Pauline makes successful return to running after 13-year absence

Fit N Running athlete Pauline Thom is congratulated by club coach Gregory Walsh.
Fit N Running athlete Pauline Thom is congratulated by club coach Gregory Walsh.

Ballymena woman Pauline Thom made a succesful return to athletics, 13 years after retiring from the sport, when she completed last Sunday’s Paris Marathon.

The classy athlete had a glittering track career which saw her represent Great Britain as a junior and both Ireland and Northern Ireland as a senior International athlete.

At her peak she was a two time silver medalist on the track at the British indoor championships.

Pauline now juggles the demands of family life and motherhood as well as fulfilling her demanding roles as a Physical Education teacher at St Patrick’s College along with her duties as a coach with Ballymena & Antrim Athlectics club where she has been a lifelong member.

It was October 2014 when Pauline decided it was time for a new challenge when she entered the Paris Marathon along with her mother (Bridgit Quinn) and a group of friends.

For motivation and guidance she then linked up with Ballymena group Fit N Running where she has become a very popular among club members and trains under the guidance of Coach Gregory Walsh.

She comfortably achieved her target of sub 3 hrs 30mins for the marathon when she crossed the finish line with plenty to spare in 3hrs 27mins 26secs.

Pauline certainly enjoyed her training and preparation for the marathon and plans to continue in the sport with her next outing being the Belfast Marathon relay where she will represent a Fit N Running mixed team.

TITANIC 10k

Jonathan Wilson completed his first 10k since taking up the sport a few weeks ago when he finished in 45mins 35secs at the Titanic 10k last Sunday.

CLUB CONTACT

For further information on Fit N Running’s activities and training times, contact Gregory Walsh on 07952168016 or emailgregory.walsh@talktalk.net.