Who Are Byron Bay Runners and when do we run?
Our members are made up of runners of all ages, with a fairly even split between males and females and juniors to masters age (+30yrs) athletes. Most of the Junior athletes (8-12yrs) compete in school track and cross-country events. Seniors (12-18yrs), Open and Masters age members enjoy taking part in anything from local fun runs such as Parkrun, to road- and trail marathons and often compete at state and inter-state competitions. We usually have teams entered in the following annual events:
Gold Coast Marathon Festival (all events), Lamington Classic, 6ft track marathon, Great Ocean Road, UTA, GNW, Sydney (Blackmores) Running Festival (all events), Melbourne Marathon Festival, Byron Lighthouse Run.
Alternatively, let us know if you have a particular event in mind, and we can get a team together.
CAROLINE: Caroline is one of the founding members of the club, coaching for over 10 years, and is an accredited High Performance coach (IAAF level 2 Middle-Long Distance and Athletics Australia level 2 Advanced. middle-long distance and sprints, hurdles, relay and steeplechase). Professionally, Caroline is a Psychologist with a particular interest in performance management strategies (goal setting, motivation, mental resilience).
She currently manages the weekly training schedules for the junior and senior squads, and has coached several runners through to podiums at All-Schools NSW State and National Championships in athletics and cross-country. Although specialising in track distances, Caroline enjoys working with runners of any age and fitness levels, and can provide individualised training programs as part of your club membership for any road distance.
Always a runner, Caroline enjoyed both track (400m and 800m) and cross-country as a junior, competing in national cross country championships (in the UK). After a decade or so of 'recovery' (for career and kids) she is now a competitive masters age athlete, having won state and national medals in open-age and masters championships over 5,000m (track), 10,000m (road) and marathon distances.
CHRIS(TINE) is one of the founding members of Byron Bay Runners, and currently coaches Tuesday evening adult/masters training. Chris is a level 2 Athletics Australia Recreational Running coach, with interests in long-distance recreational running. A committed, competitive runner herself in road and trail events (anything from a Parkrun to trail challenges such as the Lamington Classic) Chris can offer individualised training programs and general training advice to adults looking to achieve running goals from 'getting off the couch' to competitive Half-Marathons.
SIMON is one of the club founders, and a highly accomplished ultra-/trail runner with some serious buckles on his belt! Always willing to have a chat after a run, Simon runs the legendary Thirstday-night, Thursday trail run from the Suffolk Park hotel. If you are looking to getting into trail running, Simon has probably run most of them, and can give you advice on logistics, nutrition and his own training. As well as running Thursday nights social run, he is a level 2 Recreational Running coach (currently coaching junior squads) to state athletics and cross-country championships.
FINN is a level 1 Community Athletics Coach, who has come through the ranks of the club as a junior and senior squad athlete. Finn has an ever-increasing list of impressive results in both cross-country and athletics at state level, as well as club Summer Sizzler champion in 2016-17 (and an impressive parkrun PB to boot!). Finn provides assistance with the junior age group squads for Tuesday track sessions.
DENISE is a level 1 Community Athletics Coach, who has been a runner all her life: starting in the UK, and training and racing throughout UK, Europe and Australia, Denise is highly experienced, super-knowledgeable and valued by all for her encouragement and motivational skills!
GARY is a level 1 Community Athletics Coach, who moved fairly recently to the Bay, but has become a firm favourite within the running community! Known for his positive attitude, wit and great topics of conversation, Gary makes any run fun. Just beware his navigation skills (previous winner of the BBR Fluoro Beanie).
PETE is a level 1 Community Athletics Coach, who has an impressive history as a track athlete in middle-distance events including steeplechase. Having lapsed from competition in the last decade or two, Pete is now firmly on the comeback as a masters age athlete. Assistant Coach with junior and senior squads. :
Social Run Co-ordinators
The club is lucky to have some very enthusiastic and friendly members who make a commitment each week to turn up rain or shine for our social runs: If you would like to join in on these runs, please email the club (email@example.com) with a contact mobile number, and your name can be added to the 'whatsapp' message group, to get details about the run that week. Please also check our facebook page for regular updates on run routes, wet weather plans etc. (www.facebook.com/byronbayrunners).
Our Runs (Summer 2019-20)
4.30 - 5.15pm JUNIOR & SENIOR SQUAD (non-competitive). Meet at Clarke's Beach Carpark for a 4-5km beach/trail/lighthouse run (tide dependent)
5.30-6.15pm STATE/NATIONAL competitors: speed session, Cavanbah Track.
6pm adults/masters COACHED strength/speed session (5-6km run with strength circuit included). Full members or gold coin donation for social run members.
6pm Kids and Adults 'Goat' Trail SOCIAL run (approximately 5km).
6pm adults/masters TRAIL SOCIAL RUN (up to 10km): Check the club facebook page for on-the-day details of run start (usually Broken Head/Seven Mile Beach carpark) for a 10km trail/beach run. Drinks after at the Suffolk Park Hotel
Sundays : Meet Byron Surf Club (by the Peace Pole) for a 7am start. Usually a 5- 10km, flat, easy pace run : suitable for beginners or as a recovery run. Open to seniors (high school) and accompanied juniors.
Committee Members 2019-20
Caroline - President, Junior and Senior squads coach. Indiscriminate runner (runs anywhere, even known to run with dogs).
Chris(tine) - Tuesday adult/masters coach. Runs a half marathon most Saturday mornings before breakfast (but won't let that get in the way of a good Friday night!).
Ange - Secretary with many talents, from mustering cows on horseback, to scaling sheer cliff faces, 'Action Ange' is always keen for a run, the more adventure the better!
Jan - Mr Gadget. Age group triathlon champ.
Sarah A - Treasurer. Experienced half-marathoner, exceptional knitter and one of the few runners who's actually scored positive points in the Summer Sizzler series!
Simon - Ultra distance runner aka Forrest. Known to run for days on end without stopping, fuelled only by babyfood.
Sarah L - Childrens' Safety Officer: outstanding ability to run and talk (even up hills).
Peta - Web site, social media, marketing guru. Experienced half-marathoner, but has proven even greater stamina as Mum to three energetic boys.
Geoff - aka Geoff the Chef. Stalwart of any social/recovery run, Geoff's always got his hotplate on standby for the next club social!
Sandra - age group record holder (Ballina Parkrun) and an inspiration to many, has recently celebrated 50 years of competitive running. Sandra is simply unstoppable.
Tommie - Although not a runner herself, has outstanding running genes (Mum to coach Finn!) and a wonderful support to the club.
.... if you're a member and would like to get more involved, please email for more information on joining the committee.
Next committee meeting : February 2020
"We aim to promote running as an affordable and inclusive recreational sporting activity to the local Byron community and beyond. We are best described as a friendly group of dedicated recreational runners, and whether you are a Byron resident, or simply visiting, we would love you to come along to one of our weekly runs!"
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