Category : Activities

Grans run too – Cheryl’s Run Birmingham Story

Here’s Cheryl, 44 from Birmingham. This is her Run Birmingham story:

Cheryl weight loss transformation

“I volunteer for the Real Junk Food Project here in Birmingham and that got me thinking about my health and wellbeing. I was focusing on what I was eating but I couldn’t remember the last time I did any exercise.

“Having four children and three grandchildren, I felt that I was not finding enough time in the day for me, never mind exercising.

“Now that the children and grandchildren are getting older, I decided to make a change and make time for exercise. My main goal was to lose a little bit of weight and tone up my mummy tummy.

“When my grandchildren’s school held a ‘couch to 5k’ programme I decided that this was the goal I needed to work towards! I was so proud of myself for doing it and have been running with Run Birmingham ever since.

“Joining the ‘5k group’ is the best decision I’ve ever made and I have achieved so much. I’ve lost weight, I’m fitter now than I’ve ever been and I have even completed a half marathon. I can now say that I enjoy running.  That’s something I never thought I would say.

“I keep running because of the other people in my group. They are so inspirational. I’ve never really been much of a fan of exercise but running as a group is different.  It gives you the push you need and you feel better after every single run.”

Inspired by Cheryl’s story?  Find an activity to suit you.  Go to and load up which day and type of exercise that suits you and find your nearest group: 

3rd December 2018  |  Adeel Khan

What it looks like to me

Drawing another souper partnership

Climate Change – How you can Trump Donald Trump

Ways to stay healthier this winter

As the weather takes a turn for the cold outside, winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay fit and healthy even if you want to stay under the duvet and hibernate, you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather’s like. (more…)

21st November 2018  |  Tina Bold

Camaraderie, Creation, Community at West Park

How we’re helping each other in Smithswood

St. Clements Church, Smithswood

We met Active Communities in Smithswood at St. Clements church this week to talk about how we can help each other to build a more inclusive, active community.  There were some fabulous conversations, recognition for the work already happening and some broad agreement on important issues to the people who came, in particular looking at how we share information and work more effectively together. (more…)

19th November 2018  |  Marcus Belben

Climate change beyond Climathon

How Sadaf discovered her healthy habit

Here’s Sadaf, 41 from Birmingham. Before she came across our running project, Sadaf says she never believed she could become a runner and struggled to run for 30 seconds without feeling out of breath. Here’s her running story…

How Sadaf went from beginner to runner!

“I was feeling really stressed so I began walking with friends in the neighbourhood as a way to relax and lose weight when we encountered local activator Taz Parvaz at our park.

“We enquired about running as Taz was leading a group and he welcomed us to that running group in an amicable way.

“The fact that it’s free helped me decide to come along and pluck up the courage to get involved. After all, I had nothing to lose from trying it out.

“Running has made me feel happier and helped me find friends from my local area. My running group is great.  We are comfortable with each other and understand that we all have different running abilities. The social aspect of running is amazing and it is something I look forward to every week.

“The run leaders are there to help and support everyone by motivating and encouraging the group to persevere, helping to change any doubts you had before about running.

“Running makes you fitter, stronger and happier. Your life problems might not go away but running makes you feel better about yourself and your outlook of the world becomes more positive.  Well that’s how it makes me feel at least!”

Do you want to feel comfortable trying a new activity just like Sadaf?

16th November 2018  |  Adeel Khan

Ride active

Ride Active is a partnership between British Cycling and Big Birmingham Bikes, aimed at providing fun, social cycling practice activities for adults, in safe, secure environments such as parks and multi-use games areas.

These sessions allow you to practice and improve your skills, cycle in a group and meet other cyclists.

Activities include:

  • fun circuits
  • traffic free laps
  • off-road led rides
  • activities to develop basic cycling skills
  • social activities
  • short on-road led rides.
  • get pedalling for beginners

Ride Active sessions will incorporate a Led Ride which anyone who wants to improve their confidence or abilities is welcome to book onto . To book a place or to see any age restrictions visit