Inspiring women to run


For WordWorks this is a bit of a new direction - a twist on the oral history work for which we are often known. We've never shied away from a challenge though.


Running is an activity which has rapidly gained in popularity over the years. And women have taken up the sport in their drives. But running is often a solo activity, something we do by ourselves rather than in large groups.


For this initiative, we are talking to women about why they run, what difference has made to their lives and what their running aims and goals are. It doesn't matter whether they are setting off on their first ever jog or whether they have been regularly running marathons since they were toddlers, the idea is that ever story has the potential to inspire other women.


What we are looking to create is a collection of real stories by real women to inspire and motivate other women runners.


This initiative began late spring of 2011 and we are hoping to have a first book available ready for the start of 2012. 


This is a really exciting piece of work and we have already talked to a wide range of women each of whom is happy to share their story. But it is not too late to take part.


You don't have to be a great writer, it's about telling real stories more than anything. While you are welcome to say whatever you would like in your submission, here's some questions to get you going:


Why did you start running?

How did you feel about running in the past?

What did you initially want to achieve?

And what do you want to achieve now / what's your next goal?

Where and how often do you run?

How does running make you feel?

What do you think about when you are running?

How do you motivate yourself to run?

What keeps you going?

Have you ever wanted to give up?

What difference has running made to you / your life?


It can be anything from 200 words to 1000 words and we'd love a photo too.


To tell your running story or to learn about publication details of the books, please email us



 Running Women