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Gi­ant steps

After hear­ing my mum com­plain about her weight and foiled fit­ness at­tempts for as long as I can re­mem­ber, I bought her a Fit­bit last Christ­mas. Within a month she was clock­ing up 10,000 steps a day and walk­ing the lo­cal Parkrun ev­ery Satur­day. That grad­u­ally pro­gressed to run­ning, and in June she amazed ev­ery­one (in­clud­ing her­self ) when she com­pleted a 10K in just over one hour. Mum’s now lost two stone and is train­ing for a 10-mile race. She’s shown that with the right kind of mo­ti­va­tion and lots of deter­mi­na­tion you can achieve any­thing! I’m so proud of her. Char­lotte Jes­ney, Hull

Happy hasher

Great to see Hash House Har­ri­ers in the mag­a­zine (RW, Aug), but you could also men­tion that HHH clubs are non-com­pet­i­tive and open to all abil­i­ties, ages and sizes. I’ve been hash­ing for 20-plus years, have trav­elled across the world to events and met awe­some peo­ple. Some of us don’t take our run­ning se­ri­ously; we en­joy the so­cial side, the fresh air and sense of achieve­ment. Sally Crook, Chel­tenham

Bags of cash

A gym bag for £475? (RW, Aug). You must be hav­ing a laugh! Even the cheap­est bag fea­tured, at £100, is too ex­pen­sive. I use an Aldi bag for life to lug my stuff to races. I must be turn­ing into my York­shire­man dad. He­lena But­ler, Sad­dle­worth

Win­ning plan

Thanks for your 10K train­ing guide (RW, June). I fol­lowed it ex­actly and knocked a whole minute off my PB, run­ning 37:45. I even man­aged to bag my first ever win and had my prize pre­sented by Mara Ya­mauchi. Steven Mcni­cholas, Saf­fron Walden, Es­sex

Where’s the fun in the run?

Hav­ing re­cently moved from South Africa, I find the run­ning scene here in the UK quite dif­fer­ent and, at times, de­mor­al­is­ing. The fo­cus seems to be on speed and time, rather than cel­e­brat­ing the joy of run­ning and shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of par­tic­i­pa­tion. I am one of the last to fin­ish in any race and rather than be­ing elated, I feel awk­ward and de­flated. In South Africa, peo­ple only wanted to know what races one had run and not their times. Clearly, pri­or­i­ties here dif­fer. Eliz­a­beth Au­gus­tine, Bee­ston, Not­ting­ham

PROUD MO­MENT Char­lotte with her mum

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