Running the gauntlet of everyday sexism and body-shaming as a woman or a girl on the streets of Stortford in 2021

Working admirer Amy Petridis writes about the added benefits of pounding the pavements and parks – and the dark side…

A psychotherapist after encouraged me: “Keep operating. Ideally by h2o.” A intelligent woman indeed.



Working has had a profound outcome on my psychological well being – it receives me exterior, triggers currents of endorphins, burns off extra adrenaline (y’know, the stuff that arrives from function anxiety, spouse and children lifestyle and, oh I dunno, world-wide pandemics).

Sworder’s Discipline, Bishop’s Stortford – the first Bishop’s Stortford parkrun in Oct 2017. Photograph: Vikki Lince (44319646)

A runner explained to me not too long ago: “I’m rather new to operating but I have presently caught the bug. I adore the freedom and headspace it presents me and the enormous perception of achievement.”

It has also introduced me into a welcoming group other runners expressing hi there as you go, parkrun good friends and

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