"I began parkrun this January (2020) when I decided to take part in the Mind Charity Red January Challenge – to be active every day for the whole month.
Before this, I have been active on and off for a number of years. I have Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which affects all soft tissue in my body including ligaments, muscles, and organs. I can dislocate joints daily and suffer with heart and digestive complications.
Taking part in Red January was not only a way to become more active, lose weight and become more social; but also, a way of keeping my joints strong and healthy to keep on top of my conditions. In only one month, I have already lost nearly a stone, am able to run further than I ever dreamed and I have started to build new friendships.
My passion for exercise has returned- if not doubled! I have gone from no exercise at all in December to now exercising 6 days a week! If I'm not at parkrun or school (I'm a school teacher) you'll probably find me in the gym - friends joke that I live there now!"