Faster as a Master? Sonia Samuels’ Success at the Vitality 10k


Sonia Samuels, a seasoned veteran in the world of endurance running, continues to defy age and expectations as she embraces the role of a Master athlete. 

At the age of 44, Samuels has firmly established herself as a prominent figure in the world of distance running, representing Great Britain on multiple occasions at the international level.

In 2011, at the age of 32, Samuels made the decision to leave her teaching career to pursue her dream of becoming an Olympian. Since then, she has embarked on a remarkable journey that has taken her to some of the most prestigious events in the world of endurance sports. 

Her impressive resume boasts appearances at the European Championships, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, and the pinnacle of athletic competition, the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

However, what truly sets Samuels apart is her participation in these illustrious events and her exceptional speed and consistent performance throughout her career. 

With two top-10 finishes in the Berlin Marathon and two top-20 finishes in the London Marathon, it might be easy to assume that she had reached her peak in her younger years. 

But nothing could be further from the truth.

Last Sunday, Samuels demonstrated her determination and talent at the Vitality 10k, held on the closed streets of London. 

In a race that attracted top-notch competition, Samuels emerged as the first woman to cross the finish line, completing the grueling 10-kilometer course in 33:01.

What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that she came within a mere 3 seconds of her personal best time for the 10k distance.

Perhaps even more astonishing is that Samuels admitted to not being in her best form leading up to the Vitality 10k. This only underscores her innate ability to rise to the occasion and perform at an elite level, even when facing adversity.

After the race, Samuels shared her experience with the press, “Coming down Birdcage Walk felt like finishing the London Marathon. The crowds were amazing and it’s a race you should put on your bucket list.”

While Samuels’s best 10k time was set in March 2014 in the streets of Manchester when she clocked an impressive 32:58, it should be recognized that she was 34 years old at the time. 

Her recent performance at the Vitality 10k is a testament to her enduring talent and unyielding commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in endurance running.

In an era where athletes are often celebrated for their youthful prowess, Sonia Samuels stands as a shining example that age is but a number when it comes to passion, determination, and the pursuit of excellence in endurance running. 

As she continues to inspire and amaze, Samuels reminds us that an athlete’s journey is not bound by age but by the limitless spirit within.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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