Coaches Gallery


Head Coach 
Liz Cooper
UK Athletics L2

I was introduced to running around sixteen years to add to my then current sporting interests of netball, tennis and cycling.  I only started to take running more seriouslywhen I was challenged to compete in my first half marathon in Stroud by a friend, who is now my husband!!  I then moved to Sussex and became a member of BHR and loved the support, encouragement and friendly nature of the club.  I have competed in races up to marathon distance and became a coach around eight years ago and love seeing the progress people can make with a little encouragement and self belief.  In 2011, I started the daytime running group for the club which continues to go from strength to strength and in 2014 became the Head Coach.  




Stuart Condie 
UK Athletics L2 

First started running at school in cross country; won South London Schools and London Schools team events and did 800m to reasonable level. Then nothing much (other than beer women and football) till I joined BHR in 1993. Been a qualified coach since 2000 and am currently on the Local Coach Development Programme. Also elected as Regional Councillor for England Athletics and strong armed onto the Sussex Network.bIn competitions I’ve done most running events from 60m indoor sprint to the marathon (never again!) with both BHR and HHH for track events. I hold several M40 and M50 HHH club records for sprint events, got a UK ranking of 15 in 2007/8 for M50 sprints, and an SGP ranking of 6th over 2010-13. Am now concentrating on 5m/10k/XC type events.




Steve Roberts
LIRF

I've been running about 10 yrs & joined BHR in 2009. I've run & raced at all distances above 5k & particularly love long distance running including marathon & ultra distance stuff. I really love running off-road up on the Downs best. I got involved in leading the Beginner groups not long after Jan Lavis & Di Delderfield started them & completed my LiRF course back in 2011 - I've been involved ever since. I really enjoy seeing people getting into running & helping them to develop. I also enjoy helping to organise running events & supporting other runners in completing ultra events...I love playing a small part in helping them to reach their goals!




Jean Leak
LIRF

I started running in 2012 just it improve fitness, but soon the running bug took over and I entered my first half marathon. After successfully completing this race I decided I needed to learn more about running and eventually plucked up the courage to join BHRs in 2013. With my knowledge as a swimming teacher and coach I know how important good training and technique is and therefore deciding to take my running further to help and encourage others. I recently took my LIRF and  have started leading groups of all abilities during Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.




Nick Dawson
LIRF

I began running about three years ago when I was made redundant.  I started going for long fast walks every morning so that I wasn't stuck in front of the computer job hunting all the time.  It got to the stage where I thought, "If I can walk this fast, surely I must be able to run slowly?".  So, under the cover of darkness, so no one could see me, I would jog and walk between lampposts, gradually increasing my running distance. After a couple of months Neil suggested I come along to BHR, which scared me.  Me, go to a running club?!  Surely I wasn't the type of runner they'd want there and I'd never keep up! I joined the 6.30 Improvers group and never looked back.  I've met some of the best people there - the runners who make it a really social and fun thing to do, and the excellent coaches who not only make it fun, but also encourage us to push ourselves to new levels.  I'm a prime example of this - in the last two and a half years with BHR, I've completed an ultra marathon, 5 marathons and several half marathons with lots of long distance running plans for the future.  I hope that I can pass on some of the experiences I have had and the things I've learned from the coaches who encouraged me, to people who felt like I did three years ago, that would never be a "runner".



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Kim Gow
LIRF

I joined BHR when it was a small club and there were about 20 of us. I have seen the club grow and develop into the huge success we are today, welcoming and inspiring. I have held many positions on the committee but have only recently taken the Leader in Running Fitness course. I have run two marathons London and Beachy Head but feel the shorter faster courses are much more my thing. Teaching has been my full time career.



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Karen Harvey
LIRF

I began running after I had my second child to try and regain some fitness and be able to see my feet again. I started running around the block with a friend and gradually built up to running my first 5k, a race for Life in Stanmer Park in the pouring rain. I won't forget the elation of being able to run 3 miles without stopping. I then joined Burgess Hill Runners and everyone was so friendly and supportive. I ran my first half marathon in 2012 and, with the support of my running buddies, my first full ( Beachy Head) in 2013. I've since run 17 other marathons, realising I love the distance and being out in the wilderness! This year, 2016, I ran London to Brighton which was an amazing experience for someone who never, ever, saw themselves as a runner. I trained to become a coach this year to give back to the club I love belonging to and to help people to experience the sense of achievement you get from running.



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Catherine Kempton
LIRF

I joined the running club right back in 1993, just after it formed. I prefer running off road and even better if there are muddy puddles involved. Don't get too close or you will get splashed!

Head Coach
Sue Baillie
CIRF  

I joined BHR a few months after I started jogging round the block, that was 10 years ago and I still love it! I've been coaching at club for about six years and find it very rewarding & inspiring. My particular interest is in the sport science of strength and conditioning & injury prevention, and am known for my "planks" obsession for core strengthening. Since joining club I've run in 5k to marathon distance races, the longer ones suiting me better. My favourite is off-road running and I take the chance to run on the South Downs whenever I can. My husband Andrew is also an active member of BHR, which has become a fulfilling part of our lives.




