Freedom to run?

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It’s amazing what we take for granted. Just the simple choice of being able to go outside and run, isn’t available to all females. I read this article about the female runners being selected for the 400-metres at the 2012 Olympics.

MOGADISHU, 17 April 2012 (IRIN) – The Somali Athletics Federation will select one female runner from a field of 10 to compete in the 400-metres at this year’s London Olympics. The youngest of those currently training in Mogadishu is Najma, 10. She started running six months ago, shortly after Al-Shabab left the city. “My father encouraged me,” said Najma.

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Perseverance pays!

Perseverance - not speed!

Perseverance – not speed!

Sunday 19th February was a warm morning – not too hot, with a slight breeze. Several hundred runners gathered for the 16 k, 8 k and 2 mile run. Despite neither my running buddy or a work colleague (who runs like a whippet), being able to make the race, I had decided to go on my own – something I never do!

I met up with runners from different training sessions, and other clubs, and spotted familiar faces in the crowd doing stretching and warm up routines. It’s always a strange mixture of anxiety and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere! Before we know it the starting gun goes off… The ‘undulating’ (yes HILLY) course weaves through picturesque woodland cycle paths near a large lake, and it truly was an enjoyable, if hot and sweaty, run.

And yes, I got another trophy for 2nd place in the 8k run for my age group – which again just proves you don’t have to be fast, just turn up and participate!