Judy from Wenhaston leads a super busy life as a Mum of two grown up sons, a wife and a community based respiratory lead nurse for the Suffolk COPd team.

Judy loves her job but it does come with high stress levels as she travels countywide in her role. Judy wasn’t a stranger to running but in 2015, she began running again, as she hadn’t been active for a number of years.

A friend of Judy’s had retired and together they joined the Great run local Southwold community and met organisers, Jane & Saffron, who’s welcome to the group was second to none and kick started her journey back to fitness, a healthy weight and improved wellbeing. At that time, she was overweight and unfit due to a combination of working long hours, problematic asthma and a prior history of two foot surgeries. She’d taken part in a couple of running events in the past, but a bad asthma attack had put her off exercising.

Starting with the 1 mile course she soon began to gain confidence and was able to progress to the 3mile distance. When she was given the opportunity to take part in the Adnams 10k she jumped at the chance.

This also motivated her to step up her training as she had set herself a goal to complete the Great North run, ten years after she had first taken part, whilst also raising money for Motor Neurone disease. it’s fair to say that Judy definitely got the running bug, and went on to train for two more 10K runs, the London & Newham runs, plus two half marathons The Bungay Black dog and the Great North run.

Judy says “My main home is definitely with the Southwold Great run local Crew, where I still run or volunteer every week. Being able to run the Adnams 10k as part of the Great Run Local crew marked the passing of an amazing year and opened the door to the next 12-months using improved fitness to balance my health, work, life balance.

She continued “Running with the Great Run Local community at Southwold is like coming home. The group are so warm and encouraging and that positive feedback is so important.

She added “I tend to use the Great Run Local as my community run and this really helps with my training for other events. They are like family”

Judy’s family are so proud of her achievements and commitment and as if all the running isn’t enough, she’s also signed up for the London to Brighton cycle ride in September and is raising money for Motor Neurone disease again.

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