PODCAST: Episode Seventy Nine with Mel Bound, Founder and CEO of This Mum Runs

And, as is the case with so many people, as life progressed and two children and a full- time job kept Mel busy, exercise increasingly went out of the window.

This was compounded following the birth of her daughter as she seriously injured her back resulting in surgery, followed by a series of miscarriages which meant she was didn’t run for nearly three years. With a loss of confidence in her own body, she found herself unsure of how to find her way back to running.

However, the time came when she wanted to take action. Traditional running groups didn’t work because sessions were bang in the middle of kids’ bedtimes and they were also daunting after a couple of years of no real exercise.
It struck her that if she was feeling like this after a lifetime of loving exercise, how were other Mums feeling?

So, she posted on a Mum’s Facebook group looking for a running buddy that could fit around family times. At the first meet up on a rainy November evening in 2014, 75 women turned up to join her and she had “a massive light bulb moment” where she realised she was not the only one finding it hard.
She set up a Facebook group, called it This Mum Runs and started organising weekly runs, then twice weekly runs. Within weeks the community had grown to several hundred women.

The next phase started in January 2015 when a member posted on the group saying she wanted to start running but was too scared to join a group as she was a total beginner.

Lots of other women posted to say they felt the same. And so Mel started coaching beginners to help them get started.

Helping women who lack confidence, who haven't exercised for years and don’t believe they can, is something that both personally motivates Mel and is a big focus for This Mum Runs now and in the future.


Mel was able to make the jump to founding This Mum Runs as a business after securing a place in the award-winning business start-up accelerator programme Entrepreneurial Spark, which is sponsored by RBS and KPMG, and has provided her with the tools, training and support needed to create strong framework and fast growth. Within 6 months she had been awarded the “Acceler8’ Award” for the business demonstrating the most growth.

Running, Body Image and Growing a business from the inside out | Nicky Raby

M I N I E P I S O D E S I X Is live. It is a bit of a personal one but I wanted to share. 
I talk about running #couchto5k and how it is a mental game not necessarily a leg game. Visibility and how I want to feel in my body after having a very complicated relationship with it in the past. Also how at almost 37 I want to feel the best version of myself and connected with my body... and I mention the 90s ladette word ‘Goer’

PODCAST: Episode Sixty Seven with Aruba Red, Singer/Songwriter

E P I S O D E S I X T Y S E V E N with my lovely pal @arubaredflicks Today we talk about creativity; launching a project, transformation and stepping into the next chapter of your life. *Trigger warning* We talk about challenging relationships in this one. 
I recently was in the video for Goddess Vibes which was made by @farrah_dnrand @d_n_r__ and Art directed by @ashlyn_stylist 

PODCAST: Episode Sixty Five with Hannah Ashwell- Dickinson, coach and professional organiser

Hannah was raised in West Yorkshire by parents who worked in theatre and TV and went on herself to spend 13 years working in some of London's best new-writing theatre venues. After starting a family, Hannah suffered from anxiety and low confidence and struggled to get back to work. She embarked on a journey of decluttering her home (and her mind) and went on to start her own business as a Professional Organiser. Hannah works with overwhelmed people across London, supporting them in decluttering their homes. Hannah is also a coach for women who are looking to find their purpose and realise their potential.

PODCAST: Mini Episode Three 'How to work with your Imposter Syndrome'

I recently collaborated with @digitalmums and co hosted with @jo.dale two workshops on #impostersyndrome It turns out everyone has it at some point but there are strategies you can use to work with it, rather than letting it take control and limit your progression; your opportunities, your bank balance, your version of success. Grab a piece of paper and a pen as there are lots of practical tools to help you in this episode.

PODCAST: Episode Sixty Three with Sami Blackford, Founder of Freyaluna

E P I S O D E S I X T Y T H R E E with @freyalunarituals I found this chat with Sami really inspiring - launching a business and making it a business can be a lengthy process and is always a work in progress. I love her tenacity, her passion and commitment to what she believes in. Link in bio as always to ITunes or You Tube. Also I have launched my @patreon page so if you want to support the podcast going forward I would greatly appreciate your support.