MEET OUR MEMBERS

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Andy J

member for Aug 2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I Started running About 18months ago after some weight loss. Initially running alone but soon with HMRC which has been a real encouragement 

 

When did you join Heath Massive?

Around start of 2019 I think  

 

What is your favourite club session?

I prefer standard runs, some hill sprints are good

 

What is your favourite race distance?

I really wanted to do a half marathon official run. Done the distance 3 times by myself. 10k runs are probably better for me generally 

 

What is your favourite meal before a race?

Try not to eat much for quite a while before running which I know is not good

 

What is your favorite race?

10k but aspire to half marathon 

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

Isles of Scilly. Great strava map and so beautiful 

 

Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?

Pre covid was Trying to get under 2 hrs for half marathon, got 2:05

 

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club? Encouragement of coach and other runners 

 

Why is running important to you?

Feel better for it

Laura E

member for July 2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I used to run while I was at university, then took it up again properly about 4 years ago 

 

When did you join Heath Massive?

Spring 2019

 

What is your favourite club session? 

Sunday morning long run. A good variety of routes and always good company to help pass the miles!

 

What is your favourite race distance? 

I like a good 10 miler- long enough to get your teeth into but not SO long as a half! 

 

What is your favourite meal before a race?

Always porridge, sometimes plus a banana if I’m pushing the boat out 

 

What is your favorite race? 

The Hoka Trail Half Marathon in the Afan Forest is brutal but I keep going back! Amazing scenery, great atmosphere, and a real sense of accomplishment when you finish

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

Running on holiday and discovering new places is always such a pleasure. It’s hard to narrow it down but Paris never disappoints 

 

Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?

When coronavirus threatened the Bath Half Marathon earlier this year, my friends Vicky (HMRC member), Beth and I did our own “Virtual Bath Half”. We ran the distance from Caerphilly Castle to Cardiff Bay, in torrential rain, fuelled by jelly babies and chat. It was so fun, so relaxed, and I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a run more. Collectively I think we raised about £800 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. I didn’t really look at my watch but it felt like a Personal Best to me 

 

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club?

Making new friends, exploring new routes in our lovely city, and the camaraderie and encouragement is amazing 

 

Why is running important to you?

It is something that you can do pretty much anywhere, and I find it helps with pretty much anything- stressed, tired, bored, restless? I go for a run and I almost always feel much better.

Lori R

Member for June 2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

When I was little I use to run with my Dad on the weekends and I really enjoyed it.

 

When did you join Heath Massive? 

September 2019

 

What is your favourite club session? 

Pretty much anything, but it is always fun to do tempo runs.

 

What is your favourite race distance? 

10k

 

What is your favourite meal before a race? 

Salmon and rice

 

What is your favorite race? 

Monterey Marathon Relay

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

In Cardiff...exploring the city.  Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places I have run.

Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?

Running a half marathon with my Dad.  We trained in two different states in the US and then met to run together.  It was really fun.

 

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club?

Being able run with others---it keeps you motivated!

 

Why is running important to you?

It gives me the opportunity to explore new places, allows me time to think (and chat with others), and keeps me healthy.

Steve A

Member for May    2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I wasn't able to play other sports as often as I wanted due to lack of enough other people, so started running January 2019.

Got tendinitis in August, soul destroying, and just started back this January with some lifesaving shoe inserts! 

 

When did you join Heath Massive?

I joined at the beginning of February and did most of the Tuesday runs and a few Sunday mornings as well. The Tuesday runs were great for meeting folks and seeing the sun shine a bit longer week on week.  

 

What is your favourite club session?

I like the hill sessions and the general runs as a chance to chat to people and make friends. 

 

What is your favourite race distance?

I haven't done many to be honest but I'd say between 5 and 8 miles. 

 

What is your favourite meal before a race?  Pasta! 

 

What is your favorite race? 

I liked the Merthyr Mawr trail running race and it was 8 miles over hills and mud and sand dunes with a river cross g at the end! 

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

I was injured at the time but my son went running on the trail we were hiking on in Alaska and we all needed to carry pepper spray in case of grizzlies! 

 

Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?

None to mention really, just addicted to my Strava achievements! I am self competitive! 

 

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club? Making friends who also like running, as well as motivation to go out. 

 

Why is running important to you?

It's a way to keep fit as well as keeping mentally well, as I always feel happy and content after I run. Especially helpful in these trying times! 

