Back in May, we were privileged to attend the Women’s Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger awards. It was genuinely inspiring to see so many individuals and organisations rewarded for their game-changing contributions to women’s sport, and to hear all about their sterling work. One of the standouts from the night was the winner of the ‘Inspiring Initiative’ award – This Mum Runs.
The ‘This Mum Runs’ moniker is simple and self-explanatory, but it masks an enormous physical and emotional commitment, as well as a quite remarkable story.
A happy accident
Anyone who has become a parent will know only too well how parenthood, for all of its wonder, can impinge on other aspects of life – in particular socialising and exercise. Even the very best-intentioned can find the lack of spare time and fatigue insurmountable obstacles to exercise. Sometimes you need a bit of a push to get going, or a bit of solidarity and camaraderie, and it was with that in mind that one night Mel Bound – a busy and exhausted mum of two – posted on a mum’s group on Facebook in a bid to find a running partner. Having elicited some replies, Mel, with no idea what to expect, announced when she’d be starting her run in the local park and that was that.
Remarkably, 75 fellow mums turned up for that first run – and within just a month the numbers had soared to five or six hundred. With a Facebook page freshly launched to help organise and manage the runs, This Mum Runs was born and now the community numbers in excess of a jaw-dropping 10,000.
You can help This Mum Run continue to grow
This Mum Runs now provide 200 free runs every month from 17 locations across Bristol and Bath and has recently launched London, with Wandsworth the first location. The programmes are led by mums trained as running coaches (Run Makers) and volunteers (Run Angels) and runs are held at times that fit around family life, making them accessible to as many women as possible.
This Mum Runs offers up to three different runs of varying lengths twice a week at the same time. Runs are planned around time not distance – you choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute runs and there is a looping system in place to ensure no-one gets left behind.
This is an award that celebrates the efforts of an entire community; our Run Angels who volunteer their time every week to lead our 200+ free runs; our Run Makers – mums we’ve trained as running coaches who have inspired thousands of women at the start of their running journey and every single mum who gets out the door to run with us every week and provides support and encouragement to others too. Mel bound, founder of this mum runs
It is a truly inspiring initiative and the award from the Women’s Sport Trust is richly deserved. If you want to get involved check out their excellent website, join the conversation on their vibrant Facebook page and get involved!
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