Meet the committee
Russell – Chair
Although I’ve been running since 2003, this is my first running club having joined in 2013. I have been a Trustee of Jesmond Pool for over 10 years so have some relevant experience to offer.
The Club has allowed me to undertake training to become a qualified running coach and as well as introducing weekly strength and conditioning sessions to reduce injuries amongst our runners, I have coached runners for half- and full-marathons. The club has a lively social side which I really enjoy and have made many friends. One of the best elements of NFR is that we cater to all types of runners, and I aim to preserve that precious mix.
Rob – Committee Member
As Secretary my role is to make sure NFR, as a registered charity, is run well. One of the biggest roles is helping with the administration of the LGBT 5k – our annual race with over 500 participants takes a lot of organising.
One of my proudest moments (though not the easiest!) was running the London Marathon in 2015 for the Albert Kennedy Trust. NFR received two places in the marathon and I was honoured to be able to run on behalf of the club, and so such a wonderful charity helping vulnerable LGBT young people.
The personal coaching available really helped me to build up my distance training ready for the marathon. I look forward to other challenges in the years ahead.
Rob S – Training Resource Coordinator
I joined NFR about 3 years ago, I was a jogger before but not really a runner. Since then I have completed the Leader in Running Fitness course and ran my first marathon. I hope to undertake a coaching course later this year.
I really enjoy the supportive and friendly atmosphere within the club, everyone is encouraged to push towards their goals if that’s what they want to do.
I help to organise the club training sessions with the help of our coaches & leaders we deliver over 3 sessions/week including personal coaching for those taking on a particular challenge in their running career.
Claire – Run Development Coordinator
I support the committee and club by developing the technical aspects of training to help us all become better runners. I also lead our Couch to 5K group.
I joined NFR after a friend recommended I came along and I’m very glad I did! I have always enjoyed the physical and mental challenge of running, it constantly presents new goals to tackle.
Without question the people involved with NFR are the best thing about the club, they are so welcoming and genuinely deliver an inclusive environment for all abilities to get involved with running.
Chris – committee member
I joined the committee in 2016 to help out as much as I can with the running and promotion of the club. Being a member for over a year, I’ve enjoyed everything the club offers from the weekly runs to the coaching and the socials. Now I’m looking forward to getting involved in these areas as a committee member.
The club evolved me as a runner. Before joining, I ran 5k three times a week and never improved on my time or distance. The coaching and sessions in the club forced me to change my mindset and become a much stronger and quicker runner.
Graeme – LGBT 5K Coordinator
I joined the committee in 2015 to take on the role of organising the LGBT 5k race in July. I’m relatively new to NFR but like many of our members, volunteered to help plan the 2015 LGBT 5k.
The race is such a great experience – new and seasoned runners alike, in fancy dress, or just those in a dash to see what’s in the infamous goody bags at the end. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight LGBT people in sport to the wider community, promoting equality and inclusion.
My running journey has been great fun, though a challenge at times (no one mention the Great North Run!). I’ve made some great friends through NFR.
Tom – Secretary
I help the committee by promoting the club externally and ensuring our members are kept up to date.
I’d be thinking about joining NFR for a couple of years before I finally took the plunge and I’m so glad I did. Running as part of such a friendly group is incredibly motivating – and I probably wouldn’t go running if just by myself!
The driving force of our club is inclusivity, with a focus on the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities. The popularity of NFR from within communities who have sometimes felt excluded from sport is a great achievement.
Allen – Treasurer
Everyone has their own point of arrival at running and for me it was being diagnosed with cancer when I was 38 years old. I decided the best way to be ready for any future recurrences was to be as healthy as I could possibly be and so I started pounding the pavements.
I was by no means a ‘natural’ runner but through Northern Frontrunners have discovered a hugely friendly group who have a range of abilities, which I fit comfortably into.
Joining the committee has allowed me to put something back into a club that is a tremendous point of contact for likeminded individuals.