Coaching Team

Meet the Team

Coaching Co-ordinator

Coaches

  • Graham Eyre Graham Eyre
    CiRF
  • Dave Jobling Dave Jobling
    CiRF

    About

    About Dave Jobling

    WRC Member Since:

    1993

    WRC Coach Since:

    2010ish.

     

    Running Profile

    Favourite Race (type/distance/event):

    Too many over too many years! Love cross country fixtures, WRC’s own 5k’s and other local races – big favs are HBO & Chelmsford 10k’s. But then there’s The London Marathon…

    Best Running Performance:

    Takes me back to a year far far away when I had my best runs at The London Marathon & Langham 10k for those distances with special memories of other team WRC runners then and now.

    Proudest Running Moment:

    Running at & being part of team WRC at the XC National Finals, qualifying from our then XC league.

    Favourite Runner(s):

    Steve Ovett, Seb Coe & Steve Cram – I loved watching those guys compete on the track, winning medals & breaking records.

    Favourite Session to Run:

    I’m a big fan of all our club meets and sessions, but its great to get off the streets and into the big outdoors for our summer runs & speed sessions – thinking here of the Pub runs, 5k’s, The Parks, Riverwalks, Dancing Dicks or The Orchards.

    Long Term Running Goals:

    Keep fit, keep enjoying it & keep on running!

     

    Coaching Profile

    Qualifications:

    Coach In Running Fitness (CiRF) after LiRF.

    How Long Have you been coaching:

    Since 2010ish I think.

    Why did you become a coach?:

    I had been running for many years and doing Thursday night speed sessions since joining the club and we needed coaches to help keep putting these on for members.

    Coaching Influences:

    John Roberts, Joe Beer (Trainsmart) and picking up new tricks all the time from our WRC coaching team present and past!

    Best Coaching Advice:

    One takeaway I picked up along the way from somewhere is every run should have a purpose.

    Favourite Session to Coach:

    WRC has a great speed session archive plus new ideas all the time, it’s great to be able to feed off and deliver these off the streets in our summer locations.

     

    Other Stuff

    Favourite Film(s):

    Lots but “No Country For Old Men” or anything else Coen Brothers are popular at home.

    Favourite Book:

    We’re liking “Dear Zoo” at the moment!

    Favourite Band/Musician:

    It’s a long 60s/70s list but near the top are Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd & Led Zeppelin.

    Other Interests:

    Anything to distract me from football right now!

  • Jodee Mayer Jodee Mayer
    CiRF, Coaching co-ordinator

    About

    About Jodee Mayer

    WRC Member Since:

    January 2019

    WRC Coach Since:

    July 2019 

    Running Profile

    Favourite Race (type/distance/event):

    It has to be a trail ultra these days!

    Best Running Performance:

    Going with the same theme, completing Race To The King 100k(+) in 2022.

    Proudest Running Moment:

    Crossing the finish line of London Marathon 2019 with my friend and WRC member Libby.

    Favourite Runner(s):

    Paula Radcliffe is on my “Dinner Party” list.

    Favourite Session to Run:

    Speed session – Moneghetti Fartlek (shocker). Really I just like to run though, these days on the trails having an adventure.

    Long Term Running Goals:

    I want to see how far I can go.

     

    Coaching Profile

    Qualifications:

    CiRF

    How Long Have you been coaching:

    Since July 2019

    Why did you become a coach?:

    Because I genuinely really enjoy shouting encouragingly at people, holding a clipboard, and blowing a whistle.

    Coaching Influences:

    I’d never really known of any coaches until I joined WRC, just followed a plan I downloaded from the internet, so it’d have to be the lovely coaching team at WRC.

    Best Coaching Advice:

    Not sure if this counts as advice, but my favourite saying is “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.”

    Favourite Session to Coach:

    Moneghetti Fartlek – I like to run it and to run it!

     

    Other Stuff

    Favourite Film(s):

    I’d like to say something intellectual but my favourite films, in no particular order, are: Forrest Gump, Dirty Dancing, and The Tigger Movie

    Favourite Book:

    The only book I have read more than once out of choice is “Me before You” by JoJo Moyes.

    Favourite Band/Musician:

    Red Hot Chili Peppers – I have seen them live 8 times and own a collection of never released studio recordings.

    Favourite Food:

    CHEEEEEEEESE. Which is really sad for someone that is lactose intolerant.

    Other Interests:

    Does drinking gin count as an interest? I like hanging out with my family and friends (drinking gin), doing escape rooms (before or after drinking gin), and doing jigsaw puzzles (whilst drinking gin).

