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Issue:- 29 May 2014

Keen runner makes MBNA Chester Marathon her centenary event

A keen marathon runner and sports enthusiast who lives in Hounslow will become a member of the 100 marathon club after she crosses the finish line at the MBNA Chester Marathon this October (2014).

So Mei Chan, who is known by her friends as 'May' and originally from the West Midlands, hit the age of 30 and decided to get active and start running. She commented:- "I wasn't much of a sports enthusiast as a youngster and can't remember exercising much at school either. I guess that once I hit 30, all those late nights and restaurant meals were beginning to take their toll on my health and I was beginning to see the effects of my sedentary lifestyle."

After completing her first marathon in 2009, the running bug hit So Mei and she decided to take on the challenge of completing 40 marathons before her 40th birthday.  She added:- "I had originally set myself five years to complete my challenge, but ended up completing it in four. I hit 40 marathons last year and my 40th race in Luxembourg. I felt such a huge sense of achievement, so I decided to set myself a new goal: 100 Marathons at the age of 40."

So Mei works full time in the Freight Forwarding Industry, and sometimes finds it hard to fit in her marathon events around her busy work schedule. She commented that:- "My marathons are my training now, I run one every other weekend. I'm very comfortable running long distances; I know how to pace myself and where my limits are. My biggest challenge is juggling around my work schedule and forward planning to make sure I meet the marathon goals I've set myself. Work is work, I like to keep my running hobbies separate from my day job, however my work colleagues have always been very supportive and I've been mentioned a couple of times in my company newsletter."

Organisers of the MBNA Chester Marathon welcome runners of all abilities to enter the race, whether they're new to running, taking part in a charity challenge, or aiming to set a new personal best. With a series of marathon training runs organised throughout the year, race organisers hope to help as many runners round the course as possible.

Chris Hulse, Joint Race Organiser of the MBNA Chester Marathon commented:- "We are delighted that So Mei has chosen the MBNA Chester Marathon as her 100th, it's a real honour and we're looking forward to welcoming her to the event. As with all our entrants, we'll be there to cheer her across the finish line with open arms as she celebrates completing this inspiring challenge. The Chester MBNA Marathon won't be So Mei's last event as she already is signed up for marathon number 105. She added: "I run for a sense of well being, it's a way of clearing my mind at the end of a tough day, and it gives me the ability to explore and learn about myself."

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Entries are open for the MBNA Chester Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, 5 October 2014.

The official race charity is Cancer Research UK. To enter, go to:-

More information on the dates and times of the training runs can be found online.

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