Committee & Coaches

Committee

The committee are responsible for the overall framework and running of the club.  We meet formally once a month, but often have informal chats about the club and upcoming events.

We are here to run the club for the benefit of all of the members, so if you have idea’s, suggestions, changes, please let us know.

Naomi Stanley – Chairperson

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Over a decade ago I first pulled on a pair of running trainers! Many will already know my story that a birthday cider too many saw me signed up for a 10k race and no idea how to run…. or how far a 10km really was! One ‘Couch to 5k’ later and a LOT of perseverance, I made it round in 52 minutes and still hold this as one of my greatest running achievements.

Since then I have run all sort of distances and challenges, and I do love a good social, so am a frequent parkrunner (when global pandemics allow this) and I still can’t believe I get up at that time, on a Saturday, to RUN!!

I’ve been on the committee a few years now and aim to bring a bit of fun to balance the sweatiness. In 2019 when the Chair position became available, it seemed natural to give it a go. Since then I have had a little boy and been on maternity leave/lockdown for 2020 and running had to take a bit of a back seat. Now sat at my kitchen table working, it is strange to comprehend how OS Runners will look in the near future, but I love to encourage anyone to get out there, representing OS Runners, be it at lunchtime or at an external event, no matter what speed or distance, just getting a tiny bit healthier and a little bit sweatier!

James Clarke – Secretary

I started running back in 2009 when I realised one day that I hadn’t done any form of exercise for about 8 years.  When I was younger I would swim competitively at County level and yet here I was getting out of breath going upstairs.  One of the things I fell in love with immediately was the exploring, I found places that I didn’t know existed that I would drive by every day.

I never really considered running in races until I was living out in Chile.  There was a local half marathon on (Valparaíso) so I went for it!  It was hilly and hard, but the sense of achievement that I got from it was fantastic.  Problem is, once I’d set a time, I just wanted to beat it!
Since then, I moved back to the UK and started working at the Ordnance Survey.  The friendly atmosphere that I got from the running club here just encouraged me further and I now find myself doing about 25 races a year!  I’m currently a member of Farnham Runners, but Hardley are my second claim club.

As Secretary, I will be helping out with the various roles of the committee as well as providing support on our travels.

Last year was a phenomenally good year for OS Running, I’m looking forward to helping to keep that momentum going forward.

Matt Pillinger – TreasurerMattP2

I am the treasurer and an EA affiliated member of OSR. This involves paying out funds for approved activities & spend. I maintain the accounts for OSR, which are tabled at the annual AGM and summarise our annual income and expenditure and also organise the monthly 5km handicap run.

Having run at school and for my local club I had a long break from the early 1990’s to 2008, when I started running again by entering Reading Half Marathon – although it (sort of) worked for me, there are certainly better ways to get back into running.  Since then I’ve completed many more races, from 5k up to marathon and a few endurance events (Thunderrun, Endure24, London2Cardiff), but my favourite distances are probably 10 mile and half marathon.

Somehow I’ve managed to be a part of OSR Committee since 2012, During my time the club has grown pretty significantly from a relatively informal club with focus on CSSC events, to full EA affiliation status and lots of social/other events.  Hopefully, I am still adding value to the Committee and the running community at OS generally.

Dean Paulley  – Publicity/Communication

Growing up I was always rather sporty, it was in the family! My dad was a very good runner and always encouraged me to do more sport when I was younger. I played a lot of football when I was young but then started playing Golf. I played Golf competitively for 12 years, representing school and county. But when I graduated and started work full time I started to look for something which was a bit more social and didn’t require so much time. I was a keen cyclist before joining OS and then OSR signed me up!

The running bug was almost instant. I ran my first 10k with the club within 8 months of joining OS (Southampton 10k) and have never looked back, running multiple 10ks and 4 half marathons. I don’t race or run as much as some other club members and thats become even more true in the last couple of years where I havent run as much as I used too. In the past OSR have enlisted me on some crazy running challenges which has seen me run as part of a team in two 24 hour events, and run from London to Cardiff (mad I know!).

I still have the most fun when I get off-road in the New Forest, or the coast in Dorset (where I grew up) and simply enjoy being outside and discovering new places. I have really learnt that its less about how fast you can run or the mileage you do, and more about how much you enjoy it.

