Road running Falkirk gran wins 10K in record time

Road running gran Fiona Matheson
Road running gran Fiona Matheson

Road running gran Fiona Matheson became a record breaker when she won a Glasgow 10K event organised by Women’s Running magazine.

The 53-year-old crossed the line in 35 minutes and 39 seconds – the best time from the the six of the seven races in the series held so far.

Fiona, a mum of five from Slamannan Road in Falkirk, started running 12 years ago – “mainly to get fit” – but takes it very seriously.

The NHS administrator decided to sell her car 18 months ago and now runs to and from her work three days a week and cycles the other two. On Saturdays she takes what she decribes as a “long run” and Sunday is the only day of the week she puts her trainers away and has a rest.

Fiona has come a long way since pulling on a pair of baggy jogging bottoms and rescuing a pair of tacky trainers from the back of her wardrobe to tackle her first run.

She said: “Although it was not my personal best, I was delighted with my time in Glasgow. Since joining a beginner running club when I turned 41, running has become a big part of my life that has brought me many great friends, so much fun and made a huge difference to my health and wellbeing.

“When I decided to start running I was a busy working mum with five children, and now have a grandson who is a wonderful addition to the family. I believe that running is not about what other people can achieve, what matters is that you can achieve what you have set out to do.

“There is no feeling like it. My first race was a local 10K organised by my club, Falkirk Victoria Harriers. I had two goals, first to run all the way without walking and second to finish in under an hour. To my delight I achieved both and it couldn’t have given me a better feeling.”