Lucy Short

Lucy has had several accomplishments in running. She set the women’s record for The West Highland Way race where she ran 95 miles in 17:16.

She also finished 12th woman at the IAU 100 km World Cup in Traquinia (2008) and ran the London Marathon in 2:51 in 2006. She has won the half circuit of Tour de Mont Blanc, a 98 km race in August 2008.

Lucy’s race goals this year are all on road surfaces. She wants to concentrate on trail runs in 2010 and keep exploring new events and distances.


Views on the Commonwealth Championships…


Nadeem Khan (NK): What are your thoughts on running in the Commonwealth Series?

Lucy Short (LS): I am very much looking forward to taking part in the Commonwealth 100k in Keswick later this year.  It’s especially exciting given that the race is taking place in the UK and the course should be a contrast from other European courses, particularly the weather!  It will be the first time I have represented Scotland in any event, so that will be an added motivation.


NK: How will this race be different from your other international races?

LS: I have only represented Great Britain once, at the World and European 100k championships last November, when I was a last minute stand-in.  Other than that, all international events I have done have been as a solo entrant.  The Keswick 100k will be the first 100k I have done in this country and I think the principal differences will be the landscape and the weather.


NK: The thing you are most looking forward to at the Championships…                                                            

LS: I am particularly looking forward to meeting the other competitors, to watching the UK host such a prestigious ultra event and, of course, to running for Scotland with my other team mates.


Get to know Lucy…


NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

LS: I think this would have to be winning the CCC (98k half circuit of the Tour de Mont Blanc) in August 2008.  It was an incredibly challenging race but all the pain and hard work was worth the fantastic feeling of achievement when I crossed the finish line at about 1 am in Chamonix in 12th place and 1st female.


NK: What is your typical training week?

LS: It depends what I’m preparing for but at the moment it can be over 100 miles a week, mostly on road, with some speed sessions too.  The focus is to increase my cruising speed so that the long races don’t feel as hard (in theory, at least!).


NK: If you were not a runner, you would be…

LS: I’d love to be a vet.  I love all animals and would love to be able to help them but unfortunately I didn’t choose the right career path so have to settle for owning a dog instead.


NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career…

LS: I have two very close friends who have been the bedrock of my running career and they have spent countless hours supporting me on races, listening to my training worries and encouraging me to keep at it.


NK: If you could train with a marathon celebrity, who would you pick?

LS: I think it would have to be Paula Radcliffe – she gives the impression that she would be very friendly, encouraging and unintimidating.  Having said that, I’d love to go to Kenya or somewhere similar to train with a squad of elite athletes and see what their training regime is like.