F.I.T. COACHES

DSC_0258Frank Murphy

Qualified running group leader under UK Athletics

Qualified personal trainer & gym instructor

Voted coach of the year 2016 by Stoke-on-Trent city council & the sentinel.

Voted runner up coach of the year by Stoke-on-Trent council 2015

Voted Run England leader of the year 2015

As a coach and mentor I believe strongly in the following principles;

•    Using positive re-enforcement and enthusiasm to encourage people of all shapes sizes and abilities into exercise.
•    Using my own experiences to help develop the skills and abilities of other runners, through actively coaching to change and adapt techniques for the better.
•    To help set and achieve realistic goals with members of Stoke F.I.T.
•    To create a positive atmosphere in the club, and a positive mindset in it’s members and encourage Stoke F.I.T. members to do the same with each other.
•    To personally spend quality time with each member of the team, helping and encouraging each member to be the best they can be and to develop them emotionally and physically.
•    To create a foundation that can be built on, whereby other members of the team can grow and thrive and begin to show their own leadership comfortably and enthusiastically.

I founded Stoke F.I.T. in June 2012 in order to try and give the people of Stoke-on-Trent something better than they had at the time.  I firmly believe that through physical exercise, no matter how slight or intense, foundations for better health, both physically and mentally can be laid.  And with this, more of a positive attitude can be developed.  One that embraces challenge and constantly strives for more, rather than welcoming and accepting what they’re told they are worth or deserve.

My aim, is for everybody in Stoke-on-Trent to have easy and ready access to exercise and the associated benefits.

I want the only reason for people of our great city not to exercise, to be that they don’t want to.  I want to make exercise accessible to all, regardless of upbringing, financial situations or employment status.

I want to be seen to be the driving force behind my hashtag; #LET’SGETBETTERTOGETHER

 

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Emily Vickerman

Qualified running group leader under UK Athletics

Voted runner up coach of the year by Stoke-on-Trent council 2015

Voted Run England leader of the year 2015

As a leader I use my own experiences with running to help reassure and encourage those new to the sport or club

  •   I have a positive no pressure approach to running which allows me to cater for all abilities
  •   I spend time getting to know members personally, this helps me to provide them with runs to suit their needs and or training schedules.
  •   ‘Can’t’ isn’t in my vocabulary!!
  •    I love to see people improve and become the best that they can be 🙂

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Jonny Bibb

Qualified running group leader under Uk Athletics

As a person, I believe that a positive mental attitude is key to someone being the best they can be, no matter what your shape, size or fitness level if you believe in yourself and your own abilities then the only out-come will be success.
As a leader I believe that if we can help you build a strong foundation then the sky is the limit. A lot of New runners forget we all started at the point they are at now !! So remember,
Positivity + Self belief = Strong Foundations
Strong Foundations + Hard work & Determinaton = The Best You Can Be

And that is all we can ask of our selves and each other …

 

Liz Seadon

Liz Seadon

Qualified running group leader under Uk Athletics

I joined Stoke F.I.T in August 2012 as a complete non runner. I joined with a friend and was only going to stay a couple of weeks while she settled in, I can remember feeling so scared thinking everybody else would think I was slowing them down but the support and encouragement from not only the leaders but the other runners was amazing. I can honestly say I now love running and the results that I have achieved from starting to run have had a massive impact on my life.

I’m a positive person who believes that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, hard work will always pay off. If you put in 100% effort, you’ll get out 100% results!! As a leader I would like to not only offer support and encouragement but also make every run fun, why would you stick at something you’re not enjoying?? Stoke F.I.T has always had a no pressure approach and that is something I firmly believe in too. Seeing people improve, grow in confidence as a runner and achieve what they thought was impossible is the best part of being a leader, and that is down to the hard work you put in.

