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Jog Into January inspired me to get fit

Looking for help to lose weight

Rebecca tackles the Derby 10k for the first time.

When Rebecca Hazeldine was looking around for a New Year activity to help her lose weight and assist her recovery from cervical cancer, she came across JOG Derbyshire and the Jog Into January campaign at just the right time.

The 33-year-old mum-of-five, from Shelton Lock, Derby, was determined to find something in her bid to get in shape that she really enjoyed doing – and would fit around family life.

Having tried and failed to 'get into' the gym and other pursuits, Rebecca found the Jog Into January campaign online and thought she would give it a go.

Joining the Pink Plodders

Starting out with the Pink Plodders (a beginners' group in Chellaston), where she initially 'couldn't run for 10 seconds', she enjoyed it so much she soon joined the Jog Oakwood Wednesday and Friday sessions too.

"After I got over the cancer, which I had two years ago, I just wanted to get fit because I was overweight," explains Rebecca. "I had tried pretty much everything, but nothing had really worked until I tried jogging with Jog into January and it clicked.

"I came across it on Facebook and decided to join up with the Pink Plodders and give it a go. Even though I was so unfit at first, I really loved going. What I found was that the leaders were really encouraging, friendly and understanding.

Having fun in the Darley parkrun.

Going at you own pace

"They let you go at your own pace and there is no pressure at all to be sporty or keep up with a certain level. I didn't find it boring like I had done in the gym because it was also really good socially.

"I made a whole new group of really good friends – we're all going for dinner together in the lead up to Christmas – and as someone who is a busy mum it really gives me a chance to escape."

Rebecca's progress – which saw her quickly lose two stone – enabled her to enter the Derby 10k earlier this year and this January she will be running her own JOG Derbyshire Group for the first time to coincide with the start of Jog into January 2016, on January 11.

A new group for beginners

Rebecca pictured with fellow Jog Oakwood members at the Derby 10k.

Rebecca added: "What I found was that I was travelling to Oakwood each time to jog, which is quite a way to get to, and that there were other people saying the same, so that's when I looked into leading a new group in Alvaston.

"Like the one I joined, it will be for beginners, so people should not worry at all about the level they think they are at. People sometimes say that they don't have the confidence to do it, but I was like that when I started so hopefully that can inspire others.

"I can show people the journey I've been on and how far I have come and hopefully encourage them to do the same.

"There is no need to be afraid of coming along because everyone is so nice and friendly – and no-one gets left behind. All levels are catered for."

Find out more

Taking part in the Derby Hospital Jingle Jog.

If you are interested in joining Rebecca's Alvaston Joggers JOG Derbyshire group for Jog into January, please email beckshaze@icloud.com

You can also search by postcode for other JOG Derbyshire groups near to you using the find a group search and you can also sign up.