Jo Pavey

Jo Pavey


The inspirational story of athlete Jo Pavey, the runner and mum heading to a record-breaking fifth Olympic Games at Rio 2016.

‘Come-back races? I’ve had more than a few, the night of 10 May 2014 was the ultimate long shot. I was a forty-year-old mother of two who had given birth eight months before. I trained on a treadmill in a cupboard by the back door and I was wearing a running vest older than most of the girls I was competing against. Was I crazy?’

Jo Pavey was forty years old when she won the 10,000m at the European Championships. It was the first gold medal of her career and, astonishingly, it came within months of having her second child.

The media dubbed her ‘Supermum’, but Jo’s story is in many ways the same as every mother juggling the demands of working life with a family – the sleepless nights, the endless nappy changing, the fun, the laughter and the school-run chaos. The only difference is that Jo is a full-time athlete pushing a buggy on her training runs, clocking up miles on the treadmill in a cupboard while her daughter has her lunchtime nap, and hitting the track while her children picnic on the grass.

Heartwarming and uplifting, This Mum Runs follows Jo’s roundabout journey to the top and all the lessons she’s learnt along the way. It is the inspiring yet everyday story of a mum that runs and a runner that mums.


Jo Pavey @jopavey

Great trip to Paris to the Saucony House of Speed, celebrating the awesome new Endorphin Pro 3, running shoe. 🔥 Had a really fab sight seeing group run to test out the shoes, we also all partied in them at the House of Speed. 👍⁦@SauconyUK⁩ ⁦@saucony⁩ #runforgood

Happy global running day!

If you’re running today I hope you had a good one.

#globalrunningday #runforgood #trailrunning #bluebells

Awesome season!
Massive congratulations! 👏👏👏

As someone who has had asthma since being a young child I know how terrifying asthma attacks can be. Knowing what to do in an emergency saves lives, so please share @asthmalunguk’s life-saving asthma attack advice this #WorldAsthmaDay: Thank you.

Congratulations @ronnieo147 so awesome!! Absolute legend!! 👏

Headed to @Seatonparkrun this morning. Great fun😎@FitzgeraldInnes joined in for a bit to say hello.
Happy birthday to Howard & thanks for the yummy cake! 🍰☕️Thanks to all the awesome volunteers! Headed to the woods afterwards for some more running.🏃🏻‍♀️🌳
#parkrunuk #runforgood

Beaut run on the coast path today. 🏃🏻‍♀️☀️

#runforgood #southdevon

Thanks for your kind words Mara. It was an honour to write the foreword. So many fond memories of being on the team together. x

This is from a close friend. Please can you support Toby. Thinking of him and his lovely family. xx

Well done Innes! What an amazing run! 🔥👏👏👏

Well done to everyone from all four nations who took part in the #SIAB2022 today. For many this is the first taste of international competition & whatever your result you should be so proud of your achievement. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇮🇪

Happy World Down Syndrome Day! 🎉I’m really loving wearing my colourful #LotsOfSocks

#LotsOfSocks #WorldDownSyndromeDay #WDSD2022

A huge thank you to all those amazing people who offered help with spikes. Thank you so much @CoachMo__ & an Essex Schools team member. It was a great result as despite a tough week with other problems Innes finished in 2nd place in her borrowed spikes🥳Huge well done to Innes👏

Good luck to everyone running in the @SchoolAthletics English Schools Cross Country Championships today. I hope you all have a great run and most of all you enjoy it!
#englishschoolsxc #crosscountry

Please help! We have a runner that we coach in tomorrow’s English Schools Cross Country Champs. She has forgotten her spikes☹️ If you live in the Tonbridge area in Kent and you have Size 42 spikes it would be great if you can help. Please retweet. Thanks 🙏

Really looking forward to this 👍
#BigRunningWeekend #RunForGood

My friend @AnitaBean has the fantastic new addition of this brilliant book out. I can highly recommend it! Full of science backed advice, so detailed and informative and will benefit every sports person. #runningnutrition #sportsnutrition

What an incredible event! Had the huge honour of starting the Grizzly today. Awesome course, tough but fun. Great atmosphere! Congratulations to all who ran & the amazing volunteers.
Was emotional to remember the lovely Mike Feighan who won the race 5 times too.

A big weekend for running and athletics in the UK! Good to luck to everyone competing in the national cross country champs & British indoor champs. Well done to everyone who has already competed.
#RunForGood #EnglishNationalXC #WelshNationalXC #ScottishNationalXC #NationalXC

Really looking forward to the Big Running Weekend. I love heading to events with our amazing running community. After meeting so many runners & hearing what running means to them I always come away feeling so positive & motivated to run!