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“HOW THE RUNNING COMMUNITY CAME TO MY RESCUE”

FOR THESE TWO WOMEN, RUNNING IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A WAY TO KEEP FIT. THE RUNNING COMMUNITIES THEY’VE BECOME A PART OF HELPED THEM OVERCOME SOME INCREDIBLY CHALLENGING LIFE EXPERIENCES

RUNNING COMMUNITY

Julie (third from left) and the Riot Squad dressed up for her wedding run

MY RUNNING GROUP HELPED ME MANAGE MY DIABETES”

I t’s hard to believe that just two years ago I couldn’t even run for a minute. But since joining Riot Squad I’ve done numerous races including a half marathon, come off my type 2 diabetes medication, lost 2st and have never felt better”, says Julie Cole, 53, from Sandhurst. “Riot Squad came to the rescue at just the right time: I was 51, hadn’t exercised since I was 28, was taking diabetes medication three times a day and had gained 4st before getting divorced. When I started dating a new boyfriend, Dave, he was very into fitness as he’s a keen rugby player and an ex-paratrooper. At that time I’d just started going through the menopause and felt depressed and unhappy about the way I looked. I mentioned this to my nurse at my routine diabetes appointment and she suggested trying hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which I did. I started to feel better in myself which made me want to start looking better too. When I spotted a Facebook advert for Riot Squad running club I asked Dave if he’d come along to support me and we joined the Couch to 5K programme run by Vicky Tzanetis, a coach and 100 Marathon Club member.

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About Women’s Running

The Community issue! The September Family issue is packed full of stories and information on just how vital our running community is. There’s no doubt that for many of our readers, as they head into the school holidays, their running community helps them keep going. That’s why we’ve strategically placed this theme to coincide with the summer holidays, and motivate readers to keep up their running, however tough that can feel. Why not join a running community, and make a difference to the lives of others? Tina Chantrey looks at the work of GoodGym, and how this nationwide movement is reaching out to hundreds of thousands of old people while getting fit at the same time. We have the inspiring story of Grace Mackintosh Sim, who combines her passion for art and running to help her local running community. There’s also the real-life stories of two incredible women; Emma Preston relied on the Run Mummy Run community to turn her life around and lose weight on her journey to fitness; Julie Cole turned to the Riot Squad crew to build confidence as she travelled through divorce, plus other major life issues. There’s also cover star Sorrell Walsh’s story, of how the London collective, Run Dem Crew, helped her realise her potential on her path to achieving the men’s, not just women’s qualifying time for Boston Marathon (sub three hours!). This issue is a celebration of the people around us who enable us to achieve the goals and dreams we never thought possible. Also covered in this issue: podcasts for runners, fun cross-training ideas, intermediate half-marathon training plan and holistic injury prevention, focusing on the kinetic chain. We’ve also got our Best in Test trail special, with trail shoes, back packs and accessories under test from our team of qualified runners.