Julie Creffield is the plus sized athlete, life coach and entrepreneur behind the global Too Fat to Run movement and is from Stratford in East London. She is best known for her humorous writing about the issues facing plus sized runners and is the brains behind the successful blog www.thefatgirlsguidetorunning.com, where she supports plus sized runners from across the world, but she is also a freelance journalist, and professional keynote speaker on the issues of obesity and inactivity in adult women.
She is also a proffesional speaker and gives talks on Setting and Achieving Big Fat Stupid Goals to teenagers, female business owners, and workforces who want to start living a bigger and more fulfilling life.
Julie can often be spotted on the news giving her views on the latest breaking health story amd she has recently been gracing our screens on ITV's This Morning leading a campaign called Run for Your Life where she has been getting the nation running using the techniques from her best selling 5 weeks to 5K book which has recently been turned into an online training programme which is seeing amazing results.
Julie has lived in the East End of London for most of her life and has a sharp eye for a juicy project or a funny angle on a story.
She says "I have always been a writer. I used to copy the letters off the SMA tins at nursery until the teachers realised what I was doing and gave me a book to copy from instead. I progressed to keeping diaries and writing short stories in my teens just to make my mum fret and my teachers laugh. Twenty years later I still haven't shook off my desire to write".
Julie has had a colourful working life as a theatre usher, salad packer, barmaid, youth arts worker, cultural facilitator and trainer. She has spent the last 8 years however working in various capacities on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games which took place literally yards from where she lives with her young daughter Rose.
Julie is currently working on a book called Fear and Other F words, a guide for life and love using anecdotes and learnings from her colourful past. This is due out in June 2017.
She is also working towards finishing Last Orders a collection of short stories inspired by the characters she has met along the way in East London which is due out in Spring 2017