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Meet the Athlete – Danielle Sanderson

Tuesday, July 6

On Tuesday, Danielle Sanderson was by Steve Levinson.

If you missed the interview, you can view the recording here.

Danielle read Physics at Oxford University and joined Sema Group, a multinational software company where she worked on operational research and mathematical modelling. She moved to the Training Department, where she introduced goal setting and action planning on all training courses and decided she should practice what she was preaching. In addition to various work-related goals, she set herself the goals of participating in the Krypton Factor on ITV and running the London Marathon.

She discovered an aptitude for running and went on to represent England and Great Britain 21 times including winning the Crete Marathon on her GB debut (see photo!) winning a European bronze medal, finishing 6th in the Commonwealth Games, winning the London to Brighton ultra-marathon and setting a world record for Women’s Masters at 50km. Danielle continued applying the techniques of Action Planning and started her PhD at the age of 50. She graduated three years later and obtained a lectureship at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. Danielle has been married to Steven for 35 years, and they have three children, Joseph, Miriam, and Hannah.