THE life of a military mum is short on headspace and can be lonely – moving to new postings, managing on your own when your partner is away. Sometimes you need to connect with others who understand the challenges and the rewards of forces life. And that’s where This Mum Runs Military Mums comes in…
This Mum Runs (TMR) is a national network of running communities that provides a way to meet new people, be part of an inclusive local group and give you time out for yourself.
Army wife and mother-of-three Roz Oram had the idea to extend the initiative to the military community, where support and friendship of fellow mums is at the heart of everyday lives.
“You don’t have to be an experienced runner,” said Roz. “Even if you’ve never put on a pair of trainers it’s worth coming along – TMR Military Mums is about being sociable rather than competitive, helping mums to become happier and healthier through running.
“I’ve lived in four different locations and I exercised throughout, always with friends on military bases, but more often than not they, or I, moved away and the hunt for a fitness buddy and social life around my children would start again.”
The new group launched in Tidworth in March with a fantastic turnout for the first session and now meets twice a week.
Army wife Caroline Taylor went along: “I was a bit hesitant about coming to be honest, but now I’m here I’m really chuffed that I came – you just run at your own pace and there’s no judging.”
TMR Military Mums has launched in Gloucestershire and plans to reach other areas. Could your community benefit? Join the closed Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/TMRMilitaryMums