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CLUB COACH

Alison Smith

EA qualified Coach for the club.
After running, but mainly swimming, competitively as a child I was keen to rekindle my fitness after the university years had taken their toll. However, it took me having my children to really find time to run …. this ensured I gained ‘me’ time and it helped in keeping my mental wellbeing in check whilst being a Mum and a Primary School Teacher. 
I now run four or five times a week and have challenged myself to race different distances from the Mile to the Marathon… along with everything in between.  
My proudest running achievement is managing to race 3 marathons in 11 months but also the opportunity running gives me to spend time training with my dad (Derek who is also on our committee).  My dad has and continues to be my running inspiration (along side Jo Pavey of course). 
Setting up Methley Striders with Jo and Sarah has changed my life!  Who knew we would achieve and continue to achieve so much since we launched in April 2017! 
I am proud to be the club’s Chair Person and Ladies Captain and grateful that being a Strider has enabled me to qualify as a Coach in Running Fitness so I can support and develop others along the road to being a fitter athlete regardless of their individual goals. 
As Catherine Switzer (who was attacked during the 1967 Boston marathon for running in what was seen as a male only event) says…

“Life is for participating, not spectating”