Rachael Holdcroft

Firstly, it’s important to know that I don’t consider myself to be a “natural”. After chatting to a Stoke FIT leader at work, I was persuaded to join her on her first run as a new leader. Since then, I haven’t looked back.

For me, the journey is steady. I am a mum, I have a busy home life and a career so I’m very realistic about the demand life can put on us. This helps me to understand the challenges we all face to commit to running, but I use this to help encourage and motivate others. I qualified as a junior coaching assistant in 2016 and also completed the LIRF in 2017. I lead the juniors at Stoke FIT and try to ensure all the sessions are inclusive, supportive, fun and outcome focused. I kept coming back to Stoke FIT because each time I arrived at club I was made welcome, I had fun, I felt better when I got home. I hope that as a leader, the Juniors see their fitness improve but also have increased self esteem, raised aspirations, a feeling of achievement and pride, and of course make friends. I have Stoke FIT to thank for my own progress in running and for giving me the opportunity to help others to keep getting better!!