Here are some of the leaders at Hedon Fitmums & Friends:

Name: Rebecca Fox

What made you join Fitmums?

I'd been going to the gym a couple of times a week, but found it really boring. Then one of my friends talked me into going along to Fitmums; "I think you'll really enjoy it!". I'd never run before and was not convinced, but thought; "what have I got to lose?". So one Monday after Easter 2015 I braved it, and went out with the 1 mile group. I absolutely loved it. Totally amazed myself that I could run a mile. And totally caught the running bug! And I've been a regular ever since.

What was your original goal?

To get fit. Pure and simple.

What else have you done?

In 2015, I participated in the Colour Run and Reindeer Run at East Park. 2016 was road race year for me, I ran 6 x 10k, Hornsea Third Marathon, and ran the 2nd stage of the Hull Marathon as part of a 4-person relay team. I also became a run leader in the November, 19 months after running my first mile.

What are you planning for 2017?

I have Snake Lane 10, Hornsea Third Marathon, North Lincolnshire Half Marathon booked so far.

What would you tell somebody who was thinking about joining Fitmums?

Come along and give it a go. What have you got to lose? It's an incredibly supportive running club. And welcomes all abilities.


Name: Julie Fenton

What made you join FM? 
I didn’t just join Fitmums...I created the Hedon branch of it!  

After having my baby boy, I, like most new mums, wanted to get fitter and lose weight.  I have run in the past but always on my own and got bored very quickly. I had tried to find a running group in the Hedon area but there wasn’t anything on offer at the time – only expensive gym memberships.  Whilst off on maternity leave I saw a post on a Social Networking site about Fitmums, and after doing some online research about the groups I was hooked! So hooked that I rang Sam (Barlow) up and told her I wanted to start a Hedon branch of Fitmums (despite having never even been to a Fitmums group!!!) She must have thought “Who’s this crazy lady?!” 
Sam agreed to meet me and discuss the idea and after that, I came home, announced to my partner Paul that ‘we’ were starting Hedon Fitmums and the rest is history!!  I think he thought I was going mad at the time but luckily for me he’s very supportive!

12 months later and ‘we’ have created a very successful, friendly and supportive group in Hedon that attracts men and women from all over the Holderness area.  I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved, and through Fitmum’s I’ve met some amazing people that inspire me every week with their determination and effort. I’m sure I speak for all run leaders and club co-ordinators when I say that watching new members come in and do their first mile, and then seeing them progress through the mileage groups and get stronger, fitter and more and more determined, is THE best feeling in the world 

What was your original goal?
To set up a successful Fitmums group in Hedon that gave me the opportunity to run with others and to lose weight and get fitter.

What else have you done?
I have completed the Jane Tomlinson 10k and numerous Race for Life events.   Sadly I can’t commit to any races longer than 10k as don’t have the time to train. I balance a full time job working shifts, a 2 year old, a horse and two dogs, managing Hedon Fitmums, looking after my disabled mum, and trying to keep some time aside for Paul and I.  I genuinely don’t have time to sleep some days!!

What are you planning for 2015? 
Running wise, this year I’m running the Jane Tomlinson 10k in Hull and the Race for Life.  
In terms of Hedon Fitmums, I’m also hoping to continue to welcome new runners to Hedon, and to encourage some new run leaders to join the team too! It’s going to be a very exciting time at Hedon!! 

What would you tell someone who was thinking about joining FM?  
Stop thinking about it and do it!!!  If there’s one thing I’ve learnt watching the members at Hedon, it’s that there is no such word as can’t.  I’ve seen men and women of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels come into the group and succeed.  Fitmums is sooooo supportive and friendly, it’s truly fantastic! We’ve got a great ethos, fantastic run leaders and oodles of enthusiasm.  In the time it takes to watch Coronation Street you could’ve run 3 miles, burnt a shed load of calories, worked and toned your muscles, helped prevent heart disease, met some new people, taken some fresh air and made yourself feel great!  So what are you waiting for....??!!! 


Name: Paul Bucknall

What made you join FM? 
My partner, Julie Fenton, is the Hedon co-ordinator and one day she came home and told me she was setting up a running club.  I was told I was also doing it and I would shortly be going on a run leader course!

What was your original goal? 
To help Hedon Fitmums & Friends be a success

What else have you done? 
Running wise, I have completed numerous 10k runs, a 10 mile road race and the Hornsea 1/3 marathon race.  Other than running, I play rugby and squash and am a 3rd Dan karate black belt.