Tony Radmall
CIRF

I started running so long ago for me to remember, and started competing in long distance events from 1979, ran my first marathon in 1984, so dont ask me how many marathons/ultras I have run more fingers, toes and teeth (still got them all and my wisdom teeth) for me to count. Some would say I have strange hobbies which not only include very wacky races, but mountain biking and caving/pot holing. In fact in running terms the wackier the run the more likely I am to run it. Am more than happy with either extreme of cold, wet and muddy to scorching hot as long as it is off road.I started with Burgess Hill Runners in 1995 and coaching some 5 or 6 years ago. I really enjoy the coaching and the banter it creates with our club runners, I hope my sessions are fun and everyone learns something.




Di Delderfield
LIRF

I’d watched many London Marathons on TV and felt inspired by the achievements of the runners. My first race was the Burgess Hill ¼ Marathon, in 1995 at the age of 39. A work friend was a Burgess Hill Runner and he told me to run with people from the club.  I couldn’t keep up with them but they cheered me on as the course looped around. Because of how good that made me feel, I thought I would go along to a club night. They made me feel like a valued member of the club from Day 1. I’m proud to say that our club has the same principles today. As for marathons, I did my first one in the Year 2000, not as soon as I’d hoped, but to date I have done 34. I think every runner has a marathon in them, only you can decide whether you want to achieve that goal. It does change your life and I know it changed mine. BHR also changed my life, I have many wonderful friends and I met my husband there. I wanted to give something back to the club, so I trained to be a LiRF and with Jan Lavis started the Beginners Group. One of the best things I have ever done. It is very satisfying to see people grow through running.  Our beginners have become good friends too.  Life is sweet.




Leanne Cleaveley
LIRF

I'd always harboured the secret desire to complete a marathon - even though I hated running....so, I decided to sign up for The Brighton Marathon 2011.  Then, I REALLY thought about it - I'd need to run!  So, in October 2010 I joined Burgess Hill Runners as a complete newbie and since then I haven't looked back!  To date I've completed numerous half and full marathons and in 2013 I completed The Virgin London Marathon (I totally lived my dream)!  I can normally be found coaching the Beginners and Improvers - as I'm proof that anyone can do it!




Pete Crowley
LIRF

I joined BHR way back in early 1994 and was the first person to win the most improved runner award that year. Back in my youth I was a capable 400m runner and reached county level. Although shorter distances was where I was at my best I am very much a fun runner and over the years have run all of the fun run league races several times. The biggest personal achievement for me was finishing the London marathon back in 2004 which without the support of the club I would never have completed. I have won the Black cap club handicap race and I have served a couple of years on the committee. I am very much a fun Runner, So by joining the coaching staff I thought I could encourage any new members and give them the benefit of my many years’ experience at BHR.




Neil Dawson 
LIRF

I ran my first marathon, the Skegness to Boston sea bank event, at the age of 11. However, my early sporting focus was on football and I only started to take running seriously again when injury ended my footballing days.I joined Burgess Hill Runners in 2011 and running has now become a huge focus in my life. I have completed the Dark Star Ultra, 3 Forts Ultra, the Brighton Marathon, and the Steyning Stinger Marathon since joining the club, as well as countless half marathons and all of the West Sussex Fun Run League races. In July 2013 I helped to launch our local parkrun, which takes place each Saturday morning in Haywards Heath and I am the Event Director. I believe firmly in the physical and mental health benefits of running and I decided to take the LiRF qualification in order to help and encourage others to discover and enjoy exercise. I run to keep fit and to socialise. The running community Is a very supportive one and I love how we all encourage each other to improve.




Ann Savidge
LIRF

My first timed run for Burgess Hill Runners was a WSFRL 10k at Lewes in 2011. The following year I set myself a half marathon goal which I completed in Brighton in the February. I had been adamant that a marathon for me was never going to happen! Needless to say, the following year, 2013 I completed the full Marathon in Brighton and said never again. In 2015 I ran the London Marathon after securing a place through the BHR ballot which was fantastic.

More recently, I was chuffed to be asked to complete an LiRF course which I was more than happy to attend as it means that I can pass on my love for running to others.



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Keith Brown
LIRF

I joined BHR in January 2015 with the ambition of getting a bit fitter.  Having been a tennis player all my life (and still coaching regularly at local clubs and schools) I wanted to get into running but didn’t know where to start.  The club has been fantastic in helping me develop in to a confident runner and offering advice whenever it is needed. 
In the two years that I have been a member I have now joined the Parkrun 50 club, completed many 10k runs, many of the WSFRL races for the club and 5 half marathons in 2016 in cities such as Belfast and Manchester.  My times are improving constantly and I have the club to thank for my continued motivation and love of the sport.
I completed the LIRF course in October 2016 as I want to help out at the club and give something back for everyone that has helped me.   I also look forward to using the coaching skills I possess from tennis and applying them to groups of runners.



