Has your New Year’s resolution to get fit not quite started yet? Well, worry not; this new running club may be the answer. Newham mum Julie Creffield was inspired by the Olympics to start running and has now decided to share her new hobby by setting up the weekly group in Stratford. The hour-long runs through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park aim to help mums get fit while making friends in their community.
The fitness sessions, which will take the form of circuit training and running, will kick off at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford on Wednesday, April 2. Julie, who grew up in Newham and has lived in Stratford for eight years, wants the 1pm to 2pm work outs to be fun and also help people to meet others living in the area. Once
the exercise is over, coffee will be served and runners can cool down while having a natter.
Inspired by the Olympics, Julie is also keen to make use of the fantastic facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The parklands in the south of the Olympic Park will open on Saturday, April 5. The new running group will be an opportunity for runners to explore the exciting new surroundings.
Julie said: “I was involved in aspects of the planning of the Olympic Park for many years, and now that I am a mum it seems like the perfect way of making the most of the new parklands.
“Having activities like this that are accessible for local people is crucial to ensuring this part of London feels like home and not just a tourist attraction.
“It was London bidding for the 2012 games which inspired me to take up running, so it feels quite fitting to be in the park inspiring other ladies to get fit.”
The run coincides with the launch of her new book, 99 ways to run with a baby, which was launched last week. Julie also runs a website which teaches beginners how to get fit.
The sessions start at 1pm and conclude at 2.30pm. The final 30 minutes will consist of a coffee and a catch up while runners cool down. Each session costs £5 or £4 for runners who bring a friend for the first time.