Amanda Baxter has been running with us in Run plus since September 2011. Amanda is encouraging and inspiring and she always manages to look great too! Join Amanda in our Run Fitness 2 group, Friday mornings at 9.30.
Vanessa Brown is one of our newest Leaders she joined SE Fitness back in 2012 and we’ve finally managed to persuade her. Vanessa has a great ‘runners brain’. She can teach you all you need to know about determination and how it pays off. Vanessa ran her first marathon in Edinburgh in 2010 for Cancer Research. She’s finished 6 marathons altogether: Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Bournemouth x 2 and London. Her most recent 4 marathons have all been on behalf of Macmillan she says “They are an awesome charity to run for. The give the best aftercare.”
Mark Crawford joined SE Fitness in April 2009. He is a volunteer leader on Saturday mornings leading our popular Run Fitness 1 group. Mark is super encouraging as a Leader and full of fabulous running tips. Mark will get you around even if you don’t feel like it!
Mark qualified with the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness qualification in June 2014. Mark completed his first marathon in October 2017 in Birmingham.
Julie Dodd has been running with SE Fitness since 1997. She joined us as a leader in August 2009. Julie completed the UK Leadership in Running Fitness award (July 2009) and now leads in our running groups.
Rob Downing joined SE Fitness as a beginner runner in April 2012. He quickly moved through to Run plus and now leads with Run Fitness on a Thursday evening.
Rob qualified with the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness qualification in June 2014.
Joy Gosling qualified in April 2012 and is regularly leading our Run Fitness groups and beginners. Joy will gently encourage you to get better and push yourself further than you thought you could.
Jane Grant became a leader with us in February 2012 leading the beginner runners. After some time off with injury she has now re joined us as a Walk leader in our evening group.
Sue Hider joined us in January 2007 and has been a regular Run Fitness leader since February 2012.
Jenny Hill first joined SE Fitness as a runner in January 2000. She completed the Birmingham City Councils Walk 2000 Walk Leaders Award in 2002.Jenny joined us as a Walk Leader in April 2002, one of our first ever leaders allowing us to develop the walking groups. She continues to lead our daytime Walking groups on a regular basis. However, you may well catch her running in the park as she maintains her fitness. Jenny is our Walk Co ordinator.
Helen Hodgkiss joined SE Fitness as a beginner runner in September 2013. By the Summer of 2014 she volunteered to be a pacer in our Great Midlands Fun Run training. After this experience Helen decided she would like to become a leader. She runs regularly with us and has recently completed the Birmingham Half marathon. Helen followed our initial leader training programme and soon started leading her own Run Fitness group in October of this year. Helen passed the Leadership in Run Fitness course in November 2015.
Dave Howles joined SE Fitness a year after his wife, Sue, in January 2009. Dave attends Speedwork and the monday Run plus group regularly. In March 2011 Dave qualified as a leader with the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness course and is now a regular volunteer leader at the Monday 7.30pm Run plus group.
Neil Insley joined SE Fitness in September 2012. He was a volunteer at the London Olympics 2012 where he met an SE Fitness member who suggested he joined us. Neil takes the faster Run Plus runners on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30. If you want a brisk, cross-country run in the week then Neil’s your man!
Neil qualified with the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness qualification in June 2014.
Tammy Kirby joined SE Fitness in January 2009. Tammy qualified as a Run Leader with the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness in January 2011. Tammy has a really positive, encouraging attitude and makes every run fun!
Emma Lines Emma’s an SE Fitness Leader with our faster group (8 minutes per mile) on Monday evenings. Emma also runs and races with Birchfield Harriers. 10K and Half Marathon are her preferred distances. On the SE Fitness road trip to Rhyl Emma won her age category in RunWales Half Marathon!
Emma’s qualified in Leader in Running Fitness with UKA in November 2017.
Helyn McConnell John and I joined SE Fitness after the birth of our son when we had a real incentive to get fitter! I joined Buggy Walk and John joined Run Plus. I soon moved onto the running groups as many of our Buggy Walkers do and before long became a regular leader for Sally.
John and I took over in April 2015 to try and continue the good work that Sally had set up. We want people to enjoy themselves when they come to a group at SE Fitness but I also want them to feel they are exceeding their own fitness expectations in a safe and healthy environment. I am a qualified UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness.
John McConnell (husband of Helyn) joined SE Fitness in October 2007 as a run plus runner. Since July 2010 John has been leading with our Run plus evening groups twice a week.
Claire Payne has been running regularly with SE Fitness since 2008. She happily took early retirement in 2015 which gave her more time to take up her new role as an SE Fitness Leader! Claire trained in-house with Sally Ellis and passed the Leadership in Run Fitness Course in November 2015. Claire’s regular groups is Run Fitness 1 on a Monday morning although she also often steps in to help with holiday cover.
Gill McNeil qualified as a Walk Leader in June 2012 and is a regular volunteer in both our Walk Fitness and Beginners walk groups.
