I have been a runner all my life – I was actually one of those strange kids who enjoyed school cross country! I joined my running club, Gade Valley Harriers, in 2008 and since then I’ve raced 3 marathons, loads of half marathons, 10 milers & 10ks as well as lots more cross country and I also pop up at various parkruns. in 2014, I achieved a lifelong goal of going "sub 3" at the London Marathon and in 2016 managed to go even better that clocking a PB of 2:53:37.
In 2013 I started my journey towards coaching by taking part in UK Athletics’ “Leader in Running Fitness” course. I was so inspired by this that I immediately started to develop a more structured training programme at the club which was designed to include runners of all speeds and experiences. It proved so popular that I decided to further my knowledge by taking the next level of coaching qualification, the “Coach in Running Fitness”. I have loved being able to add more value to people’s running by helping with technique and other aspects of fitness such as strength, flexibility & nutrition. See how I could help you here.
In the summer of 2015 I created and delivered the club’s inaugural “Learn to Run” course for complete beginners. It’s a source of great pride that many of the participants on that course are now regular runners with the club and are continuing to expand their running horizons.
Running is a brilliant way to get fit. It’s challenging, social when you want it, solitary when you need it and you enjoy the great outdoors and all the great British weather has to throw at you. It’s my mission to continue to spread my love for running and help more and more people achieve their goals. Come and join the journey! Read my blog for more insights into my running life!