jogscotland‘s work to support joggers going through menopause was recognised last night at the Scottish Women in Sport Awards.
The #MenopauseFriendly campaign won the Inspiration in Sport Award, presented at last night’s ceremony at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow. jogscotland’s Jo Stevens and Sue Gyford received the award and spoke on stage about the campaign’s aims of making it easier for our members to stay active through menopause.
Groups can sign up to use our #MenopauseFriendly branding if the jog leaders register with us and pledge to:
- Educate themselves about the symptoms of menopause and how they can affect runners, by reading our web pages on the topic.
- Make some simple changes to their sessions, such as flexible sessions for those experiencing physical challenges like fatigue or joint aches.
- Commit to talking openly about menopause so that joggers feel supported.
After the ceremony, Sue said: “We’re so proud of all the work the jogscotland community has done to start making these simple, but powerful changes. Menopause affects so many of our joggers, directly or indirectly, and just by talking about it more we help people learn from each other and feel less shame about the changes that take place.
“Most importantly, we can help people find ways to stay active through these years so that they enjoy better physical and mental wellbeing for the long term as they age – older runners deserve to feel the pride and the joy of running just as much as younger people.”
It was a fantastic night for athletics and running at the Awards. Also winning were:
- Eilish McColgan – Scottish Sportswoman of the Year
- Pitreavie AAC won MG Alba Sporting Champion award for their work, including their jogscotland section
- Ruth Watson, a coach with Aberdeen AAC, won the Scottish Club Sport Volunteer of the Year award as acknowledgement of big commitment to her sport
Thanks to all at Scottish Women in Sport for the support and recognition.
Below: All the winners gathered on stage
Main photo, above: Jo and Sue receive the Award from Maureen McGonigle, founder of Scottish Women in Sport.
Pics: Jeff Holmes