Fancy running a 10K around the streets of London in nothing but your undies? Join Bryony Gordon and her gang of body-confident, high-profile women who’ll be doing just that in May
I thought I was done with statement running. I came to this conclusion last April after completing the London Marathon for the second time, in my underwear. I assumed that I had made all the noise I could about exercise being for everyone, and not just athletes. That once I had wobbled my size-18 frame for 26.2 miles through London, and gone on breakfast television in my pants to promote this body-positive venture, there was nowhere left for me to go with it. I thought I would move on to other things, things that involved wearing clothes, and gentle walking – to my fridge, for example, or the sofa. I thought I could put the public baring of my bum behind me.
But then… (well, there’s always a but, isn’t there?) people wouldn’t stop talking about last year’s Marathon, which I completed with my friend Jada Sezer, a plus-size model and mental health campaigner. We kept being asked to talk about it on the telly and the radio. People would stop us on the street and tell us how we had inspired them to run. Increasingly, we were receiving messages from women who wanted to do a race in their underwear too. I kept being tagged in pictures on Instagram, of women who had decided to bare their beautiful bumpy bodies without filters. And so the people in charge of the London Marathon asked us if we wanted to do it again – this time, with a huge girl gang.