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!

gem

When did you join?: 
06/2015
How long have you been running?: 
9 months
What's your favourite running surface?: 
road and track
How did you start running?: 
I started running to keep fit and am really enjoying it,a couple of my friends were already with the running club and recommended it,its helped me a lot
Any message to newcomers?: 

Sarah Lou Francis

When did you join?: 
01/2015
How long have you been running?: 
5 years ish.
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road, Trail and maybe a bit of XC
How did you start running?: 
I was always a bit of a gym bunny until Juliet Sidney introduced me to parkrun, within the year I'd ran my first half marathon. Then a few years later, after the start of Newport parkrun Juliet & Neil introduced me to this lovely club.
Any message to newcomers?: 
It really is a club for all abilities and interests. Whether you just want to improve your fitness, compete in competitions or run an ultra, there will be support and friendship for you in all areas.

Ceri Donovan

When did you join?: 
01/2012
How long have you been running?: 
7 or 8 years I think!
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Forest, coast or mountain trails with sunshine and no mud!
How did you start running?: 
<p>Started with a programme from a book - had to write the runs on a post it note so I could remember what to do! Built up to 10ks and half marathons, then ran the NYC marathon in 2011 - crossed the line thinking &quot;I&#39;m never doing that again!&quot; - that thought didn&#39;t last very long! Soon after that I moved back to Risca, went to parkrun, saw the Lliswerry banners and rest is history!</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Everyone dreads walking through that door for their first training session, but once they&#39;ve done it, everyone wonders why they didn&#39;t do it sooner!</p>

Keith James

When did you join?: 
01/2011
How long have you been running?: 
6 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Easy trail
How did you start running?: 
<p>Originally starting running to lose a bit of weight and get fitter for 5 aside footie. Then I entered the Cardiff Half Marathon and everything changed, i got hooked. I did Paris as my first marthon in 2010. And 5 years later and almost 50 marathons &amp; Ultras... i&#39;m finally running London this year!!</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Anything is possible. You don&#39;t know your limitations until you try. Unless you give it a go, you&#39;ll never know...</p>

Dave Westley

When did you join?: 
03/2011
How long have you been running?: 
35 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road definately not mud!!
How did you start running?: 
As a supplement to football training when I was a young lad. Started running for the sake of running quite recently. It gets you hooked!!
Any message to newcomers?: 
Don't think because its a running club you have to be an elite athlete. Lliswerry caters for all abilities and encourages everyone. My advice? Keep to tarmac.

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>

Patrick Hoare

When did you join?: 
04/2010
How long have you been running?: 
39 years!
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
<p>My Dad and elder brother ran so I went along to a local running club in Hampshire in 1976. When I moved to Magor, I joined Chepstow but the lure of a friendly running club in Lliswerry was too much to ignore!</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Enjoy the camaraderie and enjoy staying fit</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.

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>

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