Meet the run leaders

Our team of dedicated run leaders volunteer to lead willing runners around the streets and paths of Lymm and surrounding areas.

The majority of the run leaders have attended the Leadership in Running Fitness course so are fully equipped to lead groups in a safe and fun environment.  The run leaders are also knowledgeable with regards to matters affecting the club so are a good source of information if you have a burning question or query.

This page gives you an opportunity to find out a little bit of information about each of the run leaders.


Your run leaders

(in no particular order)

Jenny McClelland

  • Club member since:  2011
  • Main motivation to run:  To keep fit, challenge myself to achieve goals, meet people and have fun
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: Running with Lymm Runners is something I look forward to every week.  The encouragement and motivation you receive from other members is something I really miss of I can’t make a session
  • Favourite local training route: The lanes, fields and trails between Lymm and Dunham
  • Greatest running achievement: Finishing Manchester marathon in under 4 hours
  • Usual pre-race breakfast:Porridge with dried cranberries, mushed up banana and a spoonful of honey
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bag: Neck muff

Lee Hughes

  • Club member since:  2010
  • Main motivation to run:  To keep setting new PB’s and running allows me to eat and drink what I want!
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: Running with others helps you improve and you get to meet plenty of like minded people
  • Favourite local training route: Running to Tatton Park and back
  • Greatest running achievement: Completing the Welsh Ultra Marathon Series in 2011
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Muesli, yoghurt and golden syrup with warm milk
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagA voucher for a pint of Carlsberg after the Copenhagen marathon

 Lynn Moseley

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  • Club member since:  2010
  • Main motivation to run:  I arrived at running by accident in my late 30s (I was trying to walk fast at the time). As speed and distance increased I found I could hold my own in running events from 5K to Half Marathons. This still surprises me; I was a fat kid who grew in to a fat adult and feared most sports – especially running! Since I started though I have shed 4 stones in weight and along the way learnt how to manage the constraints of Raynauld’s Syndrome (over-sensitivity to cold) as well as a serious back condition.  Aside from the innate joy there is in simply moving at pace, I really enjoy encouraging new runners develop their confidence and fitness.
  • Greatest running achievement: Making it to the age-graded leader board at Warrington ParkRun with 76%.
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagA cabbage(!)

 Tim Evans

  • Club member since:  2010
  • Main motivation to run:  To keep fit and to get out in the fresh air
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: Training and running with such a friendly group of people. It gives me that extra bit of motivation to get out and run
  • Favourite local training route: My favourite training route is the off-road route to Dunham Massey – a fantastic combination of TPT, fields, Dunham Park and the canal
  • Greatest running achievement: My greatest running achievement is completing the London marathon (a long time ago) – these days it’s an achievement reaching down to do up my laces!
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Before a race I eat very little, but I’m starving by the time I get home
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bag: Nipple protectors – I reckon these cover both categories!

Georgina Walker

  • Club member since: 2013
  • Main motivation to run: To get fitter and quicker before I get too old!
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: I love training sessions with Lymm Runners – if I miss one I feel I have missed a social event!
  • Favourite local training route: The ‘motorway’ run which involves running through the fields alongside the M6
  • Greatest running achievement: Running the 40 mile Warrington Way
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Before a race I normally eat a big bowl of porridge
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bag: A melon!

George Bainton

  • Club member since: 2012
  • Main motivation to run: Initially I was motivated to run just to get some fitness, but now it’s as much for the camaraderie.  I do like the challenge of some of the races too.
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: The benefit of being a member of Lymm Runners is that you can’t help but be positively affected by the support and enthusiasm that it radiates!
  • Favourite local training route: I do enjoy the TPT and canal towpath, especially on a summer’s evening (there’s a great 10 miler in the Route Bank!)
  • Greatest running achievement: Finishing
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: My normal pre-race breakfast is a mug of coffee and a honey sandwich
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagA trout

Fiona Eaton

  • Club member since: 2013
  • Main motivation to run: Having surprised myself I can run! I now love the challenge of seeing how far I can push myself, collecting lots of medals along the way
  • Benefits of being a member of the club:  Training with a great group of people. Fun, friendly and supportive.
  • Favourite local training route: Really enjoy exploring – I’ve lived in Lymm all my life and have found footpaths and routes I never knew existed
  • Greatest running achievement: Conquering Chester marathon
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Normal breakfast of cereal, but depending on the race I may have an extra granola bar and/or banana
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bag The best item I have received is a bath towel and the most unusual item is a tin of salmon!

