Hi – I’m Jenny Baker, and here are a few things about me.
I love being active. I’ve been a runner for many years and have run six marathons and over 100 parkruns. This year I’ve been recovering from a stress fracture so I’ve done my lowest mileage for many years. But instead I’ve been swimming and cycling much more which I have really enjoyed.
I’m a writer and my most recent book, Run for Your Life, tells the story of how I kept running through treatment for breast cancer in 2015. You can find out more about the book and my cancer blog posts here. I started this blog in 2013 to write about running and doing the Palestine Marathon for the first time. I go through phases of writing regularly and then having long pauses between posts, so don’t hold your breath.
I’m a feminist and I’ve been a gender equality activist for most of my life, through the way I’ve parented, the study I’ve done, through setting up a charity, writing a book, mentoring women and organising events for women in leadership. My latest project is Out of the Box cards, which I’m working on with a brilliant team of women and which will launch with a kickstarter in October 2018.
I live in London. I am married to Jonny and we have two very creative adult sons, two fabulous daughters in law and two amazing granddaughters. I am proud to be an Ealing Eagle and I’m looking forward to running with them more when my leg is better. I share an allotment, I’m part of the worship community Grace, and chair of Amos Trust. I have masters in Gender, Sexuality and Society from Birkbeck and in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School, and I am COO for the charity Redthread.
All opinions my own of course. Follow me on Twitter: @runningjenbaker