A Bideford painter and decorator who broke her leg has been running her way to recovery.

Louise Jeffery was always fit and active and on her feet all day for work, until she broke her leg in June last year and had to spend six weeks in plaster.

While she continued to attend the gym during her recovery, it wasn’t until the launch of a new running club when she really found her feet.

Although Louise had been a member of the Bideford Amateur Athletic Club as a child she had not done any serious running in many years.

With the new Torridge Pool running club, she managed to return to the once-loved and long-forgotten sport.

Louise said: “We have only been running for nine weeks, twice a week, slowly building up the miles but I have seen such an improvement with the strength of my leg and it has helped me get back into full-time work so much more quickly.

“It has helped tremendously and the support you get from other members and the staff who really motivate you and guide you with running style and breathing.

“Although you are participating in a group run, it actually feels like you are having a one-to-one session, I feel this is because the 1610 Torridge Pool instructors are constantly by your side.”

Louise’s confidence as a runner has quickly improved and she now wants to set new challenges for herself.

“We have completed a 5km park run and I would love to do a 10km or even a Tough Mudder event,” she said,

Torridge Pool running club is available on Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm-7pm. For more information call 01237 471794.