Laura Runs Manchester for MINI MERMAIDS!

Laura Collier, having achieved her goal of a sub 30 minute parkrun decided she needed a bigger challenge.  Boy did she find one! 

On 5th April 2020, Laura will join the 25,000 people toeing the line at the 2020 Manchester Marathon! What makes it even more exciting is that Laura’s running on behalf of Mini Mermaid Running Club UK. 

Laura’s road to Manchester started with a desire to take care of her own mental health. She started training for a 5km, which put her on a path to regular running. She joined a running club and since signing up for the Manchester Marathon last year, she’s gradually built up mileage each month. 

Laura is also one of our fabulous Mini Mermaid coaches. She gives generously of her time in Leeds, delivering multiple programmes to girls, ages 7-11. 

So what IS Mini Mermaids and why are we so thrilled that Laura is raising money for us?

Mini Mermaid Running Club UK,  for girls ages 7-11, work in primary schools (co-curricular) and community centres (with a focus on disadvantaged areas/under represented groups), using physical activity combined with mindfulness to strengthen girls’ self-worth and value at a critical time in their lives, when self-esteem, self-confidence and self-compassion begin to decline (age 7). We create safe, judgement-free environments where first and foremost, girls simply have a ton of fun moving their bodies and start to experience the positive impacts of physical activity on their overall well-being.

Why is this so important? Loads of research came out over the past year connecting physical activity with our overall well-being. Both new Ofsted and UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity guidelines correlate physical activity with improved learning, greater resilience and confidence. At the same time, research from Youth Sports Trust and Active Lives Children show that girls, particularly those from disadvantaged areas, start opting-out of physical activity as young as 7, which in turn can negatively impact future goals and aspirations.

When a girl participates in Mini Mermaids, she shows more resilience, opens herself to new experiences and learns to be kinder to herself and others. These create the foundation of a girl's self-worth and value, which begins to erode in girls as young as 7. We disrupt this decline by replacing the fear of failure with the power of possibility!

All funds raised by Laura will go toward bringing this vital programme to girls in areas of deprivation in the UK. 

Thank you Laura! HIGH FINS from the whole Mini Mermaid community.

Donations ()

  • Mel Blackburn  
    • £10 
    • 5 d
  • Heather Gill 
    • £10 
    • 6 d
  • Amey Davies 
    • £5 
    • 10 d
  • Alison Smith 
    • £10 
    • 11 d
  • Linda Tiller 
    • £10 
    • 14 d
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Hannah Corne 
Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom
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