Member Bio

Jayne Rodgers


Run Leader

When and why did you start running?
I started running in 1998, supporting a friend who was training for one of the early 5k Race for Life events. She dropped out – but I caught the bug and have been running ever since!

What is your favourite event and distance?
I’ve run all distances including 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon and all 96 miles of the West Highland Way! I enjoy them all but I’m not competitive and will have a go at anything if it sounds like fun.

What is your greatest running achievement?
My greatest running achievement was getting a Good For Age place for the London Marathon in 2016. My dumbest running moment was not registering in time and losing the place!

Why Orchard Eagles Running Club?
I joined OERC to meet like-minded people when I relocated to the area. That certainly paid off – there’s a warm, welcoming environment and I’ve made some great friends among the Eagles.

What made you become a Run Leader?
I qualified as an England Athletics Coach in Running Fitness in 2014 and used to lead groups in Leeds. When I joined OERC, I asked if they needed more Run Leaders and, luckily for me, they did. It feels only fitting to give back to a club that offers such a lot to the local running community.

How would you describe your leader’s style?
I’ve been running for a long time and have coached all kinds of runners, from absolute beginners to people who are much faster than I’ll ever be. I encourage runners to enjoy their own experience and never compare. The only person you’re ever competing with is yourself.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I’m a qualified yoga teacher so my post run stretches can be a bit complicated – they’re highly effective though!

What’s your day job?
I’m an academic in the Business School at Teesside University. Running is the perfect way to switch off my busy, fizzy, day-job brain and relax.

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