Our Committee

A bit about us ...

Andy Ball

Club Chairman

How long have you been a Strider?

I joined the club in 1998.

How long have you been running and why did you start? 

Think it was 1997 when I started running, and Steve Morris got me to enter the Desford 1/4 marathon. I think I got to 2 miles before I started to walk and it was a big struggle to finish. I got there and the rest is history, as they say!

What's your favourite pre-race snack? 

Usually have a bowl of porridge.

Tell us a non-running related fact about you?

I went to my mates wedding in Scotland, way back in the 90s and his wife-to-be used to go school with the members of Wet Wet Wet. So they were at the wedding and they suddenly got up, to start singing some of their songs. We ended up drinking with them until 5am on the Sunday, then joined them again Sunday lunchtime for another session. We ended up missing our train home, and work the next day. But boy was it worth it!

Sarah Ball

Club Vice Chair

How long have you been a Strider?

I joined in 2012.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

Since 2011, I started as I'd worked hard to lose 4 stone and I hoped it would be a good way to keep that weight off!

What's your favourite pre-race snack?

I get nervous before a race so I avoid food, but I always more than make up for it when I've finished!

Tell us a non-running fact about you? 

My Aunt is a Dame, so her birthday is printed in The Times every year!

Steve Morris

Club President

How long have you been a Strider?

I joined the club on 28 February 1991 - the same day I started the club! For the full story, see the Club history page.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

I started running in 1985 for fitness, to help with my badminton playing at the time!

What's your favourite pre-race snack?

Two cups of coffee.

Tell us a non-running fact about you?

I was born in Egypt, but was back in England by the time I was three months old. That's why I love running in the sunshine so much!

Paddy Crowe

Club Secretary

How long have you been a Strider?

I started running in about 1994 when I realised I was getting too old for football and squash.

How long have you been running and why did you start?    

I met Steve Morris who persuaded me to join the Striders and I have been a member ever since. 

What's your favourite pre race snack? 

Weetabix with muesli and a banana.

Tell us a non running fact about you? 

Away from running, I am a volunteer for the Youth Offending Service which I find very rewarding. 

Ruth Evans

Club Treasurer

How long have you been a Strider?

I joined Striders in 2007.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

I started running about 2 years before that to try to keep fit when my kids were young as you can run anytime, anywhere!

What's your favourite pre-race snack? 

Banana or Haribo

Tell us a non-running fact about you?

I am learning to play the saxophone and to speak Welsh. Welsh is hard!

Graham Hobbs

Club Membershop Secretary

How long have you been a Strider?  

Joined June 1999.

How long have you been running and why did you start? 

First race was the South Wigston 7 (from the Fire Station) in June 1984.

What's your favourite pre-race/run snack? 

Nothing in particular, would depend on distance - porridge (marathon) and banana (anything shorter).

Tell us a non-running related fact about you?   

Would say that I've just become a self-employed decorator but that would be shameless advertising! Failing that I can't think of anything, other than being desperate to play the guitar, piano or drums. A very frustrated musician inside me!

Cheryl Tonks

Ladies' Captain & Run Leader

How long have you been a Strider?

About 7 years, I think.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

8 years - I did a couple of ParkRuns then decided, with my brother, I wanted to do a ‘before we’re 40’ challenge so booked the Milton Keynes Marathon. I crossed the finish line and swore I was never going to run ever again, then joined Striders about 2 weeks later!

What's your favourite pre-race snack?

Marie Hobbs’ ‘fairy dust’ cake, or chocolate flapjacks.

Tell us a non-running fact about you?

The actress Jenny Agutter presented me with a ‘bravest fundraiser’ award after I’d abseiled off the Brian Clough Stand at Nottingham Forest Football Club. I hate heights!

Damian Miles

 Men's Captain & Run Leader

How long have you been a Strider?

About five years.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

About 15 years. I started so I could run the London Marathon. It only took me about 10 years before I managed it.

What's your favourite pre-race/run snack?

Anything and everything.

Tell us a non-running related fact about you?

I once shook Princess Diana's hand.

Helen Webb

Ladies' Vice Captain

How long have you been a Strider?

Since 2015.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

I've been running for around 20 years and started just to get fit.

What's your favourite pre-race/run snack?

Before a longer run I always have toast with crunchy peanut butter.

Tell us a non-running related fact about you?

 I support Manchester City Football Club.

Mark Page

Men's Vice Captain

How long have you been a Strider?

For 18 months. 

When did you start running and why?

I started running in 1997 just to do the BUPA Great North Run with some friends. I joined my first club not long after, after getting the competitive bug.

What's your favourite pre-race snack?

A bowl of honey nut clusters or a banana followed by orange juice.

Tell us a non-running fact about you?

My family are my all, but I do love a good film when I get chance to watch them. 

Stewart Heeley

Website Coordinator & Run Leader

How long have you been a Strider?

Five years in March 2021.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

I was cajoled into doing the very first Striders Couch to 5K programme back in January 2016 by my wife and stepdaughter, having not done any running since I was at school! Much to my surprise I loved it and haven't looked back since.

What's your favourite pre-race snack? 

Eating before races is difficult for me as I'm diabetic but, usually, a bowl of steaming hot porridge a couple of hours before sets me up nicely.

Tell us a non-running related fact about you?

I used to be a sports journalist and was once flatly refused an interview request by a very rude and uncooperative Sally Gunnell!

Fay Kelham

Social Secretary

How long have you been a Strider?

April 2018, so two and a half years.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

Since December 2017 - my partner Chris loves running and had never been in a club before. He was struggling to run on his own due to a recurring injury so I convinced him to do a Get Fit for Christmas programme as a way to force him to run slower short distances without his injury reoccurring. I completed the Couch to 5k programme while Chris ran with the main group. I’ve been hating running, but loving the company, ever since! 

What's your favourite pre-race snack?

Whatever is in the kitchen before I leave the house, usually porridge.

Tell us a non-running related fact about you?

I’m adventurous and will give anything a go at least once.

Chris Jackson

Committee Member & Run Leader

How long have you been a Strider?

April 2018, so two and a half years.

How long have you been running and why did you start?

Over 20 years ago. I started to keep fit while I was playing football.

What's your favourite pre-race snack?

A sausage cob or crumpets with butter on.

Tell us a non-running related fact about you?

I have two birthdays as I was born bang on midnight so my dad chose my official birthday.

 

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