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Meet the Bears 🐾

The Shop Team, The RBRC Experts, The Ambassadors & Our Partners

Meet the Running Bear Shop Team

We’re a team of running and fitness enthusiasts, who will be delighted to meet you in our shop, talk to you on the phone or over email! We absolutely love what we do and always look forward to sharing our passion for running and knowledge to help our customers run happy and injury free!

If you’d like to read more about The Bear Team’s Values and Running Bear’s Social Responsibility, please click here!

Bear Leader

Social Media and Marketing Specialist
Business enthusiast
Fitness & Gym lover
5k Runner
Fave food = Pizza!

Running Enthusiast

Owner of Running Bear
25 years of Retail experience
A passionate runner for 15 years
Keen cyclist
Member of Wilmslow Running Club
Chair of The Wilmslow Running Festival
Organiser of other sporting events for Charity
Fave food = Crisps!

Running Enthusiast and Ambassador

A passion for local road racing and long distance, including over 35 Half Marathons
A member of Congleton Harriers has also represented Cheshire and England Masters – in the top percentile for her age group
Currently North Staffs Road runners Lady Vet of the year, & Congleton Harriers Lady Road Runner of the year.
 Don’t be intimidated by her achievements – she is super-approachable & loves helping runners get started on their journey!
Fave food = Ice Cream!

Running Club Leader

Experienced operations & event manager
Administrator of Running Bear RC
Sports enthusiast (Man City Mad!)
5K Runner
Fave food = Lasagne

Running Enthusiast

Running for 13 years on all terrains and distances
A passion for local fell racing
A member of Congleton Harriers
A lead in children’s school Cross Country
A true running family

Running Enthusiast

Running for over 30 years on all terrains and distances
Former British Police Cross Country, Orienteering and Fell Running Champion
Impressive list of Personal Bests and big contributor to the medal wall!
Member of Wilmslow Running Club
Organiser of many running events

Running Enthusiast

Over 10 years working in specialist running retail, competitive runner with personal bests of 17:06 for 5k and 35:48 for 10k. Level 3 qualified personal trainer and sports massage therapist. Member of Liverpool Harriers and enjoy exploring the trails in the Peak District. Fave Food = Biscuits!

Running Enthusiast

A recent graduate from the University of Leeds.  A runner from a young age, previously competing in athletics.  Favourite runs are the muddy ones with her mum, Carol and sister, Sophia, who are also part of the Running Bear family.  Also a very keen netball player, having competed at County and Regional level and playing for Leeds University.
Fave food = Chips , Cheese & Gravy

Running Enthusiast

Committed volunteer at Park Run
Runs for Boalloy Running Club
Participated in both school and XC league
Favourite runs are long country runs with good company

Running Enthusiast

Runner for over 10 years and member of Bramhall Runners for the last 4 years.
A passion for running any distance from Parkruns to Ultra marathons.
Favourite races are in the Fells XC Snowdon Marathon and Bullock Smithy.
Parkrun volunteer and LiFR qualified.
Enjoys yoga and core work.
Fave food = Greggs!

Running Enthusiast

Been running for just over 3 years
Ranging from 800m on the track to 10k on the road.
Favourite distance is 5k with a Pb of 14:46
Member of Stockport Harriers
Favourite food – Pizza!

Running Enthusiast

Competitor at all distances from track to ultra
Completed over 50 two day mountain marathons, including many class wins
Completed ‘The UK Big 3 Challenges’ all in under 24 hours (Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley, Ramsey Round)
LIFR qualified

Weekend Bear

Weekend Bear

Weekend Bear

Meet the RBRC Experts

 As a member of the Running Bear Running Club, you will be hearing from the experts every week. You get weekly training plans and will bring you “live QA sessions”, and podcasts featuring people that will really make a difference to your running! Any questions or queries they’re on hand to answer your questions!

RBRC Head Coach

Impressive running pedigree from track to half marathon

Commentator for UK Athletics

Worked professionally in International Sport

Strong supporter of local community through park runs

Community Hero award for services to sport

Chairman of Manchester Cross Country League

Race adjudicator for North west of England Athletics

County selector

Coach for RBRC Interval Sessions

Angela has been treating athletes and runners of all levels for the last 28 years, including training with the blaise dubois clinic in Canada🏃🏻‍♂️

As a specialist running physio, Angela has a major interest in injury prevention, including focusing on monitoring your load, strength programmes and she always works to return her patients back to sport better prepared than before an injury!💪🏻

Dr Kate is a recently retired from being a GP for over 30 years.  An experienced runner across road, trail & fell for Wilmslow Running Club you’ll be used to seeing Dr Kate at a lot of the local races in and around Cheshire. Dr Kate will be on call to help answer your running-related health queries, as well as running Q&A sessions to answer those burning questions!

Emma is the Principal Massage Therapist at Premier Sports Massage & Fitness, and is fully qualified with a wealth of experience in treating clients with all varieties of injuries and ailments with her skills extending into Pilates & Circuit Training – strength, flexibility and general fitness are all key for running. Now she’s here to help you Bears be fit and raring to go!

The studio director at Yogalife Alderley Edge. Claire started her yoga journey when she broke her thoracic spine 9 years ago & since then has intenstively practiced yoga. Claire has over 500 hours teacher training – the team at yogalife are here to add a different dimension to your running experience!