 

Claire Barnsley

Claire Barnsley

Qualified running group leader under Uk Athletics

I am a very positive person, and I like to think that I pass this on to everybody I meet.  Positive thoughts have positive results, negative thoughts breed negativity.  I believe that anything is possible if you want it enough, if you’re consistent and never give up, dreams are obtainable. As a run leader I believe that everyone can run, you work hard and you get out what you put in. Hard-work can also be fun, so lets work hard together because we are Friends In Training 🙂

 

 

 

Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson

Qualified running group leader under Uk Athletics

Even as a child I was never interested in sports, football, cricket, rugby, just don’t interest me. Even so I have always been active and through scouting had a keen interest in walking, which was encouraged through scouting life which I have been a member of since being a cub scout, I have been a scout leader for nearly 40 years now, obviously working mostly with young people but also with many and various leaders.

I started running about 2 years ago and instantly found a sport that gave me pleasure.  It’s the feeling of freedom, exploration and adventure that I feel on every run and probably why I prefer the off road runs. So why do I want to be a running leader?  Well firstly I know that I enjoy leading because of my experience as a scout leader but most importantly;

I intend to be the best that I can be and it’s your results and commitment that inspires me to work us both harder therefore making ourselves and Stoke FIT the best that we can be.

 

Lesley Wall

Lesley Wall

Qualified running group leader under Uk Athletics

Running has become a passion of mine and I want to share that passion with others, in hope that they will come to love running as much as I do.
As a leader my main aim is to make people believe in themselves, to believe that they can run that 1 mile, or 20 even – however many miles they want to reach. Keeping that person motivated is the key so they will continue to progress and enjoy themselves whilst running.
Being a leader is also about knowing the person I’m running with and identifying their capabilities. With this I will endeavour to help them improve and be the best that they can be.
Being a leader is brilliant !! I get to help people reach their goals and it’s a great feeling!

 

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Jessica Stevenson

Qualified running group leader under Uk Athletics

I’ve been running for the last two years, it all started when a very close friend of mine took me for my very first run for about 3 miles. Although I’ve always been a sporty a person and tried different sports/gyms I never thought running was for me. I couldn’t believe I did it, a whole 3 miles. I know without that person by my side all the way to encourage and support me I wouldn’t of done it, I needed that support . That’s why I know it’s important for a leader to be supportive and full of energy to inspire that person to achieve.

Becoming a leader is a massive achievement for me and I thoroughly enjoy it. Seeing people improving and reaching their goals is priceless. I can be that person who helps others to change their lifestyle and Improve fitness.

All I ask from the group or that individual, I’m running with is a positive attitude, to give 100%, honesty throughout and a smile on their face from the start to the end.

Remember “Impossible is nothing…. Hopefully if you’re reading this.. I will see you soon at Stoke F.I.T.

 

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Diane Jackson

Stoke F.I.T. Running group leader

I was always sporty at school, participating in some form of sports before, during and after school most days. That was some years ago now, and I have hardly done anything since. I sit in at a desk most of the day, spend a few hours in a car each day travelling too and from work, and decided that I really need to get active again. I started to run on my own early in 2013, and was so pleased with myself at managing to run for 3 miles without stopping, although this achievement had been a long time coming. I joined Stoke F.I.T. in June 2013, and on my first run, I managed to run 5.5 miles – I was so excited at what I was able to achieve on my first run, with the help and support of everyone at this club. I was amazed at how friendly everyone was, and the respect everyone had for each other.

The leaders were fantastic, always offering praise, believing in me and helping me to believe in myself. I then went on to run 5 half marathons in 2014 – I had never thought this was possible.

I would like to offer something back to the club, and becoming a leader is one small way that I can do this, and share my experience and encouraging others to do their best, believing in themselves, and accepting that actually anything is achievable with the right mindset and support behind you.

