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It’s char­ac­ter­is­tic of

Jo Pavey’s gen­er­ous na­ture that even dur­ing an in­cred­i­bly busy week, she still found time to do the pho­tos you see in our fea­ture on page 40. The shoot took place a few days be­fore she flew out to Brazil to take part in her fifth Olympics. The re­lease of her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, which we run an ex­tract from, had led to a bl­iz­zard of me­dia re­quests. All had to be fit­ted around her fi­nal prep for the Games, and her fam­ily, her main pri­or­ity.

The plan was to meet Jo at a canal near her home in Devon, spend a cou­ple of hours on the shoot, after which she could zip off along the tow­path for the first of her day’s two runs. It was a glimpse of the adapt­abil­ity that has helped her jug­gle her en­dur­ing ath­let­ics ca­reer and her busy home life as a mum of two. The shoot over­ran by an hour (partly be­cause of passers-by stop­ping to wish her well or hand their ba­bies to her for an im­promptu selfie), but it wasn’t a prob­lem. She even dropped us off at the sta­tion af­ter­wards.

Jo is an in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure not merely be­cause of her achieve­ments as an elite ath­lete, but also be­cause as­pects of her run­ning life res­onate with us – the sim­plic­ity of her ap­proach, the way she fits it into her life and, more then any­thing, how all of it stems from a deep love of run­ning. As some­one whose early ca­reer was dec­i­mated by in­juries, she’s also an ex­am­ple of quiet but un­shak­able deter­mi­na­tion. In short, she’s a great role model and an in­cred­i­bly nice per­son.

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