James is a teacher at Stanbridge Primary school. He’s been running for several years now and has experience of running 5K to marathon distances. James really enjoys working with people of all ages and getting the (personal) best out of them. He is constantly setting himself and others challenges and gains inspiration from the grit and determination shown by runners of all abilities.
Matt is a Primary IT Network Manager employed by Downend Secondary School. Coming from a martial arts background Matt believes that anyone can achieve their potential and ultimately surpass it. Matt has several years experience in running 5K to marathon distances and he now enjoys working with the Fliers to reach their goals.
Emma, a parent at Stanbridge Primary School, started running in January 2016, three months after a personal tragedy. For Emma, running was initially an outlet – something she could do for herself by spending an hour out the house to spend alone with her thoughts. However, it soon became so much more than that as the Fliers were so welcoming and supportive that she found herself enjoying running and looking forward to Wednesday evenings. She couldn’t believe the camaraderie in the group and the inherent spirit of friendship and community within. Since starting running Emma has pushed herself out of her comfort zone by doing lots of different things and obtaining her LiRF qualification in July. She currently leads the School Gates Running group on a Monday morning, heads up sessions on a Wednesday and is a regular at the parkruns in the local area.
Mental Health Ambassador and Run Leader
Did you know 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year? I’ve been running for six years and have covered 5k to marathon distances. As the Fliers’ mental health ambassador my aim is to work with other running groups in the local community to help encourage people suffering from mental health issues to take up physical activity. The umbrella term ‘Mental Health’, covers a vast array of categories. Anxiety and depression is currently the number one concern in the UK, but panic disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse and addiction are also prevalent. If anyone in the Fliers would like to speak to me regarding anything I am more than happy to listen, support and help in anyway I can. By the way, it doesn’t have to be mental health related! Come and chat to me about anything as I love to talk 🙂
Melissa is a founding member of the Fliers’ successful School Gates initiative. She been running for a number of years including competing in the UK Women’s League Division 1 for Bristol & West Athletics Club at 100m, 200m and 4x100m. Melissa regularly enjoys attending parkruns, 10k events and has completed the Bristol Half Marathon in 2015. She is a qualified personal trainer and run leader.