ANY fun runner in need of inspiration need look no further than Anna Bracegirdle.
The Anglesey athlete defends her title in this month's Snowdonia Marathon (October 26) but still insists she will be doing no more than having a good time.
Bracegirdle describes herself as not a competitive person, doesn't have a coach, and is not even a member of an athletics club. When the 26-year-old full-time radiographer in Liverpool "goes out for a run" - she doesn't call it training - then she usually does so when the mood takes her, rather than as part of a regime.
But, incredibly, that still doesn't stop her being an elite end marathon runner - with a personal best of well under three hours - and who stormed to victory last year in one of the very toughest marathons in the UK.
After chatting with fellow runners for most of the way round, Bracegirdle came surging through the field in the final two miles to win the women's race, following Russell Bentley who had taken the men's title.
It was like a fun runners' fantasy - enter an elite race and cross the line first - and she admits: "I'm very chilled as a runner.
"I don't follow a plan or anything. I train on my own and just run when I feel like it."