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

Good luck to everyone taking part in the English Schools Cross Country Championships @SchoolAthletics tomorrow. Hope you all have a great run and most of all you enjoy it! Have fun!
#englishschoolsxc #xc #crosscountry

If you haven't listened yet, then take 1hr for this wk's episode with 5 x Olympian @jopavey

On all major platforms. Includes:

⏩Euro glory at 40
⏩What she said to the Queen
⏩Surviving on coconuts backbacking
⏩Hot chocolate with Kelly Holmes

#athletics #running #podcast

A nice article written below about the @jopavey, WPA and Blackbrook Primary School visit.

The piece includes a small video capturing the events that took place on the day 🏃‍♂️

It was an honour to sit down with @jopavey at the end of last year to talk about her early career and the journey to the top of her game 🏃‍♂️

View the full interview here 👉


Had a great time joining staff at the @WPAinsurance office for a run. Great to see they’re enjoying their running.
Then ran with some local school children from Blackbrook community primary school, before visiting the school for a chat and playground races. #jogonjanuary

#JogonJanuary Check out the link below for free running tips, advice and beginners schedules for 3k, 5k and 10k.

Out today: my new book, THE RACE AGAINST TIME. It’s about how a knackered middle-aged #runner (me) came to terms with growing older & got my #running mo-jo back. Also includes lots of amazing & inspiring characters who aren’t me. #MastersAthletics #HealthyAging #ActiveAging

I’m thrilled to introduce Jog on January. Running is brilliant for physical and mental health. 2023 could be the year you achieve your running goals or start out on your running journey. #JogonJanuary

New podcast episode out now! Featuring an in-depth interview with five-time Olympian @jopavey. Amazing stories and endless enthusiasm about the joys of running … one to get you out the door on your run this weekend

So very sad to hear that Gordon Sparks has passed away. Really enjoyed chatting to him on the BBC Radio Devon Breakfast Show.
Sending condolences to all his family and friends. RIP Sparksy

Well done to the @DCT_Charity marathon runners today. 👏

Good luck everyone taking part in the @LondonMarathon tomorrow. Hope you all have a great run and most of all enjoy it! #LondonMarathon

Well done to everyone who competed in the Mini @LondonMarathon today. You should all be so proud!👍
Huge congrats to @FitzgeraldInnes 🥇🥳

Good luck to all the young athletes taking part in the mini @LondonMarathon tomorrow and well done on being selected to take part.
What a fantastic opportunity!
Enjoy it! 🔥👍

Really fantastic @WellbeingofWmen summit yesterday. Great to meet so many inspirational people making a difference for women’s health and wellbeing so that women can thrive in all areas of their lives. @WPAinsurance
# WellbeingOfWomenSummit

27 September 1937 | A French Jewish girl, Myriam Bloch, was born in Metz.

She arrived at #Auschwitz on 20 December 1943 in a transport of 850 Jews deported from #Drancy. She was among 505 of them murdered in gas chambers after the selection.

Well done @FitzgeraldInnes You’ve been amazing! 🥳 x

@jopavey Hi Jo. Hope you're keeping well.

I'm running my 11th marathon on 2 October at the Chester Marathon for @TheBHF in memory of my grandad who passed away in October 25 years ago.

Any chance of an RT please? Thank you.

Photos from @CoastHalf
Busy weekend including mile races on Saturday, pacing the 2 hour group with @stephenjreid & today a visit to Carrickfergus castle.
Big well done to everyone who took part. 👏 Beaut course & so well organised by @jamesmcilroy800 & team. #runforgood