22–23 Mar 2025 304 days to go! #GetOutside

Lou Brewer

Hi, my name’s Lou and I’ve always preferred being outside to stuck indoors. So much so I’ve recently changed jobs and have just started a gardening apprenticeship. I completed the Ray Mears 6 day Fundamental Bushcraft course in 2008 and loved every minute of sleeping in the woods, just under a tarp.
I also love to run and started running at the age of 13, when I joined Hertford & Ware Athletics Club. I got completely hooked and trained 5 times a week for 3 years. All these years later, after raising my 3 boys and 4 stone overweight, I started trying to run again and in 2009 ran my first 10k on my 35th birthday. I tried but couldn’t seem to get my love for running back, as it was too difficult being so overweight. Fast forward to the London Marathon Expo in 2016 and a rather indulgent purchase of a ZeroRunner and within weeks I’d lost weight and could run outside again.
Since then I’ve completed The Great North Run 5 times (virtually in 2020!) and have done lots of half marathons. Trail running is my favourite; love a muddy run through the woods! I’ve found my love for running again and use it as my ‘me time’.
Life always seems better after a run.