Coaching Assistants

  • Karen Flowers Karen Flowers
    LiRF

    About

    About Karen Flowers

    WRC Member Since:

    2015

    WRC Coach Since:

    2018

     

    Running Profile

    Favourite Race (type/distance/event):

    Hamburg Half Marathon

    Best Running Performance:

    Brighton Marathon

    Proudest Running Moment:

    Completing my first marathon in Mont Saint Michel

    Favourite Runner(s):

    Zola Budd

    Favourite Session to Run:

    Love Train

    Long Term Running Goals:

    In 2020 my goals were to run a sub 2 hour ½ marathon (only 30 sec from there) and a 4 1/2 hour marathon but the pandemic changed everything. With multiple races being cancelled – I turned to trail – running my first trail race last year (Outrun 12 hour) – so this year I have entered my first ultra trail (50k) in August. Will be back running road races though in 2022 hopefully and ready to tackle those goals again!

     

    Coaching Profile

    Qualifications:

    LiRF

    How Long Have you been coaching:

    Since 2018

    Why did you become a coach?:

    To give back to the club and for self development

    Coaching Influences:

    Our more experienced coaches at the time – they were inspirational

    Best Coaching Advice:

    Consistency – so many runners fall into the trap of increasing their mileage too quickly which only ends in pain/ injury! Follow the 10% rule, increasing your total weekly mileage by no more than 10% each week. I am also a huge advocate of recovery runs after a long run – although painful they are really beneficial

    Favourite Session to Coach:

    Any session where the sun is shining, the temperature is above 20 degrees Celsius, no wind and definitely no rain!

     

    Other Stuff

    Favourite Film(s):

    So many to choose from – Out of Africa – as every time I watch it I get homesick

    Favourite Book:

    I am a real bookworm so this is hard, but I read the classics as a teenager and the one that stood out for me was Little Women – a book written before its time

    Favourite Band/Musician:

    Anybody who knows me knows that I am a 80s follower – so it would have to be Depeche Mode

    Favourite Food:

    If I had to chose my last meal it would probably be something that would make most people cringe and that Piri Piri Chicken Livers

    Other Interests:

    Travelling, reading and coaching and/or mentoring through my profession

  • Kerry Townsend Kerry Townsend
    LiRF

    About

    About Kerry Townsend

    WRC Member Since:

    2010

    WRC Coach Since:

    2014

     

    Running Profile

    Favourite Race (type/distance/event):

    For overall commitment, difficulty and achievement, it has to be a Marathon.

    Best Running Performance:

    Hatfield Broad Oak 10k – 2012

    Proudest Running Moment:

    Finishing my first marathon – Brighton 2012

    Favourite Runner(s):

    Eddie Izzard as like me, he likes it best when he’s finished.

    Favourite Session to Run:

    Trails – slow enough for a chat.

    Long Term Running Goals:

    Just to keep running into old age.

     

    Coaching Profile

    Qualifications:

    LiRF

    How Long Have you been coaching:

    Since 2014

    Why did you become a coach?:

    To give something back to the Club.

    Coaching Influences:

    My running buddies at WRC who continually inspire, encourage and support me.

    Best Coaching Advice:

    Listen to your Body.

    Favourite Session to Coach:

    Anything but the 800m/1k Reps

     

    Other Stuff

    Favourite Film(s):

    Singin’ in the Rain.

    Favourite Book:

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    Favourite Band/Musician:

    David Bowie

    Favourite Food:

    Sunday Roast

    Other Interests:

    Yoga, art, painting and drawing, gardening and reading.

  • Sasha Rush Sasha Rush
    LiRF

    About

    About Sasha Rush

    WRC Member Since:

    2016

    WRC Coach Since:

    2018

    Running Profile

    Favourite Race (type/distance/event):

    Trail over road, I like to eat a picnic whilst I run so anything long

    Best Running Performance:

    Banningham 10 mile, PB’d by 10 minutes and hungover

    Proudest Running Moment:

    Completing 45 miles at Outrun24

    Favourite Runner(s):

    Currently its Jasmin Paris, 1st women to win Montane Spine race, 268 miles and breastfeeding….its amazing what our bodies will do!

    Favourite Session to Run:

    I love a fartlek

    Long Term Running Goals:

    To keep going as long as i can injury free, pref all trail and over marathon distance

    Coaching Profile

    Qualifications:

    LiRF

    How Long Have you been coaching:

    3 Years

    Why did you become a coach?:

    I was inspired by the coaching team to make a difference and give something back

    Coaching Influences:

    This has got to be my 1st ever throwing coach, Shirley Quinn at Chelmsford AC, at 15 she inspired and taught me that I could do anything if i tried hard enough

    Best Coaching Advice:

    Listen to your body, push it when able, get over it if you can’t

    Favourite Session to Coach:

    30/30 short and sweet, also a killer!

    Other Stuff

    Favourite Film(s):

    I can’t chose a favourite…its between Drop Dead Fred and Uncle Buck, if you not seen them where have you been!

