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RUNNING GIVES US SO MUCH - AND THESE THREE WOMEN WANTED TO MAKE SURE OTHERS COULD FEEL THE BENEFITS, TOO
Dee Rand (left) on aid station duties with her fellow naughty elves, Helen Cleary (centre) and Jackie Hearn

”I take photos and assist at aid stations to help runners achieve their goals”

“I wasn’t going to let having ME stop me participating fully in the running world and, so far, I’ve volunteered at about 230 events,” says Dee Rand, 47, from Eltham. “I adored sport at school: pretty much whatever was on offer, I’d do. I loved being in the netball and athletics teams and competed at district level in the high jump and 100m in primary school, and at county level for the discus and netball in secondary school. Nowadays, the symptoms of ME mean it takes me ages to complete even 5K but, when I do, although it’s exhausting, I feel like it’s a hell of an achievement.

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Ready to take your running off-road? Then make sure you pick up a copy of the October issue of Women’s Running – our trail special. If you’re a complete beginner, you’ll find advice for taking those first steps on the trails and, for the more experienced off-road enthusiasts, tips from the pros – find out how to “ascend like a mountain goat and descend like a demon”. With expert guides to finding the right trail shoes for you, exclusive reviews of the latest off-road shoes and top-to-toe kit suggestions for every off-road eventuality, we’ve also got your off-road wardrobe sorted. And if you’re struggling for inspiration to take your running off road, look no further than our interview with cover star Susie Chan, whose passion for trail running has taken her from the desert to the jungle. Prefer to stick to the roads? No problem. Try our sharp sessions for 10K runners – or, if you’re taking on the longer distance, don’t miss our complete race-day guide for serious marathon runners, packed with all the advice you’ll need on making your race day seamless.
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