (although I remember very painful at the time - cross country is brutal!)


5. Proudest running moment?

Crossing the line in my first ever marathon - the London Marathon in 2014. I ran for charity in memory of my Dad and it meant so much to finish feeling strong and achieve a Good For Age time - I really felt like he was there with me on the final stretch down the mall! Thereโ€™s really no finish line like it. And Iโ€™ve since gone on to do about 16 other marathons (but sadly never felt as good as I felt during that first one!)


6. Best bit of running advice you could give or have been given.


Itโ€™s simple advice - run your own race. Donโ€™t compare yourself, your training, your body, or your goals to anyone else. Iโ€™ve fallen into this trap so many times, but if you just focus on what works for you the enjoyment and results will come.



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