Freedom Runners

Interested in running but don't know where to start? Our Freedom Runners meet weekly at The Flash Leisure Centre before running all different routes in and around Welshpool. The sessions are led by qualified Running instructors who are here to help you on your fitness journey and ahieve your goals. The Freedom Runners are split into three different groups; the first a high energy competitive running group, secondly an intermediate running group and thirdly a more socially paced group. The Freedom Runners are always looking for new people to join their group and the fun doesn't just stop at Wednesday nights; the runners are always making plans be it competitions or social outings.

Meet The Leaders

Leanne Davies 

Leanne is an experienced Level 3 Fitness Instructor with an added 'Leadership in Running' qualification. Leanne typically takes the social group on Wednesday nights as well as 'Couch to 5K' schemes to introduce new people to running.

''My favourite thing about running is taking part in mud runs. I have also completed various trail runs included the trail Wales half marathon. However, obstacle mud runs such as 'Kickass', 'Muddy Maniacs'  and 'Tough Mudder' are the reason I did my Leadership in Running course. I normally take the social group at Freedom Runners and try to mix up our sessions with different routes and exercise sets to keep it fun! We have a great bunch of runners that come weekly and we organise transport to events and runs as a group.''

Ian Ellis

Ian is an experienced runner partaking and competiting regularly in many different events and competitions around the UK. Ian has his 'Leadership in Running' qualification and leads either the intermediate or fast paced groups.

''I've been running for approx 11 years since I moved to Wales from Sheffield. Whilst I don't mind road running I much prefer Trail and Mountain runs, I'm often found on Snowdon or Cadair Idris at weekends or anywhere in the hills where I can avoid pavements and roads. I started triathlons in 2018 completing Llanelli Tri then moving on to Ironman Wales in September 2018. Running for me isnt about how far or fast you can run its about just getting out there in places you don't see everyday and losing yourself to your thoughts for a few hours. I've made the best friends I've ever had through running and id recommend it to anyone who can put one foot in-front of the other.''
Running experience: Scott Snowdoina Trail Marathon (multiple times) Trail Marathon Wales 5 times, Snowdoina Marathon twice, Scarfell Marathon, Uk Ultra Tour of Bradwell 3 times, London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Chestefield marathons, Wyre Forest, Rhyl, Tissingon, Shrewsbury, Traillfest, Bala, Half Marathons. International Snowdon race, Cadair Idris Mountain race, Ben Nevis, Llanelli Triathlon & Ironman Wales.

Darren Brown

Darren has always partaken in sport playing football until he was 40 and then increasing running and cycling since he stopped. Darren is a qualified LIRF trainer and has passed his Level 2 gym instructors course and very recently his level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. Darren leads any of the three groups that we have with Freedom Runners at Welshpool.

''I’ve always run, but increased the mileage after finishing playing football. Due to an old football ankle injury I actually prefer road running to off road, but do partake in both, my preferred distance being the half marathon. Running is a kind of release from the daily stresses and really does give you (me) a feeling of elation when the endorphins are released giving that feeling of positivity. It’s also my excuse for eating more cake! The running community are great people from all walks of life, but all very friendly and always encouraging. I haven’t ventured to ultras yet, but there’s always time! I’d love to try a triathlon as I love running and biking, but would need to learn to swim properly instead of my current impression of a brick! All you need to have a runners body is to: 1 - Have a body, 2 - Go for a run. Come and join us. It doesn’t matter what speed you are. Are you fast enough? Yes is the answer.''

Running Experience: Parkruns, - PB 19.59 - Newtown, Shrewsbury, Aberystwyth 10 K’s – PB 40.55,Shrewsbury, Market Drayton, Aberystwyth, Half Marathons- PB 1.30.Lake Vyrnwy, Oswestry, Wrexham, Conwy, Cardiff. London Marathon twice- PB- 3.41 Elan Valley- 10 miles Rhayader around the lakes- 30k Offas Dyke Hay to Kington race. Cader Idris race twice- Brutal Snowdon Sevens- Also Brutal Builth Trail Half Toughmudder.