About Dionne Allen

With my mum as a 2.50 marathon runner and my dad a frontline commando in the British army fitness and running has always been a big part of my life; in some sense I was ‘Born to Run’! After initial early success my love and passion for the sport dissipated and I decided to take a break from running. However in my third year of studying Sport Management at the University of Birmingham I met Bud Baldaro a complete legend and guru who reignited my passion for the sport along with the amazing social vibe that came with training with the Birmingham university squad including Hatti Dean and Hannah England. In 2011 I went on a warm weather training camp to the Algarve in Portugal run by runningwithus coaches Nick Anderson and Phoebe Thomas along with Bud. Here I met some awesome people and friends for life including Simon. I have not always been the most confident of people (my twin did all the talking) but I immediately felt at home. Later that year I made a decision to join runningwithus and some of their athletes in London. I now work in Runner’s Need, Kings Cross and live with another runner of the same age who makes the perfect training partner (kind of like Mo Farrah and Galen Rupp hopefully we will be just as successful). Most of all I am loving the sport more than ever and could not be happier.
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Fuel for thought

Ed: Dionne has written a piece about dehydration that spells out the dangers and importance of preparation. If you have any comments please leave them for us and if you’d like to contribute, please contact me. The ballot for the London marathon 2012 has been drawn and autumn marathon season is well and truly underway [...]

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