Bristol mum’s new business proves a ‘runaway success’
A Bristol mum-of-two who started a Facebook page aimed at finding other local mums to run with has launched a business after the online community became a runaway success.
Mel Bound, aged 42, first created the page ‘This Mum Runs’ in September 2014 to reach out to other parents who were struggling to find the time and confidence to get into fitness after having children.
Within days, hundreds of mums had joined up and there are now more than 1300 members in Bristol alone. This Mum Runs has also recently launched a group in Bath with more imminently planned across the West Country in Somerset and Devon.
Mel has been able to make the jump to founding This Mum Runs as a business after she successfully secured funding from Run England and BANES Council.
This enabled her to scale quickly and build a team of 19 coaches, which will grow to more than 50 coaches in spring this year (2016).
Mel comments: “I have been blown away by the response to This Mum Runs. The community continues to grow every day and there are so many amazing stories of personal achievement and new friendships that have developed.
“Earlier in 2015, the group became involved with the Bristol Girls Can campaign, part of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’, that was all about taking the ‘gym bunny’ perception out of fitness and engaging with ‘real’ women.
“It was around about then that things started to click and I realised there was genuine enthusiasm for grassroots organisations to help people – and women in particular – so they could take a bit more control of their own fitness.
“Running is particularly good because all you need is a pair of trainers and a sports bra and you’re off.”