I first came into the Striders fold when I went along to the Beginners' Course a few years back. When it finished, I didn't keep up my running, but, being the welcoming club they are, I returned to Beginners the next year, and the year after! I eventually joined officially in 2015, and then ran consistently on Tuesday nights and Thursday track sessions, which have really challenged me. I was given the opportunity to qualify as a Leader in Running Fitness, and have also become involved with the Junior Section of Striders, which I am extremely passionate about. I have since gained my Coaching Assistant qualification and I am working towards my full UKA Athletics Coaching Accreditation, which will be complete in August 2017. I love the coaching side of things, and have helped Becca to coach the Beginners' Course. Striders have been a supportive and excellent club. I've achieved some incredible things, both on and off the track, which I never thought I was capable of. But, with the encouragement and support of coaches, committee, fellow members and the supportive ethos of the club, I have surpassed even my own expectations... and Striders also know how to throw one heck of a social event too!