50-year-old Sally Read-Cayton will be taking a long haul flight to Beijing as she prepares to fly the flag for the UK at the IAAF World Championships. Sally Read-Cayton will be the sole Brit competing in the women’s 400m on 29 August at the event for athletes aged 50+.
Long Haul Sally
Sally said: "I am so thrilled to be representing Great Britain and the chance to mix with the world class athletes. This has always been my dream, and I have to pinch myself to realise it's actually a reality.”
Sally, who is a financial adviser, combines her work with raising three children. Her schedule involves 8–10 hours training a week.
The gruelling schedule is quite tasking, Sally admits: “It isn't easy, and there have been many times I have considered missing a training session and having a gin and tonic instead, but the support of my family and Foster Denovo has spurred me on.
"My employer is providing sponsorship to help me cover the travel costs to Beijing in August. They have allowed me to work flexibly around both my training and my family. This is a tremendous help and enables me to focus and achieve a great deal in my day - employers like this are not so easy to come by.
"This is something I have always wanted to achieve, and - finally - I am getting my chance. Roll on Beijing..."