I’m always in awe of people in your magazine who inspire others to take up exercise. I never felt I inspired anyone, but recently this all changed. On a gloomy Sunday morning run, a fellow runner caught up with me and told me how she used to watch me run past her house every week and wished she could run like me. Then one day she went for a short run and felt great afterwards. She’s since been building up her mileage and now hopes to take part in a local 10K. She thanked me and told me that I’d inspired her, saying if it wasn’t for seeing me, she would never have started running. On that otherwise unremarkable Sunday, I realised that, without knowing it, we can inspire people.


I enjoyed your feature ‘Green Energy’ (April issue). I became a vegan last year, having been a vegetarian since I was 11, and am often asked how I fuel myself after a workout. I can easily replace my energy levels with vegan food: think sweet potato and avocado for a start! Vegan athletes are changing negative stereotypes, proving that plant-based protein not only builds strong muscles, it can keep you healthy enough to run, swim, bike, dance or pump iron. Many thanks for all the good tips on what to eat.



Thank you so much for your ‘Reboot your glutes’ tips (May issue). I was always really fit and toned but, after having a baby, my bum turned to jelly overnight. With my limited time, I find it difficult to fit in training, but I’ve been doing the exercises you recommend and feel so much better. They only take a few minutes to do and I’m so pleased with the results already. Thank you – I’ll certainly be continuing with the monster walks and kickbacks moves!

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