Fiona Price sets a new One Hour British track record

Fiona Price recently set a new British record for the One Hour Track run

A 51-year-old mum of four from Westbury has just set a new British track record for running for one hour non-stop.

Fiona Price, of Avon Valley Runners, achieved a new British age record in the South West Veterans Athletic Club Championships on the Exeter Arena Athletics track.

Mrs Price entered a double header event where the 10,000 metres and One Hour track are run simultaneously.

The One Hour track is an unusual event where the athletes run for one hour and when the gun stops the run the distance covered is measured.

After 42 minutes 12 seconds Fiona crossed the 10,000 metre finish line in first place.

She continued until the hour was up and achieved a British age record in the W51 category – 14,089 metres – which has now been verified by British Masters.

She said: “I am really chuffed at beating the previous record but I could not have done it without the support of my coach and my club.”

The British Record will appear on the website alongside the W46 record which she achieved at Brecon in 2014.

It is very difficult to achieve a high level of success at this specific event has it is only held a handful of times in the UK each year.

The record Mrs Price beat was set 20 years previously at Leamington Spa by Pauline Dable of Sphinx AC.

The Avon Valley Runner did not take up running until she was 40 and soon joined Trowbridge-based Avon Valley Runners.

Her natural ability for the sport became evident but her dedication to train six or seven times a week was key to her success.

Mrs Price suffered illness and injuries including stress fractures for two years in 2016/17 and started to believe her best achievements were behind her but with the help of AVR members she came back stronger.

She has since represented England and Great Britain in international competitions, European championships and World Championships.

Avon Valley Runners has an impressive array of elite athletes, especially in the Veteran female category but it also caters for those starting off in the sport no matter what their age.

Mrs Price is coached by Bradford on Avon based Martin Rush, Head of Coaching and Athlete Development at England Athletics, and she believes he has been key to her success.

The mum of four and ex-foster carer for Wiltshire Council is now looking forward to running the half marathon at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Venice from September 5-15.

She has also been Run Director of Southwick Country Parkrun since the free weekly timed event was set up in 2011

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