We aim to have Run Leaders at each of the weekly training sessions. These are ERN members who have been through a jogscotland training course which covers everything from warm-up to cool-down, fitness programmes, risk assessment and helping people overcome common barriers to starting exercise – such as lack of confidence, perceived lack of time, lack of support etc. Run Leaders also have access to the emergency contact details provided by members in case of need.
Fiona Mackenzie – Coach Co-Ordinator: Fi started to run, (“not very well”), when she signed up for her first triathlon, the New Years Day Triathlon on 01/01/01. “I knew I could cycle my big hefty bike around Arthurs Seat about 20 mins a circuit, I suspected I could swim 8 lengths of the commie pool using a combination of breaststroke & back crawl, so only the running to perfect – after the event I felt that was still the problem, and then ‘they’ invented jogscotland. I followed the programme & finally managed to get a bit better at running, met a few new friends who were at the same sort of stage in running & improved a bit, entered some races & really enjoyed the experience. We felt unsure of the ‘athleticy’ type of serious running clubs, so dreamt up our version of a running club – not so serious but with a good social aspect. Edinburgh Running Network was delivered along with the bulletproof orange vests. Over the years my running has improved a bit, my bike has evolved a lot & my swimming is unrecognisable. I recently managed to swim 2750m of front crawl in an hour. I do like spending time outdoors & have recently started to embrace mud & hills. I am a jogscotland advanced jogleader – and am about to do some further training with Scottish Athletics. Last year I spent the summer running about Arthurs Seat wearing a lightsuit for the month of August. The great thing about running is the amount of lovely people you meet.”
Elly Mackenzie – Run Leader: I trained as a Jog Leader in January 2010 and started to help Gordon on a Monday night at Portobello. I now take the Monday class with help from Andrew Simpson and thoroughly enjoy seeing the regulars set and achieve their own goals.
Krista Black – Run Leader: Krista took park in her first “Elvis 5k’ in Texas in 1998 and hasn’t looked back. She loves running and the company of the running club. It has motivated her to take her running further than she ever expected. (It’s amazing how the miles tick by with a good chat!) She has completed numerous shorter distances as well as 8 marathons. Krista works as a Sports and Remedial massage therapist at KnotStressed Therapies and is constantly inspired by her clients. She is a Run Leader and she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for sport with others.
John Edmond – Run Leader and Route Master : John has been running on and off with ERN since 2012. 17 stone and overweight he got back into running after an enjoyable (6 year) career in the Army in his youth. No half measures for this lad, straight into his first marathon in 2012, running it (Edinburgh) in fancy dress. John loves his grub and socialising with members of the group and his many friends outwith. A very keen ultra runner now inspired by Rachael Moir’s effort on the Hoka Highland Fling, he has never looked back. Also having done a Jog Leader’s course, he is glad to use this experience to help the group. When not running John enjoys charity work (Especially with Animals) and messing about with computers (Geeky Sod) !!!