What are you planning for 2015? 
I've run a race every month so far this year and have got the Lincolnshire half marathon coming up, the Humber half and am competing in the Hull marathon.  Running a marathon is on my bucket list but I also wanted to complete it so if runners from Fitmums & Friends asked for advice, I could at least tell them how I prepared.

What would you tell someone who was thinking about joining FM?  
Do it.  Don't sit at home thinking about doing it or liking the Facebook page and remaining on your sofa.  Running as part of a group is far easier than running alone.  Running with a supportive group that are well motivated and well trained is even easier still.


Name: Nikki Grundy

What made you join Fitmums?
I went to watch my dad (fellow run leader Steve Lamb) and my husband running the Hull 10K last year, there was a lady there who I now realise was Fitmums founder Sam cheering on all the Fitmums in the race, I thought how well they were all doing. I'd always seen/watched people running and wanted to give it a go. A few weeks later when I heard Julie was starting Hedon Fitmums I knew I had to sign up.

What was your original goal?
My original goal was just to get through the first mile! I was so unfit I always said I couldn't run to the end of the street. 

What else have you done?
Since joining Fitmums the furthest I have run is just over 4 miles, I have become a run leader and just recently signed myself up for the Hull 10k 2015. 

What are you planning for 2015?
For 2015, as well as the Hull 10k I am planning to run in the Majors Series 10k in Leeds in October which is a muddy obstacle course event. 

What would you tell someone who was thinking about joining Fitmums?  
For anyone planning to join Fitmums, I would say turning up on the first night is the hardest step but I have no doubt once you do, you won't look back. I have lost weight and gained so much self confidence since starting to run and I am ever grateful that Julie started Hedon Fitmums. Her encouragement when I first started is what kept me going. 


 

Name: Steve Lamb MBE

What made you join FM?
Despite always being relatively fit during my military career, I'd never been a runner. I'd got stuck in bit of a rut. I was drinking and smoking and quickly putting on weight. At the age of 38, I decided I needed to make some lifestyle changes. 
My first run was typical of many of the others I've read here. I couldn't run to the end of the street without getting out of breath!  I knew I could do better. I stopped smoking, reduced my drinking and started eating healthily. Running gradually became easier. I ran almost every day. I was suddenly running faster, my runs became longer and I felt ready to enter my first 10k race which I completed in 55 minutes.
I loved the experience of running in a race, running with the support of other runners and being cheered on by the crowds. I entered further 10k races and within 18 months I was running 8 min miles and completed my first half marathon in Bridlington. This was an achievement in itself, as I fractured both elbows, having tripped and fell during a training run leading up to the event.  I was suddenly hooked! I continued to enter events, but challenged all my energy into fund raising. Raising thousands of pounds for a number of different charities over the years.
Having left the Navy, I joined Humberside Police and whilst I'd maintained an interest in running socially I became less competitive. In 2013 I was honoured to be made an MBE. The award recognised amongst other things, my charitable fund raising.  I was presented with my medal at Buckingham Palace by HM the Queen.
A year later, I became aware that my work colleagues Julie and Paul were starting up a Fitmums group in Hedon and I was invited to join.

What was your original goal?
To simply start to enjoy running again and to help and support others to do so.

What else have you done?
In November last year I completed the Leadership in Running Fitness course, allowing me to lead groups of runners. Providing coaching, encouragement and support to groups of mixed ability runners. In addition to our regular Monday night club night. I often organise additional weekly runs for members and run alongside members at the weekly Park Run.  I’ve also completed the Hornsea 1/3rd marathon.

What are you planning for 2015?
I’ll be running in the Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k in June. Having never yet missed one, this will be my 6th consecutive year. I'm not ruling out an Autumn Half Marathon and may look at Bridlington in October as a challenge? 

What would you tell someone who was thinking about joining Fitmums?
I have nothing but the highest respect for the Fitmums ethic of help, encouragement and support. Its unique shepherding system means it's suited to all running abilities. You will be made welcome and helped to achieve your personal goals. The hardest step you will take is the one that takes you through the door to your local Fitmums club.


Name: Anuska Mackenzie (aka Nush)

What made you join FM?
I used to play for a netball team and was training for my challenge to do the Great North Swim in 2014. My breathing was horrendous and I couldn't run around the netball court for the duration of the 10 minute sets without wanting to collapse. One of my netball friends told me about a running group that ran locally to me (East Hull) and suggested I give it a go to get fitter on court and I was told it would help my breathing for my swimming.

