Neil Williams

I first started running in 2009 and set out to run the Plymouth Half Marathon the following year. It wasn't that successful, becoming ill towards then end I struggled to finish in just under 2 hours. My running days nearly ended there! I later joined a local running club and learnt so much, it inspired me to become a run leader and then a coach in running fitness. After 2 years of running I completed my first marathon in just under 4 hours. Since then I have gone on to complete 235 marathons working my way to 300 and a listing on the world rankings. After qualifying as a Cirf I was lucky enough to obtain a place on the England Athletics local coach development programme, developing and expanding my coaching skills. My wife, Caroline, and I started a juniors group in association with Plymouth Argyle community group. In 2016 we moved clubs to our current running club Storm Plymouth, where we both studied and qualified to be athletics coaches. Within Storm we helped set up a absolute beginners programme which proved to be very successful. Our approach to running is very much holistic and does go against the norm for pretty much all the running clubs in the local area. This is why we have chosen to set up this running group as we are passionate about teaching people to run in a safe, sensible and progressive way. We do know our stuff. I have been really fortunate to be able to deliver club run sessions for England athletics and present at the South West Endurance Network (SWEN) conference. I love to help others and with hard work and determination anything can be achieved and together we can!

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