About Chasewater Runners

Chasewater Runners is a FREE friendly, local, social running club. We are a mixed group of varying abilities. Sessions are structured to meet everyone's needs as far as possible and no runners are ever left behind.

We meet on a Tuesday evening (6.30 - 7.30pm), Wednesday evening (6.30 - 7.30pm), Friday morning (9.45 - 10.30am) and Saturday morning (8.30 - 10am). For our regular sessionsΒ runners must be able to run a minimum of 3 miles, at any pace.

In addition to this we also periodically offer a progressive 6 week course from walk to jog. Please contact us for dates of the next beginner course. All levels welcome - the course is designed to allow you to progress at your own pace! Led by qualified, friendly leaders. TOTALLY FREE! Come and join us πŸ™‚

Chasewater Running Club logo's and t-shirt design are courtesy of Martyn Jennings-Temple - MJT Designs Ltd (www.mjtwebdesigns.co.uk), Blueprint DesignsΒ and Brady Kollecker. For further information please contact us.

 

Meet the leaders

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Ellen

Hi, I’m Ellen. I set up Chasewater Running club in 2014, when I hosted our first Beginner running course (a six week programme where we help our members to progress from walking to running 5K – similar to the NHS couch to 5K programme). I predominantly run (and take the lead) on a Saturday now, as unfortunately university commitments mean I can’t make week day sessions. I started running myself at the start of 2014 (shortly after I had set a date for the first running course!). When I began I could barely run 0.5 miles, to date the furthest I have run is 15 miles!

I began running to improve my fitness to help with open water swimming; never did I dream I would become β€˜a runner’. I will never find running easy, Mo Farah I am not! But I do find running fun, lots and lots of fun – and that is thanks totally to the other leaders and wonderful members of the running club! I look forward to seeing you for a run soon! Dream big and never give up on your dreams X

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Raina

I'm Raina and I'm your Wednesday night run leader but you will also see me at most sessions. I'm pretty new to running starting in 2014 by following the NHS couch to 5k programme. Running has always been my nemesis and the hardest thing I have done probably mentally rather than physically but that too has been tough.

I started running after extensive shoulder surgery left me unable to do my much loved Crossfit so I needed a new challenge and it's a challenge that I face every day as even now I don't find running easy but I'm improving all the time!

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Michelle

Hi. My name's Michelle and I'm going to be leading the Saturday morning beginners session. I joined Chasewater Runners in June 2015. I had co-led a beginners group whilst at university and moved back to Hednesford after finishing my degree. I was quickly put in contact with the group and immediately loved running with both the beginners sessions and the main sessions, everyone I met was so friendly!

I've been running for four years now but always around the 5-10K distance. I'm now training towards my first half marathon. It's great to have a new running goal!

When I'm not running I'm kept busy with training to be a teacher.

John

Hi, my name is John and I’m going to be leading the Tuesday night beginner’s session starting in September 2016.

I joined Chasewater Runners in July 2015 to lose a bit of weight and improve my general fitness, with the help and support of the club I completed the Stafford Half Marathon in under two hours earlier this year.

Now as a run leader, I have the opportunity to help others to discover the sense of achievement running can give - I can’t wait!

Amy

Hello. My name is Amy and i love running.

I never intentionally got into running. I simply joked with my friend who ran that I would like to go for a run one day. Within a few minutes we had arranged to meet the following week for a little run. I loved it; so we arranged another run the following week. I made my excuses as during that time I had talked myself out of it. However my friend would not let me give up so easy. We had that week off but the following week we ran. I soon upped my distance and before I knew it I was a runner. I was hooked. I had found something I was quite good at. Running gave me many things. It gave me a healthier body and happier mind.

My running partner (which is what we started referring to each other as) moved away after 6months. I was lost. Running on my own was just not the same. I stopped running. I just did not have the motivation I needed to get me out the door.

A few months passed and another friend had started a beginners course at chasewater runners. Seeing her Facebook status' and speaking to her about her achievement of beginner as a walker to completing a 5k route of chasewater was the inspiration I needed to lace up my trainers, paint a smile on my face and join the club.

From day one I was made to feel so welcome. It was an amazing feeling to be out running again and been known amongst my friends as a runner.

This is the very reason I wanted to become a leader. I want to inspire other people to realise their potential and to become runners.

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Ian

Hi, my names Ian and I will be your leader for Thursday evening interval training sessions.

I've been running for quite a few years covering a range of distances from 5k to Marathons.

I've been with the club for approximately 12 months and soon realised how supportive everyone is no matter what your ability, there'll always be someone to run with and everyone's always made to feel welcome :).

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