What’s it all about?

Hi really pleased you came to check out my blog! I hope you are inspired by my story.

This isn’t just another running blog, its a journey about the trials and tribulations of balancing work, motherhood and grand-parenting with a crazy ambition to Run the World. It’s about believing in your dreams and making them happen; about picking yourself back up when things go wrong, figuring stuff out and taking one more step in the right direction. This is my story of finding myself, and who I really am, as I bring the dream of Running solo around the World to life.


I’ve always believed we are capable of anything, as long as we have belief in ourselves. My life had become comfortable, at 49, living in Otley, West Yorkshire with my amazing flat-coat retrievers Pluto and Cosmo. I have a good job and my children were growing up: my eldest daughter, Jasmine is 31, and step children Megan, Tyler and Logan in their late teens. I needed something just for me, something to really inspire me and keep me lit up! Something that would take me to the next stage of life, something that really seemed impossible! So I decided to Run the World!

Run the World Inspiration

On June 25th 2017, I had a random idea to Run the World. I had no idea when I would start or how I would do it, as I work full time, do not have the resources to stop work, have family commitments and simply am not that strong a runner. For all those reasons it was exactly the kind of challenge I needed!

I started this blog that day, because I knew that this was going to change my life. I wanted to share the journey – good and bad – and inspire others to try and achieve their dreams, no matter if there are false starts, believe in yourself.

If this story inspires you to make one step towards your dreams that would be perfect.

I’m very lucky to have a very special 9 year old grand daughter, Marley-Lou. Since before she was born she has inspired me to get healthy and be the best I can be, so that I can show her we can truly do anything as long as we believe. Being a Granny is one of the proudest things I am!


I started running to get healthy, after a long break in January 2016. I stopped smoking and drinking alcohol and in the process managed to lose a lot of excessive weight. Running has helped me to get a more healthy attitude to work. I’ve done some amazing marathons including the Inca Trail Marathon, the Great Wall Marathon. In  2017 I completed the Marathon des Sables, amazingly in the Top 50 women, just months after recovering from foot surgery. However I’m not an amazing runner, I just have belief and work hard to be the best I can be.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your life.

Please follow me on this blog for updates and I’m also on facebook and instagram as Granny Tish and GrannyRunstheWorld for more regular updates.



Press…if you’re interested in how I turned my life around a few articles below will give some insight to flick through 🙂

A collection of local and national publications about Granny Tish and the journey to Run the World…

November 2017, Choice Magazine by Judy Hobson, providing a great write up about recovering from ankle surgery before completing MDS, my surgeon Nick Harris was amazing.

Women’s Running Magazine, October 2017 Issue by Lisa Jackson, tells the story about how MDS helped me to change my life and have a more healthy attitude.


BBC Radio Leeds Interview with Liz Green Live, on the Morning Show, July 12th 2017, my first ever Radio interview!!!

Click here to listen at 1.49mins in Tish announces Run the World Live


Yorkshire Post, 12th July 2017 – Click here for article: Tish Runs Toughest Foot Race  


Yorkshire Evening Post, 4th July 2017 – Click here for the article: Grandmother hot foots it to the Sahara



Spire Healthcare Magazine, July 4th 17: Clickher for the article Remarkable Return for Ultramarathon Runner