Up until the beginning of 2013 I was not a sporty person at all. PE at school was the last kind of exercise I had done, and I never really enjoyed it.
In February 2013 I decided that I needed a challenge. After having four children, needing to lose some weight, and being very unfit, I decided that challenge would be to start running. I had always been the type of person to watch the London Marathon and think, “I’d love to do that”, without actually being capable of running up the road.
I began with a walk/run programme, and found to my surprise that I really enjoyed it. I started to look forward to going out running three times a week. I got the ‘runner’s high’ each time I ran. Within 9 weeks I had gone from being that person who couldn’t run up the road, to a person who could run for 30 minutes without stopping.
I continued to gradually increase the distance and time that I ran for, continued to love it, and felt fitter and healthier than I had ever done before. In September 2013, six months after starting running, I completed my first half marathon, the Great North Run. April 2014 saw me realise the ambition of many years, when I crossed the finish line after running the London Marathon.
I am the most unlikely person to be a runner, but I genuinely believe that absolutely anyone can run, and can enjoy it. I’ve also discovered that running is much more enjoyable when you have someone running with you. You are more likely to get out there, to enjoy it, and to keep going. And so the idea for Running Mate was born.
From our first group in Wellingborough in 2014, we now have both beginners and improvers running groups in Wellingborough, Daventry, Grange Park Northampton, and Towcester. We have a team of nine fully qualifed Leaders in Running Fitness leading the groups across those four locations.
The next logical step to me then was to become a Personal Trainer, and the addition of Fitness Mate. Now I am pleased to be able to also offer personal training, group training, bootcamp classes, Boxercise and Yoga. If you are looking to improve your fitness and overall health, lose weight or improve your nutrition, I can offer a specific and tailored programme for you, in order to reach your individual fitness goals. I appreciate that gyms can sometimes feel like an intimidating environment especially if you are new to exercise, and so I have my own private fully equiped fitness studio in Wellingborough in which to hold training sessions.
I am a qualified Boxercise instructor, an AFAA qualified Sunrise Yoga instructor, and I am an NASM qualified Women’s Fitness specialist, specialising in all kinds of women’s fitness including pre and post natal, and pre and post menopausal women’s fitness and nutrition. I am also a member of both the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
Find out about personal training options here.