 

Let's be careful out there! 

 

Thanks for the honour and hopefully I'll meet you all in person in the not to distant future!  

Melanie W

Member for April 2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I started to run in 2015 when I took part in the St David's Day 5k, training with a couple of friends.  Later that year I started to run with a bigger group of friends that I had met in BMF.  We met on a Sunday morning at 8am in Heath Park, mainly led by Spiro and Steve.  I remember my first Sunday run which was with Spiro and Rob (who no longer runs with us).  We left the park and ran towards Roath Recreation Ground.  I can remember thinking that I wouldn't make it to the Library, but I did and we didn't stop running until we had run up(!) Cyncoed Road and were on Rhydypenau Road.  Some of us then registered for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships which were to be held in Cardiff in March 2016 as we wanted to run in the footsteps of Mo Farah. 

When did you join Heath Massive? 

At the beginning in 2015.

What is your favourite club session? 

Coffee Sunday - because it gives members and opportunity to have a catch-up over a coffee after our run

What is your favourite race distance? 

Half Marathon

What is your favourite meal before a race? 

Porridge

What is your favorite race? 

Bath Half - I've taken part 3 times, but I also like Ipswich as it is my home half.

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

Barcelona - I love the city and the Segrada Familia never ceases to amaze me

Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?

Up until Sunday 15th March I'd achieved my PB in my first race in 2016, which was 2:07:26.  I was really pleased with this and it was particularly special as my best friend from school, Sam ran with me and we crossed the line together.  She had run loads of races, including a few marathons over the years but had never thought she would run a race with me (she remembers me as the not very fit one in school!)  In the Bath Half this year I achieved a new PB of 2:04:37. This was my third half in three weeks (having run Newport and Cambridge) and my pace had improved each week.

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club?

Running with others and being part of a community.  When we started as a club we only ran on a Sunday morning.  Knowing that there would be someone in the park at 8am whatever the weather is what kept me going in the early days.  

Even though we are not able to meet up to run due to Covid-19 being part of a virtual running group is keeping us connected and   running.

Why is running important to you?​

The obvious answer is that I am now probably the fittest that I have ever been, especially now that I am training for the London Marathon, however, being part of a running club is more important.  I really like running with others and I have made new friends along the way.  I also meet up with my friend Sam and a two other friends each year for a couple of nights in a hotel with a half marathon in the middle.  All of this would not have happened if I did not run. 

Jade L

Member for March 2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I started running during university but it was a very on and off relationship! I ran a couple of half marathons a few years ago but then motivation seemed to slide. After having a baby I was determined to get back into it so I bought a running pushchair which I (and my daughter) love. I joined Heath Massive Run Club at the end of maternity leave and I have been running far more regularly with the company and encouragement the teamwork brings.

 

When did you join Heath Massive? 

August 2019

 

What is your favourite club session? 

I mainly run on the Sunday morning runs, but I also really enjoy joining the Thursday early morning crew when I can and the occasional Tuesday hill sprints - so all of them really!

 

What is your favourite race distance? 

Half marathon, but I’m currently training for Edinburgh marathon so we will see...

 

What is your favourite meal before a race? 

Pasta. Always lots of pasta (but I could eat pasta every day so its really just an excuse)

 

What is your favorite race? 

Cardiff half is our home race so I feel like I should say that, but I really really liked Oxford half marathon too.

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

I recently ran while on holiday in Madeira (running while on holiday is something I never would’ve done before HMRC) - it was so hot and hills all the way but it was a great way to see some of the island so it was actually a really good idea.

 

Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?

My half marathon PB is 2 hours 13 seconds - I still need to break that 2 hours!

An achievement for me is signing up for a full marathon and believing that it will be possible for me to make it round - its thanks to HMRC that I had the courage to sign up and start training. Hopefully the race will go well!

 

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club?

The sense that we are all in this together - especially on long training runs or super rainy days (apparently skin is waterproof….). I find it so much easier to get out and get going when running with others and chatting along the route. I love that our club is so inclusive to all runners no matter your speed or experience, everyone is so encouraging. It's also great to have such a wonderful committee and team of leaders to share their experience and knowledge.

 

Why is running important to you?

Self care. Running gives me fresh air and a chance to clear my head while keeping fit and healthy at the same time. Every run gives a great sense of achievement and teamwork and I have met some incredible people since running with Heath Massive Run Club.

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