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Jog Derbyshire member Sarah Langlois is an accountant from Chaddesden.

Sarah started running to do a Race for Life with her workmates in August 2013. After meeting the Jog Derbyshire team at the Erewash 5k, she is now jogging regularly with Helen Purdy's Derby Trotters group.

Sarah told us how she started jogging…

I've never been much of a runner

When my colleagues were doing a Race for Life 5k for Cancer Research at the Holme Pierrepoint National Watersports Centre, I could have walked it but I decided to run because I'm quite a competitive person.

Years ago I was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma. I tap dance and do circuit training but, if I do anything more than a gentle cycle, I get really out of breath.

I have an inhaler and the doctor said that, although I'll never be an athlete, I could build up slowly and increase my lung function.

The Race for Life went really well. One of us started struggling a bit and said to leave her, but that wasn't the point for me so we all stuck together until the last half a kilometre.

Getting a buzz from jogging

Sarah finds jogging therapeutic.

When I started training for the Race for Life, I did the 3k Fun Run as part of Derby 10k where I found out about the Erewash 5k in Long Eaton and met the Jog Derbyshire ladies.

I'm loving running with a group of people; I like the social side of running with a group. It's great for getting advice.

I find jogging quite therapeutic. I ran on my own at the Golden Gates Gallop at my own pace. The scenery was beautiful.

I concentrated on my breathing, keeping at a steady pace. I find the constant rhythm of the pounding of your feet and your breath quite relaxing.

When I go to the gym, there's always music in the background, but with running you can just empty your head and focus on distance and times without having to think. I feel so energised after I've done a run and I get a buzz and an adrenaline high.

Kedleston – a lovely run in good company

Kedleston Hall.

I wasn't so keen on the hill at the start when I first ran at Kedleston, but when we got to the top Helen told us to look around to see why we'd run up.

Then you've got the woods which open up into lovely views across the Derbyshire countryside.

You're running at your own pace. Then afterwards we had a cup of tea and it's nice to be able to chat with other people - some who've been running for years and others who are new to it - about what kit to wear and advice on running. So it's a really lovely run - beautiful scenery with good company at the end.

Jog Derbyshire – for all levels and abilities

I find the idea of an actual running club quite daunting, but Jog Derbyshire is promoted as a jogging group.

Helen varies the routes so different people can do different distances but we all end up back at the finish together. She caters to all levels and abilities. Helen's been brilliant - she's great.

Making great strides

Helen has been delighted with Sarah's progress. She said: "Sarah has boundless enthusiasm and is making great strides (pardon the pun) in her progress and I love seeing her achieve another milestone.

"The only problem, if you can call it that, is making her pace herself as she's progressing so fast!"

More about Derby Trotters

Derby Trotters sessions start at 6.30pm and are free. Meet: Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL Contact: helen-purdy@sky.com.

For more details, click here for the Jog Derbyshire online group search and enter 'Derby'.