What was your original goal?
My original goal was to be able to manage a 40 minute netball match and be able to swim a mile without burning lungs and wobbly legs. It was never my intention to become a runner because I never considered myself to be able to run.

What else have you done?
Since joining Fitmums in September 2013 I have completed 4 x 10ks, 1 x 10 mile, and 2 half marathons!! (oh and I smashed my mile swim distance at the Great North swim, Windermere in June 2014, so yes running and Fitmums did what I originally set out to achieve. I also became a run leader at the end of 2014, something I never thought I would actually do. Fitmums helped me achieve goals I never thought possible and if I'm honest never expected to be putting myself forward to do, if I can help others in the same way then that would just be amazing.

What are you planning for 2015?
My 2015 calendar has been set out already and can be counted down through various running events. I have entered the Jane Tomlinson season pass for all 5 x 10k races, two half marathons and my biggest challenge so far will be my first Full Marathon in April!!! (a far cry from being able to run around a netball court for 40 mins!!) All of these events will be completed with my new found friends from the Fitmums family. 

I will also be proudly supporting the Hull marathon this year as a Marshall specifically with the Fitmums group, how exciting is that!! I'm quite sure Fitmums will have plenty to keep me busy for any quiet periods I have and I'm hoping Fitmums will be invited back to support the Lord Mayors parade and Freedom Festival this years as we did in 2014.


What would you tell someone who was thinking about joining FM?
I would say give it a go! The hardest part is getting through the door on the first night. The minute you do though, you will realise that the myth of everyone who runs being fit, slim, beautiful and able to bounce like bambi without breaking a sweat, in Lycra really doesn't exist (well not for the most anyway). Fitmums is not what I would call a stereotypical running club, it's a social thing where you meet many, many friends who will motivate and support you in everything you do. You don't need to be fit before you start, that's what we are here for, to help you do what you want to, with support and like minded people. 


Name: Kelsey Pate

What made you join Fitmums? 
To get some exercise to hopefully aid my weight loss. I go to Buggy Burn with my twins which meant it’s something I could do with my kids with me.

What was your original goal? 
To get fitter! 

What else have you done? 
I became a Fitmums member initially just to do the buggy burn sessions, however I then went along to Hedon Fitmums one night and started running. I am now a run leader there and am now managing to run 7 miles!! I would never have imagined any of this a year ago!

What are you planning for 2015?
I have entered lots of races this year, although my training was temporarily halted when I sustained an ankle injury. I actually couldn’t believe how much I missed running! (did I actually say that?!!) I shall finish the year with The Hull Marathon in September (relay) which will be a huge achievement for me and I cannot wait.
I’ll also be continuing as a run leader at Hedon, helping to support and encourage all of the Fitmums members.
 

What would you tell someone who was thinking about joining FM?
Once you have got yourself along to a session you won’t look back. Friendly, supportive and fun sessions with some great people. What are you waiting for?!!  


Name: Mark Moverley

What made you join Fitmums?
I had been going to the gym (treadmill and swimming) for a while when my two daughters started going to East Hull FMs.They kept saying what a great running club it was and how friendly and encouraging everyone was. After lots of persuading from them I decided to give it a go. I was a bit apprehensive when I first walked throught the door but was soon made very welcome!

What was your original goal?
I started FM’s in Jan 2014 and I wanted to run in the Jane Tomlinson 10k in June the same year for Dove House in memory of my sister in-law who had been looked after there.

What else have you done?
Later that year I did the Scarborough 10k, early in 2015 did the Ferriby 10; I never dreamt I would ever run 10 miles!!  Just recently I did the Dalton Dash and the Hornsea Third. I have also become a Run Leader this year.

What are you planning for 2015?
My biggest Race this year is undoubtedly the North Lincs half Marathon, which for me is going to be a massive achievement! Also doing the Hull and Beverley Jane Tomlinson 10k’s , Total Warrior in Shap Cumbria and another Scarborough 10k.

What would you tell somebody who was thinking about joining FMs?
It’s an Amazing running club! Starting at 1 mile and gradually working your way up to 6 miles and more with massive encouragement, comradery and support from the Run Leaders and new found friends. It’s certainly life changing and I have never looked back! 


 

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