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I first had the pleasure of interviewing Paralympic athlete Stef Reid MBE six years ago, mere weeks after London 2012, where she won silver in the long jump. Determined and dedicated, Stef exudes positivity, and yet her story – when she recounts it once more – still shocks me.

An aspiring and talented sportsperson even at a young age, New Zealand-born Stef (whose mother is English and father Scottish) was showing great promise in the world of rugby, and at the age of 12 dreamed of playing at international level. However, aged 15, while staying at a friend’s holiday cottage in Canada, where she grew up, Stef was involved in a near-fatal accident that changed the course of her life.

“My friends had an amazing boat and we did a lot of tubing [being pulled through the water riding an inner tube] while we were there,” Stef remembers. “The morning I was due to leave, we decided to go out one more time.

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Think you’re too old or not fit enough to start running? Or perhaps think you’re the wrong body shape? The April issue of Women’s Running, on sale 22 February, will make you think again. Find out why running is so accessible, despite these preconceived barriers, and use our ultimate beginners’ training plan to get you started. Get inspired by our cover star, Paralympic athlete Stef Reid MBE, who despite losing her leg in a near-fatal boating accident, went on to become the reigning World Champion in long jump. You’ll also hear from three women who refused to let their disability, weight or cultural barriers stop them from running. Worried about injury setting you back? Don’t miss our 10 top tips for injury prevention, or our lower-leg workout, designed to combat shin splits, plantar fasciitis, calf niggles and more. With marathon season looming, we’ve also got essential advice for you on staying hydrated – as well as reviews of the latest gels, bars and drinks – to help you perform at your best, in training and on race day. You’ll also find our usual kit reviews, expert training advice and inspiring runner interviews.