Andrew Heale

Andrew started running with the LFR Couch to 5K programme six years ago and has never looked back. He’s now completed six marathons as well as being an avid parkrunner particularly at Rushmere. Previously Andrew was club Treasurer for two years and he is also Treasurer for the three Counties Cross Country League. Andrew says his favourite things include running, cake and beer so has found LFR is his ideal club!

James and Sam Booth

Sam and James Booth have been members for 5 and 2 years respectively.
Enjoying an active family lifestyle, LFR has provided an enjoyable social addition which “surprisingly” makes running fun.
They have jointly taken on the Kit Secretary role.

Andrew Stocks

Andy joined LFR in 2018 to improve his fitness and to gain extra motivation to continue running on those dark, cold winter nights. The relaxed, fun approach (with a focus on cake) worked; he now relishes muddy half marathons and participates in various trail events. He’s now completed the MK road marathon and recently the Beachy Head trail marathon.

Andy isn’t the only one in his family with the running bug, his wife is also a member of the club and their daughters have been keen participants in the local Junior Parkrun. As a vice Captain Andy is looking forward to getting to know everyone and helping to organise some runs, especially if they include muddy trails! Andy qualified as a coach in running fitness (CiRF) in 2022.

Amanda Millard

Amanda joined LFR part of C25k in September 2022. Previously part of another running club but joined LFR after moving to the area. Amanda enjoys running anything from 5k to half marathon but her favourite thing is run leading and seeing others succeed their running goals. Amanda enjoys sharing her passion of social running with new/current members.

Sam Heady

Sam enjoyed a variety of sports, including shorter track distances and cross country in her youth – but like many people gave up running when it was no longer made compulsory by a PE teacher! Fast forward a few years (or decade) and Sam decided to take up running once again, inspired by her husband who was training for a marathon.

Having had two children and not run for ages Sam kicked off her new running regime in 2018 with weekly parkruns at Rushmere. After a month or two of finding her feet, and her pace, she was encouraged by her husband to join LFR, the club that he’d loved training with. And the rest is now history – she has never looked back. Sam loves the social side of being part of a running club, particularly the comradery of running in LFR club colours at cross country and local races.

John Kirwan

John or JK as he is known by most, has run with the club for many years although this is his first time on the committee. A prolific marathon runner with 260 marathons / ultras to date including 6 x 100-mile races, John is known for his love of trail running, spending many hours exploring Rushmere and Woburn locally and also running in the Lake District when possible. A regular leader of the club Fartlek sessions and the Friday social runs, he is a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and is currently working towards his Coaching qualification.

Laura Keyte

Laura joined LFR on the Couch to 5k programme in September 2019. She was a non-runner before that and couldn’t run 5 minutes non-stop let alone 5k! With the support of the club, Laura now regularly runs 5k and she’s hoping to get to 10k in the near future. She says the club has given her so much more confidence in her running and life in general, and has given her to opportunity to meet some lovely people.

As Membership Secretary, Laura will be your first port of call if you wish to join our fantastic club and she will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Ian Bisby

Ian joined LFR in the summer of 2018 through the Couch to 5k program. Having come from a cycling background Ian saw joining LFR as a way to improve his overall fitness and to meet new people. Ian’s never looked back; running further, becoming fitter and finally declaring himself as a ‘runner’ after being awarded the Coaches award in 2020!

He loves the team spirit and sense of community within LFR and felt it was as strong as ever through the unprecedented 2020.

I’m looking forward to making sure that the “fun” element of LFR is maintained this year and that the social side of the club gives members more to look forward to than just great running! I’m especially looking forward to supporting the great work already done in preparing for our 40th-anniversary celebrations

Gavin Prechner

Gavin joined LFR in January 2018 having recently started running on his own, “just to get fit”. Since then, Gavin has well and truly got the running bug and can normally be found at Rushmere parkrun on a Saturday morning (pre COVID), pounding the mean streets of LB or getting thigh deep in mud on the trails.

Gavin has built on his confidence and ability in the last few years and has completed numerous local races, half marathons and 4 marathons. Gavin says that the most bonkers race he’s taken part in is the Continental 24 Hour Thunder Run, ask him about it and I can guarantee you that grass skirts and coconut bras will come into conversation! Gavin regularly leads group runs around the town and can’t wait to get back to doing this again and encouraging others. Gavin loves the friendly and welcoming culture the club has, especially the support and friends he has found regardless of ability. Gavin has a wife and young daughter who are his best supporters and somehow know exactly where to be to dish out jelly babies right on schedule during a long race!

Matt Gilbert

Matt has been running with LFR for a few years now and regularly helps with leading runs and our improvers sessions on Thursday nights

Nic Dimmock

Nic has been running with LFR for many years now and is a keen club run-leader. In addition helps with the maintenance and updating of the clubs IT systems.

Non-Committee Members

Welfare Officers - Stephen Moore and Karen Boulton email: welfare@leightonfunrunners.org.uk
Couch to 5K Coordinator - Debbie Roff  email: c25k@leightonfunrunners.org.uk
VLM Marshal Coordinator - Tracy Cardno

Cross Country

XC Coordinator - Jane Crighton
XC Race Director - Tracy Cardno

Event Directors

Leighton 10K - Vicky Green
Santa Dash - Tam Quinn and Tracy Cardno