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Running community wins Athletics Volunteer Award

PICTURED: Amanda Epe (left) celebrates winning a leader of the year award

THE FLY Girls running community are winners in the run group of the year category at the London Region England Athletics Volunteer Awards 2017

In it's tenth year, the awards honoured the best volunteers service to athletics. Finalists were selected from over 600 entries in various categories including Club of the Year, Innovation Project of the Year, Coach of the year, Run Group and Leader of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year, Official of the Year and Services to Athletics of the Year.

Amanda Epe, founder of The Fly Girls, also won Run Leader Of The Year. She volunteers her time to motivate and lead local girls and women who are beginner runners to get active starting by walking, slow jogging and eventually picking up the pace to running.

Her ethos is to create fun, friendly, fitness outdoor activities and bring the community together improving their physical and mental wellbeing. Over the year, non-running members of her group have gone on to enter races. She created this group to take advantage of local spaces such as the iconic Wembley Stadium where the group run and because she felt activities like this were missing for women. She also runs to improve her health and relieve stress.

Amanda is also an award-winning author of a travel book title A Fly Girl, and this name inspired the fitness brand. She volunteers her time to deliver writing for wellbeing workshops to community groups in Brent. She says volunteering is giving but you get more back from the people you meet along the way.

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