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I was convinced that I couldn't run, not even

for a bus! However, I was persuaded to join a

beginners running group and it turns out that I can.

If I can, then anyone can! I particularly like trail running but spend as much time training on the roads. As part of the Rugby Core Team you

can find me at parkrun most Saturdays

as anything from Run Director to Tail Walker!

UKA Coach in Running Fitness (Trail)
UKA Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)
UKA Coaching Assistant

BSc (Hons) Health Studies

L3 Learning and Development

L3 Forest School Leader

Outdoor First Aid

D B S Enhanced Certificated

I took up running when I entered an inflatable 5km as I thought it would be a laugh!  After an ‘It’s a knockout’ day at work I realised I need to be able to run to survive this challenge as the inflatables alone were surprisingly hard work.  That was three years ago and it’s safe to say I have well and truly caught the running bug.  This year I have completed several 10kms and finally fulfilled my dream to run a half marathon on a very wet day in Leicester in October 2018.  My Saturday’s have become ParkRun days – if I’m not running I can usually be found volunteering.  I enjoy helping others to achieve their running goals and am getting to grips with trail running so long as it isn’t too muddy. 

UKA Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

First Aid Course trained

I began running about 4 years ago in a local running group and made the same ‘rookie’ mistakes that most people do, in that I wanted to sprint before I’d learned to run. However, I took onboard my errors and built up gradually, finishing some 5km and 10km runs in 2016/7, vowing never to want to reach a Half Marathon or beyond. Hmmm!

Having had a nasty sprain injury in 2017, I had to take a back seat from running for over a year (much of which was down to my own reluctance to get help! Thank you Laura @ LMC Physio), but I’ve now regained most of my previous running fitness level and have since completed a couple of Half Marathons with at least one more long race booked in for 2019.

I regularly volunteer at Rugby parkrun, invariably with a camera in my hands, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Having this qualification will mean I can pass on my enthusiasm for running to others and start them on their own running journeys.

UKA Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

D B S Enhanced Certificated

First Aid Course trained

Dorte is another member of our coaching and leadership team. As a fully-qualified Pilates instructor, she assists us with new and innovative methods of stretching, conditioning and helping us to prevent injuries.


“I wouldn’t say I was a runner,… more of a plodder. I love running, as it gives me a real sense of achievement and I love the fact that it gets me out year-round in all sorts of weather. My next challenge will be the Rugby Half Marathon (2019) … and I could go on and on and on about the other benefits to mental health, etc.”

UKA Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

D B S Enhanced Certificated

First Aid Course trained



Vicky is a recent member of our coaching and leadership team. As a fully-qualified paramedic and avid Wolf Runner, she is a great addition to the group, assisting us with the new sector of trail running for Step It Up.


Vicky is more than happy at events up to

and including 10km



UKA Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

D B S Enhanced Certificated

Paramedic


Mel is our latest member of our coaching and leadership team.






UKA Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

D B S Enhanced Certificated