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Ian Jones
CIRF

First fond memories of running as a 6-7 yr old at primary school challenging self to how many laps of the playground could be done during break times – in shoes. Probably initiated from the relentless jogging as a toddler needed to keep up with mother during any outing to the shops. Those early training sessions developed some sort of endurance!
Secondary school confirmed I wasn’t born with fast twitch fibres, always finishing last in the 100m and I was rubbish at cricket too. But with some planned misbehaviour when the PE teacher thought a reasonable punishment was to run laps of the playing fields instead, off I went very happy. I also smashed the school cross-country records before leaving school then went on to college and made new ones there too. Did ok at cycling and got wear a GB jersey on several occasions and a few years racing in France too. Then reality kicked in and mundane life took over instead. Joined BHR in 2003 and competed in distances from 5k to marathon, although 10k to half marathon being my favourite distances. Been coaching for the last 5 years and adore watching our runners improve in all aspects of their running. Special interests are functions and dysfunctions of muscles.    



Martin Skeats
CIRF 

I started running as a beginner with the Tuesday group in January 2012, the coaches were so supportive and after a few weeks they encouraged me to join BHR. Since then I have completed road and trail marathons, half marathons, and many shorter runs. I like the summer off-road runs best and I enjoy being part of BHR with so many friendly runners.To help out with the Tuesday group I completed my LIRF in January 2013 and now lead groups on a Wednesday as well. I enjoy helping new runners as I can remember how I felt in 2012, I also enjoy challenging more experienced runners. I was awarded my CiRF in June 2015.





Helen Pratt
LIRF

2010 ... The 1st Brighton marathon . I entered it with no intention of running it . I did it and managed to run some of it. This was enough to get the bug ! That September I joined Burgess Hill runners . A wonderful, friendly , encouraging running club, who cheer on and encourage all abilities ..from the fastest to the slowest . I have since run 4 marathons and several halves , 10k etc . I dont find it easy but love the sense of achievement and challenge. I have been a LiRF for 2 years helping with the Tuesday group and now the Wednesday groups . It Is great to see how people develop their running . It is lovely to see those who , when the start say " I can't do it " after a while get up that big hill . Or even cross the finishing line at the end of an event .




James Sorbie
LIRF

I have been running as a hobby since about 2007 although didn't start running regularly until I joined BHR in 2011. After learning from my own mistakes in running I started to pass on various bits of advice to my friends who were new to running and found that I enjoyed helping new and enthusiastic runners. I decided to take the coaching course in 2012 and tend to mainly coach at 7:30pm. I like to focus on drills that prepare runners for races and as a keen racer myself I love to help people on their way to new personal bests, particularly in the 5-10k range. As a runner I am probably best at the shorter distances such as 5k, but if I was to pick my favourite distance to run I'd currently say Half Marathon. I live in Burgess Hill and have for most of my life. You'll often see me plodding around the streets in an evening looking tired!




Andrew Baillie
LIRF

I was always running everywhere as a kid, (mainly because I was always late!), but only started running seriously in 2002. I joined BHR in 2004 and haven't looked back. After my first marathon in 2006, I was content for a few years to run 'socially' with the club without having a goal, until the arrival of the Brighton marathon. Since completing the Brighton marathon in 2011, my goals and achievements have been more distance related, having completed 3 ultra-marathons, with more planned. What do I love about the club? The encouragement that comes from the club for all who run with us, whatever their abilities, and knowing that the club’s committee and coaches have the runners at heart in all they do. What do I love about coaching? The challenge of finding the latest information available to help our runners, and of putting together sessions to challenge our members for them to improve.




Allie Wood
LIRF

I have been running for many years on my own and only managed to build up to 5 miles. I joined BHR club 4 years ago …..one year later I completed 3 half marathons. The following year I managed to achieve two goals when running a full marathon, one to run the whole way and the other to finish within a certain time. By becoming a coach I hope to encourage other people to achieve their running goals. 



Liz Carter
LIRF

I joined BHR in 2011 after five years of running around the town on my lonesome.   I have made friends and been introduced to amazing off road routes I never would have found on my own.   I have enjoyed running various distances over the past few years and what I love about it (even more than being able to fit in pre baby jeans) is how it keeps my head steady when the world can seem chaotic.  




Keith Delderfield
LIRF

I originally used running as a way to keep fit for other sports such as Rugby and Football, but once injury forced retirement from contact sports I was introduced to running as another outlet for my energies. I was lucky that I worked with the then coach of BHR who invited me along to join in with a few session and I found a group of fun loving runners. That was way back in 1997, I soon found myself immersed within the club, eventually ending up as Chairman for 4 years. The running and coaching inspired me to attempt a marathon and that was it, I got the bug and have now completed 31 marathons. The club has allowed me to meet not only a group of like-minded people but some lifelong friends and I even met my wife here. From assisting over the years in leading various groups I have now stepped up to formally give back something to a club that has given so much to me.