Welfare Officers – Nigel Hillier and Lorraine Toll
We are keen to ensure our club offers support and guidance to all of our members, and as an affiliated club we are following the guidance set out by England Athletics by having a male and female welfare officer. However regardless of gender members can contact whichever welfare office they are most comfortable with in confidence regarding any issues or concerns.
Contact email - [email protected]
I joined Barrow Runners in 2003 in his late 40s, admittedly being a bit of a latecomer to running, I had always watched the London Marathon on TV and said, like many people, one day I would love to run that. Well 18 marathons later (4x London ) as well as a few major European capitals, Paris being my very first marathon and one virtual marathon (London 2020), I think I have found my vocation. It was however the welcoming and friendly nature of the club, running in groups with other runners, on road in the winter, off road in the summer, the races 5k,10k, half marathons, 5,7 and 10 mile races along with the trips abroad, to races with the club, the cross country (mud) and the social side that have made this my running family no 2. Running family no 1 is my wife Ann, daughters Kirsty and Gemma and son in law Lewis who are also Runners, triathletes, and an Ironwoman. I was club Secretary for a number of years before moving to my current role as one of the club Welfare Officers and also was a regular pacer of the 7.30-8.00 minute mile Tuesday night run group until I retired (from pacing). Competing against other runners in the Leicestershire Road Running league and the Derby Runner XC leagues are some of the highlights along with all the new friends you meet along the way.
I have been a Proud Barrow runner for 13 years and made many friends and attended many social occasions and some sad ones too. My interests are travelling, nice food and wine. I did go to wine tasting evening classes for 5 years before running (well you do have to make sure you have acquired some knowledge) I love animals and have had several cats and now a new kitten. I have worked for the NHS since I was 19. Races I have enjoyed are Venice marathon, Bournemouth half, Racing or rather in my case Chasing a train in Wales and I enjoy the Gaddesby Gallop just before Christmas. I was 1st lady at the Old Dalby Hill race (there was only 8 women as it was raining so hard but a win is a win). I got into running due to Alison Cherry who was a gym instructor so sometimes I have cursed her but mainly thanked her. Please approach me regarding any welfare issues regarding the club and I will try to deal with any concern with sensitivity.