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'Our Couch to 5K journeys'

Couch to 5K has helped many people get off the couch and into running. Here, Christine and Stewart Logie share their stories. For Christine, a 37-year-old mum of two from Warwick, the biggest advantage of Couch to 5K is the mental release it gives her. "Running…

'Pregnant first time after IVF'

Ashley Stothard was devastated when doctors told her that she would need fertility treatment to conceive. Thankfully, her first cycle of IVF treatment on the NHS was successful. "My husband Jon and I started trying for a baby when I was just 25. I knew something was wrong when…

'Running gives me a sense of achievement'

Since completing Couch to 5K, Lorraine Beavis has joined the legions of runners who have signed up to parkrun's increasingly popular 5km runs. From being a sporadic exerciser, Lorraine from Leeds says taking up running has helped her lose weight, boosted her confidence, and given…

'Running helps manage my blood pressure'

Andrew Watson took up running after a routine medical check-up revealed he had high blood pressure. Overweight and with a family history of high blood pressure, Andrew, aged 49 when interviewed, knew he needed to be more active. With a mainly desk-bound job and a…

'Slimming clubs helped me lose weight'

When Cheryl Taylor was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she vowed that if she pulled through she'd lose her excess weight once and for all. The mother-of-four from Aldershot tells how weight-loss classes helped her drop nine dress sizes in two years and turn her life…

'Strength and Flex keeps me motivated'

Self-confessed couch potato Anne MacLaren hadn't done any exercise for 10 years until she made a New Year's resolution to "get her act together". The north Londoner says the Strength and Flex workout plan was just what she was looking for to keep her motivated.…

'Strength and Flex made me a better runner'

Father-of-two Cliff Hobby started Strength and Flex and Couch to 5K as a way to get back into regular exercise. He did Strength and Flex every other day and found the five-week programme really improved his running. Below, the IT manager from Hampshire talks about his experience of progressing…

'Sunbathing gave me skin cancer'

Rachel loved sunbathing - until she found an odd-looking mole on her toe. It turned out to be a malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. "From the age of 16 to 26, I always went on holidays with the intention of getting a…

'There is life after breast surgery'

Amanda Allen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Here she talks about having a mastectomy and breast reconstruction, and how it changed her life. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2005. After my mother died in December 2004 and my grandmother in…

'Third time lucky with IVF'

Clare Dando was told she was unlikely to have children without IVF. After treatment, she gave birth to Alexander. But just a few months later, she became pregnant again naturally. "I was only 31 when I first started trying for a baby, so when I wasn't pregnant after nearly…