Czech-ing out the sights of Olomouc

By | July 3rd, 2017|Galleries, General Updates, Racing|

Czech out my pics from Olomouc Half Marathon. Olomouc is a wonderful city with lots of history. As an elite level athlete I'm extremely fortunate to be invited to race around the world and see places I'd never normally think of visiting. The RunCzech team have to be up there among the very best race [...]

Rio and beyond…

By | October 3rd, 2016|All Categories, General Updates, Racing|

On the 14th August I fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. I can say that I’m an Olympian because I both started and finished the marathon in Rio. At least that was my criteria for officially becoming an ‘Olympian’ anyway. However, it was more than just the race, the build-up to the Games, [...]

Work hard in silence (for almost ¼ of a century), let success be your noise

By | April 26th, 2016|General Updates, Racing|

Working hard in silence It was in 1992 when I watched my first Olympic Games on TV that I caught the running bug. I joined my local club and announced to my family that I was going to become an Olympian one day....24 years later and I'm living that very dream. Whether anyone [...]

Gate River Run, 2016 Gallery

By | March 19th, 2016|Galleries, General Updates, Racing|

On the way back to the UK we made a stop in Jacksonville to compete in the River Gate Run. First time to Florida state and a little disappointed not to see any live alligators but there was plenty of racing action. Here are a few pics. Hot out there!


By | December 22nd, 2015|General Updates, Racing, Training|

Gold medal winning team at the Euro XC 2015 2015 has been a great year for me and those supporting and coaching me. I started out with becoming British Champion at the London Marathon in April and followed that up with a big PB in Berlin Marathon in September. Then finally finishing the [...]

Lauf glücklich

By | October 2nd, 2015|All Categories, General Updates, Racing|

Sonia during the 2015 Berlin marathon My preparation for London had gone perfectly but sometimes we don’t run the race we expect or want. It was great to become British Champion but I had mixed emotions about my performance. I made a list of what went well and things to work on. Berlin [...]

British Champion

By | April 30th, 2015|General Updates, Racing|

As I cross the finish line at this year’s Virgin London Marathon I become British Champion. For the first time in months I allow myself to feel all the emotions I have kept harboured on my journey to this finish line. Joy, delight… and yes relief? Ok so I feel a little disappointed with the [...]

Muddy Marvellous

By | December 2nd, 2014|General Updates, Racing|

After putting together a decent five week training stint in the States I headed to the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k 2 weeks ago hoping to put in a good performance. It was 'solid' nothing special in what turned out to be a fiercely contested women's race. Not surprisingly I felt a little flat having only arrived [...]


By | August 28th, 2014|General Updates, Racing|

The XX Commonwealth Games had finally arrived in Glasgow and it felt pretty specially to be wearing my Team England kit. Security was high to get in and out of the athletes village. This was my home for the next week. The village had everything from a laundry services to a salon. All the athletes [...]

English Roses

By | June 16th, 2014|All Categories, General Updates, Racing|

I am over the moon to be selected to represent England in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow!! I thought my gift of red roses was a very apt gift although a little surprising given Nick has never bought me roses in the whole 13 years we have been together. I think back to 4 [...]

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Motivational Meb

By | May 30th, 2014|All Categories, General Updates, Racing, Training|

10000 M - Kristine Swisher (448), Juliet Bottorff (146), Shiho Takechi (275), Sonia Samuels (589) Since my last blog, there has been a lot going on. At the beginning of April I headed to California for the Stanford Invitation Track meeting. It was early to be racing on the track but I wanted [...]

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Racing Action

By | March 13th, 2014|All Categories, General Updates, Racing|

Trafford 10K 2014 After a solid stint of training on the dirt roads of Kenya it was back to the roads of Reading for some racing action. It has been a while since I last raced due to illness which laid me low for the whole of November and December. Now fully healthy [...]

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