Breca Swimrun

This year we thought we’d try something entirely new. The world of wetsuits and swimming caps is something a few of us have tried before, yet the world of swimming, running and racing was less so. In an attempt to encourage more women to enter this world of swim-running, Breca asked if we’d be willing to get some more women involved. So in August, 10 of us headed to the trails and waters of the Lakes and took on the sprint distance. Breca’s races are all strictly done in pairs with no less than a 10 metre distance, for both safety and morale, there are marshals at several points on course, and plenty of kayaks in the water, so each of us felt safe and secure.

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The organisers did a great job of looking after all of the entrants, especially in stormy weather and with course changes. Swimming in cold lakes in a new environment can be daunting, but our teams all had an exhilarating afternoon running the trails and swimming the waters of the Lakes and it’s something each of us would do again.

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If you would like to find out more about swimruns or Breca, you can take a look at their website here.

Trail Blazers panel

In light of International Women’s Day, in March we held a Trail Blazers panel at Origin Coffee Roasters in Southwark, London. In order to champion women who are creating change and championing female strength, we invited three ladies to take part in the conversation; Run Equal campaigner Maud Hodson, Alex Paske of youth development foundation, Mintridge, and endurance cyclist and author, Emily Chappell.

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Exploring everything from female empowerment, social change and the future and how we can all get involved, the evening, we hope, left those who attended with some seeds of inspiration, to feel able to make changes and inspire others to do so too.

All proceeds of tickets sold went to the Girls Gotta Run foundation, who do wonderful work to empower girls and young women in Ethiopia. You can find out more information about Girls Gotta Run here: http://www.girlsgottarun.org/

Emily Chappell, endurance cyclist and author

Emily Chappell, endurance cyclist and author

Alex Paske, Mintridge Foundation Director

Alex Paske, Mintridge Foundation Director

Maud Hodson, Run Equal campaigner

Maud Hodson, Run Equal campaigner

All photography Liam PDB Walsh

Summer speed series

In the lead up to the Lisbon Marathon and Half Marathon in September 2018, we set out to push our limits and embrace speed. Taking our legs to the Olympic Park running track, and with the guidance of Track Mafia coach, Julia Good, we worked together to get faster.  

The workouts ran for four weeks throughout September, with the body of the sessions varying from week to week. They catered to both long and short distances and, in true Track Mafia style, these sessions were tough but great fun.

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In August 2018 WMN RUN and Track Mafia joined forces with Nike for two high energy events.

The first was held in The Mall West Car Park in Wood Green, North London. The specific aim of this session was to show how running can free you from the stresses of daily life and understand how running with friends and a team can make you faster.  For this session, we were also joined by the London Lionesses football team and radio presenter Julie Adenuga.

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WMN RUN MCR

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Taking a step back from the ultra distance that our ladies covered in the summer of 2015 for Race to the Stones 100K, we wanted to focus more specifically on marathon distance for our next project. Like ultras, marathons too have an very uneven gender weighting on average. Always similarly to ultras, this is on average 80 : 20 male to female. in the UK, with Manchester marathon being in the low 20’s.

WMN RUN 100

In 2015 we began our journey and started our first project WMN RUN 100.

We set out to shake up the 80 : 20 male to female ratio that stood in Race to the Stones, an 100K ultra marathon that follows the route of one of the oldest paths in Britain with the option to run half or all of the distance. We wanted to level this imbalance out and create an equal footing. After many months of training, both together and separately, we took 52 women to the starting line of the race. These ladies achieved something that some primarily deemed impossible, and contributed to changing the ratio of male to female to 61 : 39.

Race to the Stones saw a change and our community saw its beginning.