This Mum Runs invites mothers to get active together
It’s now seven years since This Mum Runs (TMR) was launched by UK mum Mel Bound. Feeling isolated as a mum of a nine-month-old baby and a four year old, Mel, who coincidentally recently moved to Backwell, wanted to connect with other mums who had more in common than just their kids. In the process she sparked a phenomenon that today is a global community of more than 150,000 mums who come together in local TMR groups across Britain and beyond.
“This Mum Runs is there to encourage anybody to exercise for lots of different reasons, mainly for mental health,” said Amy Sykes, who along with Dominique Edwards set up the first This Mum Runs North Somerset run in Nailsea in June 2019. Amy explained that the group is for people of any physical ability, being as much about those who have never run before in their life as those who have. “Now more than ever, people need to take time for self-care, and This Mum Runs offers a safe and inclusive environment,” she said, adding, “it’s about the social element, being with like-minded people out in the fresh air, and the exercise is an added bonus.”
Although Covid lockdowns forced the local runs to stop, in recent months they have been relaunched, with a phased-in approach, beginning with a 30-minute run once a week on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Eventually, the hope is to return to a 30 and 45-minute run on a Wednesday, as well as Sunday morning. “There is no pressure in terms of attendance and it’s free,” said Amy, “so participants can come once a year or come every week.”
At the first relaunched run, the group had Mel Bound taking part, and it’s likely that she may become a familiar figure on future runs on the back of her recent house move. The good news is that more locations for runs may be added in the coming months. “We have plans to expand beyond Nailsea,” said Amy, adding there is hope to introduce runs in both Clevedon and Yatton by the end of the year. For the latest days and times of runs look for the This Mum Runs North Somerset community on Facebook.