Steve Davis

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  • Club member since: I joined the club during the January 2014 beginners course
  • Main motivation to run: I’m motivated to run to challenge myself and keep in good shape.  This often ends up with taking things far to seriously!
  • Benefits of being a member of the club:  
  • Favourite local training route: Anything involving Dunham, the Bridgwater Canal and the Transpenine Trail
  • Greatest running achievement: A toss up between my first and so far only marathon and completing the Warrington Way.  I think the Warrington Way wins as I never would have believed I could run 40 miles.  Anything is possible!
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: My breakfast is the same every morning, Aldi fruit and nut muesli
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagMy best item from a goody bag is a Lymm Runners branded thermal mug which I use every work day. It fits perfectly in my van cup holder and keeps my tea nice and warm

Kieran Walshe

  • Club member since: I was involved in founding the club in 2010
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: Its a great way to keep up my motivation and enjoy running more
  • Main motivation to run: If I don’t run I miss the sense of release, the time it takes me to think, and the chance to get out into the countryside.  I began running for fitness like many people, but have kept running because I like it!
  • Favourite local training route: I love running along the Transpennine Trail and the Bridgwater Canal with Pepper my dog.  Lymm has lots of off road running on tracks, trails and footpaths.
  • Greatest running achievement: I’m an ultrarunner so my highs have been completing things like the Grand Union Canal Race (which claims to be the longest non-stop race in England, from Birmingham to London – 145 miles).  But I enjoy races at all distances -from Parkrun 5Ks through to half and full marathons to ultras.
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Tea and toast, sometimes with bacon and egges as well!  The right advice is to eat more than 2 hours before racing, and go for low glycaemic index (GI) foods like porridge which release energy slowly.  Running ultras over many hours means you learn to eat while running and to trust your body’s instincts on what food you need, and what it palatable.  I eat ordinary food, not expensive and gimmicky energy gels, sports drinks and so on.
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagA bottle of locally brewed beer!

Tim Martland

  • Club member since: 2011
  • Main motivation to run: Preventing middle aged spread and getting out in the countryside and onto the Lakeland Fells.
  • Benefits of being a member of the club:  Benefits of being in a club are that training is more varied, you work harder, enjoy it more and improve your running. The support when you’re racing gives you a real lift
  • Favourite local training route:  Any route linking the canal towpath, trans-pennine trail and Lymm dam.
  • Greatest running achievement: Apart from being the only run leader to fall in the canal, it has to be running for Great Britain in the 1980’s. I represented GB at orienteering at the junior world championships and on several overseas tours – I wasn’t always this slow! Winning the 1983 Karrimor Mountain Marathon is my fell running highlight.
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Wholemeal toast with honey, orange juice and lots of coffee
  • Unusual item received in a race goody bag:  I was first in a 6 day race in 1983 and won a mug. Other unusual prizes have included a model of a combine harvester and a packet of handkerchiefs.

Mark Hamill

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  • Club member since: 2010
  • Main motivation to run: It is something that I have always done since being a member of my school running team.
  • Benefits of being a member of the club:  When I trained by myself, I never pushed myself very hard.  Competing against slightly faster runners is a great motivation to push oneself.
  • Favourite local training route:  Lymm Dam at twilight.
  • Greatest running achievement: Winning the Veteran Class in the C category of the Mourne Mountain Marathon in 2014 with fellow Lymm Runner, Tim Martland.
  • Usual pre-race breakfast:  A cup of very strong coffee and two slices of Soreen Malt Loaf with banana on top.
  • Unusual item received in a race goody bag:  A bath towel

