KADS Run Leaders & Coaches
Kimberley & District Striders have a number of England Athletics qualified run leaders (LiRF - more info here) and coaches (CiRF - more info here). These club members are all passionate about running and are available to help you achieve your running ambitions.
Gareth Storr - Run Leader (LiRF)
Gareth joined KADS in 2019 and soon got the running bug. He was a keen cyclist that ran in the winter to keep fit but now he says he's a runner who cycles a bit. He loves everything off road, from exceptionally muddy Sunday morning runs to long evening summer trails.
Of course he needs to get his racing fix and after being introduced to cross country racing by Dale Mellor he's a regular at the Deryby Runner (BDL) cross country races, which he finds amazing fun. He says he even owns a pair of spikes😀. Gareth enjoys these races as he says "you race against the same clubs and you can measure yourself against people in your age category. Last season (21/22) I finished 6th overall with PBs at all 4 races I ran."
In 2021, Gareth decided to become a run leader as he enjoys helping people improve their times and personal goals. He says "with all of the extra run leaders that the club have invested in it has allowed us to put on a structured session each week and hopefully everyone can feel and see the benefits."
You can see Gareth's latest training sessions here on Strava or check out his racing history on Power of 10.
Micheal Perry - Run Leader (LiRF)
Micheal started running in 2014 when he was helping his wife and her sister train for their first 10k. After that he got the running bug and within a year he found himself running the Great North Run in 2015.
Micheal runs for the love of it, for the buzz he gets after a race when the endorphins are flowing. He joined KADS in late 2017 once he'd signed up to his first marathon and has tried all distances from 5k to the marathon, both cross country & road. He's mainly a half marathon road runner these days.
Micheal was ask by the club in 2020 if he would help out coaching and completed his LiRF qualification in 2021. He gets a buzz seeing the people he's helping improve their race PBs or just making running more enjoyable for them.
You can see Micheal's latest training sessions here on Strava, or check out his racing history on Power of Ten.
Trish Woodward - Run Leader (LiRF)
Trish has been a qualified run leader since 2018. She likes a mixture of running - roads and trails up to half marathon distance.
For Trish, running is about getting out in the fresh air for mental well being as well as chatting with friends. She enjoys getting out for a run, spending time with her little boy or her daughter in her buggy, encouraging them to be active, which they love to do. Trish ran and remained active during her pregnancy with her daughter, running until full term, hanging her trainers up just a few days before her daughter was born.
Trish has also completed sprint triathlons and a half Outlaw distance triathlon (1.2 miles swim, 56 mile bike followed by a 13.1 mile run). She enjoys outdoor swimming as well as running to try to maintain all-round fitness. She plans to do an obstacle course run in the future.
You can see Trish's latest training sessions here on Strava, or check out her racing history on Power of Ten.
Rachelle Sherman - Run Leader (LiRF)
Rachelle considers herself a long distance runner and is most happy doing long runs, especially trial/countryside running. She's done one ultramarathon and a few marathons and would really like to do another ultra again soon.
Rachelle believes every kind of running has its place in a plan and that every run should have a purpose. No junk miles! It could be an easy, aerobic builder, or a speed session but she always goes out thinking "what am I going to get out of this run?"
Rachelle is excited to build on her speed again and get back to racing this year (2022) and has a much delayed place in the London Marathon in October from 2020. She loves being a run leader because she enjoys giving others ideas on how to get more our of their run sessions... Especially up hills 😉
You can see Rachelle's latest training sessions here on Strava, or check out her racing history on Power of Ten.
Ryan Stocks - Run Leader (LiRF)
Ryan started running in 2016 when he did the Nottingham Robin Hood Half Marathon to raise money with friends for the charity SANDS. Since then he's found himself entering various events throughout the years.
Ryan joined KADS in December 2019 and says it has been one of the best things he's done to improve his fitness, race times and social life! Most of the time he can be found down at Bestwood Parkrun having a row with that second hill! He'll run any distance from 5km through to ultras and would describe his running style as going all out from the start and clinging on for dear life at the end!
When asked why he runs, Ryan says "I have a love/hate relationship with running. For me it's about aspiring to be the best I can be. I enjoy the competitive side of running, constantly wanting to push myself."
Since joining KADS Ryan has thrown himself into cross country, relays, road races and various other events and would highly recommend them all: "It doesn't matter where you finish, the encouragement from others in KADS is amazing. One thing the club does really well is cater for all aspects of runners. I've learnt a lot about aspects of running from drawing on the experience of others. There's a wealth of knowledge knocking about, whether it be technique, nutrition, pacing etc."
Ryan asked the club in 2021 if he could be considered for a LiRF role, which was accepted and he qualified in early 2022. He says "The club has done a lot for me over the short time I've been here and it would be great to help others progress, hit PBs and enjoy running. I compose a lot of my own sessions and training programmes from online resources. Admittedly, I am a sucker for a hill session 😉!"
You can see Ryan's latest training sessions here on Strava, or check out his racing history on Power of Ten.