I wear a lot of different hats but running helps and inspires me in all that I do. I’m passionate about using exercise for health and well-being and trying to get the inactive moving.

I qualified as a Dr in 1996 and have been a GP since 2001. I also work for Public Health England as a GP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity in the NW of England. I love to write, putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard!) whenever I can. I’m the resident GP for Women’s Running UK magazine with a regular Question and Answers and heath features. I’m also the resident GP for UKSportsChat offering exercise related health advice through a guest blog and online forums.

I am the Women’s Health Lead and Master Coach for the 261 Fearless global movement founded by Kathrine Switzer which empowers women from every race and background to find courage through running and walking. I am a Director of 261 Fearless Club UK and founding member and coach of my local club 261 Fearless Club Lune Valley.

I love to run, it keeps me sane and calm and means I can eat cake. I enjoy all distances from 5k to Marathon. I’m not a fast or hugely accomplished runner but to me that’s not important. Running and sport in general is all about fun. I want to get as many people up out of their chairs as possible and experiencing the joy and benefits that exercise brings.

Family life is busy as my husband and I have three children, a dog, guinea pigs, tropical fish and the worlds’ biggest pile of ironing.

Happy reading and happy exercising!

(Photo credit Horst von Bohlen)

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