Junior Performance Development Team

Simon Moore - Junior Head Coach

I have been Head Coach since 2016. My role and responsibilities are planning and structuring the junior's training sessions and their long term athlete development whether it be running, cycling, swimming or triathlons. My coaching career started coaching running to adults several years agobefore moving to principally coaching juniors when my own children wanted to take part in these events. I am a qualified Level 1 and 2 triathlon coach including additional qualifications in strength and conditioning and open water swimming.

Although I played football as I child, my own sporting career did not really kickstart until I moved to the North East of England; it was hard to ignore the Great North Run half marathon. I did my first Junior Great North Run when I was 14yrs old and switched to the larger event when I was eligible at 17 in 1991 and have only missed 2 years since to this annual pilgrimage! I have now completed over 60 marathons, half-marathons and ultra-marathons.
In 2011, I started competing in other events than just running and have since completeda multitude of triathlons, duathlons, aquathlons, swimming and biking events including completing over 10 Ironman events, 190mile bike rides and ÖtillÖ and Breca swim runs.

I have also been lucky enough to have qualified for the European Ironman championship, qualified Good for Age for the London Marathon on 6 occasions and represented Great Britain at cycling on 3 occasions.

I feel that engaging in sport at a young age helps prepare juniors for the road that may lie ahead. I want our juniors to succeedby providing support, togetherness, guidance, enthusiasm, friendship and most of all have fun along the way.

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Rachel Miller - EA Coaching Assistant / Junior Representative / Committee Member / Blue Group Coach

Hi, I am Mum to Havana and Louis Miller and have been appointed onto the BRJ committee to look after the junior section. If you have any queries about anything in the junior section, please let me know. This is just a little bit about me.

As a child growing up in the depths of South Devon, sport was never easy. I participated in the school netball, hockey and tennis teams but other than that it was very difficult as there were never any clubs easy to get to. My Mum would drive me 45 mins each way just for my swimming lesson once a week! My only running was when my PE teacher came to live with us (she was a friend of my parents) and she would make me run down to the beach and back which was only about 3 miles in total but was very hilly and I hated it!! I had very little confidence as a child and found sport too competitive. I hated the way the other kids would laugh at you when you came last or you missed a goal. School sports day was one of the worst days in the school calendar for me! I am happy to see those days are pretty much gone and there is so much more support for people young and old.

I got into running and triathlon after losing my Dad quite suddenly to cancer in 2007. I ran the Race for Life 5k in Stamford which for me was very difficult, but upon getting my first medal I was hooked! After watching my husband Ricardo compete in the Windsor Triathlon, I decided to give that a go too as I loved swimming, so in 2010 I competed in the Women's Only Dorney Lake Triathlon and the London Triathlon, both of which I loved. Since then I have gone on to complete a number of half marathons, the London Marathon and also Ironman 70.3 in Austria.

BRJ have been very supportive of everything I have done after joining them in 2013. I have been a member ever since they set up the junior section, as I joined with my daughter. In 2015 I took up the post on the committee and have seen the junior section grow into the amazing and supportive club we have today. This year I qualified as a Coaching Assistant with England Athletics and have done my Leadership in Running Fitness course with them too. I now have the enormous pleasure of coaching the Blue Group alongside Pippa. I find it very rewarding seeing the kids come in from the age of 7 and getting them started on their running careers.

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Pippa Burns - British Triathlon Level 1 Coach

Having been a keen cyclist I decided to do the BRJ Duathlon in 2014. The event was superbly organised and I got a great vibe for BRJ. I completed a further 3 duathlons in 2015 and had the crazy idea that I wanted to complete a Triathlon.

I joined BRJ in April 2015 and have completed 5 triathlons two of which have been at Ironman 70.3 distance in Mallorca.

In 2016 I completed my British Triathlon Level 1 qualification. I coach BRJ seniors swimming on Mondays and Junior running on Wednesdays. I thoroughly love coaching within BRJ.

I feel privileged that I get the opportunity, as a coach, to encourage children within sport, help make it part of their everyday lives and watch them achieve things that they may have dbted they could, all whilst having great fun.

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Richard Davies - England Athletics Level 1 Leader in Running Fitness (Lirf)

I started running in 2012 and wanted to lose weight and get fit again after stopping playing rugby. My favourite distance is anything over 10km. Ive completed over 20 half marathons now and 7 full marathons. My aim was only ever to do 1 marathon.

I started coaching in 2015 after being asked to help lead Senior Club runs then started with coaching the juniors in 2016.

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Shelley Duffy - England Athletics Level 1 Coaching Assistant

As a junior I lived for sport and played in the school teams for most sports but my biggest love was running. Running and in particular cross country continued to be my passion until I was involved in a road accident whilst at secondary school. Injury sadly meant I was unable to run. I left school following my love of sport to train as a gym and circuits instructor but didn't relight my passion for running until a few years ago when my three sons became interested and began taking part in fun runs.

