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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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>

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.

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!

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.

Geoff Roynon

When did you join?: 
01/2014
How long have you been running?: 
3 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Trail, road
How did you start running?: 
Decided one that enough was enough and had to get fit again.
Any message to newcomers?: 
You can do it!

David Brown

When did you join?: 
03/2014
How long have you been running?: 
2-3 Years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Anything really - quite like running uphill, no idea why!
How did you start running?: 
<p>Turned 40, wanted to lose weight and gain some level of fitness before the inevitable heart attack arrived. I started jogging around the streets, Park Run came soon after closely followed by joining this club.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>1. Join the club, you are already fast enough (guaranteed), its brilliant for beginners and you will improve so much quicker than just jogging by yourself. 2. Don&#39;t try to do too much too soon, listen to your body.</p>

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