MEET OUR MEMBERS

Mike D

Star member for Mar   2021

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I started running in school, cross country was a favourite, even when we got chased by the same farm dog we had to run past each week.

 

When did you join Heath Massive? 

Three years ago. I found out about it after meeting some of the members through British Military Fitness. One session and I was hooked 

 

What is your favourite club session? 

Sunday mornings are the best, especially when we get a fine spring morning, nothing beats it

 

What is your favourite race distance? 

10k because it gives enough opportunity for variety and there are plenty to choose from

 

What is your favourite meal before a race? 

That’s a tough one, black coffee definitely and probably a banana the morning of a race. But the night before most likely to be pasta

 

What is your favorite race? 

The Cardiff Half Marathon is a very special one. It’s the highlight of the race calendar for so many people. I love the atmosphere the crowds generate and there’s so many iconic places to run past. Even running up Fairoak isn’t so bad with the crowd cheering you on

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

Probably when I did some trail runs in Crete, really different scenery to Wales, although I had to get out early because it goes without saying that Crete in August is damn hot!

 

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

To be honest I’m proud of every run and race I finish. I’ve got many good memories from running that it’s rough to single one out 

Most recently Steve Alecock and I just finished an Appalachian trail virtual run. It was 3100 kilometres and we managed to finish it well ahead of schedule 

 

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

100% the people, as well as being a great motivator to turn up I do enjoy a chat while we’re out as a group. It might slow me down, but I prefer the chat

 

Why is running important to you?

Running gives me a great boost both mentally and physically. The sense of achievement and adventure is always a great feeling

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Laura F

Star member for Feb 2021

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

Just over 3 years ago, my Sister invited me to join her local running club for their couch to 5K. We went a few times, and then both ended up with injuries so stopped. After resting my sprained ankle for a few months, I began running alone for the next year, getting out maybe once or twice a week, but never managing any further than 3-4K.

 

When did you join Heath Massive?

In January 2019 I attended my first club session after it was recommended to me by a work colleague and member. This first session I ran my first ever 5K, and I was won over by how welcoming and friendly everyone was.

 

What is your favourite club session?

I enjoy all sessions as they are very social and I love being able to chat to people on a run. I really enjoy Sprint sessions as I love running as fast as I can, although I find them really hard at the time.

 

What is your favourite race distance?

2020 was going to be the year that I began entering and running races. I did manage to run one race that year, which was 10.2km and thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

What is your favourite meal before a race?

Porridge and a banana

 

What is your favourite race?

Having only run in one, it has to be that one, the CF64 Winter race. It’s definitely one I would enter again.

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

On holiday in St. Kitts. Extremely hot, but beautiful scenery.

 

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

I'm not the fastest of runners, but since joining the club I have noticed a significant increase in my speed and endurance of which I am extremely pleased with.

 

What would you say is the best thing about being in a run club?

Being able to run and chat with other people, I find keeps me motivated. I like the fact that the club has people of varying abilities and the support and encouragement that you receive from everyone is fantastic. I also love the variety of training sessions.

 

Why is running important to you?

Running keeps me fit both physically and mentally.

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Victoria T

Star member for Jan   2021

How/when did you start your adventure with running? 

I had never really ran before and decided I wanted to be able to run 5km by the time I was forty, as I did very little exercise at the time, so that year before I turned forty the Journey began. 

 

When did you join Heath Massive? 

I joined Heath Massive Run Club in Apirl 2019 when I moved to Cardiff. I was looking for a local run club to join, I saw a poster in my work staff room and decided to give it ago and never looked back. 

 

What is your favourite club session? 

Sunday morning coffee session as you get a coffee as a reward at the end and get to catch up with everyone. 

 

What is your favourite race distance? 

I don’t have a favourite race distance personally. It’s about setting myself different goals and challenges. I always like to find something new to try. 

 

What is your favourite meal before a race? 

Zizi’s Salmon and prawn Risotto or a big bowl of pasta if I’m unable to go out.

 

What is your favourite race? 

My favourite event has got to be Portsmouth half Marathon this was my first half marathon and it’s a tradition of mine to do every year. I have done it the last three years but unfortunately won’t be able to do it this year as it’s not running.

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run? 

I’ve been very lucky and have run in some amazing places, but my ultimate favourite has to be my reason for starting running my big 40 run on my actually birthday. Running the Disney 5km Castaway Cay in the Bahamas with my family and we all smashed it.

 

Tell us about your PBS / what is your biggest achievement? 

My biggest achievement’s vary from pacing races helping other runners to my own personal achievement’s running can give you all different kind of achievements in different ways. But my main biggest achievement has got to be completing my London Virtual Marathon during lockdown and raising over £2000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. The support of my family, the run club and work colleagues was amazing. I could have never imagined ever doing this as I’d always said never a marathon but with the support and encouragement of my family and the run club, they helped me achieve my marathon after I decided I wasn’t go to do it initially, can never thank you all enough. Here’s to many more marathon’s. Never forget anything is possible. 

 

What would you say is the best thing about being in a running club? 

The best thing about being in the running club is the people!! The encouragement and support the people give to the run club and each other is amazing and the friendships I have made I am sure will be life long. 

 

 

Why is running important to you? 

Running is important to me for many reasons but here are just some reasons, exercise, having time for myself and showing my children anything is possible.

