Jeannette James and her daughter Vicki James are running half marathons together.
Jeannette James and her daughter Vicki James are running half marathons together.

At 60, she's not about to run out

JEANNETTE James turns 60 this month and she has no intention of throwing out her running shoes.

The former aerobics teacher has just completed another half-marathon, this time in Coffs Harbour, with her daughter Vicki.

The girls were in good company too; running with legendary distance man Steve Moneghetti.

Jeannette finished the race in two hours and three mins and Vicki, 37, finished soon after in two hours and 11 mins.

"I've been running since I was 32 or 33; I run because I love it," Jeannette said.

"It's a good way to get away; you're on your own and you can think - it's good thinking time."

Jeannette has now completed 20 half-marathons and one full marathon.

She said at 60 she still feels in peak fitness.

"I run nearly every day. When I come back I usually paddle my kayak or do some gym work," she said.

"I haven't found the marathons any harder as I've got older but I have found I'm not as fast.

"I used to do triathlons too but I gave that up because I don't like swimming - I swim like a brick."

Jeannette's daughter Vicki started running again in January after a long break from the sport.

"I did my first half-marathon when I was 19 - this was my second," she said.

"I loved it. I found I ran better as a 37-year-old than I did as a 19-year-old.

When asked when her next race was Vicki replied: "Not soon enough".

"The next one that's a definite for me is the Gold Coast half-marathon in June next year," she said.

"Mum is a big inspiration - she's a very fit woman."



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