Meet the Coaches
A journalist by profession, I wrote for Runners World and other fitness magazines before deciding to go back to college in 2016 (I was the oldest on the course by 30 years!) to gain my Personal Training and Running Coach qualifications. I was never sporty at school and ran for the first time aged 46 years when I completed a couch to 5k running course. Offered a place in the 2006 London Marathon by Bliss the Premature Baby Charity (I had premature twins) I started training and found that running was the first sport I had actually enjoyed. I have now run 20 Marathons and raised thousands for charity – which is a fantastic motivator!
After nearly 30 years with the NHS as a Registered General Nurse and Health Visitor, I became a UK Athletics Coach in 2015 and then in 2018 gained my Level 3 in Personal Training. I have a degree in Health Sciences and have always been passionate about the health benefits, both physical and mental, of fitness. I began running regularly when my youngest son started football training. Rather than go home, I attempted to keep up with a few parents who were using the time to run. Running always makes me feel better, even with the occasional challenges of having three teenage sons! I have now run all distances from 5ks to marathons. I believe that fitness should above all be enjoyable, sociable and fun!