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!

Chris Davies

When did you join?: 
03/1988
How long have you been running?: 
37 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
I love road running, the flatter the better!
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>

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>

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.

Desmond Jones

When did you join?: 
08/2013
How long have you been running?: 
2 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
trail, fields, and fell
How did you start running?: 
<p>The company I worked for was helping to raise money for Kidney Wales and asked me if I&#39;d like to run for the company on a team in the Cardiff 10k.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>I still remember thinking a kilometer was a long way when I started running. We all start slow. So don&#39;t worry about it. Just stick to it, and don&#39;t do too much too fast. One day you&#39;ll suprise yourself, and when you least expect it, someone will call you a runner :-)</p>

David Phillips

When did you join?: 
08/2016
How long have you been running?: 
2 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
I decided that sitting behind a desk all day may actually have saved my joints albeit made me unfit but I thought the latter can be reversed but lack of the former cannot! I ran to a lamppost and back then got in my car and drove home, then decided to run to the next lamppost get in my car and drive home etc., etc.
Any message to newcomers?: 
Running is a big an addiction as anything out there, I have so many in-depth hobbies that some of which I have had all my life nearly but running took over all of my hobby/spare time the instant I started achieving much more than my targets.

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.

Tim Reese

When did you join?: 
01/2006
How long have you been running?: 
10 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Off road, particularly forests or coastal path
How did you start running?: 
<p>Got fat and thought oh Bu**er best do something about it!.Joining the club was the biggest single thing that improved my running ( and my social life too!).</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Put aside any doubts you have about your size,shape ,speed. If you have started running you are a runner. Join a club, especially one as friendly as Lliswerry Runners, and you will make good friends, your running will seem easier and your performance will improve naturally.</p>

Jon Kendall

When did you join?: 
05/2016
How long have you been running?: 
About 6 Years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
I started running in 2010 by following the Couch to 5K Program
Any message to newcomers?: 
Come along and try it out, you've got nothing to lose.

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>

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.

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