Julie Creffield

blogger, author, entrepreneur and plus-size athlete @ The Fat Girls Guide to Running

Julie Creffield, a blogger, author, entrepreneur and plus-size athlete is on a mission to get 1 million overweight and inactive women running. In 2005 she joked that if London were awarded the Olympic Games she would run the Marathon in 2012. She kept her word despite at the time being a size 22 and unable to run for even 30 seconds. Since then she has competed in hundreds of races, including 2 further marathons and Tough Mudder, billed as the toughest obstacle course on the planet.

Through her blog The Fat Girls Guide to Running (www.toofattorun.co.uk) she inspires thousands of women from all over the world. Her Too Fat to Run campaign challenges perceptions about health for larger ladies, moving the conversation away from its focus on weight loss and instead towards activity and wellbeing. Julie is an ambassador for Race for Life. Julie works as a consultant with England Athletics via the #ThisGirlCan campaign. Julie is currently developing her virtual 5K #OneBigFatRun into an actual event series in the UK. Julie worked with ITV’s This Morning Show on Run for your Life, which saw Julie coach 3 ladies for their first 5K. She is winner of the 2015 Running Awards best blog, was shortlisted for a Women in Sport “Encouraging Participation” 2015 award, was nominated for a Cosmo 2014 Woman of the Year award, and was shortlisted for a UK Blogging Award 2014 in the “Health & Fitness” category.