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ELizabeth D

Star member for Dec  2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I'm relatively new to running having only started 2 years ago - every time I watched friends and relatives take part in the Cardiff Half I always thought I'd love to give it a go. After the half in 2018 I finally bit the bullet and made the decision I would do a half in 2019 and thats when I joined HMRC! I knew I wouldn't be able to motivate myself to run if I didn't have the support of a club.

 

When did you join Heath Massive? 

In November 2018

 

What is your favourite club session? 

Difficult to choose - Sunday morning is always fun and I always feel much better for going (even if I'm not keen to get out of bed!)

 

What is your favourite race distance? 

10K

 

What is your favourite meal before a race? 

Not really a meal but marmite on toast!

 

What is your favorite race? 

You can't beat Cardiff Half for atmosphere

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

Haven't really run anywhere that interesting - but if you'd have told me I would be out running on my holiday in Menorca along the beach the year before I would have laughed. Prior to joining the club I would NEVER have run on holiday!!

 

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

2hrs 8secs half marathon - goal for next time is sub 2hrs

 

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

Definitely the people - its so much more fun running with others!!

Why is running important to you?

For a number of reasons - obviously my physical health and fitness but its also fantastic for my mental health - if I'm ever stressed going for a run clears my head and puts my worries into perspective!!!

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Katy W

Star member for Nov    2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I ran cross country in school, but took it up again properly about 6 years ago. 

 

When did you join Heath Massive? 

August 2020 

 

What is your favourite club session? 

Despite my 5:30am rainy day protests and the duck walks, the Thursday earlybird session. 

 

What is your favourite race distance? 

Half-marathon or more. The longer I run, the slower I can run! 

 

What is your favourite meal before a race? 

Weetabix and black coffee. Sometimes I accidentally eat a few pre-race Percy Pigs. 

 

What is your favorite race? 

I haven't run one I haven't enjoyed. I always marvel at the kindness of the supporters who stand at the side and egg strangers on. 

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

I have run from Bondi to Bronte beach - short, but hot! I enjoy running in Paris along the Seine, but my dream is to run the Disneyland Paris half marathon in full costume! 

 

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

A sub 4 hour marathon is my biggest achievement. How it happened, I don't know. 

 

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

The people. During lockdown I lost the motivation to exercise. The club has kept me accountable and got me back on track. 

 

Why is running important to you?

For my mental health. Like Forest Gump, sometimes we all just need a good long run!

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Tim P

Star member for Oct   2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I started running around October 2015 whilst I was off work sick as a way to keep fit and active.

 

When did you join Heath Massive?

I joined Heath Massive in March 2020 (just before lockdown began).

 

What is your favourite club session?

I really enjoy all the club sessions and try to make them all. Perhaps the Sunday morning is my favourite, unless Spiro adds in sprints!

 

What is your favourite race distance?

I enjoy 5k, especially parkrun, and half marathons though I think 10k is my favourite.

 

What is your favourite meal before a race?

Pasta, fried vegetables and tomato sauce. Yum.

 

What is your favourite race?

My favourite race is the Cardiff Half Marathon: the support all the way round the course is amazing and I’ve never experienced anything like it at other races. Also, the brass band I play with are always on the home straight tooting out a tune like Rocky!

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

I try to do a parkrun if there is one nearby on holiday so did the Eden Project whilst in Cornwall. Wonderful views across the site, but they were only gained because the course was so hilly. Running on the Wales Coast Path in Pembrokeshire and on Anglesey also provided great views.

 

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

I got my 10k PB at the 2019 Cardiff 10k and 5k PB at Hackney Marshes parkrun in November 2019. Despite those, I think my greatest running achievement was running my first Cardiff Half Marathon in 2016, which was the first race I ever entered.

 

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

The best thing about being in a running club is the motivation you get from running with other club members. I’m terrible at making myself go out and like to know that others are daft enough to do the same.

 

Why is running important to you?

Running is important to me because it helps me keep the pounds off and has always been great for my mental health.

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Michelle E

 Star member for Sep 2020

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I’ve always kept fit but I started running about 4 years ago when someone from work asked me to be part of a team for the Cardiff 10k.

 

When did you join Heath Massive?

I joined Heath Massive in July 2019 

 

What is your favourite club session?

I actually like hill sprint sessions, I live 

in a hilly area so I have had to get used to hills 

 

What is your favourite race distance?

My favourite distance is 10k 

 

What is your favourite meal before a race?

My favourite meal the evening before a race would be a pasta dish with chicken or fish

 

What is your favorite race?

My favourite race is the Cardiff 10k

 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

The most interesting place I have run is Norway when I was on a cruise last year. I ran up a hilly trail overlooking the fjord, the views were beautiful.

 

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

I got my 5k PB running a parkrun in Southampton just before I boarded a cruise ship. My greatest running achievement is running the Cardiff Half Marathon. 

 

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club? The best thing about being in a running club is the inspiration and motivation you get from running with other club members.

 

Why is running important to you?

Running is important to me because it helps me keep fit and I also enjoy the social aspect of running with other people.

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Andy J

Star 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

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Laura E

Star 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.

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Lori R

Star 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.

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Steve A

Star 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!  

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Melanie W

Star 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. 

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Jade L

Star 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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