What Scares the Jog Division?

Challenging yourself to take on a marathon, and dedicating yourself to an intense training plan, can sometimes feel like a daunting task. However all runners know that there is no sweeter feeling than crossing the finish line, and any nerves in the build-up to Race Day quickly give way to buoyed emotions of accomplishment at the end.

In the lead up to Therme Manchester Marathon weekend, we speak to the Jog Division about what is scaring them the most (if anything!) about the upcoming marathon…



Surviving 26.2 miles when I’m 50 and overweight!


After my lack of training & honestly terrible diet through lockdown, my biggest fear is not getting back into shape in time for race day. I know with a consistent training plan I have a good shot, but it’s going to have to be something I stick too.


I’m not scared so much about the Marathon, more about keeping fit and uninjured during the training, that scares me more than the event day. Once you get to event day, for me, that’s the icing on the cake of months of hard work and effort to get to that point, so my training period for me is more scary than the actual event. I guess not finishing would be a worry, but let’s not think about that right now ha ha!


Getting injured through training. With it being pretty much double the distance I’ve ever ran before, I know it’s not going to be easy on my body. So long as I make it round, I’ll be happy.


Ah, now that’s a question that’s been playing over and over in my head.

Everything about it scares me simply because IT IS MY FIRST EVER MARATHON. It’s 26.2 miles! The thought of being unable to complete it, my legs failing me or my training plan failing me on the day sometimes scares me.

Having said that, my determination and motivation to do this is still strong and so I have told myself to KEEP CALM AND GO FOR IT.

Jo & Alice

I’m looking forward to Therme Manchester Marathon, but silly things scare my mum about taking on the challenge, rather than the actual detail of running whilst pushing me for 26.2 miles.  It’s things like having a puncture, needing to do an emergency button change for me etc.  We carry a ridiculous amount of equipment for long runs and she knows she could sort most things; if we had a puncture she will be looking for a man nearby that can help!


​I love this question – well, it has to be the weather. I don’t particularly like the rain, and they do say it always rains in Manchester don’t they. My last marathon in Berlin was raining the whole time so I will be prepared for that in Manchester don’t you worry.


Other than the 4 marathons in 5 weeks, I think my biggest worry is the weather. It’s incredibly hard to push and turn in rain as I lose a lot of grip, and because my hands aren’t in perfect working order I rely on the grip of my gloves rather than my hands. Wind is also a miserable experience as a wheelchair user so a lovely calm day would be perfect!

All we can say is… GOOD LUCK! We know how hard everyone has been working throughout their training, and we can’t wait to greet you all as you cross the finish line in October.