My eldest was first to join BRJ and myself and my other two sons followed. In the last year I have run various races including 6 half marathons and will be running my first marathon in 2018.

I became involved with coaching the junior section last year and love being part of such a fantastic club. Our juniors are an amazing group of kids. They are a very close team, supportive of each other and our senior section and I love watching tem progress.

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Chris Gale - England Athletics Level 1 Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

I have always been a keen runner but in 2013, I took on my next challenge to branch out into the multi-sport scene & I fell in love all over again.

I joined BRJ Run & Tri Club in 2014, to speak & learn from likeminded people. This club quickly become a second family to me & seeing different members from all three disciplines, from different races & different venues, gave me an insight into how helpful it was to be part of such an amazing club.

I have had a busy couple of years, competing in 2 Ironman Distance Triathlons, 2 Marathons with various of triathlons, duathlons, aquathlons, cycling & running events.

I couldn't have done any of these events without the help & support from the BRJ. Now I feel it's time to give back - teach what I have been taught. Becoming a Junior Coach has brought new challenges for me but I am really getting into my stride. We have such an amazing group of juniors with some real talent coming through & I hope a little of what I pass onto them, helps them to thrive in their future passions.

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Sarah Gardner - England Athletics Level 2 Coach in Running Fitness (Cirf), Satellite Club Coach

My running journey began as a teenager at University. Over a number of years I competed in 5k/10k/half marathon races, building up to Marathon distance. Edinburgh Marathon, my first marathon in 1998. After a fifteen-year break from running I decided to join BRJ seniors in 2014. The club has given me amazing support with my running and cycling (completing my first duathlon in 2016).

Coaching began with the EA Lirf course to help support the senior beginners group and lead senior club runs. My coaching role has since expanded further with England Athletics and the charity Living Sport. In conjunction with BRJ, EA and LS have supported a running group in a local secondary school targeting inactive individuals. The aim of the club - get kids moving and leading more healthy active lives through running. This has proved a huge success, and inspired me to complete my Level 2 Running Coach qualification. Having been part of the junior section since 2016 I am always amazed at how much enthusiasm and commitment the kids have! The opportunity to coach them is a privilege. Seeing their improvement inspires!

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Paul Homewood - Coaching and development support

Hi, my name is Paul Homewood and I joined the local BRJ Run and Tri club as a social member after my wife Yvonne joined in 2010. Our two children Paul and Robyn also take part in fun runs, Frostbites and club organised social events. Robyn attends the weekly BRJ training sessions.

I attend most of the races my wife and children take part in and I enjoy taking photos of all the club members at the events. I volunteer at our local parkrun were I process the results and I also take photos.

To me it is a privilege to be able to help with the weekly BRJ junior sessions due to the fact that you all work so very hard and to watch your progress since it all started.

Many years ago I used to train army cadets as an adult instructor and I also used to be a Canoe Coach, Canoe Polo Coach and Canoe Polo Referee.

I also take care of our junior's safety by making sure they are always checked in and out of the sessions.

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Paul Loosley - England Athletics Level 1 Coaching Assistant, Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

I was quite a heavy smoker and didn't run at all, I decided on the 1st on January 2015 I would give up smoking which I did and the next day. I starting running, it's could run a mile at first without stopping but with perseverance and training it got easier. I joined BRJ Run and Tri around 2 years ago and entered my first race in May 2015, which was the St Ives 10K, I finished in a little over 1 hour..... 2 years on I finished it in 2017 in 40:23. My motivation to keep going is my family, my 2 daughters are keen runners and we enjoy running together. My favourite distance is 10K, with a PB of 40:03. I have two qualifications in running/athletics: Leadership in running fitness and coaching assistant in athletics.

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Paul Mitton - England Athletics Level 1 Coaching Assistant

I started running in late 2011 in an effort to get fit and it was a less boring option than the gym - entering the 2012 Cambourne 10k gave me a seemingly impossible goal to aim for - since then I've run 17 half marathons and 4 full marathons, and cycled the RideLondon 100 mile sportive twice.

Joining BRJ in 2014 has been instrumental in being able to keep improving my running and cycling - while making fantastic friends at the same time! The support and encouragement at all levels in the club is amazing and something I'm proud to help with by assisting in coaching the Juniors.

I've been helping out with the Juniors since 2015 and completed the England Athletics Assistant Coaching course in March 2017. Assisting in leading fun and varied training sessions for Juniors of all abilities alongside a great group of coaches is something I look forward to every week.

Seeing the Juniors enjoying their success in running and triathlon events is wonderful to see and I'm looking forward to supporting this in the future.

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