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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > Jun-17 > “RUNNING STILL KEEPS MY DEMONS AWAY”


Having survived life-thr eatening anor exia, Charley Jennings went on to become an Olympic Torchbearer who ’s won 11 of the 64 marathons and ultr as she ’s run so far


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“It was while lying in a hospital bed suffering from an eating disorder, that no one (including myself) expected me to survive, that I first decided to run a marathon,” says Charley Jennings, 42, from Rayleigh in Essex.

“In my early 20s, I suffered from anorexia and the worst point was when, aged 22, I weighed 5st and ended up spending a year in hospital. I’m not sure how it came about, but one day I decided I wanted to get better and began pinning some inspiring things to the noticeboard next to my bed, one of which was to run the London Marathon. I used to run 1500m at school and compete in interschools competitions, so I’d always hoped to run London one day. Although I stopped running once I left school, I always kept active, so that dream became one of the motivating factors that helped me to get well.

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