A special needs teacher, Louise first started running when she was around 30. “I don’t know why,” she says, adding that she quickly realised road running wasn’t for her. “Too boring,” she said, also revealing she’s recently discovered a love for fell running. Mind you, that does only mean she has to head out of the front door of her Accrington home, with plenty of great fell runs less than a mile away.
But it’s one particular run that really sticks in her mind. “While visiting Madeira, I ran in the ecological park overlooking Funchal,” she recalls. “The drive to the park was breathtaking enough but this was totally eclipsed by the views when running. It was my first time running at altitude and, combined with the heat of a summer’s day, I found it tough to begin with. Despite the climbs, it was a stunning place to run and I found myself ignoring the burn in my legs as I was left speechless at the ranges draped in clouds around me.
“I was struck by the similarities between the terrain and my own local moors, which was swiftly forgotten when I saw buzzards hovering above us – something I’d never see in Lancashire! After climbing towards the mountain summit we returned following the path of one of the many levadas (irrigation channels) the island is famous for. This felt like a woodland trail in comparison to the mountains and gave us welcome respite from the heat as we made our way back to our starting point, satisfied after a spectacular run.”