MARATHON MUM PUSHES TO RECORD

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - WILL HAY­WARD Re­porter will.hay­ward@waleson­line.co.uk

NOT many new mums at­tempt to set a marathon world record six months after giv­ing birth – but that’s ex­actly what Jes­sica Bruce did. Jes­sica, from Ceredi­gion, had her sec­ond child, Emilia, six months ago. Last Sun­day she set a new world record for run­ning a marathon push­ing a dou­ble buggy.

The 43-year-old ran the Abing­don Marathon with Emilia and two-yearold son Daniel in a dou­ble pushchair in three hours, 22 min­utes and five sec­onds.

“I have al­ways been a run­ner and so has my hus­band,” said Jes­sica, who now lives in Bris­tol.

“When we had Daniel we were try­ing to think of how to keep it go­ing. We thought that we were push­ing this buggy any­way so may as well run.

“When Emilia came along six months ago I thought I would do it with both. They have had to put in the hours train­ing as well.”

Ac­cord­ing to Jes­sica, who al­ready has the record for the fastest marathon with a sin­gle buggy, it pushes your body in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way to nor­mal run­ning.

“It is such a dif­fer­ent way of run­ning,” she said. “It hurts dif­fer­ent parts of your body.

“I had 10 days off run­ning with it for a hol­i­day and I re­alised how hard it is when I came back. You have no move­ment of your arms and tend to take shorter steps.

“I ache in dif­fer­ent places to nor- mal run­ning. Your back and shoul­ders hurt as much as your legs and it is as much an up­per body as a lower body work­out.”

Daniel and Emilia, now tech­ni­cally world record-hold­ers in their own right, may be small but their weight adds up.

“I should have had them on a race diet,” joked Jes­sica.

“Daniel weighs 12 ki­los and the whole lot to­gether was about 30kg.

“They were both re­ally good. We put them to bed late and, like with train­ing, tried to time it with nap time.

“Daniel was asleep on the line be­fore we started – we timed it well.

“I put both their names on the front and Daniel had a horn.”

Like any ath­lete try­ing to break a world record Jes­sica needs the best kit.

“It is a proper run­ning buggy,” she said. “There are only two twin run­ning bug­gies on the mar­ket and I went for the light­est.

“It is a huge ma­chine. You would not use it for go­ing down the shops – it has a full-on sus­pen­sion.”

As no one had pre­vi­ously taken on a marathon with a dou­ble buggy there was no cur­rent record set.

In or­der to qual­ify Guin­ness set a tar­get for com­peti­tors to beat – four hours 30 min­utes in the race for a fe­male push­ing a dou­ble pram – a tar­get Jes­sica smashed by more than an hour.

JULIAN MOORE

Jes­sica Bruce set the world record for run­ning a marathon with a dou­ble buggy

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