Jo Pavey

Devon-based Jo Pavey represented Great Britain in a record-breaking five Olympic Games. In 2014, at the age of forty and just months after having a baby, she won gold in the European Championships over 10,000m and bronze in the Commonwealth Games over 5,000m. Jo and her family love being out of the South West Coast Path.

"I’m backing the 40 for 40 campaign because I’m passionate about people being able to enjoy the great outdoors. I live just a few miles inland from the Coast p=Path and so I feel so lucky to have it on my door step.

Although I race mostly on the track and road, nearly all my training is carried out on off road trails. I love mixing my running between forest, river path, moorland and coastal trail runs. When I’m out running I feel so alive and when you’re pushing your body everyday, year after year, you develop a deep connection with your surroundings. The Coast Path has some spectacular views and you come away invigorated, not only by your run, but by the beauty of the coastline.

As a family we love being outdoors being active together and the Coast Path is one of our favourites. A hike followed by fun on the beach is a perfect outing and the kids really love it. I also enjoy the scenery when I’m not running or walking too. I love to venture out on my paddle board and look back at the coastline. It takes on a whole new appearance when you’re in the water. I’ve always loved being outdoors and liked hiking & camping. Since my childhood, growing up in East Devon I have run numerous sections of the path in both Devon and Cornwall.

Our Coast Path is so precious and should be maintained, protected and enhanced so that it can be enjoyed by everyone for many years to come. My hope is that my own kids will always love the path and it’s surroundings just like I have, and that people of all ages can continue to enjoy it."

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