Here are just a few testimonials from our members, about how running has helped them both mentally and physically, along with how the group has provided a social gathering for them as well.
Although I have not been a member long I wanted to say how good the M2Ms group is. I have ME and madly signed up for the London marathon. Your group has made me believe it’s achievable. A great group of friendly ladies who encourage and support. Running is so good for my mental health and the group really helps.
A very proud member of M2M
I have been a member of Mums to Marathons since August 2019, I was introduced to the group by one of my friends who had joined a week or two earlier. In the short time a have been a member I have met some of the most friendly, open, inclusive and motivating people I have ever known. The group not only encourage me and every member to join in and participate in an active way, but have also prompted me to consider doing things I never dreamed I would do ie running 10k’s and half marathons, with an ambition to run a full marathon. My outlook on life is so much brighter and my personal confidence has grown so much in meeting and socialising with new people, all thanks to this group of fabulous women. I look forward to what the future will bring as a member of this group.
Welcomed with a hug and smile
I joined M2Ms in November 2017. From the moment I joined I felt as if I ‘belonged’ and that has always been the atmosphere at the club. I regularly ran twice a week, each time increasing my distance a little. Before I knew it I had committed to running a half marathon and started my training. The support and advice given from the more experienced runners (in particular Rachel and Clare) was invaluable. Sometimes after being in work all day it was an effort to meet for a run but as soon as you were welcomed with a hug and smile from familiar faces, your spirits were instantly lifted. Even when we were completing long training runs in preparation for the half marathon, the time went so quick due to the giggles and banter along the way. M2Ms has always felt like ‘one big family’. On October 8th 2018, I was out for my Monday night run with M2Ms. We had a lovely chat and lots of giggles (as usual) along the way. As we were nearing the end of our 4 mile run I suddenly began to feel unwell and felt as if I was going to faint. The next hour or so is somewhat of a blare to me. I collapsed and became unconscious. When I regained consciousness there was an ambulance, paramedics and my husband was there. I had had a Sub Arachnoid Haemorrhage (brain haemorrhage). The initial emergency care I was given by my M2Ms friends helped to save my life.
I was rushed to Arrowe Park Hospital and later to The Walton Centre. Throughout my recovery I knew I had the support of my friends at M2Ms. I was one of the lucky ones and made a good recovery and as soon as I felt able I asked my consultant if I could return to running, which he said that I could. I remember clearly my return to running and the support and welcome I received from M2Ms. I took it very easy and gradually built up to running (albeit slowly) 5kms. I mentioned to Rachel in September 2019 that I would like to do some fundraising for The Walton Centre. Without a second thought, Rachel suggested we complete a sponsored run with M2Ms. It seemed right that the run took place on the 12 month anniversary of my haemorrhage so Rachel and I set to work to organise it. A 5km and 10km run took place on the evening of 8th October 2019. The run, along with donations from family, friends and colleagues, raised a grand total of £2,146.42 . To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. I could not have achieved this without the help and support of the amazing M2Ms and its founder – Rachel. Running has definitely supported my recovery and my mental health and I cannot thank the group enough.
Just get running
I started running with M2Ms in 2019. At the time I was struggling hugely with my mental health,, the stress of work and numerous other factors. I had major anxiety, struggling at times to even collect my children from school, and mild to moderate depression. At first, the thought of running with anyone gave me an anxiety attack, however with the encouragement of a friend and then of Rachel, I took the leap.
When I started running I was very overweight, struggling with breathing, which also came on when I felt nervous and worried, generally when I felt I was holding others up. However, no one ever complained, everyone was supportive. By my second run I had run/walked 6km. Over the following months I increased the number of times I ran per week, and as a result, the distances improved as well. All thanks to the support of M2Ms, as there’s no way I’d have managed what I have done without their support and encouragement. In September I ran my first ever 10k race, running from start to finish.
My physical health had improved considerably, with a big weight loss and not needing to use my asthma inhaler has been amazing. For my mental health, my anxiety had reduced quite considerably and I was managing to get through a few days to a week without feeling emotional. More importantly, the suicidal thoughts that had plagued my head most nights had also reduced to a rare occurance.
I wouldn’t feel safe running in the dark alone, I wouldn’t have covered the areas I’ve run alone, and I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it running alone. There are other running groups out there, but M2Ms is more than that. It’s like a family. People support each other and encourage each other. I’ve come to depend on M2Ms, the people there and running in a huge way to support my health both physical and mental.
I’ve been running with Mums to Marathons for almost 6 months in total now. I started last May having not run for about 10 months and couldn’t even run 1km without needing to walk and get my breath back. 4 and a half months later, I ran my first 10k race without walking! Unfortunately I’ve had to take a 4 month break due to a knee injury (not from running!) but I’m now back and feeling the support of the group while I work on my physio and regain my fitness and strength again. It’s cold out, I run with a knee brace, and spend almost half the time walking, but I’d rather be out running/walking than sat indoors, and everyone is patient.