Hi! I’m Gail, I’m 45, and I live in Hale, Cheshire with my husband and three daughters. I’ve been running for over 30 years, not without stopping, obviously…I’m no Forrest Gump! But I started running in my early teens, with my dad, and have run ever since.

I was diagnosed with endometriosis in my early 20s after suffering horrendous pain since starting my periods at the age of 13. It’s something that even now I’ve never really got a handle on which is why when I started realising that I was perimenopausal  I was determined that I was going to find a better way to cope with the symptoms than I had managed with my endo.

I had been doing more and more running as I found it gave me some much needed me-time in lockdown and a release from my symptoms, and so when I was made redundant in June, I decided that I would start a running group focusing on women in and around the menopause.

I’m a qualified Run Leader with English Athletics and am studying to be a health and nutrition coach. I would like to help midlife women to understand the changing needs of their bodies and how diet and exercise can support these.