Once the running bug grabs you, it really grabs you – and Jo Bailey from Congleton is proof of that.
She started running in 2014, but sustained something of a horror injury in her very first race.
Put out of action for just over a year, Jo returned to running again in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since.
This year she’s competed in four half-marathons, raising almost £1,000 for Ruby’s Fund, British Heart Foundation and The Children’s Society.
Jo most recently completed the Conwy half-marathon, after promising to run with first time half-marathon runner Gill Horne.
By day, Jo is group financial controller for family-owned Swansway Motor Group. By night (and at weekends) she clocks up the miles as a member of Biddulph Running Club.
Jo explained: “When I first started running I never expected to find it almost taking over my life, but I’m afraid it has a little bit and it felt so good to get Gill across that finish line, I knew she had it in her, and it was an a amazing feeling to cross that line together.
“More importantly we’ve raised much needed funds for The Children’s Society. Even by the government’s own statistics 4.1 million children are now living in poverty in the UK.
“That brings with it many problems, such as mental health issues, exploitation by adults, hunger and difficult concentrating in school.
“The Children’s Society supports these vulnerable children and their families and I’m so pleased that I’ve been able to help them, even though it’s only in a small way; the work they do is amazing.”