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!

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>

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.

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.

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.

Chris Davies

When did you join?: 
03/1988
How long have you been running?: 
35 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
I love road running.
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>

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>

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>

Matt Hennah

When did you join?: 
09/2015
How long have you been running?: 
3 years
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Road or trail
How did you start running?: 
I needed to lose some weight for my upcoming wedding in 2013 so started running. 3 stone later and here I am running for Lliswerry!
Any message to newcomers?: 
I hesitated for 12 months over joining a club and can honestly say I regret not joining sooner. From my 1st training session I was made to feel like part of the Lliswerry family. Don't hesitate, join!

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.

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!

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