Gill Bland is a Service Assurance Manager from London. When she isn’t busy with her day job at the BBC, Gill likes to spend her time training hard for her next marathon or running event, baking delicious treats in the kitchen, being part of her local church, and spending time with her husband ‘Mr B’ and their two cats.
It was when Gill left University, and found that she got out of breath running to catch a train, that she decided that it was time to get in shape and start exercising. Not wanting to spend her hard earned cash on an expensive gym membership, she decided that running would be a great place to start, and so she pulled on her trainers, an old t-shirt, and a pair of shorts, and started pounding London’s streets. Fast forward several years, Gill and Mr. B decided to sign up for a Mablethorpe Marathon, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Today, Gill is part of the Advent Running Collective, Full Potential training and both the BBC and Harrow Athletics Clubs. These groups have given her the confidence to compete more and in 2016 she won the Lake Garda Marathon. While she loves running for the fun of it, she also confesses to being a touch competitive and has a long list of personal bests that she is always trying to beat. To stay fit and incorporate exercise into her busy working week, she run commutes to her office in central London, and can often be found running along Regents Canal at weekends or more recently, sneaking off to find some trails.
When we asked Gill how she stays motivated, especially during the cold British winter months, she said, “Doing something physical is both invigorating and relaxing. It sets you up for the start of the day or gives time-out at the end of it. It’s also a great money saver because you don’t pay for travel and you don’t need to pay for exercise classes or gym membership.”
When Gill is not baking cakes and biscuits in the kitchen, which she shares on her own baking blog, she loves nothing more than a plate of her mum’s homemade fish pie. When it comes to her favourite tipple, a cider is unlikely to get turned down but being a true runner’s cliche you’re more likely to find her hunting out the finest coffee in London town.