27 July 2017
Interview with Reegan Ellis – P2P 13km fastest female 2015, 2016
REEGAN: “I’ve been running in the Pub2Pub since the late 1990s. I was a teenager in my last year at school when I first entered the event… that’s when it was still from the Dee Why Hotel to the Newport Arms.
“I did take a hiatus in my early 20s, but have been pretty consistent since then and have run in the Pub2Pub the last five years straight (Author’s note: running the fastest time of any female in both 2015 and 2016).
“While I’ve never done it professionally, running is my passion – whether the Parkrun at Curl Curl every Saturday, or Trail Running, Soft Sand events or even Adventure Races, which I’ve entered a few times. (Author’s Note: an Adventure Race is a non-stop, mixed gender event that combines two or more disciplines and involves teamwork and navigation using a map and compass.)
“I run for pure enjoyment, but of course, it also keeps me fit and healthy. I actually seem to be improving with age! I’m now a 37 year old mum and since having my first child in 2015, I’ve won the Pub2Pub twice, running my fastest times. There’s a lot of evidence that shows women do have the capacity to increase their athletic performance post-pregnancy, due to physiological and hormonal changes in their bodies.
“I have competed in many major organised running events, including the City2Surf several times, (the last in 2013). I do enjoy the experience and it’s a great course, but there’s just too many people for me… it’s so busy.
“The Pub2Pub though holds a special place in my heart. Amazingly, I met my partner Darrel while competing in the event in 2012… literally on the course! Five years and two kids later, we still share a passion for running.
“That year we met, I actually beat him over the Finish Line by 20 seconds. That must still prove a motivation for him, because I’ve never beaten him since.
“The other thing I love about the Pub2Pub as a local is that for me, it’s like running home… I live in Newport! I only gave birth to my new little baby five weeks ago, so I doubt if I’ll have time to train properly for the 13km event this year. However I may very well run one of the shorter courses over 6km or 3km… probably running with a group of other mums, all of us pushing prams!”
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