Mums To Marathons is for women who would love to have a go but who don’t have the confidence. Maybe because you haven’t exercised for years. It may be because you believe you couldn’t do it due to your age, size or fitness level. None of this matters, I promise.

We all started in that very same place. I couldn’t run down the road without getting out of breath. Everyone in the group is supportive of each other. We don’t care about speed or finish times. It’s just about getting to that finish line and the fab feeling you get when you do.

Hi Folks….I have started a lil running club and have a few people. Wanted to keep it small but more and more people are enquiring about it. This is the reason I have started it……. When I became pregnant with Harriet, Not long into the pregnancy I became ill and discovered I had blood clots on my lungs ! Twas very scary and quite dramatic when I was told I was lucky to be alive.. …Always a drama I know. Anyway….I had to inject myself every night right the way through the pregnancy and for 6 months after. During that 6 months after Hattie was born I put 3 stone on….I was a fatty ! I became very very low and depressed… I lost all my confidence and I am going to be honest…. I have suffered from depression for over 20 years… but this time round I was on a real low. I felt useless and gross…ANYWAY…. I had been told before the best way to lose weight was to run….. I didn’t hold much faith as although I have been fit in the past I couldn’t run…..at all. As I said earlier confidence was totally shot so decided to start running the same night I was going to start Zumba. I figured that as my house was only 1.5 miles to the zumba class I would run there….OMG…didn’t think the zumba teacher was gonna let me in….I looked like I was dying ..red faced and breathless. I think during that 1.5 miles I had to stop about 5 or 6 times…… but of course I my head high and carried on. Soon I could run a mile without stopping, then 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on. As the weight started to drop off I noticed another massive change…. my confidence was coming back and my low ebbs were getting less and less. I was really starting to feel great. Over the next few months I trained to do a half marathon and then eventually I did the Liverpool full marathon…. then to my ultimate London marathon this year…..So in the last 2 years I went from feeling very low with no confidence whatsoever to feeling on the biggest high I have felt in years…… Along the way I have met mums who have lost confidence in themselves, who have put some weight on and who are pretty much not happy with the way they look and feel. This is why I have set up this little group. The group is called “Mums to Marathons”. One lady who came who said she couldn’t even run up the road has now ran 3 miles without stopping and already her confidence is coming back….. One who wanted to start couldn’t run a mile did her first event last week end with me. 10k (6.5 miles) with out stopping in exactly 1 hr…she has a medal to prove it. So……. even if you think you could never do it I am telling you, you can …… as long as you want to that is. If anybody is interested and would like to join just send me a message…If I can do it anyone can…… The ladies who have done it so far can testify…..this group is for beginners…… I just really want to help mums who feel like I did to feel like I do now…its brill x

Rachel Brown, Founder of Mums to Marathons, June 2013

Since the above was written we have now over 800 members. We have appeared on TV and radio many times. M2Ms have also won quite a few awards in the running community and in 2017 M2Ms won the Mental health and Wellbeing Award.

We also have lots of different adventures. Over the past 4 years we have been to the Sahara Desert, the Alps, the Pyrenees, and more recently 5 of us reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. In 2018, 6 of us cycled from Vietnam to Cambodia, and we have trips planned for the next few years to come including the New York marathon and something happening in Thailand that Rachel keeps trying to convince Sarah to do but she has no clue what it is… We do this to raise money for charity and so far we have raised well over ¬£400,000 for local and national charities including: