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!

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>

Cheryl Hill

When did you join?: 
03/2019
How long have you been running?: 
About 5 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
I started Running as a hobbie when I reached my 40th birthday. Then when I reached mid 40s I decided to take it a bit more seriously entering races now and then and completing my first half marathon. But I needed to focus more, as I used to run on my own, so decided to get some help.
Any message to newcomers?: 
In March 2019 I joined Lliswerry Runners and have never looked back since. The help and support I’ve received has been amazing. My whole attitude to running has changed and I love club sessions. My pace and time has come on so much that I wish I had joined sooner. I can throughly recommend it.

James Kershaw-Naylor

When did you join?: 
10/2015
How long have you been running?: 
1 year 10 Months
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
Initially i was looking for a way to keep fit and active without having to go to the gym or play rugby. I signed up for the 2014 Bristol Half Marathon, downloaded a training plan from Runkeeper and was quickly hooked.
Any message to newcomers?: 
I have only been a member for 6 months and I cannot believe how many positive experiences Lliswerry Runners has already provided for me. From support at races to the opportunity to take part in national events like The Castles its a fantastic club.

Cerianne Jenkins

When did you join?: 
03/2013
How long have you been running?: 
Since April 2012
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Probably Road, with a mix of XC and trail for fun!
How did you start running?: 
I started mainly as a way to de-stress and to get outside in the fresh air for some Me time. Someone told me about parkrun Newport - a FREE timed 5K every week! I was hooked from the first Saturday I turned up there alone! It switched on my competitive side, me against the clock. Running with people encouraged me to stick at it, I would have probably given up running as another fad by the time winter came along - but instead I got the running bug! and the the friendly Lliswerrians introduced me to a whole new world!
Any message to newcomers?: 
The best thing to do is speak to club members at parkrun - there is always a few about every Saturday! Once you know one or two friendly faces, they will take you under their wing. Try a few training sessions during the week - no obligation to join straight away. There is no pressure to do any racing if thats not your thing. Just run for fun! Try a few different clubs before you decide - I went along to two other clubs that are more local to my home and still felt that Lliswerry was the best for me and I have never regretted that decision!

Ruth Ovey

When did you join?: 
10/2012
How long have you been running?: 
3 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road mostly but don't mind muck on the odd occasion.
How did you start running?: 
<p>Race for life, my sons friend had leukaemia aged 9. I was determined to run all 5k. I started by running lamppost to lamppost. Then Paul Harmes mentioned Park Run and Lliswerry Runners and I have never looked back. There is always someone to run with and made some incredible friendships.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>A really friendly club. Lots of encouragement and support no matter what your ability or capability. Everyone is welcomed with open arms. It is like having a huge extension to your family.</p>

Olly Hughes

When did you join?: 
04/2017
How long have you been running?: 
7 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road / Track
How did you start running?: 
To lose weight and improve my health.

Neil Sidney

When did you join?: 
12/2013
How long have you been running?: 
6 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
All
How did you start running?: 
Introduced to Cardiff parkrun by a friend and so the story goes. Came to Newport for their first parkrun and never left. Soon afterwards the brothers Grimm (Chris & Nick Davies) convinced me to give a Lliswerry training session a go...and now they can't get rid of me! I have recently (May 16) qualified as a LiRF so if you want any hints or tips on getting into running or what Lliswerry can do for you, just ask.
Any message to newcomers?: 
Have fun, it is the most important aspect.

Kev Russell

When did you join?: 
02/2014
How long have you been running?: 
35 years +
What's your favourite running surface?: 
cross country
How did you start running?: 
To join the police you had to run 1.5m in 13 mins so started around 1985. never joined a club until around 5 yrs ago (san Dom)
Any message to newcomers?: 
I keep a running log, have race times and run routes going back years, Travel the world and run! And get get a dog as a running partner.

Lisa Bateman

When did you join?: 
01/2012
How long have you been running?: 
About four and half years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road or trail
How did you start running?: 
I started with a run/walk along the canal. I signed up for the race for life, and wanted to run the whole 5k. I heard about Newport Parkrun and started on their 3rd event, met a lot of friendly people from Lliswerry runners and haven't looked back.
Any message to newcomers?: 
Lliswerry is such a friendly club. It doesn't matter how quick or slow you are, everyone is welcome. It has a great team spirit.

Victor Garrick

When did you join?: 
01/2020
How long have you been running?: 
I started running 3 years ago
What's your favourite running surface?: 
I have to say trails, as difficult as they can be, they are
How did you start running?: 
After I turned 30, I thought to myself what I can do to keep fit so I can keep up with my kids and not too expensive so picked up running. A load of races later and a garage filled with running shoes, safe to say it’s not as cheap as I thought
Any message to newcomers?: 
Chris really sold the club values very well to me once at parkrun and it stuck with me for over a year, as well as Kevin and Sarah at our local running group in pontprennau over the last year and half (the jog squad) so I decided to join. I wanted a friendly space that was accepting where I could have fun and improve as well and so far, I am glad of the decision I made to be a member.

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