I am a Level 2 Athletics Coach and have been a member of BVR since I was 17 years old. I remember the sessions that Belle Vue founder Eddie Cheetham used to coach and the pain of running up the embankment after 1K reps, completing press-ups in the wind and rain. Eddie had a lasting impression on anyone who knew him, especially those who he coached. When he died many feared the club would fold.
Continuing Eddie’s legacy, Lynda excelled as club coach, bringing her own unique style to the role. It is testament to the coaching at Belle Vue, past and present, that we have so many great athletes of all abilities, particularly those who have come to running as complete beginners. The club is a small friendly place to come and get fit and meet like-minded people in the process, from the few faces that were there at the beginning, to the many people who have joined since and made the club what it is today.
I never liked running at school, I was big and slow and at the back, so I didn’t run. In 2009, to lose weight, I started running and eventually I could run up to 5K, my P.B. was 43 minutes. Gradually I got this time down but after a while running on my own I had plateaued and just couldn’t improve any further. One of my friends recommended Belle Vue Racers to me and after another six months of putting it off I came to my first track session in 2010.
Due to the coaching of Lynda and James my times kept getting better and better and I moved on from 5Ks to 10Ks, to half marathons and then on to marathons.
Part of what makes Belle Vue Racers such a great club is that it is inclusive, our athletes have a wide range of ages and a wider range of abilities and the club is very friendly and supportive.
In 2012 I was diagnosed with diabetes Type I, I was 39 years old and I had already run five marathons. It took a while for my blood glucose levels to level out and for me to get used to injecting insulin. It was great to have the support of the entire club and I am now back running and back on marathons. If you have diabetes Type I or Type II and are worried that this will stop you training then don’t be. There are lots of athletes who have the same condition as you and they don’t let it get in the way of training or competing.
In 2013 I qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness.