Below are some profiles of some of our many, many members. Click on an image or the name to view more information about the member!

Mr Gareth Barrington

When did you join?: 
08/2014
How long have you been running?: 
23 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
XC
How did you start running?: 
Started running back in 1994 just before I joined the Welsh Guards, and since I left the Army in 2006 I've always ran just to keep fit, but since joining Lliswerry running club I've taken my running to a whole new level
Any message to newcomers?: 
If your new to running don't be overwhelmed by experienced runners or a running club but just enjoy the benefits running can give, from physical fitness, mental health and the social side.

Andy James

When did you join?: 
01/2014
How long have you been running?: 
3 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Trail or road or mountain or anywhere.
How did you start running?: 
I needed to get fitter to complete the National 3 Peaks Challenge. Absolutely hated it when I started....went on to complete Cardiff Half and started parkrun which naturally led to joining the club. This led to marathons and beyond.
Any message to newcomers?: 
Don't use the phrase "I'm not fast enough to join a club" If you want an addiction, this is one of the good ones.

Justin

When did you join?: 
03/2016
How long have you been running?: 
Couple of years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
A few of my mates got me started by doing the parkrun & I've got the bug
Any message to newcomers?: 
Great club with amazing people who will make you feel very welcome whatever your ability

Chris Davies

When did you join?: 
03/1988
How long have you been running?: 
35 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
I love road running.
How did you start running?: 
<p>My brother, Martin &quot;Turtle&quot; Davies ran the very first London Marathon. He was my inspiration.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Lliswerry has always offered a real welcome but in the last 5 years, since we launched Newport parkrun we have a evolved into a warm, friendly community of like minded people. Our priority is participation &amp; helping runners gain confidence to do their best.</p>

Matt Phillips

When did you join?: 
10/2014
How long have you been running?: 
18 months
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road and Trail
How did you start running?: 
When you look at an old picture of yourself completing the Cardiff half at 25, then look in the mirror at 30 you realise its time to hit the streets again!
Any message to newcomers?: 
There's nothing quite like running in maroon and white.........its a special feeling

Nettie

When did you join?: 
08/2012
How long have you been running?: 
On and off 8years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Cross Country and trail.
How did you start running?: 
<p>Ran cross country in school, subject to injury and several years on and off crutches. Then following watching London 2012, I just had to get back into it and searched for local friendly clubs, and following a recommendation I found myself with Lliswerry and haven&#39;t looked back since.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Fantastic club with so much support for newcomers and very welcoming for runners of all abilities. The group structure to training means no one gets left behind and you can always develop and move up groups. Whether you&#39;re looking for competition or just social runs Lliswerry has it.</p>

Michelle shapland

When did you join?: 
01/2012
How long have you been running?: 
3 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road and track
How did you start running?: 
<p>Turning 40 and had my girls I thought I would start to get my life back. I couldn&#39;t run up the road without stopping. I was more of a brisk walker. So thought if I signed up for a half marathon I would have to start learning to run. I went from nothing. I joined lliswerry running group. It was the best thing I have done. I have now done 3 half marathons, 5 10ks, Rack Raid. Rose inn relays. I am so proud of what I have achieved. Thank you lliswerry.</p>

Mr Robert Tudhope

When did you join?: 
03/2015
How long have you been running?: 
Since October 2014
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road But Starting to enjoy the Trail
How did you start running?: 
<p>On a family holiday in north Wales my wife was off running every morning with our dog, when she'd get back to the tent she would allways say "I wish you could come running with us", about a month later I agreed to try. I have not looked back.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>It's much better running with Friends than on your own and Lliswerry Runners really are a great bunch of dudes and dudettes they(we)have a great weekly structure that will help any runner, weather your into running fast or slow the group system,routes and training plans really do aid in impoving running fittness for all abilities.</p>

Scotty

When did you join?: 
10/2013
How long have you been running?: 
2 years 4 Months
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Anything
How did you start running?: 
Woke up one morning and had an urge to go for a run. Downloaded the couch to 5K app on my phone and off I went. Got hooked straight away and haven't looked back. Once I built up to the 5K I looked on the Internet for a local running club and joined Lliswerry Runners in Oct 2013
Any message to newcomers?: 
Lliswerry Runners are suitable for all abilities. Everyone is welcome and supported. We all share the same love of running and help each other out. It's a family.

Simon Gill (Gilly)

When did you join?: 
11/2012
How long have you been running?: 
9 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
<p>I have always run, as I played football since I was a school boy, so I was always running as part of training. I started taking it seriously when I entered my first marathon in 2010, My times were OK, but when I started to train with Lliswerry, with their structured sessions and training plans, I became quicker and got more out of my running and haven&#39;t looked back since.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Lliswerry Runners didn&#39;t get the nickname &#39;The friendliest running club&#39; by chance! Whether you&#39;re running 12 min/m or 5 min/m,the help, advice and encouragement you will get from both the coaches and other runners is second to none.</p>

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