DSC_0258Frank Murphy

Qualified running coach under UK Athletics

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; #LETSGETBETTERTOGETHER



Emily Vickerman

Qualified running coach under UK Athletics

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 🙂


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 Murphy

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!




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.



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!!!



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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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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