She Runs: Committee

Amongst our Run Buddies we have a core team – the She Runs: Committee. The committee make decisions about SR:C and how we develop going forward. We come from all kinds of backgrounds and lots of different places! Read a bit more about us all below:

AJ (Anna-Jane)

Role: Social Media Team, Treasurer and Fundraising Team. Qualified Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

Originally from Pembrokeshire and now living in Whitchurch with my husband (aka The Bearded Running Pixie), our 2 teenagers and Charlie, our dog. 

I’m a GP in Risca, Newport and I also teach Pilates. 

I’ve been running for over 10 years but have never enjoyed it as much as I have since I’ve been running with She Runs. I get out 4 times a week if I can, especially during lockdown.

Amy

Role: Legal Advisor & Network Co-ordinator. Qualified LiRF.

I’m from Staffordshire originally but have been living in Cardiff since coming to university here.  I live in Roath with my husband and 2 sons.
I started running to complete the Medoc Marathon (the one with the wine!) before I was 30 with my dad. I had a break from running but came back to it in 2018 to complete the New York Marathon and the Cardiff half that year and have been running ever since. 
I like running on my own for headspace, often early in the morning to get some calm before a busy day.  However,  I also really enjoy the social side of running and love being part of the She Runs: Cardiff Community.
On the committee I help with legal stuff and  networking and I do the treasure hunt posts. Its been great to see that even though we can’t run together, the group continue to support and encourage each other.
Depending upon whether I’m training for anything I run 3-4 times a week. I’ve  done 6 marathons and jeffed the Pegasus birthday ultra last year with the support of lots of She Runners. 

Andrea

Role: Welfare Officer. Qualified LiRF.

As well as being a SRC run Buddy, I am half of your Welfare team, with Coleen. I am an NHS hospital doctor, and have two boys. Life is a constant juggle!

I enjoy running. I have run on and off since school but only consistently since 2016, when I became part of Hollie’s 100, running the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise money for Anthony Nolan.

I don’t run that many races but am still trying to decide whether to attempt a marathon or an ultra…..

Running is good for my health and well-being and I love being able to share this and support others, which SRC enables me to do. It’s also great for my work:life balance and as I’m very good at chatting, SRC Social runs are ideal for me! 

Bethan

Role: Treasurer. Qualified LiRF.

I live in Heath, originally from Mountain Ash. I’ve been living in Cardiff since September 2016 with my husband, son and dog. I work as an accounts manager in our family business, when I’m not doing that I’m juggling being a Mum, running a house and of course running!

I started running in 2016 originally to get fit; I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. My first race was the Caerphilly 10k in May 2016 and I haven’t looked back. I try to get out 3 or 4 days a week. I love the social aspect of running and also the fact that you can just leave the house as soon as I’m changed. I also enjoy Pilates in addition to running to build my strength.

Cathryn Scott

Role: online book club coordinator 

I’m from Barry originally and now live in the Heath with my husband and three children. I’m a freelance journalist, a qualified yoga teacher, and I also write the blog Cardiff Mummy Says. 

I was the least sporty person in school. But one week we had to run 1,500m and I finished almost a lap ahead of everyone else in my class. No one was more surprised than me. I represented my school a couple of times in county events, and then ran on and off in my 20s. I stopped running completely for more than 10 years. With six months to go until my 40th birthday, I set myself the challenge to run 10K by the big day. Not only did I accomplish that, but three months later I ran my first Cardiff Half Marathon. Running is now a way of life and a huge part of my self-care and mental-well-being. In 2020 I completed my first marathon, the Virtual London Marathon, something I still can’t quite believe. All being well, I’ll be on the starting line for London 2021, fundraising for Tommy’s.

I host the She Runs Cardiff online book club. All the books we discuss are running-themed and all have all been hugely inspiring. We’ve even been joined by some of the authors. I know I’m not the only one to say reading their books and listening to them has helped me become more confident as a runner and to believe in myself more. 

Coleen

Role: Welfare Officer & Social Media Team. Qualified LiRF.

From North Devon but have been living in Wales for over 20 years – I met my husband at university and didn’t go back home!
I work in financial services.
I’m one of the Welfare Officers and was interested in this role as I wanted to ensure women feel safe and valued as part of the SR:C community.
I started running by completing Couch to 5k about 9 years ago, but didn’t start running on a regular basis until around 3.5 years ago, this was after I had my two sons and I discovered running as part of a group which gave me the motivation and confidence I needed to run the Cardiff half marathon – something I’d always said I wanted to do before I was 40. Since then I’ve done two more half marathons and I still enjoy taking part in races but my first love is a social run with plenty of chat, laughter and the opportunity for cake afterwards!

Dani

Role: Brand designer & social media team

Originally from North Wales, I currently live in Pontypridd with my husband, 3-year-old daughter Alexis and miniature schnauzer Ramsey. 

My role within the committee is brand design and I also help on the social media team. So, all the lovely merch you have, our logos and many social media posts have been designed by me. 

I started running in 2008 when I lived in Connecticut for a year whilst in uni. I started running to help me lose weight, quit smoking, and stop drinking cider! Now I run because I love it. I love the headspace, the freedom, the ‘Me’ time and most importantly the wonderful people it has brought into my life. 

My biggest running achievement so far would have to be the virtual race to the stones, 100km in 7 days. I absolutely loved the challenge and hope to do the event for real one day. 

