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Our friends over at White Star Running have recently announced a brand-new team of ambassadors to spread the word about White Star races, White Star Clothing and the general joy of trail running. 

Dubbed ‘cheerleaders’, you might spot them popping up on our social channels from time to time, and on our blogs. Therefore, we thought you might like to get to know these trail running superstars a little better.

Lee P

Years as a runner: 4
What you do when you’re not running: I like to cycle over the Purbecks, spend time with my daughter and I work in Main Theatres at Poole Hospital
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Dark Ox
Bucket list White Star Running race: Jurassic Marathon
Favourite running distance: 10 miles and half-marathon
Most memorable running moment: Coming second in the Wyvern Marathon Series 2019
About you: I’m a Dad, husband and NHS worker. I have a miniature Schnauzer called Teddy and a various birds in two large aviaries.

Lydia

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Years as a runner: 3
What you do when you’re not running: Look after my 2 daughters, cook yummy vegan food, run my own freelance business offering massage, make up and beauty
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Cider Frolic
Bucket list White Star Running race: Giants Head Marathon
Favourite running distance: Marathon and above
Most memorable running moment: Running fastest lap female category at Moreton (WSR lapped run in 2019)
About you:  I’m running vegan mummy. I love fun, love life, a good chat and new adventures. Never scared to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new!

Denise

Years as a runner: 7
What you do when you’re not running: Plan running microadventures –Norway/Poland/Madeira!
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Unicorn Frolic
Bucket list White Star Running race: OX 50
Favourite running distance: Half-marathon
Most memorable running moment: Jersey gorilla adventure! As well as seeing the Bournemouth Joggers arriving at East Farm Frolic dressed in a variety of inflatable animal costumes looking not one bit out of place.
About you:  I’m a Bournemouth Jogger living in Poole. A spontaneous decision in 2012 saw me sign up to the 2013 Bournemouth Marathon with zero running experience and the outlook of how hard can it really be. Turns out, quite hard and I never wanted to run again! It took a whole week for the Bournemouth Joggers running club, who I had joined in 2013, to convince me to sign up to another race and I haven’t stopped since!

Debi

Years as a runner: Unofficially, a while
What you do when you’re not running: Eat food with all my running friends and plan more races. I’ve dipped a toe into open water swimming and cycling too
Favourite White Star Running race to date: This is going to be really controversial, but I haven’t done one yet!
Bucket list White Star Running race: Giants Head, but I’ve got some building up to do first!
Favourite running distance: 5 miles, or half-marathon, depending on how fit I feel
Most memorable running moment: Spending all year desperately trying to get a sub-hour 10K time and ending the year with a 54.34 race time. Or less proudly remembering I’m scared of heights halfway up a cliff and having to be half dragged, half pushed, up the path to the top.
About you: I live in Bedford and run with Bedford Harriers. I got into running through taking my boyfriend to races. At Edinburgh Marathon, I decided to stop spectating and start being part of the action myself. I work as a senior buyer in manufacturing. In my spare time I like to put my buying skills to the test by buying running shoes and leggings!

Olivia

Years as a runner: 17
What you do when you’re not running: I’m a sports therapist, gym instructor and I love to bake and eat cake!
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Dark Moors Half
Bucket list White Star Running race: Sydling Hill 10K
Favourite running distance: Half-marathon
Most memorable running moment: Having laughs while running the Ham to Lyme 50K with my friends
About you: I can usually be found running around the East Devon countryside with my fellow club runners. I’ve raced all distances from 5K to 50K. My dream would be to run in races around the world. I also write for Run Deep.

Lee M

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Years as a runner: 5 as a kid, 15 as an adult. Now pretty much retired to marshal/helper/general dogsbody!
What you do when you’re not running: Wandering the cotswolds, which are conveniently on my doorstep.
Favourite White Star Running race to date: East Farm Frolic (first post heart attack marathon)
Favourite running distance: 50 miles
Most memorable running moment: Lakeland 50 (pretty much walked it after being told for 2 separate medical reasons that I couldn’t (couldn’t, not shouldn’t))
About you: Bristol born and bred, but not afflicted by the full accent. Often found loitering at running events in various disguises. Has time for anyone who pushes their limits at running regardless of ability/speed.

Zoe

Years as a runner: 18 months
What you do when you’re not running: Plan my next runventure!
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Sydling Bell Chaos Race
Bucket list White Star Running race: Ox 50
Favourite running distance: Haven’t run far enough to know… yet
Most memorable running moment: Tough choice between an accidental marathon at Moreton Frolic, or Spartan Super.
About you: I’m new runner discovering the high and lows. I love exploring the trails and an adventure or three, with and without the family. Been on a pretty epic fitness journey having lost six stone, discovered strength, running and oOCR with big dreams of what’s still to come!

Kelly

Years as a runner: 9
What you do when you’re not running: I work for a snack and sandwich company. I’ve also just got back into Body Pump, after over 20 years away from it!
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Cider Frolic. Always a great weekend, running and camping with all my favourite people.
Bucket list White Star Running race: I never thought I’d ever say this, but probably a 100 miler.
Favourite running distance: Marathon, but I do enjoy ultras too
Most memorable running moment: Finishing 7th solo lady at Endure24, 2 years ago. Very proud of that. Gotta thank Gina for getting me around that race. The last few hours were really tough.
About you: I’m a 47-year-old mother of four and have recently become a Nana. I know! Way too young, right! I’ve been known to do the odd countdown for upcoming White Star Running races. Random fact: I have a phobia of sandwiches, even though my day job is making them!

