Andrea Speight

I started running about nine years ago, because I didn't want to be "fat and forty"! At that point I couldn't even run for five minutes without wheezing (I'm not even asthmatic!)

I began running on my own but I soon started going to parkrun and over the years I've encouraged several friends to start exercising. Since I joined Tingley RunFIT, I've found that it's much easier to run with a group of friends to motivate / distract me.

I have to admit that my main motivation for running is that I can eat and drink what I like (within reason) without gaining weight - I'm not one for dieting!

I first considered offering to become a run leader when our little group started to expand. It's difficult for one person to keep so many chatterboxes under control! When our Group Leader announced that she was expecting a baby, that was the final push (pardon the pun) to get me to book a course.

Going on the course was useful - if only to confirm that we're already doing it properly. I learned some fun new warm-up techniques and how to plan a session that's suitable for all abilities.

Exercising regularly has become a way of life for me now and it's a big part of my social life too. I've made loads of new friends since joining Tingley RunFIT and have such a good time, I can't imagine what I'd do without it 😁

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