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“IF ANYTHING’S GOING TO HAPPEN, WE’RE THE ONES WHO HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN”

Actress Emma Manton couldn’t sit by and watch as the refugee crisis unfolded in 2015. So she took action – and running was the cataly st

INSPIRATION

Running has been transformative for me,” says Emma Manton, 39, an actress from south London. “Whenever I talk about the last few years, it still takes me a bit by surprise.

“I started running in 2014. A friend was training for her first marathon, so I thought I’d go along and see what this whole running thing was about. I was working away from home, in Stratford, and my son had just started school, so I suddenly had a bit of headspace to think, hang on, maybe this is something I can get on with.

“My friend was getting so much out of it and Stratford’s a beautiful place to run. Plus we were doing a play set in the trenches, and all the boys were doing a lot of fitness stuff to get ready for that, but the girls were just hanging on the sidelines, which didn’t seem much fun. So we ended up going running!

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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.