Name: Jevi Tariq
“Running is not really rife in South Asian communities and I often get asked why I run. I’d like to change the attitudes and stereotypes and be a positive role model and inspiration for isolated, busy and inactive mums, especially those who are from a diverse background.
“I have been patronised and made fun of for my love of running. But I’ve also had loads of positive feedback from women saying I’ve inspired them to run, too, and that they would like me to start a local running group.
“Taking part in the Big Marathon Challenge will hopefully inspire other people of different backgrounds, who haven’t previously thought about their health and staying fit, to change their lives. And, in turn, they may help their family and friends to think about doing the same.
“I started running in January as a way to lose weight but was soon bitten by the running bug. I now love to run and have taken part in numerous races, including the Race for Life and Virgin Sports British 10K, to name a few.
“I have raised money for charities when racing that include Cancer Research, Woman’s Aid Nottingham and the Psoriasis Association. [At the time of writing] I’m currently training for the Robin Hood Half Marathon on 24 September.
Since I started running, my dream has been to run a marathon. A colleague of mine challenged me to run a marathon and I’d like to prove that I can do it. More importantly, I’d like to do it to inspire others out there to take on running.”
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