Jim

Years as a runner: 21
What you do when you’re not running: Fishing and supporting Portsmouth FC
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Giants Head, run it every year!
Favourite running distance: Marathon
Most memorable running moment: My 100th marathon at Portsmouth, and becoming a member of the 100 Marathon Club
About you: I’m 60 years old and have run 278 marathons/ultras. I love running in Dorset, and my next White Star Running event will be my 50th with Andy Palmer!

Imi

Years as a runner: 5
What you do when you’re not running: I work as a massage therapist and Im [my dog] Murphy’s slave!
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Giants Head for the atmosphere, but I really loved Invader as a run
Bucket list White Star Running race: Ox – I neeeeed that medal!
Favourite running distance: The first half and last hundred yards of a marathon
Most memorable running moment: Finishing Lakeland 50; I really enjoyed it despite it raining the whole way, but got all emotional at the end.
About you: I’m definitely more of a sturdy and steady pit pony, than an an elite speedy antelope running wise, and my usual training involves one run a week (because of work), which makes for an interesting marathon but it also means I get to appreciate the views more. As my partner Lee, who got me addicted to off-road running and the White Star family, can’t run any more I’m really enjoying marshalling and the social side of events more too.

Lewis

Years as a runner: 4
What you do when you’re not running: Programming, Scouts, football, darts, cider
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Dorset Invader Marathon 2019
Bucket list White Star Running race: Run Jurassic Ultra
Favourite running distance: Marathon
Most memorable running moment: Finishing Plymouth Half Marathon in my Storm Plymouth top – so much support on the final straight from everyone. Plymouth was purple!
About you: I’m 28 and I’m a web developer from Poole – yeah, that’s right, a programmer who runs. Shocking, I know! I try to avoid being a stereotypical programmer (somewhat successfully I hope…) and I run to try and counteract the negative impact my other interests have on my health.

Ciaran

Years as a runner: 4
What you do when you’re not running: Listening to podcasts and cooking
Favourite White Star Running race to date: I entered my first ever race last year, which happened to be the Run Jurassic Marathon (in at the deep end!)
Bucket list White Star Running race: I’m hoping to persuade some friends into some friendly competition by way of the Ox Frolic.
Favourite running distance: I really enjoy the community spirit that embodies parkrun, and the sustained effort required for a good 5K, plus the satisfaction of watching my progress.
Most memorable running moment: Collecting my first (of many hopefully!), WSR medal last September – worth all the hills and headwinds that day!
About you: I like cake… and running is a necessary evil if I want to maintain an ability to run, without forgoing my penchant for Victoria Sponge!

Hannah

Years as a runner: 2.5
What you do when you’re not running: I share my life with two dogs and a retired racehorse,so I’m often seen riding out or walking my dogs when I’m not running. Also, there nothing better than being up a mountain getting blasted by the elements or a dip in the sea on a hot summer’s day.
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Larmer Tree, my first trail half, followed closely by Dark Moors 10 miler
Bucket list White Star Running race: A bit ambitious here, but Jurassic Marathon or Ultra – got a lot of work to do!
Favourite running distance: Any, as long as I’m running! I feel super high completing 10 miles plus.
Most memorable running moment: Larmer Tree Half 2020 for the achievement and the people I met along the way, and Keswick Mountain Festival 10K in 2019 for the scenery – that’s when I truly fell in love with trail running.
About you: I live in Dorset not far from West Bay. If I didn’t live here, I would live in the Lake District. As a child my family would spend weekends camping in the lakes or on Dartmoor, which started my love for the great outdoors. I feel I’m just starting my running journey and couldn’t imagine not running; it’s taken a long time to get here and I’m not going back!

Gina

Years as a runner: Started running back in 1989 as I joined the Army, but didn’t get into running for a hobby until 2008
What you do when you’re not running: I work for a pet food company, go the gym everyday and dog walking.
Favourite White Star Running race to date: My favourite WSR race is OX weekend, just the highlight of the year for me, it’s also my favourite race from WSR. The 50 is the best one.
Favourite running distance: I do enjoy a marathon distance, although during it I question why!
Most memorable running moment: Going in the playground on the Larmer race course to have a go!

Nicky

Years as a runner: 28!
What you do when you’re not running: Running my business – FLANCI Activewear. Also like cooking, reading and walking Billy the Viz.
Favourite White Star Running race to date: Giants Head Marathon 2019 – it was my 100th marathon, so was a special day for me!
Bucket list White Star Running race: Don’t really have one, as I have done so many of them already – although not done Crafty Fox yet so maybe that one!
Favourite running distance: 30 miles
Most memorable running moment: I have a couple: completing my first-ever mile non-stop running (when I first started running); getting my first 100-mile race buckle; and crossing the line of my 100th marathon.
About you: I  class myself as a bit of a fun runner! Always up for the challenge, but am usually found nearer the back laughing, chatting and usually having spent a bit too much time at the aid stations (especially if there is cake or beer on offer).

You can find out more about all the cheerleaders here: WSR Ambassadors

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