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

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

Big Congratulations to @lauramuiruns 👏World, Commonwealth and European medals this season!
Fantastic run from @ciaramageean too 👏


Lovely day for a @parkrunuk at @exmouthparkrun ☀️🥵
Enjoyed it!👍
Well done to everyone who has done a parkrun today & a huge thanks to all the fantastic volunteers. 👏
This weekend the @TNLUK has been encouraging people to get along to a parkrun

In 24 hours I will be joining @TNLUK at @parkrunUK

parkrun, funded by National Lottery players is a great way to meet people or keep yourself and your family fit and healthy.

Don’t miss out on the fun- find your local parkrun here:

Brilliant event at the @YeovilTownRRC 5K last night. Hot☀️🥵but beaut evening. Loved it! Well done runners & thanks Graham & everyone at the club. Sorry Marshal Louise for nearly running into you when blinded by the sun! Thanks for stopping me going the wrong way😂 #runforgood

This weekend @TNLUK are encouraging the nation to get down to their local @parkrunUK

I’m going to be at a parkrun and it would be great if as many of you as possible do a parkrun too. Find your local parkrun on the website

Well done @lauramuiruns Commonwealth Gold! Brilliant run! 👏👏🎉

Fantastic! @EilishMccolgan Commonwealth Gold! Absolutely amazing run and awesome last lap! 👏👏 So pleased for her. 🎉

Wow!! Congratulations!! @Lionesses 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏆 🎉 Incredible performance! What fantastic role models. They have inspired a generation.

Thank you so much. I had such a great time. Everyone is so friendly at Rother Valley parkrun and the course is stunning. Thanks so much to all the amazing volunteers. x