Club Secretary – James Smith

As club Secretary James is responsible for fielding club enquiries and communication to members. He also sets committee meeting agendas and minutes committee meetings. James also coaches at the club and sits on the coaching sub-committee.

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About Me

I took up running in my early 20's as I wanted to give triathlon a go. I'd been a club swimmer until 14, then a lot of time in the fells climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, alongside road biking when back home. I was never competitive at any though so thought a combination may bring some success!

After a few years of Tri, running became a main focus, I just enjoyed the pure simplicity of it.

I did some road racing, and most my PB's are from this time, but I favoured off-road spending a lot of time on the fells, and racing in Derbyshire and the Lake District. Not having much speed I preferred the longer distances, and raced all the lakeland classics and many mountain marathons.

This naturally took me towards off-road ultras and I spent a few years targeting these. In 2010 and 2011 I raced the Runfurther series, which is 12 races ranging from 30 - 100 miles.

Away from running I work at Loughborough University within the sports department as Business and Events manager.

Barrow Runners

In 2010 I met Emily, who had already been a Barrow Runner for a few years.

We ran together a lot, especially her long runs, and she finally convinced me to come to training. I was pretty reluctant at first, I'd briefly been a member of the Uni club, but not enjoyed it and spent the rest of the time 'unattached'. I was very quickly converted though, and got more and more involved over the years.

Since then my running has been mostly local races but I have still done the odd fell race when I can. Last year I did a couple of triathlons and I'll also do the occasional time trial on the bike.


In 2014 I came onto committee, initially as Mens captain for a year. I stepped back to general member for a while, but soon picked up the newsletter and comms role before recently taking on the Club Secretary role. I am also a Level 2 coach so sit on the coaching committee and take the occasional training session.

Running Achievements

I get real pleasure helping others achieve targets, I've worked with a few runners to create targeted training plans and enjoy this side of coaching greatly. I was very proud when Emily went 'Sub-3' at London, but equally proud of her 1.20 half at Peterborough.

In terms of my running I had a couple of top 10's in fell races that I am proud of, but would probably put the Lakeland 100 down as my greatest running achievement and something I am proud to have ran.

I'm fairly happy with my 10k (35.51) and half marathon PB times (1.18.51), but have unfinished business with the road marathon and that elusive sub-3.