Joanne Watson - Chair & Coach
I love running. And as a coach I love nothing more than helping other people learn to love running too. I enjoy working with people to set, and then achieve, goals they previously only dreamt of.
I found my love of running as an adult, after managing to avoid sport for most of my childhood! After the birth of my children, I needed something that would help me get me fitter, and give me some 'me' time, and I quickly fell in love with running. My passion took me on a path from social running to competitive running, and on to training as a running coach myself.
Since qualifying as a running coach, I have worked with a wide range of people from complete beginners, to improvers, to seasoned marathon runners. I coach both individuals and groups of athletes, and still regularly compete in all distances myself.
Running makes everything better- I have achieved goals I previously wouldn't have dreamt of and I am passionate about sharing that with others.
Jo is UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness and a Level 2 Lydiard Coach.
Andie Ford - Treasurer and Member Secretary & Coach
I started 'properly' running in 2013 - when I was 40 - after several years of trying and failing. During most of my early attempts I would only run in the forest or in the dark - so that no one could see me! Joining a club was the one thing that made me stick at it and fall in love with running. I met new friends and it has really helped build my confidence. Now I run to manage my mental health and try and train 5-6 days per week. My favourite race distance is the marathon as I love long-distance training and the discipline required! I am very proud to be a founder member of CMRC and am inspired every day by the efforts and achievements of all our members. Coaching is the highlight of my week and I can't wait to see what our amazing athletes will accomplish next!
Ian Steele - Vice Chair & Run Leader
I took up running in 2016 after foolishly agreeing to join a friend in a half marathon in Las Vegas having done no running since school, got no running kit and had no clue on how to run for over 2 hours! I pretty quickly realised if I had any chance of achieving my goal I'd have to put the effort in and join a local running club and I stumbled across CMRC after doing my first Wyre Forest Park Run. From that point on, I've become one of those annoying running converts and thanks to the clubs help I've trained harder and been more supported than ever. I now have a lot more running kit, know how much effort it takes to run for over 2 hours and have completed the Las Vegas half Marathon.
Rachel Shields - Club Secretary & Run Leader
I began running in September 2016 and entered Bridgnorth 10k as a challenge to raise money in memory of Jack Edwards. I had never enjoyed running before and expected to never run again after race day.
Following the race I joined CMRC in January 2017 and they are the reason I am still running - I made new friends, reconnected with old ones, let myself be talked into entering a half marathon and genuinely loved every minute of it. I have trained using a plan that Andie had written for me and I attended her Tuesday evening sessions and I somehow managed to get a time 12 minutes better than I'd hoped! The love, support and encouragement you receive every week whether you have raced or not is something that CMRC prides themselves on.
Lisa Bailey - Media & Publicity Officer & Run Leader
I started running in 2008, having never run before in my life! A friend persuaded me to join a local running club in Worcester; I’d never managed to run more than a mile on the treadmill in the gym. I surprised myself by completing a steady 3 miles and that’s where the love of running started. I met some good friends and ran local 10k races but that was my limit. I’d wanted to do a half marathon but never had the confidence. My running declined after moving to Cleobury, until I discovered that even a small town had other runners and that’s where CMRC started. Since then, I’ve managed 2 half marathons which is down to the enthusiasm and encouragement of such great people in the club.
Lindsey Tillsley - Club Link Secretary & Run Leader
I started running in 2012 when I was 44 & had to lie down for 10 mins after only running round the block. I always ran on my own because I didn’t think I could keep up with anyone. Then after a chance meeting with some of the girls in a car park I took the plunge & joined CMRC. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made & just love running with such lovely friendly people. I have now run 10 half marathons & countless other races. If I’m not running I enjoy going along & supporting our fantastic club members. I also love volunteering at the Wyre forest parkrun which I find so inspiring watching others achieve their goals.
Lisa Garlick - Run Leader
From childhood to adulthood I have enjoyed being active but I was never a runner, so after turning 40 I decided to set myself a challenge to run 5k. I loved it and knew that I didn’t want to stop just yet - so the next challenge was a half marathon, then a marathon and then an ultra! On my journey I have discovered that running is far more than just a form exercise and has so many benefits - I have met some amazing and inspirational people along the way, many of whom are part of the Cleobury running community, and I can honestly say that it has changed my life.
Ade Ford - Run Leader
I started running in 2015 after several years supporting my wife at races. Whilst eating a burger and watching the finishers at Brighton Half Marathon that year, I was inspired to try to run myself. I joined a C25k course with previous experience of ‘no exercise at all in last 10 years’! A year later I completed the Brighton HM myself and later that same year - the New York Marathon! From “Burger Van to Marathon Man” and if I can do it, anyone can!
Wayne Smith - Run Leader
It wasn't until the year of 2011 that i started my adventure, i had progressed through life playing various different sports including football and golf but had yet to find the love for running. I first started out training without any planning and structure but managed to run the London Marathon whilst raising a large some of money for Tommy's charity in 2012. Since then i have been in and out of love with running and competed in various race distances but recently have found more reasons to run regularly with the help of CMRC and have now managed to follow plans and look into the sport in more depth. My passion is to start gaining more knowledge to pass on to others and see runners develop and grow stronger with the hope of getting a few more PB's myself along the way. I would personally encourage more people to take up the sport of running (especially on the trails) and become part of this integral happy family.
Fiona Clarke - Club Welfare Officer
I started to run about 7 years ago when a group of fellow nurses decided to do the ‘Race for Life’. I didn’t think that I enjoyed the running but I did feel healthier! I continued to run on and off up to 5k but I wasn’t getting any better.A friend said I should join a ruining club and suggested CRMC ‘as they are really friendly and you’re allowed to walk if you need to!’Since joining I have gone from strength to strength and I am really enjoying my running and the friendly support within this group.
Helen Morris- Run Leader
To say I spent the first 38 years of my life hating running would be an understatement. At school I was always at the back and I thought that cross country was a form of cruel and unusual torture!
As an adult though I have always been interested in healthy eating, swimming, yoga and walking etc. Bit by bit everyone around me seemed to be taking up running; inspired by friends who themselves had been confirmed non-runners prior to joining CMRC, I got up on the 1st January 2017 and went for a run….in my wellies….and a thick down coat.
I only made it 200 meters! But the next day I got up set off again and did 300 m. Each day I could see my progress. Three weeks later I plucked up the courage to join the CMRC beginners’ course, invested in a pair of trainers and I have never looked back. CMRC and my new love for running took me from couch to half marathon in 8 months! The confidence, self-belief and mental strength this has given me is something I wish everyone could feel. I was so grateful to the run leaders who made my journey possible that I wanted to give something back to the club and trained to become a leader too. I have a passionate belief that running is for everyone, regardless of age and ability and I am proud to be part of such an inclusive club which embodies this belief.
Ben Parkes - run leadeR
Like most people on this page I liked the idea of being a "runner" and tried multiple times. Each time giving up after 4 - 5 weeks convinced I'm not built for it, it's not my thing and I can't do it.
On to the middle of 2017, tipping the scales at around 20 Stone, it was time to do something about it. So I decided to give running another go, this time armed with an App. It was hard, trying to get going, being embarrassed about being slow, feeling self conscious like everyone is laughing. It was then even harder constantly thinking I'm not getting any better so I was ready to quit again. The difference was, I'd signed up for a race, and stupidly told other people I had, so being stubborn and not wanting to lose face I had to keep going to make sure I did that race.
I did my race and it was fine, but didn't really know what to do next and probably would have just faded away and quit running again, but I joined Cleobury Mortimer Running Club on the advice of someone I met at our local Parkrun.
That was a game changer for me, I went from battling to finish a 10K to racing a Half Marathon a couple of months later. Throughout 2018 I ended up 3 Stone lighter, 10 minutes quicker around park run, 10 minutes quicker over 10K and 15 minutes quicker around a Half Marathon. That's not even the best bit either, you'll find out about that when you come and run with us...
Sian Powell - run leader
Having had a couple of attempts at running on my own - think 200 metres, wheezing and panting followed by walking home - Andie convinced me to try the CMRC beginners course in 2015. 5k without stopping seemed impossible at the time! Six months later I ran my first 10k for the Alzheimer's Society just weeks after my Grandad passed away with dementia.
I ran a couple more 10k races before a couple of glasses of wine and gentle persuasion convinced me to try my first half marathon and then last year, spurred on by another charity fundraiser (and perhaps more wine) I signed up for my first marathon.
Now running is part of my life - If I have a bad day I get my trainers out and clear my head and I have made so many new friends who I can't imagine being without. I wanted to give others what the club has given me by volunteering as a leader and helping others enjoy running as I genuinely believe CMRC has changed my life.