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As a teenager I loved cycling and running. A friend suggested I did a triathlon, but having a water phobia and being unable to swim meant it never happened! During a 40th Birthday Mid Life crisis I felt the need to enter a sprint triathlon with an open water swim – the quest to learn to swim began! After completing this without drowning I quickly entered Staffs 70.3. This was the start of my love for longer distances and I haven’t looked back! 5 years later and I am still completely hooked. After multiple half and full distance races I have found my heart lies in Full Distance Racing. I have a few degenerative conditions including arthritis in my feet which make faster and higher intensity work quite challenging! The more controlled lower intensity training suits me better and lends itself well to racing longer distances.
I am fortunate enough to race in 2020 for Team Betty and as the only British Athlete I am proud to represent such a wonderful, inspirational group of women who encourage participation across multiple endurance sports for female athletes all over the world and from all walks of life. The Team has some absolutely amazing Sponsors and I am very happy to be able to represent them all and still be able to continue my support of Greeper Laces which have been an amazing addition to my kit for several years now.
My ultimate racing goal would be to qualify for Kona and I aspire to make it happen but at the same time I am realistic about my physical limitations. I try to make every day and every training session count and most importantly enjoy every second of my journey because I never know when I will have raced my last race.
Of Greepers Nicki says:
“My footwear is a crucial part of my kit and have spent years changing and adapting what I wear in order to get the most out of my running through the arthritis and various surgeries. In all honesty I had never given any thought to the importance and significance of my laces until I met Peter and tried the Greeper Laces several years ago.
With a new shoe sponsor this year in On-Running I have spent the last month testing various shoes to find the perfect model for me, the one consistent factor being Greeper Laces. I love knowing that they hold my feet securely in whatever shoes I choose, they won’t come untied during races and they are super quick to do up and loosen, plus they come in a wide variety of colours to match my superb Betty Designs Kit!!! As someone who lives in running shoes I honestly can’t imagine ever using any other laces!”