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“OUR RUNNING IS A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO THE HOSPITAL THAT SAVED MY NIECE’S LIFE”

Michelle Darlaston ’s family has raised o ver £250,000 for charity, despite her own health problems

INSPIRATION

“I want everyone to experience the buzz running can give you,” says Michelle Darlaston

Running has been a lifeline for me and my family,” says Michelle Darlaston, 39, from Fazeley in Staffordshire. “Not only has it given me headspace as a mum of two and teaching assistant, but it’s enabled my family to raise over £250,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH), which saved the life of my niece Poppy when she developed a brain tumour, aged just 14 months. When she was diagnosed, Poppy was given just a 50/50 chance of surviving, but thankfully she’s a true fighter and was eating toast just four hours after the operation. She has since undergone three more brain surgeries, 18 months of chemotherapy and a course of radiotherapy treatment.

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About Women’s Running

Get inspired with our November issue of Women’s Running. Read our exclusive interview with cover star Chrissie Wellington, who shares her journey from amateur athlete to becoming four-time World Ironman Champion. Turn to page 48 and you’ll discover how you too can take your running to the next level – find out how one woman approached her first ultra and get all the tips you’ll need to up your distance. Struggling to find time to run for half an hour a week, never mind train for an ultra? No problem. We’ve got some great time-efficient sessions for women with manic lives. If running is strictly off limits for you at the moment due to injury, try our three cross-training plans to keep you sane – and your fitness up – while you recover. And if speed is your focus this autumn, don’t miss our expert advice on getting faster, as we show you how to find your top gear. Enjoy all this, plus all of the usual kit picks, inspiration, recipes, workouts and more!