Celebrating our female runners this International Women's Day
08 Mar 2021
For International Women’s Day 2021, we’re celebrating an amazing woman who runs to raise awareness and funds for people living with osteoporosis.
We talk to Stephanie Farthing, who has run in several events for the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS).
"I started running about eight years ago after being told I had osteopenia. It did come as a bit of a shock as I was only 40, but my Mum does have osteoporosis. I decided then that I needed to keep fit and healthy to ensure my bones stayed as strong as possible. Inspired by a good friend of mine, I took up running to build up my fitness and strengthen my bones."
Stephanie has now represented the ROS at several events, including the epic London Marathon in 2019. She said: “It was an absolutely amazing day. The atmosphere is just incredible. I am so glad I was able to take part and prove that I could achieve it.”
The charity gives you so much support before, during, and after the runs, with encouragement, fundraising tips and answers to any questions you may have.
“Another one of my favourite runs is the Royal Parks Half Marathon because the route is so beautiful – it takes in lots of famous London landmarks and four of the eight Royal Parks. The support and noise you get all around the course is amazing and helps keep you going to the very end.”
Stephanie tells us that, “running for the ROS is really important because we need to continue to raise as much awareness of osteoporosis as we can. There are so many people still suffering in silence, so I run to help fund research that could eventually lead to a cure and a world without any more broken bones.
“Even during lockdown, I’ve still been going out twice a week for training – having the Royal Parks Half Marathon to train for gives me a purpose and a goal to aim for!”
Starting to run may seem daunting at the moment, so Stephanie gave us a few words of encouragement: “For anyone thinking of starting to run, I would say just do it! Running boosts your mental and physical wellbeing, and is a great way to relieve stress after a long day at work.”
We still have a few places available for the virtual London Marathon and the physical Royal Parks Half Marathon, both being held in October. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our team.