Meet the Team ELLE Runners

The class of 2014

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The ELLE Running Club launched a year ago. 2013 was all about starting out, finding our feet, discovering what type of running we loved (short distances, speed work, or not running at all). While some team members have found other forms of exercise some of us have realised this year that we love running. So much so, that for 2014 we're working towards some goals we never thought we would ever accomplish like running a marathon, an ultra and even Tough Mudder.

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We want you to join us on our journey. Below you'll find profiles of each of the ELLE runners - find a runner you identify with and why not sign up for the race they're working towards this year too? We'll be sharing training plans, advice, tips and moral support along the way right here on the Running channel. And we want you to share with us your advice on Twitter @ELLEUKrunning because we're all in this together.

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Here's to 2014, the year when you can do anything you set your mind to...

Lorraine Candy, editor in chief

Running Personality: Steady, even paced, slightly red-faced

Favourite run: Along the cliffs in north Cornwall from Pentire point onwards

Training for: Semi Marathon de Paris, March then Tough Mudder (yes, really), April

Mantra: Breath Relax Think

Miette L. Johnson, art director

Running Personality: Whisky-drinking, long-distance nighthawk

Favourite run: Waterside in big cities (Bilbao, Paris, New York)

Training for: The Copenhagen Marathon, May

Mantra: Get it done

Amy Lawrenson, senior beauty writer

Running Personality: dedicated; pretty obsessed

Favourite run: Along any coastline on a sunny Sunday

Training for: The Virgin Money London Marathon, April

Mantra: Less thinking, more running.

Christina Simone, workflow director

Running Personality: I prefer speed over distance

Favourite run: Brooklyn Promenade at dawn

Training for: a 45-minute 10K

Mantra: Pain is temporary.

Debbie Morgan, editorial business manager

Running Personality: All or Nothing

Favourite run: First thing in the morning along the river

Training for: Royal Parks Foundation Ultra, October

Mantra: No pain, no gain

Georgia Simmonds, features assistant

Running Personality: erratic but enthusiastic.

Favourite run: running home from work through London town.

Training for: We Own the Night, May

Mantra: 'Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.' Borrowed from Haruki Murakami.

Gillian Brett, pa to the editor / editorial assistant

Running Personality: Confession: I'm a cardio dodger. I prefer classes like Ten Pilates and Barry's Bootcamp - that has to change.

Favourite run: At home in Dublin on the promenade alongside the Irish Sea

Training for: Semi Marathon de Paris, March

Mantra: In the words of Ma$e: Breathe, stretch, shake.

Claire Sibbick, junior sub editor

Running Personality: Bit reluctant; ultimately enthusiastic

Favourite run: Weekends in Regent's Park

Training for: A Race for Life 10K

Mantra: Think how much you can eat when you're done…

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