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Are you a runner?

I have never seen as many running groups as I do now, with the local park run and community organised running events everyone seems to be enjoying the sport and keeping fit.

Runners are many and varied, from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes and all levels of fitness, all aiming for different goals by doing something that is free and good for your health.

Research has shown that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate and look and feel better which can vastly improve the quality of your emotional and mental life, and the extra benefit of running is it’s free!

A mile in her shoes encourages women who are at risk of homelessness or affected by related issues to try running as a way of exercising, socialising, lifting confidence and boosting self-esteem.

Various social factors put women at greater risk of poor mental health, but their readiness to talk about their feelings and their strong social networks can help protect their mental health.

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By creating running groups for women the charity is working to create, lead and support running fitness groups through a volunteer-led programme. Sessions are provided by trained and insured female volunteers who are qualified to lead mixed ability groups.

By providing all of the appropriate clothing and working to identify and remove any barriers to running, they enable participants to access the same mental, physical, health and social benefits from running as any other woman.

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The charity is run entirely by volunteers, money is raised by fundraising and most of the kit is donated second-hand by other runners. If you have any kit you don’t wear anymore and it’s in excellent condition, think about donating it.

To donate to A Mile in Her Shoes – each group costs around £5 per week to deliver – you can do so here or create a  fundraising page on the charity’s giving page.

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