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In a short break from our advertised programme of inspirational, educational and motivational blogs from out Too Fat to Run Clubhouse members, I am proud to announce the details of our first ever Too Fat to Run Virtual Summit.

In a world where it can often feel like we are left out or excluded, or like we don’t fit in I thought it was about time we stopped waiting for the big boys of the running world to make things better and to instead do something positive to help us see the power we have within us to make some of those changes too.

I hold my hands up and say that over the last 7 years I have become increasingly frustrated and vocal with the lack of representation in the sport and far too frequent stories of plus size runners being left behind or worse still abused or treated badly, but I realise that me moaning and passing the blame isn’t probably getting us anywhere fast, so a more proactive (and dare I say it kinder) approach is probably required. An approach where we all win.

So on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm UK time, as part of a 2 hour interactive online conference I will be revealing my “With us not against us” Manifesto, a 5 point call to action for everyone involved in the sport to ensure we are all on the same page no matter our apparent or not so apparent differences, and that we continue to see the sport grow and flourish.

I will also be joined by some incredible guest speakers to give their view from the streets so to speak, and to help us heal and move forward from any negative past experiences with compassion, understanding, love and most importantly hope for the future.

Joining us throughout the evening will be,

Liza Vallance – Is a Plussize Marathon Runner, Feminist and CEO of Studio 3 Arts, the grassroots company that is delivering the Too Fat to Run programme on the ground in Barking & Dagenham, she is going to give a progress report in terms of how the TFTR community is growing and taking on leadership roles in the borough, as well as highlighting some of the barriers to exercise there are for women in areas of social deprivation.

Tasnia Chowdhury – Is a Muslim Runner who I first came across last year when I noticed her #thisiswhatarunnerlookslike hashtag printed on her race tshirt. I thought this was a stroke of genius and have been following her on Instagram ever since. She will be speaking about how important visibility is for underrepresented groups in sport is, and how we can make the sport even more inclusive.

Stephen Morrison – Is plus-size runner from Glasgow, he is an inactivity advocate and passionate blogger who will be giving us an insight into these issues for men.

Natalie Alexia – Is the creator of the epic “Love is the new Black” project. Her work is about illuminating blocks, expanding your vision and applying creative thinking to help you become the person you’re here to be. She will be sharing her views about the importance of self-love, self-care and accepting help.

Marie Holden – Is an Emotional Freedom Technique and Energy Worker helping women to banish negativity, self-doubt & self-sabotage forever, she will be equipping us all with a powerful tool that we can use wherever we are in the world to feel more powerful.

I am so excited about this summit because I know this is what we need right now. To come together and to forge a way forward which builds on all the good work that has been done to this point.

Places are limited and already booking up fast, so secure your place today and take part in the beginning of an awesome movement to make the sport we all love more widely accessible for all.

Please show your support and sign up before Wednesday 21st March

Please note, if you are not able to join us live or for the whole 2 hours don’t worry, by buying a ticket you will be sent the full recording plus some wonderful goodies to help you on your journey.

You do not need to be a plus size runner to take part in this summit, it may be that you are just interested or curious about the world of plussize running and sports equality for women. 

The technology used for this summit allows you to tune in from wherever you are in the world either using video or just audio. You can use your mobile phone, tablet, laptops or desktop computers to take part, and there will be lots of opportunities for you to ask questions and share your experiences.

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