The Committee

The Committee meets every 6 weeks to talk all things club related.  If you have anything you’d like us to share or put forward at our meetings then please let us know! 

Chair – Jayne Woodhouse

I joined Reading Joggers in 2012 after reality set in, either diet for the rest of my life or move. I hadn’t run for many years. I can honestly say that running has given me back my life. I have since become a member of the 100marathon club, something I would never have imagined in a million years. The passion I have for running is immense, I love the wellbeing it gives me, the community spirit it provides and helping and inspiring people to achieve goals. I’m usually in the slower group but hey I’m out there and totally enjoying it.

Secretary – Michael Goff

My name is Mike Goff and I’ve been a member of Reading Joggers for 4 years. I run with the club most weeks and take part in many of the local races. I regularly run and volunteer at Prospect parkrun. Reading Joggers has been brilliant for giving me the motivation and knowledge to become a stronger runner and has helped ensure that running remains a pleasure not a chore. Since I joined I’ve steadily tried to become more actively involved in the club, starting with regularly leading one of the Tuesday night groups and culminating in become a committee member for the first time this year (2019). I hope to carry on the good work of my predecessors and ensure that the club remains friendly, welcoming and beneficial to all.

Treasurer – Mahmud Husein

I joined Reading Joggers in 2020 and became the Treasurer as I wanted to put my transferable skills to use after being an Accountant for many years, of which I’m now retired. In my spare time I marshall at running events and enjoy walking long distances.

Club Kit Secretary – Nick Steward

Hi, I’m Nick Steward and am responsible for the Reading Joggers club kit.

I joined the club in 2010 to get fit for the coming hockey season… but I ended up staying and haven’t played hockey since!

I’ve gone from shorter distances to longer runs which I probably enjoy the most. Our club is friendly and all-welcoming. We have great coaches and our members range from Team GB ultra-runners, 100 Marathon Club members to social runners who enjoy a gentle jog around Tilehurst and Calcot on a Tuesday evening!

Over the years I’ve probably used nearly every type of running garment there is, so hopefully I’m well suited to look after our kit and am always happy to give any tips and recommendations!

Footprint Editor & Welfare Officer – Mary Wilson (CiRF)

I’ve been a member of Reading Joggers for over 10 years now and have a huge passion for running long distance events particualry ultra marathons.  I enjoy coaching and supporting runners in their journey and helping them achieve their goals.  In my spare time I like to demonstrate my creative flair by putting the club monthly magazine together.  In addition I ensure the club is a safe place for our members to pariticpate in.

Welfare Officer – Darrell Lansdell

I’m Darrell, Welfare Officer at Reading Joggers.  I very much see myself as a social runner and enjoy the freedom of running.  I’ve been a member of the club since 2019 and have loved the friendly and supportive nature of everyone.  Being part of the club has given me so much confidence in my running and more importantly I’ve met so many lovely and welcoming people.  The coaching and the club runs have been excellent in helping me improve my running technique.  I feel like I’m constantly learning and couldn’t ask for a better group of people to support me and provide advice.

I’m also a qualified Mental Health First Aider of which I carry out the role both at work and in my spare time.  I believe that running is such a great way of improving your overall happiess, health and wellbeing.  It is so important to the club that all members are treated with respect, dignity, fairness and courtesy whilst promoting the spirit of the sport.

Joint Captain – Andrea Elliott

I’m Andrea, joint Vice Captain of Reading Joggers.  I’ve been a member of the club since July 2019; after a year of running mostly solo, and throwing myself into some pretty bonkers events with very little training!

Reading Joggers has provided me with much needed structure to my running week and it’s just great to be part of a very supportive, caring and fun running community.

To date I have raced in 50k’s, half marathons, 10k’s and 24hr events.  I really enjoy group training sessions with our amazing coaches.  Although they put us through our paces, it really doesn’t matter what level you are at.  Our weekly runs are also inclusive and you can pick and choose a pace that suits you – no one gets left behind.  If people have stopped listening to you talk about running then you need to join Reading Joggers!

Joint Captain – Jonathan White

I’m Jonathan and I’m so happy to be joint Vice Captain of Reading Joggers.  I’ve been running for a few years now and joined the club in 2019.  I really enjoy organising club runs and events and like being part of a club which has a family feel.  My running has greatly improved and so far the furthest distance I’ve run is a half marathon, but I aim to achieve further distances in the future.  In my spare time I love cycling, travelling and experiencing new things.

Social Events Secretary – Paula Lees

Hi there! My name is Paula and I’m very happy to be the Events Secretary for Reading Joggers.  I am a new and enthusiastic member who joined in 2020.  I enjoy organising social events and meeting new people from all walks of life.  I am working towards getting fitter and have finally managed to achieve running a solid 10k which now means I need to think of a new challenge for 2022. 

Our club is so welcoming of anyone no matter what level your running is which is why I joined. I am always open to new ideas for inclusive things for us all to do that are first and foremost great fun which may or may not include running.  It is of course a bonus if we can include beer, wine or gin but we also do like a good family friendly event as well!

Assistant Social Secretary – Daniel Evans

I’m proud to be part of the social club committee.  My experience is plentiful as I think I’ve had a drink in most of the pubs within 10 miles of Reading, and if not happy to try some more.  Oh I also do a bit of running having first joined Reading Joggers in 1996.  Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have completed 12 marathons including the London 11 times as well as around 100 marathons which is why I’m probably a foot shorter than I was! So as long as we have the magic words ‘pub’, ‘run’ and ‘fun’ – I’m up or it! Any suggestions welcome, I especially enjoy exploring the bridleways and footpaths Reading has to offer so give me a shout if you wish to join me! By the way did i say ‘I like going to the pub?!’. 

Social Media Secretary – Vicky Simmons

I’m Vicky and I joined Reading Joggers in 2018 after 1 year of running solo from couch to 5k to half marathon distance.  It was the best decision I ever made! I’ve made so many friends for life, improved my running through the Thursday night training sessions and in 2021 I ventured into marathon and ultra running, inspired by my fellow club members. 

Our club is so friendly and welcoming and we love sharing what we are up to on social media! 

Membership Secretary – Chris Withers

I joined Reading Joggers in 2018 and it has made me far more aware of the fantastic running routes we have available in Tilehurst and the West of Reading. The weekly runs provide the opportunity to meet other runners and also discuss races and new challenges that everyone is undertaking.
I joined the committee in 2021 to take on the role of Membership Secretary so I’ll be the one who processes your membership related documents.