Lisa Ruggles, known on the web as ‘Ruggles at Leisure’, is a friend I found through the community Run Mummy Run. Lisa, after many marathons, training miles and cross training has now joined #261fearless, qualified as a #runleader with them and is starting a running group in Oxfordshire. Here is what got Lisa moving and why running has a special place in her life.
“I began running in 2015 when a brave 5 year old boy died from a brain tumour, two days after we delivered his hot tub wish. I wanted to do something, so thought why don't I do something I really hate - running! I honestly hated every step. I couldn't run for 30 seconds without wanting to cry. Skye kept me going through those months until I ran Oxford Half 10 months later. I met a lovely chatty pacer, who helped me around the course.
This made me see how sociable running can be, how it crosses over age, religion, backgrounds - none of that matters when you are a runner.
After crossing the finish line in the Oxford Half, I knew I had caught the bug.
261 Fearless was introduced to me in 2017. I had never heard of Kathrine and didn't know the history behind women in sport.
Through my own experience, I know how much running can change your life.
Not only do you meet people outside of your box, you support people, you feel better physically, you gain mental strength and learn that you can go further and faster than you ever imagined.
Through 261 Fearless, I want to help as many women as possible realise they are strong and could go into the world fearless and free!”
So, getting moving is more than just a plod around the block. It’s time to build your own and orhers resiliance, time for a bit of peace and time to #runandtalk with friends.
Lisa’s group launches at 9.30am on 19/4/2018 at the Whiteland Farm Sports Ground, OX26 1AJ. You can find her Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469058813204354??ti=ia
•261 Fearless Inc. is a global non-profit organization founded by pioneer runner,
•She was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston
Marathon - wearing the official bib number 261.
•261 Fearless uses running as a
vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of local
women's only running clubs, education opportunities, a communication platform,
merchandising and events.
•Through these networking opportunities, 261 Fearless breaks down the barriers
of geography and creates a global community for women runners of all abilities to support and talk to each other, encouraging healthy living and a positive sense of self and fearlessness.