Jason Oakley, Chairman

Jason Oakley, Chairman

Email: chairman@verwoodrunners.co.uk

Running for how long: 9 Years

How did you get into running: After giving up the gym and then not really doing anything I thought i’d try the C25k program a try and haven’t looked back

What’s your best experience of running so far: Lytchett 5k relays a really fun event, and Verwood runners C25k course it’s great seeing everybody’s achievements and how well they all do. It’s amazing what you can in do when you put your mind to it.

What type of music do you run too: none i like to listen to Jeremy Vine if i’m on my own(a little weird I know)

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Parkrun at Moors Valley or a bit of Parkrun Tourism and i’m also on the core team for Moors Valley Juniors on a Sunday so an early start

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: the support, the encouragement to try things (some would say peer pressure), the camaraderie and friends i’ve made along the way

Give one unusual fact about yourself: i’ve appeared on Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson Richard Hammond, James May and the star in the reasonably priced car was Vinnie Jones

Jeremy Clarkson made me sit in a Ford KA and then referred to me and said “it looks like a man in a skirt”

What makes you laugh: Michael Mcintyre, and some of the comments on this page

Nick Inge, Vice Chairman/ Treasurer

Nick Inge, Vice Chairman/ Treasurer

Email: treasurer@verwoodrunners.co.uk

Running for how long: 9 years

How did you get into running: I thought my wife doing couch to 5k would be easy so tried 1k myself and nearly passed out, and so t started..

What’s your best experience of running so far: The runs have been great but it’s really the people i’ve met on the way that have made it so rewarding

What type of music do you run too: I don’t listen to music when I run and enjoy the great outdoors

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Parkrun if the kids will let me and an early long run on a Sunday,

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: It caters for all abilities whether starting up or training for big events, with fantastic encouragement from all

Give one unusual fact about yourself: My lucky number is 111, I see it everyday and even my kids now look out for it as if they think its wierd. Haven’t had it as a race bib number yet though!!.

What makes you laugh:Usually my running photos

Tracey Smith, Secretary

Tracey Smith, Secretary

Email: secretary@verwoodrunners.co.uk

Running for how long: Since March 2017 when I signed up for Couch 2 5K with Verwood Runners.

How did you get into running: My daughter took part in a Pretty Muddy 5K in 2016 and then challenged me to join her the following year.  I took up the gauntlet (albeit 9 months after she initially challenged me) and the rest is history.

What's your best experience of running so far:  Too many to choose from but my first 10K in September 2017 and competing in two Half Marathons last year are up there.

What type of music do you run too: I rarely do these days, but if I do it’s very varied and probably consists of more 80’s hits than anything else

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Parkrun most Saturdays, volunteering at junior parkrun some Sundays, races (try to enter one a month) and general family stuff

What's the best thing about Verwood Runners: It’s a good job I only have to state the best thing or the list would be endless! The support and encouragement from an incredible group of people.

Give one unusual fact about yourself: I was one of a few chosen pupils at my school to plant a tree in the New Forest for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977

What makes you laugh:

Lots of things - I am usually seen with a smile on my face - most of the runs I have taken part in have resulted in hysterical laughter with my friends, so I suppose the answer is my friends!

Chris Shearing, Welfare Officer

Chris Shearing, Welfare Officer

Email: welfare@verwoodrunners.co.uk

Running for how long: Around 11 years

How did you get into running: I just wanted to lose weight and get fit

What’s your best experience of running so far: Running in the snow a few weeks ago

What type of music do you run too: When I do have music on its usually rock like the foo fighters, oasis and stuff like that

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Parkrun and a few beers

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: Making lots of new friends and and the encouragement you get from everyone

Give one unusual fact about yourself: I own a pink tutu DON’T ASK WHY

What makes you laugh: Jason Oakley on his first few minutes of running

Pete Jones, Merchandising

Pete Jones, Merchandising

Email: sales@verwoodrunners.co.uk

Name: Pete Jones

Running for how long:  7 years (Cycling used to be my forte but i’ve converted!)

How did you get into running: Parkruns then i moved to Verwood and went to Verwood runners and started doing lots more miles!

What’s your best experience of running so far:  Those parkrun PBs when you have everyone around you cheering you on

What type of music do you run too: I don’t run to music that often, but if i do it’s usually chilled slow music if i’m doing a long run on my own.

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: There will always be a run involved! Apart from that usually seeing family and friends

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: The support and the laughs along the way!

Give one Unusual fact about yourself: I’ve done two tough mudders and loved every minute of them!

What makes you laugh:  running photos… i very rarely have a decent one!

Chris O'Brien, Coaching

Chris O'Brien, Coaching

Running for how long: Since August 2009

How did you get into running: Charity 10k across Salisbury Plain

What’s your best experience of running so far: Endure24 is always a blast. Exhausting and mentally tough, but a fantastic (and surreal at times) experience

What type of music do you run too: None. I like to listen to the rhythm of my running and take in my environment

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Taxiing the kids, junior parkrun, carrying out running assessments and the odd race when I can fit them in

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: The community. Having seen it grow to the current size and diversity is fantastic. It really is for all abilities. I love the positivity after a runner has just completed their first skills session!

Give one Unusual fact about yourself: In 2009 I was an overweight, unfit ex-smoker that couldn’t run from one lamppost to the next. Now I run sub-3hr marathons.

What makes you laugh: When my kids laugh – it’s infectious.

Megan Moody

Megan Moody

Running for how long: 8 years on and off 

How did you get into running: I was hoping to improve my fitness and lose weight. Started doing park runs at uni and Race for Life in 2013.

What’s your best experience of running so far: Maverick 26k on the Jurassic coast in 2019, a tough personal challenge, the furthest I’ve ever ran and beautiful scenery.

What type of music do you run too: I don’t tend to run with music, prefer to chat to other runners, take in the surroundings or encourage Archie (my doggo).

What do you get up to on a typical weekend: Pakrun (pre covid), normally a canicross run or dog walk, see family and friends (often involving gin and cake😂)

What’s the best thing about Verwood Runners: The friendly, supportive running community. Regardless of pace, if you’re experienced or a beginner, or anywhere in between – everyone is cheered on💜

Give one unusual fact about yourself: I have a black tag in Taekwondo

What makes you laugh: I’m usually smiling and laughing