I’ve been running regularly since 2008 and have completed numerous marathons and half marathons at home and abroad. I enjoy parkruns, road races, trails, and running with others in a social context as well as a racing one.
Beyond the significant health and fitness benefits, I’ve always enjoyed the meditative aspects of running. It’s time away from distractions and the rhymical stepping motion usually loosens my grip on thoughts and gets me out of my head. It’s a great way of decluttering my mind and being more present. Over time, I’ve learnt how to transform my running into a mindful practice.
Alongside my professional work as an accredited mental health practitioner, I am a qualified UKA Run Group Leader (2018). I have also completed an intermediate 8-week ‘Mindfulness for Life’ course (2021) and an advanced 12 week ‘Taking it Further’ course (2022) through the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation to contextualise and support my own practice.
I’ve always been passionate about the therapeutic benefits of movement, exercise and mindfulness-based interventions, and inclusive approaches to engaging young people that increase resilience, build confidence and enhance wellbeing.