A sports science graduate, sports marketeer and life long runner, TMR founder Mel Bound has worked - and run - all over the world.
In 2011, though, Mel’s life took a difficult turn when following a number of miscarriages, she suffered an injury which led to major spinal surgery. As a Mum of two young children, over the next couple of years she struggled to adjust - to grief, to depression, to life as a new Mum, to months of rehab - and the feeling that she may never be active again.
In 2014 a desperate post on Facebook looking for a local running buddy, led to 75 Mums turning up to a local park in Bristol to meet Mel.
This was Mel’s light bulb moment - lots of Mums were struggling with the same things as her! Armed with a deep empathy for how it feels to be long term inactive, but with the knowledge of the joy it could bring, six months later Mel quit her job - and This Mum Runs was born.
Mel Bound is the founder and CEO of This Mum Runs, the world’s largest on-and offline running community for women. She is a multi award-winning sports and tech entrepreneur, community leader, disrupter and advocate for women who are long term inactive, passionate about the power of community and a pressure free ethos as catalysts for creating a “feeling” change for women around exercise leading to improved health outcomes at scale.
To drive a global vision of a world where all women enjoy the life changing benefits of being active, Mel has created a diverse funding and revenue model that has included crowdfunding, private equity, government grants, brand partnerships and ecommerce, raising more than £2M over the past 4 years.