Lastly please don’t think this the club is for fast runners only! OS seem to attract many quick and dedicated runners, but the committee is here for all of you, and take pleasure in seeing the most runners possible out and enjoying running – Happy running.

Joanne Miles – Social

I am the social secretary of OSR. I joined the committee in January 2021 after being a member of OSR for four years.  I have been running ‘on and off’ for many years but it was not until the beginning of Lockdown in 2020 that gave me the aspiration to get outdoors more.  The best way to enjoy this and see the different parts of Southampton was to run.

It started with small steps but as the year went by I saw improvement and set myself small but achievable challenges. I ran the monthly OS runners 5k handicap, as well as doing 10 mile longer runs at the weekend and the occasional half marathon.   In between I add in hill and interval training with great coaching from other OS runners.  This led onto me to enter the London Marathon October 2021 in which I was very lucky to have won through an OS ballot club place.  I am excited and proud to say that I completed this challenge and got to the finish line.

Running is a great way to meet new people as well as keeping connected within existing friendships.  Running brings a social aspect and it’s great to catch up and share personal stories and advice with like-minded people. I arrange the OSR socials (virtually and real-life) to meet up over a drink and on occasions enjoy a quiz.   This year in 2022 I will be helping out on the OS Runners sports day and other annual events

Coaches

All our coaches have recognised qualifications, Mark, Eddie, Baz, Nicole, Keith and Egbe all have Leader in Run fitness qualifications.

Mark Aston – Leader in Running Fitness

I organise the Desk to 5k programme which focuses on helping new and beginner runners to build up to completing the 5k distance and share the coaching duties of Mixed Ability and FUNdamentals with Viv, Eddie and Baz.

I started running at the end of 2010 and was previously a member of Hardley Runners and Lordshill Road Runners.  Now I’m a member of OS Runners.  I mainly compete in 5k and 10k events but have done a couple of half marathon’s and one 10 mile race.  I’m an avid parkrunner and have completed over 100 Parkruns as well as visiting over 20 different Parkrun venues.

Nicole Frith – Leader in Running Fitness

I only started running about a year ago (September 2016) when I moved to Southampton to start work at OS. A former rower at university, I decided it was time to give something new a try, in the hope that it would help me get to know people and the area.

A year on, and I have definitely caught the running bug! I train regularly with OS Runners and my first claim club, Lordshill Road Runners, and became a qualified Run Leader in May 2017. A relative ‘newbie’ compared to the rest of the Run Leaders at OS, I am still finding my feet and growing in confidence session-on-session, so watch this space!

Eddie Bulpitt – Leader in Running Fitness

I have always been a runner.  When I was younger I would always run everywhere rather than walk and this has followed me into adulthood although I am little (a lot!) slower than I used to be.  But I represent OS in CSSC national 10km races and cross countries, run in as many 10km and half marathon races that I can in the year but am now thinking of upping my distances beyond half marathon; my son is badgering me to do a full marathon so I suppose I’d better get this distance under my belt!

At the beginning of April 2016 I was on 126 parkruns, most of these have been at Southampton but I do enjoy a bit of parkrun tourism from time to time.

I am a LiRF qualified run leader and take great pleasure in taking Mixed Ability and FUNdamentals groups through their paces and also helping Mark with the Desk to 5k programme.

I am also a run leader for the ABP Southampton Marathon team helping people achieve their goals at the ABP 10k, half and marathon events.

I have also helped beginners on an individual basis by devising training plans for them to reach their goals be it to complete a set distance or to run a certain pace.

Keith Spiers – Leader in Running Fitness

I’ve been working at Ordnance Survey for over 36 years. I was a regular footballer and have always cycled to work. I encouraged my children to be active and they joined a junior tri club and Southampton athletics club. After a year of standing on the side-lines drinking tea and eating chocolate, I thought that it was only fair that I too, experienced the highs and lows of competing.

I did my first Park-run at 46 and then joined Hedge End Running club. Years later, I’ve become a tri coach and more recently a run leader, competed at various distances and admit that my PB’s are already firmly behind me!

I’m passionate about people becoming active and giving running a go. Don’t be hung-up about times and other people’s achievements, just be content with where you are, Running on your own is so much harder so we are lucky that there are so many great people to run at lunchtime.

Viv Alexander also has a Coach in Run Fitness (CiRF) qualification and may been seen helping out with beginners from time to time.

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