Meet the team

Committee

Chair:  Chris Pratt


Vice Chair:  Shawn Cullen


Secretary:  Liz Davis

How long have you been running?

Since 2004 (which makes me feel a bit old 😱)

What is your favourite surface? 

Has to be tarmac, I do like trail but not the mud! (Sorry Richard 😂)

How did you start running?

I was lucky enough to grow up in an active family. Both my parents ran around the Ogmore Valley but I thought they were mad and swam instead. After the birth of my first child I still wanted to exercise but struggled to fit it in.  I soon realised that I could get up, go for a run and be done in half hour so this started my love of running.

My first run was the race for life, but my proudest moment was the London Marathon in 2015 which was a family ambition.

Any messages for newcomers? 

Anything is possible and you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. The club will support you no matter what your goal.


Treasurer:  Ian Lewis


General committee and kit manager:  David Kembery


General committee and kit manager:  Fiona Evans

… and Fiona’s friend and our adopted mascot, Mad Dog…


General committee:  David Sheard

General committee:  Kris Denholm


Membership secretary: Jayne Powney


Non Committee

Complaints officer: Peter Harrop


Female welfare officer: Helen Griffiths


Male Welfare Officer: Daniel Clark


Female Captain: Pippa Clark

Why did you start running?
Having suffered very badly after our daughter was born from postnatal psychosis, I needed something to help with my recovery. Something that would act as a natural antidepressant, help me to grow my social support circle and find some spark of fun again. Two of our good friends encouraged both me and my hubby to try the running club.

How did you start running?
I started running in April 2016 using a couch to 5k app on my phone. I ran around the local industrial estate in the dead of night in old tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt. I felt too ashamed to run in public being a “voluptuous lady”!! I joined the club in June after proving to myself that size didn’t matter! I am my own style of athlete

I competed in my first club race having never run in public before on the 1st June 2016 and never looked back.
Running and the club have now taken over my life! I’m very proud to be ladies captain and it just shows – running isn’t all about 1st places and speed, it’s about enjoyment, personal goals, perseverance and most of all FUN!

Favourite running surface?
Trail. Mud, water and more mud!

Message to anyone thinking of starting running.
Just do it. Do it for yourself and your own reasons. Speed, size, shape, social vs aspirational runner – none of it matters. Just run and have fun. Achieve in your own context.

Best race so far?
Merthyr mawr trail rabbit run


Female Vice Captain: Denise Bradley


Male Captain: Richard Lowcock James

How long have you been running?

I started in 2010.

What’s your favourite running surface?

Woodland trail, coast path, cross country, grass, mud, sand, snow – basically anything that’s not tarmac!

How did you start running?

I decided to do the Cardiff 10k in 2010 without any training and somehow got round. After the race a good friend suggested going along to my local parkrun; I did, ended up joining a running club and the rest as they say is history!

Any message to newcomers?

Don’t be tempted to immediately measure yourself against others, or think that you are “too slow”! We’re not trying to qualify for the Olympics J

Running is one of the most inclusive activities there is. You don’t need any special or expensive equipment – just a good pair of daps and a bit of determination


Male Vice Captain: Gareth Jenkins


Social secretary: Jo Pickup