I started running in 2003 making my debut race appearance at the Great North Run. Since then I’ve run multiple 5k, 10k and half-marathon races plus a couple of marathons with a 3.03 marathon PB at the age of 50. I’ve also run extensively at cross-country and trail, plus a couple of easier fell races. Post-Covid, I decided to shake up my running and took part in track racing at all distances from 200m to 3000m last summer, surprising myself with a 5.20 mile race. I believe anyone can achieve their goals with the right support and training, and recently coached a runner to a 50-minute marathon PB and PBs at every endurance distance in 2021. At TBH, I lead in Groups 2 and 3 but can coach any runner regardless of group.
My running journey started in 2017 when I gained a place in the Great North Run general ballot and realised I couldn’t even run for the bus! I spent the next few months doing my own style of couch to 5k, where I’d run when I could around shift work, I’d run as far as I could and gradually increased my distance – running with friends along the way. After I ran the GNR, I realised this was a sociable and friendly sport, and I wanted to improve my running fitness, therefore I researched running clubs and found Tyne Bridge Harriers looked like they catered for all abilities.
In October 2017, I joined in the beginners group on a Wednesday night before braving group 5 and then into group 4. I then completed my leadership in running fitness (LiRF) course in September 2019 and primarily led group 4. I am now a regular leader of group 3 and have recently completed my coach in running fitness (CiRF) course and I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience running from 5km to ultramarathons (71 miles) to help TBH members to achieve their own goals.
I started running with the goal of completing the Edinburgh Marathon in 2013 and joined Tyne Bridge Harriers to help my training where I found an enjoyment and camaraderie in running that I was not expecting. My first marathon was a valuable experience, by which I mean I learnt a lot from my mistakes! In my years of running with TBH, I have developed both fitness and running skills, and assisted others in doing the same, regularly leading groups 2 & 3. Over the years I have progressed from road, via cross country, to the trails and fells, and more recently have started to go beyond the marathon distance. I am a newly qualified coach and am looking forward to using my experience and knowledge to help others achieve their running aims.
I started running in 2016 following 30 years of playing rugby, with my first event being the local great north 10k in that year.
Since then, I have done a number of 10k’s, half marathons, marathons and last year completed my first ultra-marathon which was a huge personal goal of mine, proving that we can all push ourselves further then we thought possible with the right training and training partners.
I have recently gained my coach in running fitness qualification and look forward to enhancing the coaching already provided at Tyne Bridge Harriers by the other coaches and leaders. I typically run in groups 4&5. As a club we are looking to start the C25K programme and I along with several leaders are trying to promote the wider community to take that first step into running and being fitter and healthier and gaining new friends.
I’ve been a member of Tyne Bridge Harriers since April 2013 and was lucky enough to be given the
opportunity to do my LiRF (Leader in Running Fitness) in 2014. After 3 years as a Run Leader, I
qualified as a CiRF (Coach in Running Fitness) in 2017. Regular members will know me as part of the
furniture with Group 4 where I’ve seen many members progress through the ranks over the years.
As a runner, I have very respectable PB’s over a range of distances and have completed distances
from 5K, right through to ultramarathon, with my biggest achievement being the completion of The
Wall (Carlisle to Newcastle within a day). I am able to create and develop training plans for those just
starting out or for those looking to improve or chase times at a specific distance. My training plans
will always take in the needs of the athlete and adapt as necessary.
My running journey started when I joined the club back in 2012 in preparation for my first ever
Great North Run. I absolutely loved the race and have not looked back since. From then I have
competed for the club in a variety of distances including 5k, 10k & lots of half marathons, finally
achieving the sub 90 minute dream in 2021. I also participate in many club events including cross
country, track and field, northern and national championship races. My usual running group within
the club is group 2 or 3 but I believe that my experience and knowledge, especially after completing
my CIRF course, enables me to help coach a variety of abilities within the club and I cannot wait to
push members further than they thought they could go with their running goals!