25 runners you need to follow on Instagram

1/ Susie Chan

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T: Susie_Chan

To many of the running Twitterati, Susie Chan and endurance go together like peas and carrots, Bogie and Bacall, blisters and marathons. In just six years the 42-year-old mother of one has gone from not running at all to becoming – arguably
 – the face of British amateur ultra running. In 2011 Chan was signed up to a half marathon by her brother, which she finished in 2:17, becoming bitten by the bug in the process. From there she worked her way up through the distances and has now racked up three Marathon Des Sables finishes, completed the 230km Jungle Ultra Marathon through the Amazon and snaffled a Guinness World Record for the furthest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours (68.54 miles) – and that’s just a few of her achievements.

Throughout she has enthusiastically chronicled her journey on social media, entertaining her following with heart-on-sleeve musings, jokes, moans, trademark on-the-run selfies, midrace rants from deep inside multi-day ultras, as well as daily updates from her bulldog, Roy, who
 has his own Instagram account. This dedication to connecting with other runners of all levels (Chan estimates she spends over three hours a day posting online) has led to offers of work from brands and events, as well as invitations to run yet more races all over
 the world. One of these will be the Badwater Ultra Marathon, a 135-mile slog through Death Valley, California, in temperatures that reach 54°C. Susie will tackle this in 2019. Loads of time to train.


2/ Casey Neistat

I: caseyneistat

T: CaseyNeistat

Neistat is a US filmmaker and vlogger who 
has completed marathons and Ironman events. His YouTube channel – where he uploads videos of his training runs and races – is hugely popular, as are his Instagram and Twitter feeds, which each have seven-figure followings.


3/ Emma Kirk-Odunubi

I: emmakirkyo

T: EmmaKirkyO

Gait and injury analyst Emma explores the biomechanics of running and reviews shoes on her blog, Her Shoes Her Fitness. She’s taken on intense challenges, including an indoor Ironman, and holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest 100m run in ski boots (16.86).


4/ Michelle Moby

I: mileswithmichelle

T: mileswithshell

Michelle is a running coach who’s taken on distances from 
5K to 100km. When she’s not running parkruns with her beloved dog, Bella, she leads beginner run sessions and group runs near her home in Bolton, and she also provides online coaching for advanced runners.


5/ Charlie Watson

I: therunnerbeans

T: charliedwatson

Dietetics student Charlie’s ethos to ‘pace the way to healthy without missing out on any
 of the fun’ obviously chimes with her sizeable follower base – and she’s doing it by aiming to run the six Marathon Majors before the age of 30, with plenty of active travel and gin along the way.


6/ Laura Murray

I: murraylaura

T: murrayl88

Media lawyer Laura caught the running bug while living in Switzerland in 2013, and since then has chopped her marathon PB from 4:17 to 3:35 and counting. Training geeks will love to read her detailed session roundups and take a little inspiration for themselves.


7/ Anna McNuff

I: annamcnuff

T: annamcnuff

Anna hoped to follow in her Olympian parents’ footsteps, but when injury cut short her professional rowing career she took to achieving athletic greatness in other ways, e.g. spending five and a half months running 1,911 miles along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail.


8/ Julie Creffield

I: thefatgirlsguidetorunning

T: fattymustrun

When Julie started running she was almost 20 stone. Now, she’s behind The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running – an online running club and one-stop resource for plus size runners of all abilities - which constantly reinforces her core message that you can be a real runner, whatever size you are.


9/ Sophie Raworth

I: sophieraworth

T: raworthontherun

BBC News presenter Sophie 
is a mean runner, having been inspired by Brendan Foster to take up the sport 11 years ago. She ran this year’s London Marathon in a PB of 3:29, finished the North Downs Way 50-miler in 10:33 and is as obsessed with race medals as the rest of us.


10/ Paul Addicott

I: pauladdicott

T: paul_addicott

One of the mainstays of the RW London Marathon Pace Team, Paul tackles event after event to guide fellow runners to PBs. When not battling through headwinds with a flag on his back, he’s taking on serious challenges, such as Ironman triathlons and the 100-mile RideLondon sportive.


11/ Michael Law

I: Michael_koball

T: Michael_koball

Mike is a Six
 Star medal holder, meaning he’s run all six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. But we’re equally impressed that he holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon
in a full-body star costume (a superb 4:20, in case you wondered).


