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!

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.

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>

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!

Ceri Donovan

When did you join?: 
01/2012
How long have you been running?: 
7 or 8 years I think!
What's your favourite running surface?: 
Forest, coast or mountain trails with sunshine and no mud!
How did you start running?: 
<p>Started with a programme from a book - had to write the runs on a post it note so I could remember what to do! Built up to 10ks and half marathons, then ran the NYC marathon in 2011 - crossed the line thinking &quot;I&#39;m never doing that again!&quot; - that thought didn&#39;t last very long! Soon after that I moved back to Risca, went to parkrun, saw the Lliswerry banners and rest is history!</p>
Any message to newcomers?: 
<p>Everyone dreads walking through that door for their first training session, but once they&#39;ve done it, everyone wonders why they didn&#39;t do it sooner!</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>

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