Lily Partridge celebrated her Virgin Money London Marathon triumph - first British woman and eighth overall in a personal best time of 2:29:44 - with her parkrun debut, a very gentle spin at Alice Holt the following Saturday.
Now the 27-year-old is set to get back into her stride at the Vitality London 10000 on Monday 28 May ahead of a summer programme that leads to her second marathon of the year at the European Championships in August.
Partridge won the Vitality London 10000 in 2016 however she faces a tough task this year against a quality field that includes her Aldershot & Farnham District AC team-mate Steph Twell (the fastest runner in the field) and Gold Coast marathon runners Sonia Samuels and Caryl Jones. Samuels and Jones plus Charlotte Purdue, Alyson Dixon and Tracy Barlow, along with Partridge, have been selected to run in the European Championships marathon in Berlin.
Partridge says: “The Vitality London 10000 is a great because it does bring together a range of athletes. Some people like Steph come into it in track shape and it can be fast and then there are us girls who come into it off the back of a marathon and we have to ease ourselves into it a bit more."
Following her London Marathon performance, Lily Partridge is excited about her own prospects and those of the other British women endurance runners who have enjoyed recent success. “We have a good covering over most events,” she said. “From Laura Muir, Elish McColgan and Laura Weightman on the track to us road girls. I think we are in a healthy condition if we can all just maintain consistency.”
Image courtesy Vitality London 10000