12/ Laura Fountain

I: lazygirlrunning

T: lazygirlrunning

UK Athletics coach and personal trainer Laura offers tons 
of useful advice on subjects such as cross-training, how to handle injuries and running during and after pregnancy. Check out her excellent blog for longer-form pieces or her social media for bite-sized tips.


13/ Becca Ridley

I: redfaced_runner

Becca’s biography reads, ‘Got bored moaning about
 my body so taking action!’ – and so she did. She’s transformed her body and mind through running, and when she’s 
not out on the road she’s cheering on fellow runners at races with chucklesome handmade signs.


14/ Leeanne Adu

I: specialee85

T: specialee

Leeanne is 
crew captain of 
the Backpackers running crew. The beautifully simply idea is to champion back-of-the-pack runners, boost their confidence and bolster their sense of identity within the running community.


15/ Becs Gentry

I: becsgentry

T: becsgentry

Coach and ultra runner Becs, who was on the cover 
of our September issue, won the Speed Project 340-mile ultra relay in the US with her team earlier this year. Follow her to check out her Nike Run Club training sessions and her incredible running travel shots.


16/ Marcelino Da Silva Vong

I: calisthenics_runner

Marcelino is a keen runner, but that’s not all there is to him. On top of being a sub-3:30 marathoner he’s a calisthenics enthusiast and can perform an impressive human flag (click here if you don’t know what that is, but don’t try it at home, even if you have a flagpole in your front room).


17/ Marcus Brown

I: themarathonmarcus

T: marathon_marcus

Sixteen-time marathon runner Marcus is preparing for his next challenge in Boston next spring, as part of
 his goal to complete the six Marathon Majors. Check out his blog for training round-ups, musings on mental health 
and exercise, and encouragement for runners of all kinds.


18/ Darren Smith

I: runnersknees

T: runnersknees

Darren is a prolific participant at events all over the country, which gives him plenty of juicy fodder for his no-nonsense race reviews. When you read them you’ll soon see why he has garnered a cult following. If you like your running with a splash of David Hasselhoff memes, he’s your guy.


19/ Matt Bodkin

I: mbodkin1

T: mtbodkin

Yorkshireman 
Matt only started running at the end
 of 2015 but he has already completed marathons in Berlin and Manchester. His feed is packed with track sessions, race-day snaps, musings on his pre-race nerves, the baffling lack of men in gym classes... and the occasional beer shot.


20/ Matt Marchant

I: matt.runs

T: mattmarchant

Diagnosed with testicular cancer three years ago
 at just 26, Matt went through two operations and three rounds of chemo. One year later he ran the Great North Run in 1:40 and has continued to use running and very honest social media updates as part of his recovery.


21/ Greg Drach

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T: gregdrach

Globe-trotting ultra runner Greg co-founded the London-based running group Midnight Runners and he is now bringing it to cities across Europe 
and the US. Be warned, though:
 his magnificent Instagram snaps will rouse serious running wanderlust.


22/ Carl Dudley

I: bigcarlrunning

T: bigcarlrunning

Having run himself down from 30 stone, Carl’s dedication 
to our sport is truly inspiring. After starting out walking 5Ks with his local running store, he’s now completed 2017’s Berlin Marathon in 7:06 with the mantra ‘the achievement is the finish line, not the finish time’.


23/ Lee Ryan

I: leemryan

Nope, not the bloke from Blue. This one
is a Dubai-based PT who has set several Guinness World Records, including the most burpees in 24 hours (an unreal 10,110). His frequent challenges – and social media updates – are done for his family and in memory of his young son, who passed away four years ago.


24/ Charlie Dark

I: daddydarkrdc

T: daddydark

East London poet Charlie Dark founded the vastly popular Run Dem Crew community after seeing the great change running brought to his life. Charlie and the crew now work closely with young people across London to provide mentoring and introduce
 them to running.


25/ Courtney Fearon

I: thehiitman

T: thehiitman_

A sprinter-turned-coach and personal trainer (primarily 
as part of the Nike Training network), Courtney creates HIIT and boxing-focused workouts that focus on strength and conditioning for runners. Get inspired to become better, faster
 and stronger.