Andrew started running with the LFR Couch to 5K programme six years ago and has never looked back. He’s now completed six marathons as well as being an avid parkrunner particularly at Rushmere. Previously Andrew was club Treasurer for two years and he is also Treasurer for the three Counties Cross Country League. Andrew says his favourite things include running, cake and beer so has found LFR is his ideal club!
Emily joined LFR in Autumn 2018 having started running that Summer she wanted a running club to help motivate her through the Winter months. She enjoys running all distances and is always looking to improve her fitness, pace and distance whilst having fun. She was meant to run her first marathon in 2020 at London but we all know how 2020 went, so she’s hoping 2021 will be the year! Emily loves the social aspect of LFR and seeing everyone at all levels achieve their goals.
Dougie joined LFR in February of 2020 cake night and he was forever hooked! He loves LFR for how welcoming and social the club is, along with the variety of runs on offer. Dougie also enjoys Half Marathon races, obstacle courses, Parkrun and run leading for the club. He is looking forward to his role as Vice-Captain, providing support and giving back to the club. A semi-professional vampire hunter, he spends his spare time removing the princes of darkness from this mortal plane. Have you seen any Draculas’ around LB? No? You’re welcome…
Andy joined LFR in 2018 to improve his fitness and to gain extra motivation to continue running on those dark, cold winter nights. The relaxed, fun approach (with a focus on cake) worked; he now relishes muddy half marathons and participates in various trail events. He’s currently targeting some full marathons, both on and off road.
Andy isn’t the only one in his family with the running bug, his wife is also a member of the club and their daughters have been keen participants in the local Junior Parkrun. As a vice Captain Andy is looking forward to getting to know everyone and helping to organise some runs, especially if they include muddy trails!
John or JK as he is known by most, has run with the club for many years although this is his first time on the committee. A prolific marathon runner with 252 marathons / ultras to date including 6 x 100-mile races, John is known for his love of trail running, spending many hours exploring Rushmere and Woburn locally and also running in the Lake District when possible. A regular leader of the club Fartlek sessions and the Friday social runs, he is currently working towards the Leader in Running Fitness qualification.
Laura joined LFR on the Couch to 5k programme in September 2019. She was a non-runner before that and couldn’t run 5 minutes non-stop let alone 5k! With the support of the club, Laura now regularly runs 5k and she’s hoping to get to 10k in the near future. She says the club has given her so much more confidence in her running and life in general, and has given her to opportunity to meet some lovely people.
As Membership Secretary, Laura will be your first port of call if you wish to join our fantastic club and she will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Ian joined LFR in the summer of 2018 through the Couch to 5k program. Having come from a cycling background Ian saw joining LFR as a way to improve his overall fitness and to meet new people. Ian’s never looked back; running further, becoming fitter and finally declaring himself as a ‘runner’ after being awarded the Coaches award in 2020!
He loves the team spirit and sense of community within LFR and felt it was as strong as ever through the unprecedented 2020.
As Communications Officer Ian hopes to bring you all the latest of what we’ve done and what we are going to do, whilst being both entertaining and enlightening at the same time!
Gavin joined LFR in January 2018 having recently started running on his own, “just to get fit”. Since then, Gavin has well and truly got the running bug and can normally be found at Rushmere parkrun on a Saturday morning (pre COVID), pounding the mean streets of LB or getting thigh deep in mud on the trails.
Gavin has built on his confidence and ability in the last few years and has completed numerous local races, half marathons and 4 marathons. Gavin says that the most bonkers race he’s taken part in is the Continental 24 Hour Thunder Run, ask him about it and I can guarantee you that grass skirts and coconut bras will come into conversation! Gavin regularly leads group runs around the town and can’t wait to get back to doing this again and encouraging others. Gavin loves the friendly and welcoming culture the club has, especially the support and friends he has found regardless of ability. Gavin has a wife and young daughter who are his best supporters and somehow know exactly where to be to dish out jelly babies right on schedule during a long race!
James joined LFR in late 2017 after a fantastic welcome from the club in the inaugural Leighton 5K. He’s very keen on long runs and short-shorts. As the new Kit Member he’s excited about the opportunity to push his (not so) secret agenda for the revival of LFR branded vests, bobble-hats and sleeves for everyone (pro-tip: you can keep two gels in the top of a sleeve if your shorts are too short for a pocket!). If he starts to ramble on again about LFR branded Martini glasses, just smile and walk away…
Michelle started running in May 2014 doing C25K on her own. She ran her first 5k race in 2014 and then did a 10k in October 2017. Her biggest running achievement was completing the London Marathon in 2018. Without the support from LFR, she says would never have achieved this dream. She gets so much pleasure running with others and seeing what they can achieve: “Helping at the C25k is so rewarding, as I remember only too clearly how I started.”
Matt has been running with LFR for a few years now and regularly helps with leading runs and our improvers sessions on Thursday nights
Annis is a keen marathon runner who hopes to one day join the 100 marathon club. She is also a dance fitness instructor. Annis is an advocate of running to improve mental wellbeing. She wants to support other runners on their own running journeys and help them to achieve their running dreams.
Welfare Officers - Stephen Moore and Katherine Smith
Couch to 5K Coordinator - Debbie Roff
VLM Marshal Coordinator - Tracy Cardno
XC Coordinator - Jane Crighton
XC Race Director - Tracy Cardno
Leighton 10K - Vicky Green
Santa Dash - Tam Quinn and Tracy Cardno