Qualified Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) under U.K. Athletics
I have always been active and involved in sport from an early age. My first sporting love was football and for 25 years I played 3-4 times a week. I would play or watch any sport and used this interest to achieve a degree in sports science. Growing family commitments naturally reduced my leisure time and I found myself unmotivated and sliding towards a life of inactivity and middle aged spread!
One annual interest that I had retained was running the Potters ‘Arf which I had done several times with friends. However each time it seemed to get harder and my time slower. This didn’t sit well with my competitive self and I decided that I wanted to give running a proper go. I had always seen impressively large numbers of runners from Stoke FIT but put off going along as I lacked the confidence to join what I thought would be a group of snobby, serious runners. Eventually I plucked up the courage to join and from day one everybody was so supportive and friendly.
I quickly felt comfortable in my new family and discovered that a whole new world existed. My first twelve months were amazing – I was running twice a week, making lots of new friends, entering races and collecting medals! Then out of the blue I was asked if I wanted to become a run leader. After initial self doubt, the now familiar encouragement from others within the club persuaded me to give it a go. It has been a decision that I haven’t regretted. I love being able to give something back and I am proud and honoured to be a run leader.
I like to think that I am positive, encouraging, a good listener and always strive to be the best I can be. We all run for different reasons and I hope I can use these skills and experiences to inspire people to achieve their goals whilst enjoying this amazing sport! I still have a long way to go with my own running education but I believe there is no better club than Stoke FIT to learn, so to borrow the clubs motto – let’s get better together!