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!

James Pearce

When did you join?: 
02/2012
How long have you been running?: 
4 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Tarmac - definitely tarmac!
How did you start running?: 
<p>I had a bit of a health scare a few years ago and ended up in hospital. I was overweight, eating the wrong things and spending too long doing nothing! So I decided I had to change. bit by bit, I started running and I&#39;ll always remember how painful that first ever ParkRun was... but I stuck with it and look where I&#39;ve got to!</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Try it... Don&#39;t worry about whether you&#39;re &#39;good&#39; or not.. everyone started the same way with one foot in front of the other...Who knows how far you will end up going... and there&#39;s no one more supportive than a Lliswerry Runner beside you!</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>

Dan Reilly

When did you join?: 
05/2016
How long have you been running?: 
20 Years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
XC or Road
How did you start running?: 
As a child I ran for Newport & Lliswerry at a high standard, when I became a senior I had a major knee injury so stopped all sports. I'd stacked on a lot of weight in my early adult life so started running again to get fit & healthy, now I run any distance up a marathon. Rejoining Lliswerry was the obvious next step.
Any message to newcomers?: 
Never think 'I can't do it', with the right training and determination you can achieve any goals. Lliswerry is a very friendly club with lots of helpful runners & coaches who will help you achieve your goals.

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>

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>

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

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>

Sarah Lauder (Laud)

When did you join?: 
11/2012
How long have you been running?: 
24 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
<p>Running away from my Mom ;-) I ran both XC and 1500m from the age of 11. I&#39;d run plenty of races before joining, but found the speedwork difficult to do on my own. I chatted to few members at Newport parkrun, came down and tried a session and the rest is history!</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Joining Lliswerry will be the best running decision you can make. The support from clubmates, at training, parkrun, races and during injuries really is incredible. Also, if you are a lady, we are always looking for more ladies of all abilities to come and join our XC and road teams :-)</p>

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.

Phil Boorman

When did you join?: 
03/2014
How long have you been running?: 
10 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road/forest trail
How did you start running?: 
<p>To get fit originally then I found i really enjoyed it! Joined Lliswerry mainly due to meeting so many friendly people from the club at Newport Parkrun.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>I&#39;ve found Lliswerry to be one of the most friendly (if not THE most friendly!) clubs I&#39;ve come in contact with full of very supportive club members.</p>

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