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Stratford runner aiming to inspire women to join Great Newham London Run

PUBLISHED: 10:18 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:27 17 March 2017

Julie Creffield

Julie Creffield

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An entrepreneurial runner is aiming to inspire more women to follow in her footsteps - all 10km of them - and run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer.

Last year's Great Newham London Run (Picture: Run Communications)Last year's Great Newham London Run (Picture: Run Communications)

Julie Creffield set up her blog, The Fat Girl’s Guide To Running, after being told she was too fat to run, and went on to complete her first marathon in 2012, taking less than six hours.

Since then, she has worked to inspire other women, especially those who are plus-sized, to take up the sport.

“Running has helped me to connect with myself,” she said.

“It makes me a happier and healthier person. I love that there is always a new way of challenging yourself with running”.

Julie, who lives in Stratford, has joined Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign as an ambassador and has also created a virtual clubhouse to allow runners to inspire and motivate each other.

She is hoping to encourage more women to take up the challenge of the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run, which takes place on Sunday, July 2.

“I’ve been running events in what is now the Olympic Park for the best part of 10 years, and the impact of it is never lost on me,” she said.

“I love how diverse the participants are, a real mixed bag of locals and people doing a bit of run tourism…and all levels of ability. I often get a lump in my throat running these races, they mean so much to so many people.

“The atmosphere as you enter the stadium is electric, so much history. It’s incredible that you get to run on the same track as our Olympic and Paralympic heroes.” Entries are now open for the Simplyhealth Great Newham London Run 10km and 2km Family Run. Sign up at greatrun.org/london

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