Helen Newberry

Helen Newberry

When did you qualify as a coach? I did my LiRF qualification in May 2013 after volunteering for South Glos council to start a community running group in Staple Hill. Staple Hill Runners was born in August 2013 and I  completed my Coach in Running Fitness qualification in November 2015.

What level do you coach to? I coach a range of abilities at Staple Hill Runners from complete beginners to aspirational recreational runners looking to improve their pb’s or achieve a distance milestone.

What event (s) do you coach? Endurance running.

What nights do you coach and at what venues? Thursday’s 7pm at Page Park, Staple Hill.

Did you compete yourself if so what level did you achieve in what events? I started running purposefully in my early 20s although did a little bit whilst I was at college. I joined Bristol & West AC in 2014 where I started to compete in X country, road and track running. I favour 5 & 10km on the road with pbs of 17:45 and 36:11 respectively and enjoy x country running and off road running! I also competed in Sprint and Olympic distance triathlon for two seasons and although my main focus is now running I still spend a lot of time cross training in the pool and on the bike. I hope to come back to athletics in 2017 after a recent spell of injury and still be competitive.

What do you enjoy most about athletics? Athletics and particularly running is a very inclusive sport and for most people it is accessible with the little amount needed to start running. I love the way running can make someone feel individually and collectively as either a team or part of a club. It’s incredibly rewarding seeing people achieve goals and if I can help them get there it’s even better. Running gives so much more than just the physical benefits, the mental and social aspects can change people’s lives and this is something that is unique to the sport and makes it so special.

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