Meet the Run Leaders

Run Leaders

Our role is ensure sessions are safely carried out. We make sure that runners run at a pace that is appropriate to their ability. We can advise runners on the appropriate pace and effort depending upon their experience, and ensure they are supported throughout the run/session. We ensure all runners complete the course safely and are not left to run alone.

In case of accidents our run leaders carry mobile telephones to ensure that emergency services can be called. They also make ongoing assessments on safety in the course of the run/session.

David Robinson

Head coach & Run Leader

I have been with the club for over 10 years. I have had quite a lot of success at local level and felt I could use my experience to help others on their running journey. I have been a run leader for several years a part of the committee and finally made the leap into becoming a coach.

Nicola Wilkinson

Head coach & Run Leader

I started running 6 years ago and I have been a run streaker since 2018. I joined SADRC in 2020, where I also became committee member. Running is a way of life for me, it helps me both physically and mentally, and I am so fortunate are to have met so many people, who i now call friends. I know how incredibly difficult it can be, I haven’t found running easy, it’s something I’ve had to work hard at. I became a run leader in 2018 and just qualified as running coach, because I wanted to support and encourage others. Since joining this club my confidence has increased and am achieving goals, I never thought I would, and therefore feel proud to be part of this club.

Kevin Allen

Have always been keen on keeping fit. Did a lot of orienteering in the army and have been an active referee for 40yrs. Take part in parkrun every week. The running club builds friendship and encourages all members to improve or maintain their running ability.

Jayne Broughton

Vice Chair & Run Leader

‘I started running again in 2019 motivated by a couple of friends that were achieving incredible results and looking so fit and health. Caught the bug after only a couple of weeks and I was amazed how much I love it. I became a leader in fitness running hoping to pass on my enthusiasm to others. My motto is One Step at a Time. “

Catriona Card

I started running just over 10 years ago, training with a friend to run the Race for Life. I realised how much I enjoyed it, and remembered that the one thing I was OK at in PE at school was Cross Country.
My intention was to keep going but I wasn’t very good at running by myself so the following spring I joined a colleague who was coming to Scunthorpe and I’ve not really stopped since.
I’m not fast, and I made a conscious decision when I started not to run for PBs.
I’ve run distances from 5k to marathon. I actually prefer the longer distances, half marathon is probably my favourite distance.
My main reason for running is for health, both physical and mental. I find running is a very good way to destress at the end of a busy day.

Rebecca (Bex) Cross

Welfare Officer / Run Leader / Level 2 Athletics Coach
Certified Strength Training for Endurance Athletes
UKA Guide Runner for sight impairment

Hi I’m Bex I’ve been with the Club for over three years now and I joined to get myself motivated again. I ran very competitively as a child and I was in the England national Schools Cross country Championships. I didn’t take up running again until I was in my early 40s where I’ve done 10k’s, 5K’s, half marathons, marathons and quite a few ultramarathons. I’ve just got back into running after a couple of years out , I do love my running but I do now love to run with people.

Mark Chesman

I am living proof that you don’t have to be fast and chase “personal bests” to enjoy running. My favourite race distance is 10k although I really enjoy parkrun.
As well as being a run leader I am also a run director as Scunthorpe parkrun.
I have been a member of SADRC for over 8 years now and have found it to be a friendly and supportive club.

Jayne Eaton

I’ve been running for about 13 years now after training for a 5k and 10k by myself. I’d always wanted to be a ‘runner’ and envied people I used to see running with club or in the park. I trained to be a run leader so I could help others become runners too..

Andrew Ferguson

I started to change my lifestyle habits about 10 years ago. Firstly quitting smoking then doing a bit of biking.
Running was a boring thing and I only ever used to do it to supplement my fitness when the weather was too rubbish to cycle.
In 2016/17 whilst on a run I had an epiphany whereby I realised I actually preferred running to cycling and that began my love of running. After moving to SADRC from a smaller local club, I soon realised I had more to offer so I approached the Club about becoming a Run Leader. I had ran with some members who weren’t my usual pace and it was lovely to just chat and offer advice and that is still how I see my role. To help and support in anyway I can.


Sarah Finch

I didn’t start out being able to or wanting to run 5k, 10k, a half or even dreaming about a full
Marathon! But I’ve learned that by setting myself challenges & hitting these milestones, can be such an incredibly rewarding journey! Personally my journey at SADRC started in 2019 & I remember how daunting & intimidating it was to be around so many “elite”runners! How inadequate I felt! So as a Run Leader I think it’s my job to help new and fellow club member knock down these self doubt barriers & get stuck in on their journies. I want everyone to experience the amazing memories and friendship running brings. It’s all about turning the “I can’t” into the “I have!”

Andrew Gouldthorpe

Ordinary Committee Member, Welfare Officer & Run Leader

I became a run leader 3 years ago, although in my case I’m more of a tailer than a leader. I’ve been
running for many years, most of them on my own but have found friendship and support within the
running club which has helped me through some tough times. Hopefully from my place at the back I
can support and encourage those who need it and hopefully find some of my missing pace.
I’m fairly easy to recognise, just look for the short bloke towards the back and remember please wait
for me occasionally.

Sheila Kerr

Run Leader

Malcom Marshall

I was always the kid who hated sports at school. Always the last to be picked when teams were being selected and last at the school cross country. It was when I was about 16 that I started running a mile (which seemed like a long way) as a means to lose some weight and gain some fitness for mountaineering which was my main passion. As I turned 18 a friend mentioned marathons and that prompted me to enter the Humber Bridge Marathon (Hull to Grimsby) in 1982, I finished that in 4:32:58 with a great deal of walking and not much training! From there I entered the London Marathon in 1984 and completed that in 4::07:16 (I still have the medal a foil blanket). After that I dabbled with running entering a variety of events, including the GNR numerous times in the late 80’s and 90’s.

I had known about the club since the early days when it was linked to Riddings Youth Club. I ran the annual Boxing Day run regularly which in those days was from the Dolphin pub on Messingham Road. In those days it was a 5-mile run, that was easy the hard part was cycling home after an afternoon in the pub. So, I knew about the club from a very early day yet I felt that I was not fast enough to join. It was not until 2013 when I started running seriously. I had been part of Scotter Hares and when they amalgamated with Gainsborough Striders, I then approached S&DRC to become a member. Since joining the club, I have gone on to become a Run Leader and enjoy the opportunity to support other runners to achieve their goals.

Abigail Pearson

Run Leader
I started doing parkrun in 2016 to relieve stress due to having a stressful occupation, and to get fit and active again after having three children.
joined club in 2017 where I soon caught the bug and did my first marathon a year later.

Hayley Robinson

Run Leader

I joined SADRC in July 2019 having thought I’d never be fast enough to be part of a club. I have been given much support and encouragement from other members which has spurred me on and enabled me to achieve some personal goals.

Running is great for both physical and mental well-being and a good way to challenge yourself. In being a Run Leader I hope to be able to help and support other members to achieve their goals.

Helen Rhodes

Having always been a steady runner, when I joined SADRC I really appreciated the support and encouragement the run leaders gave me. I love being part of such an inclusive running club. I became a run leader myself to encourage others to enjoy club running too.

Tom Wood

Secretary & Run Leader

I’ve been running off and on for about 20 years now. I love running on a sunny day but I’ve found that getting out for a run, even in the harshest conditions, makes me feel more alive; it also helps me put things into proportion when life is stressful. Being a Run Leader is rewarding, helping people develop from their first tentative runs to being confident runners.

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