Here are our 13 Run Leaders, all qualified LIRF ( Leradership in Running Fitness) with England Athletics. Between them, we cover all running abilities from beginners to the super elite! Each running coach at BFC volunteers on a weekly basis to share the BFC love of running and encourage every runner to reach their full potential!
I started running in 2010 to try and fight off the middle age spread. Little did I know that I would actually find enjoyment out of it!
I’ve done many races now including 4 marathons and many half marathons.
I love my coaching role in BFC and enjoy helping beginners reach the 5km milestone.
I started running 8 years ago. It has helped with depression brought on from the deaths of my family.
I started running around Baffins Pond and gradually did bigger loops.
My first race was the Race for Life which was pretty tough as I was still a smoker, so I then decided to get healthy and fit and quit the cigarettes!
Best decision was creating BFC with H and meeting like minded people. My Family x
I just love running! It keeps me sane. It’s when I get ‘my time’.
I started running 7 years ago before my 40th, I couldn’t even run a mile. But following a miscarriage I entered the London Marathon and never looked back!
Marathons are still my favourite distance, because it’s about stamina and mental strength rather than speed. Hence my fav quote, “Toughness is in the spirit not the muscles”.
I’ve been into sports since I was 6, I loved football! Then I started joining in with my mum, Julie doing southsea bootcamps and running and decided sports and fitness was what I wanted to do.
So when mum started up BFC I was more than happy to help.
I’m now a qualified PT instructor. I look forward to every Monday running with the elite lunatics and look forward to many years to come with this great club.
I started running in 2011 after having Thyroid Cancer when a friend entered me in the RNLI 10k.
I then discovered Parkrun but continued training solo until Hayley Richardson (1 of many I met at Southsea parkrun) persuaded me to join BFC, where I’ve met some amazing committed people and completed my Run Leader’s course.
I run to keep fit in body and mind. It can be a great relaxer running solo but also good socially running in a group.
Baffins is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I joined just to get a regular run once a week and two years later I’m a UK Athletics running coach!
I take the fartlek group that will hopefully make you quicker and stronger. I base it around parkrun so if you want to improve your PB come and have a go.
Joining Baffins will be the best thing you ever do.
I started running in 2002 by a complete mistake, I was late home one night and needed to get back quick. I enjoyed it, so the next day I put on a pair of trainers and of I went. At that point I didn’t even consider that I would still be doing it all these years later.
In 2015 it progressed into swiming and cycling as well and I started to enter triathlons as well as running races.
I started running 5 years ago, my cousin’s daughter was diagnosed with a life limiting genetic condition and I wanted to do something to help. Never having run before, I signed up for the Great South Run in aid of the charity that was supporting my family.
I can’t imagine life without running now, especially the freedom of wherever I am I can take my trainers and put the world to rights whilst pounding the pavements.
I started at BFC on the c25k in the January of 2016.
After completing that I was approached to do a run leaders course in April of the same year which gave me the licence to train and inspire other runners.
I now basically train the c25k graduates and help them to achieve there goals.