Marathon mum Minniina to run Great Wall of China

Keep Fit Boot Camp leader, Minniina ENGPNL00120130603163808
Keep Fit Boot Camp leader, Minniina ENGPNL00120130603163808

For Leighton mum Minniina Abbott, juggling parenting with personal training is a bit like walking the tightrope.

It’s a delicate balance, but the 31-year-old loves the thrill of using mind over matter to overcome obstacles, pushing herself past the limit.

So she’ll be using every spark of willpower next spring when she runs three momentous marathons in less than a month – London, Brighton and the Great Wall of China.

“I’m a little bit nervous,” admits the fitness enthusiast, originally from Finland, “But I absolutely believe it can be done.”

She added: “It’s a bit like how I felt before I first ran the London Marathon two years ago, that feeling of not knowing what to expect.”

“I think a big part of the experience is seeing how far your body will take you, and part of that is willpower. It’s not your legs or your arms that will give up - it’s your mind.”

Minniina holds a business degree and is mum to sons Elliot, eight, and Sebastian, four. She set up her personal training business not long after the birth of her second son.

She said: “I wanted a job that would fit around my kids. I have always loved sport and growing up in Finland I loved ice hockey.”

As for her run in China, set against the dazzling backdrop of the Great Wall, Minniina said: “It’s going to be an amazing trip, I’m really excited about doing something so big and outside my comfort zone.”

When she ran the London Marathon in 2012, Minniina raised more than £2,000 for the Children’s Cancer Charity, and she hopes her races in April and May will make a similar impact. To sponsor her, see uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Minniina.