Chris started running in 2006. His favourite session is the long runs and out and backs.
Richard running in 2010 after a corporate running competition at work. He trained on his own for 6 years and then joined Striders in 2016. His favourite session is pyramid intervals. He trains with and leads group A.
Les started running 1994 and joined St Helen Striders the same year. He is a run leader for both A and B groups. His favourite session is Indian file along the Rainford bypass.
Tony has been running since about 2009/10. Tonys favourite session is Victoria Park Hills. Tony generally leads either group B1 or B2.
Mike started jogging in 2010. You will recognise him as he is always smiling (on the inside)! He is a great motivator and definitely a people person. He generally takes group C and also organises the Owl runs in the winter (lots of trails and mud). He always tries to add to the Strider social calendar and he does his best to be ultra inclusive to all.
Frank started running aged 12 until 17 at Liverpool. He then gave up running until he was 25 and has been with the Strider’s for 35 years. His favourite session is a hill session preferably on grass or off road – “you get a brill workout.” He also likes fartlek sessions and loves being with C group.
Ian started running to get fitter and to lose weight. He joined the club in April 2017 and completed the Run Leader Course in September 2017. His favourite sessions are hills and Indian File. Her currently runs with group B2.
After Kylie left university she joined the gym to lose weight and ran a little bit on the treadmill. She did the race for life 5k in 2012 but still only ran on the treadmill and outside occasionally on a dry and warm day, but in 2013 she entered the first Wigan 10k. After that she was hooked and joined Striders in 2014! She enjoys any sort of repetition session like mile efforts, out and backs or track sessions and always a cross country session for the mud and hills!
Kelly joined the Striders in October 2016, which was 6 months after the birth of her second child. A friend of hers was already a member of the club and she came to her first session under her friends wing. Her reason for joining Striders at that time was to get fit after pregnancy. She saw big improvements in her running fitness over a short space of time and has competed in races on the road, track and cross country. She qualified as a run leader in September 2017. Her favourite sessions are track and Indian File.
Gemma has been running on and off since 2002, always enjoying being outdoors. She became a Run Leader in 2005/6, where she set up numerous beginner running groups through her work in Sports Development. She joined Striders in September 2015, which was when her real love for running started. Since being a member, she ran her first half marathon (and has now done 6), plus her first marathon!
Run Leader since 2012 and Coach since 2016
Rachael started running in 2004 when she was at University as she had spent too much time drinking and eating! She entered her first half marathon which was the Great North Run, in 2006 and joined the club shortly afterwards as she wanted to keep up training now that she had moved back to the area. Her favourite club session has always been Indian File – “it’s a great session which combines both a decent length run and also some efforts!” She usually coaches A group.
Run leader since 2013 and Coach since 2017
Joanne started running in the year 2000, pretty much on her own for 8 years before joining striders. Her favourite session is anything long and on the trails, and pyramid sessions for speed work. She trains with and leads group B2.
Coach since 2017
Jackie feels running gives her the right balance of, fitness, mindset, helping to keep her weight down, & the social aspect.
Her favourite sessions are- Indian file, muster run & trail (in the spring/summer)
As races go the furthest she’s done is a 10 miler.
She would like to do a half marathon & maybe even a full one, but as long as she stays injury free she’ll be happy just doing the parkrun each week & a few 10ks
He joined Striders in December 2015 and saw big improvements in his running in 2016 by following the coaches plans and listening to the run leaders and other runners.
His favourite session is any where you get to run up and down hills for a bit!
He would also highly recommend giving the cross country training and races in the winter a go.
He took the plunge and joined Striders and ran with groups B1 and B2 and A occassionally. His favourite sessions are the short speed sessions like pyramids and efforts. He is not a huge fan of hills.