Phil is a triathlete and Ironman and loves his cycling and swimming as much as his running, so if you have any questions other than running he’s your man.
Phil is a qualified running coach and coaches weekly at his local running club. He loves helping others and gets immense pleasure from seeing the progress in people’s running.

Chris first started triathlon over 23 years ago racing for the GB Junior Team between 1995 and 1998. He has been coached himself by some of the top coaches in the sport, developing his knowledge and experience over a long history of training and racing that has taken him all over the world. Chris’ racing has all been done whilst working full time so understands the challenges of fitting in training around work, family and other commitments so he builds a plan around your current lifestyle. Chris has immensely enjoyed coaching athletes to the next level, whatever the starting point, and is now proud to be coaching  Kona Qualifiers and multiple GB Age Group Team Members and IM Age Group Podium Winners.

Sport and nutrition has always been Justine’s passion, from working as a Manager at David Lloyd to qualifying in pilates and fitness instruction and running a healthy food blog. Justine is currently studying for a masters in sport nutrition at Manchester Metropolitan University, indulging in her love of reading and researching all aspects of sport nutrition. Justine will use her experience and knowledge to help you guys optimise your nutritional programme and gain your performance goals!

Laura started competing in triathlon in 2010 coming from a running background. Her first triathlon created an immediate love and draw to the sport with a competitive thirst for more.

Laura is a driven and competitive person in both life and sport and shares that passion with her athletes. She likes to find what drives and motivates them and work with that spark to get the best out of them. She thrives off making a difference in their life, whether it be to be able to progress from a super sprint to standard distance or to achieve their GB AG vest to compete in European and world championships. She has a very encouraging nature and will help you to bring the best out by getting to know you as a person and an athlete.

Meet the Running Bear Ambassadors

Josh Barrow

In his mid-twenties Josh (@lureofthewild_) decided to switch up an active social life spending his weekends in bars and restaurants in his hometown Hale, Cheshire for something more meaningful 💭 . He moved to the Lake District in 2017, as a complete life overhaul in the pursuit of something better 🌄 .

As a trail-running novice, Josh soon began to routinely run the perimeter of Lake Windermere (26.2miles – a Marathon), on Friday nights ⛵ . Living 100 miles from anyone he knew, he’d get lost in the mountains the rest of the weekend. Often armed just with a fruit of the loom jumper and short shorts in the thick of winter👟.

Josh has run around 25 marathons, including the Great Wall of China Marathon in 2016 😎. A recent highlight was the Pisa Marathon in 2019, which Josh ran in 2:45. He’s set to tackle the Snowdon Mountain Marathon this year.

Now living in Congleton, Cheshire with his girlfriend Sophia, Josh says the sport hurls him into the present, away from the preoccupations of his working life, and helps him take care of himself with more attention and skill🧘‍♂️ . He says running feels honest and authentic, and one of the few times he feels exactly where he should be.

Carol Bird

Carol (@birdyruns) started running in her mid-forties at the Race for Life 5k, since then she has run over 35 Half Marathons and 5 Marathons🤩 She began running seriously in her fifties & believes that running should not be defined by age!👏🏻

Carol’s top tips…✨

  • Find yourself a run buddy👫 If you’re meeting up with someone, you’re more likely to go, even if the weather is bad. It also makes running more fun. (Have coffee & cake after you’ve just run…you’re allowed it!)🍰☕️
  • Enter a race🏆 Races aren’t just for elite runners, you’ll find a mixture of abilities. It will give you an aim & incentive to train🏃🏼‍♀️
  •  Buy some kit that you feel good in👟I love the comfortable, practical & stylish kit that is now available. It makes me want to get out there & run!

What’s her favourite thing about Running Bear?🐻

The inclusivity for all runners in the community & supporting them for whatever reason they run, whether that be for physical health, mental health, to compete as an athlete, or just for the enjoyment!🤗

Proudest moments:

🌟Being selected for Cheshire in her fifties
🌟Achieving her England Masters Vest in 2019
🌟Being named NSRRA Lady Runner of the Year 2019
🌟Being Inducted into the NSRRA Hall of Fame

💫PBs💫
HM: 1:31:45
Marathon: 3:18:54
Favourite distance: Half-Marathon

About our Running Bear RC Partners

Together for Short Lives help every child and family living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition get the very best care and support so they can make the most of every moment together. In 2018-19 they saw a 59% rise in calls to their helpline from families needing support of their much needed assistance.

By supporting and speaking up for children and families, and those that support and care for them, they are driving for a better quality of life and end of life for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. They literally help change lives.

The team at Physiofit are passionate about keeping you running pain free. Physiofit was established in 1992 by Angela Jackson, with the aim of providing excellence in physiotherapy care.  They are a large team of passionate and experienced physiotherapists who specialise in the prevention and treatment of runners and can quickly establish an accurate diagnosis getting you back running without delay. They will work with you to establish why your injury occurred, teach you how to monitor load and give you a strength programme to ensure return you to sport better prepared than you were before the injury.

Yoga Life isn’t about being able to touch your toes or being super strong. You don’t have to hug trees or eat lentils and chi seeds to join the club. Yoga Life isn’t about being the best in the room its about helping others to be their very best. Yogalife is a family, a community and group of friends. You will get stronger, you will become more flexible, you will laugh and smile.

Better than all this is our promise…you will leave our little oasis as the absolute best version of you. and that’s perfect in our eyes. PEACE, LOVE, YOGA LIFE