John Croall

  • Club member since: 2013, in the first beginners groups
  • Main motivation to run: Keeping fit, getting fitter and being able to eat cake without guilt
  • Benefits of being a member of the club:  Apart from the 10% off running stuff? I’ve made loads of new friends and am having a really great time.  It’s the friendliest and most supportive bunch of people that I have ever met
  • Favourite local training route:  Well apart from any run that ends up at the Coffee House (like every Wednesday) the best was running early one Monday morning to Thelwall and catching the penny ferry across the ship canal
  • Greatest running achievement: Completing my first marathon, Manchester, in 2014
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Nothing but a black coffee.  Half marathons and up – porridge with maple syrup
  • Unusual item received in a race goody bag:  A tin of salmon from the Liverpool Spring 10K in 2015

 

Jim Dawson

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  • Club member since: 2010
  • Main motivation to run: To keep fit and healthy and to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: Training with like minded people, meeting lots of new (local) people and making friends.
  • Favourite local training route: Along the Bridgewater canal to Altrincham and back via the TPT.
  • Greatest running achievement: Completing the Manchester marathon in 2012 despite the atrocious weather.
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Porridge and Banana.
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagTop trump cards featuring local club runners.

Jose Perez

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  • Club member since: 2014
  • Main motivation to run: To keep fit and enjoy being outdoors.
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: Being able to train with a group, sharing experiences and being shown what you can achieve. Meeting like minded people in your area.
  • Favourite local training route: Running to Dunham Massey via the canal and trans pennine trail.
  • Greatest running achievement: Completing the Manchester marathon in 2016 after thinking that I could never run a marathon.
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Granola or fruit and fibre
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagLymm runners travel coffee mug from the trail races. I use it almost everyday!

Debbie Crouch

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  • Club member since: 2010
  • Main motivation to run: Usually to energize myself.
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: Saw a poster on display board in Lymm put up by Chris Lees and decided to head out on the first night of the Club! Although Chris and another gentleman very kindly went at a slower pace I did try to run harder ending up hurting my calf then not running for 6 weeks!! Love this club. Watched it grow. Some amazing lovely people. Personally inspired by my dad’s love of running and sport and totally inspired by all the new members who join the club and go on to do amazing unthinkable things!
  • Favourite local training route: Love the routes through fields and paths at springtime and early summer.
  • Greatest running achievement: Completing the London Marathon something I never though i’d do but now notched up 3!
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Toast and jam or marmalade .
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagI was due to get a cabbage and was looking forward to it but I was too slow and they’d run out! Loved the idea though.

Andy Holland

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  • Club member since: 2013
  • Main motivation to run: I love being outdoors and enjoy the competitive aspect of running also. I do like to help new runners achieve their running potential too.
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: You get to meet a great bunch of people that will support you
  • Favourite local training route: Up to the Dam and around the Dam(Can’t beat some off road running).
  • Greatest running achievement: Completing the Lakeland 50 in under 14 hours
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: Cereal or Toast
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bag: Lakeland 50 Buff

Lisa Fothergill

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  • Club member since: 2015
  • Main motivation to run: You just can’t beat the feeling of finishing a run/race.  I love taking in the fresh air and scenery and generally finding hidden routes that you would not always come across going from A-B in a car.  I really enjoy chatting and running with a group, meeting new people and seeing beginner runners going from strength to strength.
  • Benefits of being a member of the club: Running with a group of people gives you much more motivation and Lymm Runners are very welcoming and supportive of one another.
  • Favourite local training route: Has to be Lymm Dam
  • Greatest running achievement: Taking part in my first Marathon (2015), this was something I thought I could only dream of – If you believe you can, then you will.  Also, quite proud being co-founder of Warrington Parkrun – changing peoples’ lives for the better week by week,
  • Usual pre-race breakfast: I’m going to get some frowns for this, but milky tea with one sugar and a bottle of Lucozade (has to be the original flavour!!!)
  • Best or most unusual item received in a race goody bagNot sure about the best but the worst item was a pair of men’s Slazenger socks – All female entrants got a pair.