    Favourite Book:

    I love a good book, The Colour Purple and Liverpool Miss

    Favourite Band/Musician: 

    I listen to most things but currently on my running playlist is Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga, Red hot Chilli’s and Blur

    Other Interests:

    I love 50’s fashion, obsessed with tattoos but too poor to get any more, fast vehicles inc motorbikes.  i come from a large close knit family so spending time with them is always happy, plus my brother is easy to wind up!

  • Max Leech Max Leech
    LiRF

    About

    About Max Leech

    WRC Member Since:

    2019

    WRC Coach Since:

    2020

    Running Profile

    Favourite Race (type/distance/event):

    Half Marathon

    Best Running Performance:

    2009 Watford Half Marathon. PB of 1hr 58…my first ever organised race and I’ve never beaten that time!

    Proudest Running Moment:

    My first London Marathon in 2009. I loved it so much.

    Favourite Runner(s):

    Mo Farah

    Favourite Session to Run:

    Park Life, it reminds me of long summer days.

    Long Term Running Goals:

    To get a Marathon PB.

     

    Coaching Profile

    Qualifications:

     

    How Long Have you been coaching:

    Since 2020

    Why did you become a coach?:

    WRC was the first club I’ve ever run with and I fell in love with it straight away. I wanted to be a part of the community as much as possible.

    Best Coaching Advice:

    Comparison is the thief of Joy! Don’t pit yourself against other people, run for YOU.

     

     

    Other Stuff

    Favourite Film(s):

    Good Will Hunting

    Favourite Book:

    The Thorn Birds

    Favourite Band/Musician:

    Pink

    Favourite Food:

    Italian. I’m all about the carbs!

    Other Interests:

    Travelling. I can’t wait to travel again!

  • Beth Shippey Beth Shippey
    LiRF

    About

    About Beth Shippey

    WRC Member Since:

    2014

    WRC Coach Since:

    2021

     

    Running Profile

    Favourite Race (type/distance/event):

    I don’t really have a favourite race but most of my races have been 10ks

    Best Running Performance:

    10k PB at Little Bromley

    Proudest Running Moment:

    Completing GVRAT (Great Virtual Race across Tennessee over lockdown last year which improved my running to be able to complete the furthest distances I have ever run.

    Favourite Runner(s):

    Paula Radcliffe

    Favourite Session to Run:

    Moneghetti Fartlek and Love train

    Long Term Running Goals:

    To be able to improve my distance and run 10 and half marathon races.

     

    Coaching Profile

    Qualifications:

    Lirf

    How Long Have you been coaching:

    Newly qualified in September 2021

    Why did you become a coach?:

    To be able to help others improve their running and for my own personal development

    Coaching Influences:

    All the WRC coaches and our most experienced runners

    Best Coaching Advice:

    Listen to your body

     

    Other Stuff

    Favourite Film(s):

    I love a musical and ABBA so would have to say both Mamma Mia movies

    Favourite Book:

    Harry Potter series and The Help

    Favourite Band/Musician: 

    I always say I was born in the wrong era as I love 80’s music.

    Other Interests:

    Does drinking gin count?

  • Lysia Jiggins Lysia Jiggins
    LiRF

    About

    About Lysia Jiggins

    WRC Member Since:
    2020

    WRC Coach Since:
    2023

    Running Profile

    Favourite Race (type/distance/event):
    Orion 15. It’s 15 miles of cross country with a lot of elevation (for Essex). I’ve finished last two years in a row, it’s tough going, but somehow the challenge and the scenery makes me want to go back. And there is prosecco at the end, and fantastic cake.

    Best Running Performance:
    OutRun24 endurance event, I managed 55 miles.

    Proudest Running Moment:
    Finishing my first ultramarathon – Hare & Tortoise Remembrance Day.

    Favourite Runner(s):
    Michael Johnson. He’s just a legend and such a nice chap.

    Favourite Session to Run:
    Broken 5k.

    Long Term Running Goals:
    To keep running and enjoying it, and to complete the parkrun alphabet.

    Coaching Profile

    Qualifications:
    LiRF

    How Long Have you been coaching:
    Since 2023

    Why did you become a coach?:
    To share my enthusiasm for running and to give something back to the Club.

    Coaching Influences:
    Coaches at Witham Running Club, Amy Parkerson-Mitchell.

    Best Coaching Advice:
    Run slower to run faster. Don’t try to push it on every run.

    Favourite Session to Coach:
    I don’t have a strong preference.

    Other Stuff

    Favourite Film(s):
    The Princess Bride, Blazing Saddles.

    Favourite Book:
    Probably Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

    Favourite Band/Musician:
    Hard to say, my favourite music seems to change on a daily basis. Looking through my playlists, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, and Shy FX feature quite a bit.

    Favourite Food:
    Southern fried chicken. Controversial, as I do mainly run for cake, but it’s actually not my favourite food!

    Other Interests:
    Knitting, eating cake.

  • Ian Lucas Ian Lucas
    LiRF

    About

    About Ian Lucas

    TBC

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