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Running for CALM

Despite the sore legs and tired muscles, my passion for running grew and it became my rush. The release that I had once found in alcohol and drugs, was now clean, pure and in my control. 

Touching the Summit

It took a lot of perseverance to learn how to manage my mental illness. I was eventually able to start by leaving the house alone, start jogging, then hiking in the Lake District and eventually summiting Kilimanjaro in 2009.

A Love Letter to Exercise

You bring me laughter, tears, comfort and solace. You are with me every splash, cycle and step of my journey. Through our relationship I have found new motivation, new meaning. Lucy explores her relationship with exercise

How Tennis Saved My Life

As a young girl I enjoyed playing tennis, I was a school champion, but I had not stepped on a court for years. Little did I realise at the time that taking up tennis would help save my life.


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