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Marathon woman


by Sophie Watts


Whether you’re trying to get fit or maintain fitness or, simply want to relax with friends and family, the freedom of cycling in the English countryside really takes some beating - particularly in a place such as BRIXWORTH COUNTRY PARK with its designated cycle routes.


PITSFORD CYCLES, the largest cycle-hire company in the county has been here since 1998 and has, on its doorstep, some of the most scenic routes to be found. A few minutes from the shop is the 7 mile track skirting the edge of Pitsford Reservoir which is available for use by cycle hirers and nearby is the National Cycleway…Brampton Valley, running 14 miles down to Market Harborough.


Most people would be terrified at the thought of walking, let alone running 26.2 miles but for Angela Copson, putting on her trainers has become her favourite past-time. It was after her husband underwent heart surgery in 2006 that Angela felt she wanted to raise money to give something back to the people who helped him. She gained a charity place for the marathon with Heart Research and expected to ‘hobble around London’. Not only did she raise over £3000 for the cause, she amazed herself and others by finishing the gruelling course in under four hours! Angela had only planned to take part in one marathon and then hang up her shoes but friend Ali Cooper persuaded her to carry on running. She joined Rugby and Northampton A Club and was ‘dragged along to local races.’ Angela says she instantly got enjoyment from running and realised how well she was performing. She then began to compete in events all over the world. In March of this year Angela won the British Masters Cross Country in Belfast and last November, won her age group in the Maltese half marathon. Her best time for a marathon was London in 2009 – she finished in an astonishing 3 hours, 14 minutes and 51 seconds! Angela trains regularly and usually goes for a long run every Sunday. She also attends Ali’s circuit class and tries to fit in Pilates too! Angela says


In addition to hiring out cycles, Jeff Webb and his enthusiastic staff retail a wide range of accessories and some of the best makes of bikes to be found…Giant, Trek, Specialized and Dahon. They stock clothing by Altura, Specialized and Endura and, they also operate a fully equipped workshop manned by Cytech qualified mechanics who will repair and service most makes of bike. Years of experience and knowledge are


she would encourage anyone to take up sport, ‘whatever your age and whatever level you wish to go for.’ She has made lots of friends through her training and competitions have enabled her to see many parts of the world. Not only that but she says she has never felt so healthy! Unfortunately Angela had to withdraw from last months London Marathon due to an injury but she plans to continue her efforts once she recovers. With her determination, we’re sure to hear more about her record breaking achievements for a long time to come.


behind Pitsford Cycles and it shows - not only are the products first rate, the care and advice offered are of medal standard too! Many thanks to Jeff and the team for letting us loose with their bikes on such a busy day for them.


Brixworth Country Park Northants. NN6 9DG www.pitsfordcycles.co.uk 01604 881812


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