Run Leaders are the people who explain the route or activity we do on a club night. Their role is to ensure everyone knows where they are going, divide everyone into pace groups and assign a group leader and tail runner to each group. Should you have any concerns or carrying an injury and want to know if the activity is appropriate for you, these are the people to consult.
If you are a new member or coming along to see what it’s like to run with us, they will greet you and introduce you to a few people of similar pace. But, as it’s sometimes difficult to spot new faces in a crowd – especially on dark winter nights, you should approach them and introduce yourself.
The majority of our Run Leaders are qualified Leaders in Running Fitness. Here is a brief profile of each …
Simon Buchan – I’ve been interested in running since my teenage years and I represented my school in many cross country events in the rolling hills of Derbyshire. In 2011, I moved to Buckingham from Brackley, so although only a few miles, I didn’t know anyone here, and I didn’t know about Buckingham & Stowe Running Club. So I thought it would be a great way to meet new people, whilst keeping healthy. And what a fantastic club it is. It’s full of enthusiastic people of all running abilities, from those wanting to complete their first 5k, to their 100th Marathon, whilst being friendly, fun and sociable. Becoming a Run Leader now gives me the opportunity to share what I’ve learnt since being with the club, to help others with their running goals.
Jane Keig – I started running in 2012 as I was looking for a way to keep fit and meet people as I had just moved into the Buckingham area. I was always the slowest runner in the club for many years and was often seen running slowly at the back. After about 4 years I finally understood this running lark and added a few more miles to my running schedule. At 50 I ran my first marathon and then preceded to run a few more. I like all different distances and will run in every weather condition. I qualified as a run leader a few years ago and really enjoy encouraging others to run and find the joy of running…. I can still be seen running near the back with the steady group (unless I have a race head moment and then sometimes I can run faster). I like to help on the Tuesday beginner sessions with the other Jane. I am the one with the large ponytail.
Debbie Morris – Committee member – I began running in 2006 and quickly caught the running bug and started entering local races of all distances. 2015 was a milestone in my running career as I ran my first London Marathon, took part in the first ever Buckingham parkrun and joined BSRC! I haven’t looked back since as with the help of the club I’ve achieved PBs at every distance and made lots of friends in the running community.
Alex Penny – Club Coach – I have been running regularly for several years now and have been a member of Buckingham Running Club since 2012 and gained my Coach in Running Fitness qualification in 2017. I enjoy racing all distances but my favourite is the marathon. I ran my first marathon in 2007 at Loch Ness and hated it! It took me 5 years to have another go (Berlin 2012) and this time I was hooked. My main running goal was to run 100 marathons (completed this in Dec 2015). I am now targeting a place on the World Rankings List which means running 300 marathons! I am so pleased to be back running with the club after being injured for a year. I have recently just started running again and I have a long road ahead of me to get my fitness and speed back.
Jane Smith – Committee member with special responsiblity for beginners: I started running with the club back in 2002. My first run was on a Monday evening, where I accompanied one of my daughters. Initially I thought it an experience not to be repeated and vowed to never run again but “the bug” took hold and I have been running ever since, completing many races, including several marathons. During my time as a member, the club has grown from 3 or 4 runners doing the Monday and Thursday evening runs, to what it is today. Beginners are always welcome and their progression strongly encouraged.
Steve Thomson – Club Vice-chairman: I joined the running club in spring 2014 and have since become vice chairman. I had already run a few marathons when I joined the club but my speed has definitely improved with the variety of club training runs and the competitive club spirit. I have however tried some new challenges running 2 marathons in 2 days in 2017 and 4 marathons in 4 days in 2018. My first ultra marathon is in March 2018- a 31 miler. I am happy running all distances really and enjoy being competitive.
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