Here’s Cheryl, 44 from Birmingham. This is her Run Birmingham story:
“I volunteer for the Real Junk Food Project here in Birmingham and that got me thinking about my health and wellbeing. I was focusing on what I was eating but I couldn’t remember the last time I did any exercise.
“Having four children and three grandchildren, I felt that I was not finding enough time in the day for me, never mind exercising.
“Now that the children and grandchildren are getting older, I decided to make a change and make time for exercise. My main goal was to lose a little bit of weight and tone up my mummy tummy.
“When my grandchildren’s school held a ‘couch to 5k’ programme I decided that this was the goal I needed to work towards! I was so proud of myself for doing it and have been running with Run Birmingham ever since.
“Joining the ‘5k group’ is the best decision I’ve ever made and I have achieved so much. I’ve lost weight, I’m fitter now than I’ve ever been and I have even completed a half marathon. I can now say that I enjoy running. That’s something I never thought I would say.
“I keep running because of the other people in my group. They are so inspirational. I’ve never really been much of a fan of exercise but running as a group is different. It gives you the push you need and you feel better after every single run.”
Inspired by Cheryl’s story? Find a run to suit you. Go to www.runbirmingham.com/activities and load up which day and type of run suits you and find your nearest group: