Our first guest blogger - Jo Duberry and challenges around Northampton this March

So spring is finally upon us and I know the nice February weather certainly motivated me to get out for a few more runs… and sign up to a 100-mile bike ride! So have you signed up to any upcoming challenges?

 To give you a bit of inspiration, we’re going to have a guest blogger each month, telling you what they’ve been up to, in order to stay fit and healthy.

This month we have friend of Move4, Jo Duberry telling you all about her training for the London Marathon this year. Here’s Jo……

Jo Duberry

I started running in October last year after I received my notification from the London Marathon that I was in! I have never been a runner and the first few runs I was a little concerned I had been too ambitious! My official training started in January and I have been following a set plan of 3 runs per week as well as CrossFit and Pilates to supplement this.

I use several routes but my current favourite is a 6.5 mile one that starts in St Crispins and goes down hill towards Upton fields and the farm area, then back up towards Old Duston.

Jo Duberry Run in Northamptonshire

On my short runs I do one lap and on my longer runs so far I’ve doubled up and will add to this. The route is handy as I like being closer to home on long run days as I don’t tend to carry water so I can pop back in on my way past and grab a drink. I also love running through the fields and farm area, having spent 7 years living in Kuwait I have developed a new found appreciation of trees, grass and fields. This area is worlds away from the views I had previously!

Jo Duberry running in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire countryside

I have started using CBD balm to stave off the dreaded blisters, which has been a great addition to my prep. In addition to this I always spray CBD oil spray post run to aid my recovery… as well as a square of chocolate orange 😍 But this doesn’t always need to be post run!

If you’d like to follow Jo’s journey to the London marathon, you can follow her on Instagram @jodubes. Keep up the good work Jo!

As mentioned last month we are looking to highlight events around the county, and a little further, that some of you may be inspired or have already booked onto as a challenge to yourself. Or is it forming part of your training plan for a bigger event?


This month sees mostly running events but begins with a couple of walking events that we have stumbled across. If you have signed up to any of these or anything else not on the list, no matter how weird and wonderful, we would love to hear about it!


The first is definitely my kind of event!


3rd: Run for chocolate - Milton Keynes


3rd: The Unrevealed Secrets of Pattishall Circular - Walk


4th: Towcester & Hulcote Trudge - Walk


7th: Bugbrooke Bimble - Walk


11th: Salcey Forest Circuit - Walk


17th: Milton Keynes Festival of running - Milton Keynes


17th Banbury run - Banbury


17th: Stanwick Lakes Spring run - Stanwick Lakes


17th: Oundle 20 mile run - Oundle


31st: Bicester Triathlon - Bicester


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