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Every month iTAB puts an inspirational runner under the video spotlight to reveal their inspirational running story.

We love to spread the joy of running, not only finding out about their personal story, but what motivates them to accomplish their incredible achievements. Whatever your story we are always on the hunt for our next iTAB Star, so if you have an inspiring friend or family member you wish to nominate DM us at @HeyiTAB on Instagram or Facebook.


Introducing iTAB Star Nick Onslow, from Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club, UK. From cyclist, to triathlete, to ultra-runner, Nick never thought he was cut out for running, but in 2024 he ran his 6th London Marathon, an event that holds a very special place in his heart.

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The London Marathon holds a special place in Nick’s heart

Once told he would never walk again, Para athlete Zac became a national hero


Dr. Zac Leow shares his incredible journey of resilience and triumph over adversity. Following a devastating spinal cord accident that initially left him with the grim prognosis of never walking again. Not only did he run a marathon the very next year, but he also went on to represent his country in track events, securing a silver medal at the ASEAN Para Games. In 2023 he aims to set a new Guinness World Record for a Para athlete running a marathon, striving to beat a time of 05:30:00.

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Partially sighted Ryan Butler made a promise to his father that marked the beginning of a running story that has spanned 9 Canada Army Runs and numerous surgeries. He runs in honour of his family, and all families with ties to the servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so he can run today.

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A promise to his father sparked Ryan’s running journey

Open water swimmer Melanie is an ex-Paralympic gold medalist


Ex-Paralympic gold medalist Melanie, added to her success in the pool with a Triathlon World Championship medal before pursuing her ultimate passion of open water swimming. The accolades continued to come with a first-place finish at the Henley Swim Classic in her age group, and now she has her sights set on being the first partially sighted woman to swim the English Channel.

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Clare Wall’s running story began when she ran her first marathon in 1979. On her 60th birthday she set herself a challenge to run the New York Marathon, which she accomplished in the fastest time for her age group. She went on to run all of the ‘big six’ international marathons, and in 2022 she completed her 10th Gold Coast Marathon.

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At the age of 65 Clare won her age group in the biggest marathon in the world

A return home to Ireland and lockdown reignited Aislinn’s running journey


Aislinn O’Toole’s return home to Ireland during the Covid years and the need to destress from work and lockdown saw her catch the running bug that culminated in her completing the Dublin Marathon and her third Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon!

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For Aime Perrin a family trip to Disneyland and the discovery of the runDisney events sparked a new passion for running. She started out with Couch 2 5K in 2017 and three years later in 2020 she took on the runDisney Dopey Challenge, completing a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon & Marathon over just one weekend. She also fulfilled a lifelong ambition when she ran the London Marathon in 2022.

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A childhood passion for Disney sparked Aime’s running journey into life

For Katie, the pandemic unlocked and unleashed the running bug


For our Christmas Special we speak to busy mum of four Katie, who turned the monotony of lockdown into an opportunity to transform her fitness and wellbeing. Walking turned into jogging, that turned into running, that led to her conquering her first ever 5k and Half Marathon. Now she has the Chicago Marathon firmly in her sights!

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For blogger, pacer, ambassador, and event organiser, Gareth Armstrong, running is in the genes. Inspired by early memories watching his dad and Uncle finish Belfast City Half Marathon and triggered by his meningitis recovery, he now has his sixth and final Abbott World Marathon Major in his sights.

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Gareth is one race away from being an Abbott World Marathon Major Six Star finisher

The Toronto Waterfront 10k changed Keely’s life forever!


Introducing bodybuilder-turned-runner, Keely Vaudrie from Barrie, Ontario. The first ever running event Keely entered was the Toronto Waterfront 10k, in which she surprised herself with a fourth place finish out of 422 girls. It was an overwhelming experience for her, and she now counts running as one of the most important and empowering passions in her life.

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Nominated and inspired by fellow iTAB Star Bryony Seabrook, Sarah began running for the charity Tommy’s, in memory of Bryony’s stillborn son Dylan. An epiphany moment sparked a transformational journey of weight loss and running that has seen her run two London Landmark Half Marathons.

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Sarah lost half her body weight thanks to running and Slimming World

After struggling through lockdown, Vegan Runner Jackie has more ultras in her sights!


iTAB Star Jackie is a loud and proud Vegan Runner who loves her off road ultras and her local running club Southport Strollers.

When lockdown hit she struggled being cooped up and unable to run with her friends or running club. But whilst Covid may have interrupted her event running, it gave her valuable time to improve her fitness on the roads. Two years on and fitter than ever, she can’t wait to get back on the trail.

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iTAB Star Ivan Jia took up running to help lose weight, destress and kick start a new chapter in his life after moving from China to Melbourne, Australia as part of his studies.

He had already clocked up a personal landmark, running 32k around the city linkway in Beijing, but his greatest achievement was completing his first ever event, the Sydney Half Marathon.

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Ivan harnessed the power of the running to kickstart a new life in Australia.

Inspirational Bryony has channeled her grief into a running superpower!


Nine years ago Bryony suffered one of the most difficult tragedies, their son Dylan arrived stillborn at just 27 weeks pregnant, and later that year they suffered further heartache after a miscarriage. Bryony turned to running to help her grieving, and she has since raised over £46,000 for charity Tommy’s, and in 2015 welcomed their ‘rainbow’ baby Jenson into the world.

Bryony loves nothing more than getting out running and connecting with the great outdoors. But beware, she’s strictly a silent runner and if it’s raining outdoors she isn’t going anywhere.

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About four years ago Tanya suffered a series of epileptic seizures and ended up in intensive care in a coma. She had to learn to walk again, and then went one step further by starting running and setting a personal target of completing the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Tanya is a Strava obsessive, if it isn’t on Strava it never happened, and she recoils in horror at the thought of ending a run without hitting a round number.

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Inspirational Tanya went from an induced coma to running the London Landmarks Half Marathon!

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