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>

Simeon Lolin

When did you join?: 
04/2017
How long have you been running?: 
11
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Trail and mountain fell running.
How did you start running?: 
It was a continuation of my fitness from earlier years.
Any message to newcomers?: 
I would recommend running as it helps extended life and your health and fitness will dramatically improve, which in return gives you a positive mind.

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

Neil Sidney

When did you join?: 
12/2013
How long have you been running?: 
6 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
All
How did you start running?: 
Introduced to Cardiff parkrun by a friend and so the story goes. Came to Newport for their first parkrun and never left. Soon afterwards the brothers Grimm (Chris & Nick Davies) convinced me to give a Lliswerry training session a go...and now they can't get rid of me! I have recently (May 16) qualified as a LiRF so if you want any hints or tips on getting into running or what Lliswerry can do for you, just ask.
Any message to newcomers?: 
Have fun, it is the most important aspect.

Mr Robert Tudhope

When did you join?: 
03/2015
How long have you been running?: 
Since October 2014
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road But Starting to enjoy the Trail
How did you start running?: 
<p>On a family holiday in north Wales my wife was off running every morning with our dog, when she'd get back to the tent she would allways say "I wish you could come running with us", about a month later I agreed to try. I have not looked back.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>It's much better running with Friends than on your own and Lliswerry Runners really are a great bunch of dudes and dudettes they(we)have a great weekly structure that will help any runner, weather your into running fast or slow the group system,routes and training plans really do aid in impoving running fittness for all abilities.</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>

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.

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>

Nettie

When did you join?: 
08/2012
How long have you been running?: 
On and off 8years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Cross Country and trail.
How did you start running?: 
<p>Ran cross country in school, subject to injury and several years on and off crutches. Then following watching London 2012, I just had to get back into it and searched for local friendly clubs, and following a recommendation I found myself with Lliswerry and haven&#39;t looked back since.</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Fantastic club with so much support for newcomers and very welcoming for runners of all abilities. The group structure to training means no one gets left behind and you can always develop and move up groups. Whether you&#39;re looking for competition or just social runs Lliswerry has it.</p>

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>

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