I love being active. I’ve been a runner for many years and have run six marathons and over 100 parkruns. In 2018 I was recovering from a stress fracture so I did my lowest mileage for many years. But instead I went swimming and cycling much more which I 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 an activist for gender equality 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. We held a successful Kickstarter campaign in October 2018, and launched our website in February 2019 with a party in London.
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 this year. I own some woodland in Sussex with friends, I share an allotment in Ealing, I’m part of the worship community Grace, and I’m a trustee 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