Julia: a 24-year-old Australian living in London, with an insatiable love for running and food. It’s all I can think about: at any given point in time I will either be planning my next run or my next meal…

I started running in August 2012 on a dare from a friend to complete an 8-week couch-to-5k program. It was slow going at first, but once I completed my first fun-run at the 2014 City to Surf in Sydney, I knew I had stumbled on something great. I am completely addicted and highly motivated by participating in events, and most weekends will be off racing somewhere in the UK, Europe or the world.

Marathon running is my primary discipline, and one of my goals for 2017 is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. That being said, I love racing anything from 1mile to 42.2km (with a particular fondness for parkrun). I haven’t yet stepped up to ultra-running or done much trail-running, but I’m sure it will be on the cards soon. I also enjoy swimming and cycling, and compete in multisport and triathlon events. One day I will be an Ironman, but that’s a little way off yet!

My major challenge at the moment is to run 26.2 marathons by the age of 26.2 (April 2019), whilst raising money for Trekstock, a youth cancer support charity. More information about the challenge can be found at 26marathons.com.

Glad to have you here!