What our members are saying about us...


"Without realising it, I am now running faster and pushing myself harder than I ever would have"

"The sessions are different every week and designed to increase your stamina and speed. Without realising it, I am now running faster and pushing myself harder than I ever would have. Every couple of months there is a fitness test, where you can see and “feel” if you have made any improvements. To date, my mile time has decreased by nearly 2 minutes, something I would never have thought possible if I had been doing this on my own. There is good technical advice from Lee, and I have noticed that I now “run” rather than shuffle along. All the members are supportive of each other and there is a lot of encouragement from everybody."

Ruth Whitton  


"If you’ve never run, if you’ve always run, you will definitely love Lee’s Running Group!"

"I always thought other people ran – certainly never me. Just before my 40th birthday I saw the opportunity to try Lee Merriens running group as part of a get fit week, so as it was free and I needed to lose weight, I decided to have a go. I thought it may mean running next to him, so was petrified when I turned up! – However to my surprise it was a really friendly group of both men and women of all ages and all abilities – and no you didn’t have to run alongside Lee!! So I signed up and started running with the Saturday morning group – which meant getting up to run in all weathers every Saturday morning, but despite the early start and sometimes awful weather, I loved them and noticed a real improvement in my weight and fitness. I suddenly became hooked and decided to get better, I knew I needed to run a little more than 1 hour, every Saturday, so I therefore joined the Wednesday group. I’ve not looked back and over 2 years later, I’ve run 5kms, 10kms, half marathons and now 2 marathons, run 3-4 times a week. This has been entirely due to lee’s support and running group. Lee and those who help his groups are amazing. Despite being REAL athletes, they are interested in your running however slow and help you and support you whatever you think you may want to do.''

"If you’ve never run, if you’ve always run, you will definitely love Lee’s Running Group! I tell everyone about running now and try to get everyone to come along to Lee’s groups."

Becky Sherrington  



"It is different from any other training I had done previously but suitable for all standards and everyone can gain benefit from the sessions".


"Following the year's Race for Life I got the e-mail "meet on the track at Foote's Lane on Wednesday evening". Eek! Not for the likes of me, I thought, running on the track is for elite runners. But having asked for our training sessions to continue I thought I'd better go at least to the first one. It wasn't actually half as daunting as I had imagined and I really quite enjoyed it. It is different from any other training I had done previously but suitable for all standards and everyone can gain benefit from the sessions. I have now met running buddies with whom I run regularly at the weekends and I'd recommend anyone who is even a little bit interested to come along."

Hazel Solway  



"I think that the last interval session I did was the fastest I have run for over 25 years".


"Having started Lee's running groups in September 2010 I feel that my long distance stamina has improved, whilst the sessions can hurt they give you are a great sense of achievement, I think that the last interval session I did was the fastest I have run for over 25 years. The groups give you a varied training plan that I wouldn’t have even thought possible whilst having fun with other runners who are all sociable if not a little sweaty. I feel from a physical and mental point of view Lee's sessions are helping me to achieve better distance goals."

Stuart Moseley  



"No matter how old, young, fast or slow you are, everyone is treated with the same respect by Lee, Ingy and Nicola."

"I only started running about 5 years ago and I am one of the older (and slower!) members of the group. At the time the thought of joining a running group was quite intimidating, but this is not the case. No matter how old, young, fast or slow you are, everyone is treated with the same respect by Lee, Ingy and Nicola. The training sessions are designed to be challenging and really make a difference to overall running fitness. Everyone who attends the group is interested about improving some aspect of their running, but there is also a great feeling of camaraderie, fun and enjoyment of the sessions."

Cath Birnie  



"I have definitely noticed an improvement in my running times for all distances, in my stamina and my general fitness."

"I started running in preparation for the 2010 London marathon. Then having got hooked on running I joined one of Lee’s evening running groups in the summer of 2010 to learn more and introduce interval training into my weekly routine. These evenings are well structured starting with stretching, running technique exercises and interval training running. Each week the running intervals vary so no chance of boredom! About every six weeks there is a chance to measure your fitness level and actually see the improvements you have made! Just as important as the running is that the groups are friendly and fun with people of all ages and running experiences. I used to find interval training difficult on my own but the group sessions have helped me achieve my goals. I have definitely noticed an improvement in my running times for all distances, in my stamina and my general fitness. These evenings have now become an essential part of my week’s running programme!"

Paul Frank  



"Even on the days when I am tired from work or it is cold and dark and I don't fancy running I seem to go along to the running group anyway and always feel 100 percent better at the end."


"I have been coming to the Ladies' Running Group since the 2007 Race for Life. I have been running for 12 years but never seemed to get any faster. Since attending the running group I have taken an amazing 7 minutes off my half marathon time. Even on the days when I am tired from work or it is cold and dark and I don't fancy running I seem to go along to the running group anyway and always feel 100 percent better at the end. I know I wouldn't push myself anywhere near that hard on my own and we do something a bit different each week so it is always a fresh challenge."

Sam Abbot-Harland