Lauren Gregory, from Farmborough, founded Run Like A Girl after gaining confidence from a charity ultramarathon that she took part in. What started as a social media post to local mums became a running club with over 3,000 throughout Warwickshire and Australia.
Gregory has just been named in Lucozade Sport’s inaugural Movers List – a list of 50 individuals whose volunteering, charity work or dedication to sport and exercise is inspiring local communities to move more.
“I’d always been pretty active, but it was only after the birth of my son that I really got into endurance running. At the time I was aiding a US charity that matches people with children who have disabilities. I was matched with a boy called Brayden who has cerebral palsy and whose mum was raising funds for a new wheelchair van. To help them fundraise I entered Race To The Stones (a two-day ultramarathon) having never run more than a half marathon” said Gregory.
“The confidence boost I got from training for an ultra and completing it led me to start up ’Run Like A Girl’ with a friend of mine Rebecca Chumun. We asked some local mums on a social media group to join us, but I didn’t really expect much from it. Within minutes my phone lit up with messages from women who wanted to run with us. There were 23 women for that first run, on a Tuesday evening in Warwick. Within weeks that had tripled.”
For more information and to find local facilities and classes to move more, visit http://www.lucozadesport.com/the-movers-list