Beth Morgan is one of those sickening runners who make it all look effortlessly easy! She assures me that is not the case! Beth qualified in UKA Leader in Run Fitness in November 2017. Beth tends to lead Run plus or Run Fitness groups. Her fastest time for Great Midlands Fun Run is 64 minutes so she can put you through your paces if that’s what you want!
Mandy Morgan qualified as a run leader with the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness qualification in March 2011. Mandy joined SE Fitness as a beginner runner in May 2007. She now runs with Run plus but is seen leading Run Fitness. Runners say to me “I don’t know how she does it, she just chatted to me all the way around, I didn’t notice how far we had gone and we had finished!”
Jess Morgan started with us in the beginners running in the Summer of 2007. By the end of the year she progressed to Run plus. Daughter of Mandy, Jess is a qualified leader (since November 2011) and regularly leads a number of our groups.
Adam Page says SE Fitness has changed his life in the two years since he became a member! One of our faster runners Adam has taken pleasure in achieving his own best times over 10K and half marathon. Adam qualified with Leadership in Run Fitness in November 2015 and now helps our fastest runners get the most out of their training on a Saturday morning.
Malcolm Payne qualified as a run leader in February 2012 and helps out with the faster groups when we need him.
Debra Roberts has been with SE Fitness since May 2010. She has been a valued member of our Monday evening Walk plus group. Debra is now leading this group on a regular basis.
Hazel Robinson After a couple of years running sporadically on her own, Hazel joined SE Fitness in 2015 with the aim of enjoying running more in a more structured and social environment. She has run in all the groups and also enjoys the challenge of Speedwork sessions on the track. She hopes that as a leader in Run fitness 1, she will be able to help those who are new to running to fulfil their potential.’
Becky Shepherd started running with SE Fitness in January 2008 as one of our beginner runners.However, she quickly progressed to not only joining our Run plus groups but also becoming a leader. In July 2009, Becky completed the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness award and now is an established leader in both our running and walking groups.
Linda Sheriff qualified as a Walk Leader in June 2012. Linda joined SE Fitness at the beginning of January 2012. She is now one of our adhoc walk & run leaders.
Jan Simmons joined SE Fitness in January 2007 as a beginner walker. She quickly moved into Walk plus and then decided to try our beginner running groups. As her fitness improved Jan joined us as a walk and run leader in February 2008. Since this time Jan has completed both the Jog Leaders course in 2008 and the Walk Leaders Award in November 2008. As a run leader Jan’s passion is our absolute beginners. Jan is currently leading our Walk Fitness group.
Andre Smith – It’s great to have someone as enthusiastic as Andre on our leading team. Andre is a keen runner who has finished numerous 10K races, half marathons and a couple of marathons.
Andre leads our run plus groups regularly on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Pat Stack joined SE Fitness in March 2010. Despite being a confirmed marathon runner Pat also finds time to lead for us in most of our running groups. She qualified with the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness qualification in June 2014.
Michelle Stammers is probably the leader who has moved the furthest in the shortest time possible. Michelle joined us in February 2011 as a walker. She moved into our beginner running groups and very quickly into Run Fitness. Today she can be found in Run plus and in September 2011 achieved the Leadership in Running Fitness qualification. Michelle has been a regular leader with all of our running groups since September 2011.
Sue Stewart initially joined SE Fitness for her skills in the office. Having supported in the office since March 2007. In November 2009 Sue qualified as a Walk Leader and is currently a volunteer with Walk Fitness on Wednesday evenings.
Rosie Thompson joined Speedwork in June 2014 to get faster and in one year took 12 minutes of her half marathon PB. She started leading ad hoc in 2016 and now regularly leads Run Plus on Monday mornings. Rosie has experience of all distances from 5K to full marathon and loves encouraging and supporting others to achieve their goals. After a tough run one of our runners actually described Rosie as an ‘Angel’! “I’d never have got around without her,” she said.
Rob Tipping runs with Run Plus and qualified with the UKA Leadership in Running Fitness qualification in June 2014. Rob joined us in November 2012.
Sarah Vaughan joined SE Fitness in October 2004. New to running she took to it like a duck to water and was soon targeting the London marathon. She completed this in a creditable 4 hrs 20 mins in April 2005. Sarah completed the UKA Fitness in Running & Walking Award in Dec 2006. She is a volunteer with our Wednesday evening running group.
Ruth Wallis joined SE Fitness as a walker in September 2010. She became a walk leader in June 2013 and currently assists in Walk plus.
SE Fitness is lucky to count Sue Wilson as one of our Walk Leaders.
As you can see from her fabulous smile Sue is one of the friendliest, most fun people I know. Sue helps Becky with our Walk plus group on Thursdays.
If you need an injection of joy then join Sue, Becky and our Walk Plus group on Thursdays at 9.30am!
Peter Woolgar joined SE Fitness in September 2012 as a Run Plus runner. We are pleased to have Peter join our volunteer leaders.