Buggy Runners turns 15!
I set up Buggy Runners 15 years ago and at times like these I remember why.
When I had my daughters Ruby and Millie I’d taken a few weeks of maternity leave and gone straight back to work. I was ambitious, focussed and wanted to keep the cogs of my career turning. But my maternity leave with Ed coincided with the company where I worked being sold and my role of 17 years becoming redundant.
At the time I knew just a handful of people in Greenwich and I found myself on maternity leave with a changed routine and a limited support network. It was Ed’s arrival, the change in circumstances and my brush with post-natal depression that sparked the idea to form a group for parents who loved to run.
A neighbour, Dr Kate – herself a keen runner – saw me running and we started to run together. We joined forces with some mums from the girls’ primary school and together we did the Cancer Research UK 5k on Blackheath. It was the first time I’d run a race since school and it made me realise running wasn’t about speed or fitness, it was about community, and sharing an activity with friends and family. And I loved it.
It is now 15 years since I built Buggy Runners around that feeling. I wanted to bring people together: mums who didn’t want to leave their babies while they exercised and who wanted to meet like-minded mums who loved being outside and wanted to have fun while exercising. 15 years on and Buggy Runners has led to lifelong friendships.
Mums have been bridesmaids and godmothers for each other, taken holidays together and shared childcare and nannies. And when someone comes along who is feeling low or who has had a diagnosis of post natal depression, there’s always another mum to empathise, and an instructor to help.
Come and try it out for yourself – your first class is on us. Find out more Buggy Runners