Committee member profile – Di Mattingly, Treasurer

Di Mattingly wearing a pink sash and race number 2423
A youthful Di running the Race for Life

Name: Di Mattingly
Age: 49

How/when did you start running? I started running in April 2009 because my daughter’s head teacher told me I had to run the Race For Life.  I joined the Monday night beginners group so that I could run 5K without stopping.

How long have you been a member of LRR? Since April 2009, after attending about 3 Monday night sessions – I was hooked!

What made you choose to become a member of Lordshill Road Runners? A member told me about the Monday night sessions for beginners.  Little did I realise how addictive running was and how it would take over my life!

What role do you play on the LRR Committee? What does this entail? I am the Treasurer and take great pleasure in providing accurate, informative accounts.  I can’t understand why people don’t find them as fascinating as I do!

What’s your biggest running achievement and why? I was lucky enough to get a London Marathon place from the club in 2012 and was hoping to run it in 4:15. So when I finished in 3:54 I was over the moon.

What’s your pre-race breakfast? Muesli with blueberries, then an orange chaser.          photo

What does a usual training week look like for you? I try and run 3 or 4 times a week.  That’ll be a parkrun, a race or a long training run on Sunday, Wednesday night at Ben’s training and another run with friends in the week.

What’s your next running goal? I want to get a 3:40 marathon, I will keep at it until it happens!

What do you do when you’re not running? Apart from all the boring stuff that has to get done… I like cycling.

What’s your number one piece of running kit? I love my Helly Hanson purple running shirt, it’s so cosy in the cold winter months and reminds me of Snowdonia Marathon where I bought it.

What shoes do you wear? Currently I have On road shoes – they are good and springy, and Asics trail shoes which are bright orange, before a CC6 and most definitely are not after!

What’s the best piece of advice you could give to fellow runners? Enjoy it!

5k: 22:37
5 mile: 37:08
10k: 46:32
10 mile: 76:37
HM: 1:41:20
Marathon: 3:41:43