Who are we?
Rivelin Running Events is run (pahah!) by Jon and Laura. Both love to run on both road and trail, and most of the time it is about the social, inclusive and fun feeling you get from being part of such a great group of people (and almost all runners are pretty great!) Occasionally it gets a little competitive, with Jon entering various ultras – the longer and hillier the better. Laura is slightly less competitive and mostly runs for the head space and to briefly escape the relentless chatter of her small child.
Both Jon and Laura are UKA Endurance coaches (check out our coaching page if you want to know more), and between them have a wealth of knowledge about running technique, strength, nutrition and injury management to name but a few areas.
Rivelin is a beautiful valley in west Sheffield – if you haven’t run there we highly recommend a trip! It is where Jon and Laura first met and became firm friends, and where both still regularly enjoy running.
What do we want to achieve?
We believe that running should be accessible, fun, social, and competitive (whatever that means to you – whether it’s winning prizes, getting faster times or completing a new distance).
We want to be able to offer races and events to suit all runners, and have plans to expand what we do over the next couple of years to include a community-led and inclusive trail 10k, a 100-miler through the Peaks, and possibly a 12 or 24 hour relay event. Ideas for new challenges are always welcome, so if you have an idea for a running event you’d like to see on our list then please get in touch and we will see what we can do!
As is the case with many people, Laura’s first experience of running came with cross country at school. She hated it, and will openly admit to being the kind of kid that forged notes to get out of PE. Roll on a few years to 2004, and Laura moved to Sheffield to go to university. Here she discovered the joy of being outdoors and start of a lifetime of labelling herself a runner.
Laura combined her love of movement with the joy of helping guide others to reach their goals, first as a personal trainer and then specialising as a running coach to work more closely within the sport she is passionate about.
Laura races very rarely, however will occasionally enter an event she feels ready for at the last minute. She finds that entering something too far in advance places a pressure and stress on training that ruins the simple pleasure of being outside running. Instead, many of her goals are linked to far less tangible results, such as mood, general energy levels, wellbeing and the ability to parent without going insane.
Click here for a copy of our rules and ethos, which applies to all events unless specifically stated otherwise.