 

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Nina Whalley

Stoke F.I.T.  running group leader

I started running 3 years ago after losing my mum. I decided I wanted to run the ‘Potters ‘Arf’ marathon (13.2 miles!!!!) to raise money for charity in
her memory. I’d only ever ran about 3 miles when I decided to do this. I
didn’t believe I could do it, so I had a big challenge ahead of me.

I completed the race and had I no intentions of running again.

The running bug had got me though and this year I’ll be running two half
marathons, the full potteries marathon and many other races!!!

Running has helped me to deal with my grief, and as a bonus I’ve made lots of new friends through running with Stokefit.

I’m not the best or fastest runner, but this doesn’t matter. I love to see
people doing things they don’t think are possible, whether this is running 2
miles or 20!!! I’m a very positive person and enjoy helping people achieve their goals. As a leader I aim to encourage and support people no matter what their abilities are and most importantly, I like to make running fun…something I never thought I’d believe myself!!!

 

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Mark Shaw

Stoke F.I.T. running group leader

Why do I run? To be healthier? To get fitter? To be happier?
The answer is all of the above, and so much more!
Five years ago I was massively overweight, and became seriously ill, this gave me a kick in the backside, and just over two years ago I laced up my trainers for a run, which was mainly a walk! However I was hooked, i never stopped running! It has been one hell of a journey, but now I’m six stones lighter, and run fifty miles a week. I found more support and advice than I could ever need from Stoke F.I.T. And I spend my non-running days looking forward to my next run!

When I got the chance to become a leader, I realised this was the next step on the road, I’m still learning, but I now have the chance to share all the things I’ve learned along the way so far, and help others achieve their own goals, regardless if that is 3 miles or 30! I want to see the pride on your faces when you hit that first target, which you will, and then set a new one!

So don’t come to me and tell me you can’t, I’ll tell you to get up and try harder. Tell me what you’re GOING to do, and I’ll do my level best to help you

 

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Stephen Minshull

Stoke F.I.T. running group leader

I’m proud to be able to call myself a product of Stoke FIT.

I started running as a way to lose weight and agreed with a few friends that we’d all try to run a 10k. I started doing training runs on my own but quickly started to find them boring and so after completing the 10k I gave up. A few months later it was time to set a New Year’s resolution and so I started running again.

On my first run I bumped into an old work colleague and after explaining my frustration he told me about an amazing running club that he’d joined. I went to my first run with Stoke FIT and I’ve now ran several half marathons and I’m currently training for my first full marathon.

I think it’s important to remember where you’ve come from and I’m passionate about helping anyone who wants to run no matter what your goal is.

 

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Tracy Walker

Stoke F.I.T. Running group leader

18 months ago, running wasn’t in my nature. It was something other people did not me…. now I help others to run and get better. All of this is due to the support and encouragement I received from the leaders when I first started running with Stoke F.IT. They believed in me….

and it is this ethos I want to pass on as a Stoke F.I.T run leader to other runners – I want to be able to instil the belief that you can do whatever you set out to achieve and reach your goals – and when you reach them – to aim higher! – nothing is beyond you if you put your heart and mind to it.

It is such a proud feeling you get when you see people putting in the effort and that effort paying off by them achieving their goals and I’m priviliged to be able to be a part of it. Stoke F.I.T helped me achieve my goals, they taught me how to get better and I now want to use that knowledge to help others get better.

 

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Barbara Fenton

Stoke F.I.T. Running group leader

I’ve ran for as long as I can remember, but it’s only for two years that I’ve really enjoyed running. What happened two years ago? I joined Stoke FIT.

Having now been asked to be a leader my main aims are:

. To foster the ethos of Stoke FIT and ensure your time spent with us is an enjoyable and rewarding experience….not just the first time but every time.

. To get to know each and every member and understand your motivations and goals.

. To use my own experiences to enable you to achieve your goals.

. To encourage all abilities using my own positive approach.

I believe that with hard work and support anything is possible. Becoming the best that you can be is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.

 

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Andy Miszkiel

Stoke F.I.T. Running group leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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