In “rea-life”, I work for the educational resources department at WJEC as a digital learning officer.

Gemma

Role: Parkrun Co-ordinator. Qualified LiRF.

I started running just over 2 years ago by doing the couch 2 5k spurred on by a broken arm putting a stop to my professional wrestling training and power lifting. 
My favourite type of running (aside from She Runs) is Parkrun and I have done 50(ish) runs now at 22 different locations and it’s one of my favourite bits of the weekend.
I am a mental health & addictions nurse by trade but I am also LiRf qualified and am currently undertaking my Personal Training Diploma.

Kate

Role: Social Media Team & Run Organiser
Qualified LiRF

I live in Cyncoed – originally from Aberystwyth

I began ‘properly’ running three years ago whilst on holiday in Majorca, tentatively running along the beach as the sun rose each morning. I hadn’t a clue what I was doing but just knew I loved it! Since then I’ve completed three marathons, my favourite being London in 2019 for Tommy’s, the baby charity, which was simply extraordinary and utterly epic! I’m Mum to three young children, including a little Spring 2020 lockdown baby girl, and I’m currently enjoying a return to running postpartum; you’ll see me round Roath Lake a lot as I build back up the distance, please wave hello if you do! I’m not sure my running goals for 2021 as yet but hoping to sneak in a race or two, some trails and perhaps even marathon distances again.

Being part of She Runs: Cardiff is a privilege; I’ve met so many lovely, inspiring women who share my joy for running. I’m part of the social media team on the committee for SRC, as well as one of the run organisers, sharing the organisation of the weekly group runs and virtual run club. And in ‘real life’ I work at Velindre Cancer Centre as a nurse specialist.

Myfanwy

Role: Social Media Team & Website Co-ordinator. Qualified LiRF.

Siaradwr Cymraeg

Born in Newport but raised in Cardiff. I work for Rondo Media a TV production company doing admin & finance. I am part of the She Runs: Cardiff Social Media team and look after the website.

I’ve always kept fit but I didn’t start running until I was 35 after a friend persuaded me to give it a try. I was reluctant! I have arthritis so it never occurred to me that I could do it! Fast forward a few years and I’ve run 5 marathons, and I’m hoping to do an ultra before too long.

I’m a mum of 3 (two boys and a girl) so running is my time; for headspace, for exercise and of course for socialising. 

I’m a firm believer now that ANYBODY and EVERYBODY can run. We are all designed for forward motion and sometimes all we need is a confidence boost. I love supporting others to catch the running bug.

Nia

Role: Committee Chair

Siaradwr Cymraeg

I live in the St Brides Major.
I am originally from Barry but lived in Cardiff for 12 years until recently.
I have a 5 year old son called Efan who keeps me on my toes.

I started running in 2016 after having Efan. I had always been into fitness and going to the gym but couldn’t find the time to get to the gym whilst balancing work and motherhood. So I started running instead. I signed up to the 2017 Virgin London Marathon and haven’t looked back since. 
I always like to challenge myself, so marathon distance, albeit painful and a huge commitment is definitely my favourite so far. But I am hoping to add ultra to my list of running achievements soon. 

Why do I run – I have been running consistently now for 5 years and I think it’s just part of me now. I need it for my sanity!

Rhian

Role: Social Media Team & Run Organiser

Welsh Speaker

I live in Roath. 

I love to be Outdoors ideally in the sun but will take whatever weather’s going (don’t really have much choice!) My job in “real life”: Dietitian.

I organise Wednesdays’ runs – either in “real life” or virtually – hopefully it gets everyone geared up  for a great run day!
I started running 2005 – thought that maybe I should get fitter, running was good to fit in around work, cheap, could do it anywhere – one thing it was not ….. easy! My favourite run is now a run with people!! Never thought I would say that! I’ve been running now with company for over a year and it’s totally the way forward, chatting totally makes the time go quicker – result! Plus you get so meet so many fab people!
Roll on real runs coming back

Sam

Role: Secretary to the Committee

I’m originally from Basingstoke but came to South Wales to go to university and ended up staying. 

I started running back in 2012 inspired by the Olympics and the Paralympics. When we’re able to run together I organise our unofficial 6am run club (yep some if us are actually crazy enough to get up that early by choice to run). My favourite race was the Cardiff Bay 10k in 2019 as I ran with two others and helped them reach their goal. There’s something special and inspiring about helping people achieve more than they thought they could through running.

Sharon

Role: C25K Leader, Fundraising Team & Networking Co-ordinator. Qualified LiRF.

I am your C25K Run Leader and #partyattheback ambassador!

I live in Fairwater, I’m a mum of 3, a Quality Manager for a structural engineering firm, and an artistic roller skater and Coach.

I’m a heart rate runner so you won’t find me running fast but running has given me so, so much and this group is a testament to that. I love the freedom, the headspace and the challenges that it provides me with. So much so that I committed to running a marathon (only one) the Amsterdam marathon in 2021 as a 40th birthday challenge however, I prematurely went and ran the virtual London Marathon in October 2020 and now I am planning to run an Ultra Marathon in the summer of 2021 as well! I’d love to get some more trail runs under my belt too.

I also love the people that running has brought into my life and I am much richer as a result. As part of the She Runs Committee since the start I have loved seeing others finding their way into running and I absolutely love watching everyone’s journeys and I feel very privileged to be a small part of some of those journeys. 

For info on our supporting Run Buddies please click here – She Runs: Cardiff Run Buddies

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