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!

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>

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>

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.

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>

Teej Dew

When did you join?: 
05/2016
How long have you been running?: 
About 4 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road. I love running in quiet lanes with beautiful views.
How did you start running?: 
Like many people, through parkrun! I was told about parkrun by a friend at work and my son started taking part with his friends from school. I would drop them off and watch, never once thinking that I would even attempt running. Then I had a health scare and major surgery. Like many people in that situation I had a ‘life’s too short’ feeling and decided the time was right to try something I had always shied away from.
Any message to newcomers?: 
This club was recommended to me by a friend who lives too far away to be a member herself. I just wasn’t confident that being a running club was for people like me. But, she told me that Lliswerry Runners had a great reputation for being friendly and welcoming everyone. So my message is, do it. Really, just give it a go! Don’t be held back by worries about speed or distance. Don’t be worried whether you’ll fit in. Everyone really does pull together and encourage each other no matter who you are or what level you run at. Don’t shy away like I did, running with a club really can be for you.

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.

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!

Victor Garrick

When did you join?: 
01/2020
How long have you been running?: 
I started running 3 years ago
What's your favourite running surface?: 
I have to say trails, as difficult as they can be, they are
How did you start running?: 
After I turned 30, I thought to myself what I can do to keep fit so I can keep up with my kids and not too expensive so picked up running. A load of races later and a garage filled with running shoes, safe to say it’s not as cheap as I thought
Any message to newcomers?: 
Chris really sold the club values very well to me once at parkrun and it stuck with me for over a year, as well as Kevin and Sarah at our local running group in pontprennau over the last year and half (the jog squad) so I decided to join. I wanted a friendly space that was accepting where I could have fun and improve as well and so far, I am glad of the decision I made to be a member.

Kev Russell

When did you join?: 
02/2014
How long have you been running?: 
35 years +
What's your favourite running surface?: 
cross country
How did you start running?: 
To join the police you had to run 1.5m in 13 mins so started around 1985. never joined a club until around 5 yrs ago (san Dom)
Any message to newcomers?: 
I keep a running log, have race times and run routes going back years, Travel the world and run! And get get a dog as a running partner.

Hywel Jones

When did you join?: 
04/2014
How long have you been running?: 
5 Years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Mixed
How did you start running?: 
Started doing a couch to 5K program on a treadmill at home, then my friend Jacko persuaded me to go to parkrun at Tredegar House. I managed to make it around without stopping and have had the running bug ever since.
Any message to newcomers?: 
Get to a parkrun and enjoy the experience. Try and attend the club training sessions to meet people with similar abilities. If you feel up for it enter a few local races. Lliswerry is a friendly club so if you have any questions or concerns then just ask.

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