Athlete Diane Modahl on all things Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 March 2020

Diane Modahl
Photo: Mike Black

Diane Modahl Photo: Mike Black


Diane, four-time Olympian and Commonwealth champion, and co-founder of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, shares her Cheshire life

To me, home is…

Didsbury. Although I work all over Manchester and Cheshire, I love coming home to my family in Didsbury.

Where do you head for a health kick?

To Bobbi-Joe Edwards Personal Training in Trafford. I can often be found there during the week being put through my paces.

And to indulge?

Dougy’s Caribbean Takeaway in Moss Side. This family-run Caribbean restaurant is a real institution; it’s been in operation since 1991, with customers stretching as far as Blackpool. The service is excellent and the food – a rare blend of Jamaican and English ingredients – is just soooooo good.

Where do you do some credit card damage?

I love shops that offer quality fashion at an affordable price, such as Edit in Hale, Alderley Edge and Knutsford. I’m also always on the lookout for good finds in charity shops, and I’ve found loads of amazing items, from bags to coats and jumpers... I can’t walk away from a bargain!

Where do you go to relax?

I’m a lifetime member of Sale Harriers Running Club, so it will not surprise you that for me, my idea of relaxing is going on a run with the squad. Running helps me relax from a busy day, wind down and destress. I’m lucky that my passion for running spills over into the rest of my life and I’m definitely more fulfilled as a result.

If you could move into any building in Cheshire, it would be…

I love period properties and there are so many in Cheshire. Knutsford, in particular, has more than 100 listed buildings and two of my favourites are the Old Town Hall, now The Lost and Found, and the Courthouse, now a hotel and restaurant.

Finest view in Cheshire?

White Nancy in Bollington has amazing views across the Cheshire Plain, from the mountains of North Wales to the west, the hills of Shropshire to the south and the Pennines to the north and east. On a clear day it’s amazing to just stand up there and take it all in.

What I miss most about Cheshire when I am away…

The people. Nothing says more about a place than the people who live in it, and one thing we all have in common is community spirit. Although individually competitive, we actually want everyone to succeed. The people of Cheshire are fiercely proud, and we’re rightly proud too of our friendly reputation; you’ll never have to go far for a conversation with a stranger.

I’m never happier than when I’m…


My Cheshire life, in three words:

Opportunity. Family. Laughter.

The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation exists to champion undiscovered talent and brings quality athletics coaching opportunities to young people, particularly those living in disadvantaged areas. For more information visit

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