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!

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.

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>

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>

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>

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.

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.

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.

Kraig Jackson

When did you join?: 
01/2017
How long have you been running?: 
3
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road
How did you start running?: 
Weight loss
Any message to newcomers?: 
Run run run. The support is fantastic, you don't know what you're missing out on.

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>

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>

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