Sam Palmer

I set up Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers because my brother was killed in a motorbike accident. He had just run the London Marathon when he was killed and I was offered the chance to run in his memory. While I was training for the race I began to realise that lots of 'normal' ladies wanted to learn to run but not in a competitive way and not with men!

I decided to set up a small club where 'normal' non athletic ladies could learn to run, get fitter and make new friends. SLJ has grown over the years and I have met and coached some inspirational women. I was extremely proud to be awarded Running Club of the Year both Regionally and Nationally in 2014. I never tire of coaching and hope that you enjoy all that myself and my team can offer.

PS My marathon days are over but I still love all different types of running!

  • Registered General Nurse RGN
  • Cert Ed
  • Level 2 Running Coach Run England
  • Fitball Instructor
  • Peri and menopausal Fitness Specialist

 

Jane Haslam

I have enjoyed jogging all my adult life (although certainly NOT cross country at school).  I have been coaching with SLJ since 2009 and in 2012 I completed the Coach in Running Fitness qualification and since then I have been coaching and leading runs full time for SLJ. In 2010 I trained for and ran the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon, but I must say I prefer 10k as a distance!  I have had  experience coaching all levels of runners at SLJ, but I especially enjoy welcoming and encouraging the ladies on the regular Beginner Courses.

  • Level 2 Running Coach Run England

Hazel Taylor

I have spent most of my adult life avoiding exercise, but having had two children I found myself approaching my fortieth birthday unfit and overweight . So I decided to take the SLJ beginners running course in September 2009 , it was just the perfectstart to running for me. In September 2010 I took part in the Great North Run and then I was hooked! The following February I ran the Tunbridge Wells half marathon and then it was back to Newcastle in September 2011 for another Great North run ! I loved the support and encouragement that was given to me during my beginners course and duringthe two subsequent years when I was running with SLJ . I started coaching in October 2011 because I wanted to share what I had learnt, to help people over come their fear of running, torealise their potential andenjoy being fit and active.

  • Leader in Running Fitness Run England

 

Sian Saunders

In 2010 I was looking for a new challenge so I tried the Beginners Course with SLJ. The course quickly built my confidence and fitness - sometimes I hardly noticed the running thanks to all the chatting and laughing! It’s this relaxed feel I try to bring to my sessions now that I’ve graduated to coaching. 

 I qualified with UK Athletics in 2012 as a Leader in Running and Fitness and juggle my coaching with teaching days at a Primary School in London. It’s always a privilege to share my love of running with everyone at SLJ in a non-competitive and friendly environment.

  • Leader in Running Fitness Run England

 

Joan Mills

I've always loved sport, started at school and went on to club sport after that - but never reached the dizzy heights of county or above.  Netball has been my main sport and I have been fortunate enough to travel around the world as an administrator at national and international level and am still involved - but don't play anymore!

When I stopped playing netball I had huge 'withdrawal' symptoms (still do) - tried going to the gym but that was pretty boring!  I saw an ad for SLJ three years ago and joined (and survived) the Beginners and have run regularly ever since!   I've made some lovely new friends, the young, and the not so young - its been great and given me a new lease of life!

  • Leader in Running Fitness Run England

 

Sue Pearman

I have been running with SLJ now for nearly 5 years, having enrolled on the 10 week beginners course in January 2009.  Before starting the course I was very nervous as I had not done any exercise for a long time and approachingmy late 50s!  Ihad got in to some bad habits, eating and drinking a little too much, gaining weight and really didn’t feel too good about myself, but knew I needed and wanted to change my lifestyle.

After completing the 10 week course, there was a dramatic improvement inboth my physical and emotional wellbeingand it was great meeting so many other like minded women, and the coaches were so supportive and motivating.  Although it was tough at times, at the end of each run I always felt on a bit of a high.

Having completed the course there was no turning back and since then I have completed several 10 k races, four half marathons,  three10 mile runs, and in July of this year completed my first funtriathlon,  something I would never have been able to do had I not gained so much confidence from my running.

I have been working as a coach with SLJ for just over a year, initially as a back up coach with the beginners and now working as a coach with the steady group on a Saturday.  Although just a steady runner myself, I really enjoy sharing the benefits of running with other like minded ladies, and as a coach I am committed to supporting and encouraging youwith your running, as I know the huge benefits it can bring.

So for me, SLJ has not just provided me with a platform to become fit and healthy, but has also offered me the opportunity of a second career at the age of 61!

  • Leader in Running Fitness Run England

 Helen Copp

I joined the team in September 13, as a 36 year old mother or two.  Running has been part of my life since teenage years.  I was drawn to it for its fitness benefits as well as therapeutic qualities. I was deighted to discover Knole Park on my doorstep when moving to Sevenoaks 9 years ago. In the past I have completed the London Marathon 3 times, and I will be running the Brighton Marathon next year after having 10 years off marathons.

 

Sarah Lindsey

I  have been practising yoga for over 15 years  and attended my first yoga class in London  with Julie Friedeberger a British Wheel of Yoga  teacher in the early 1990’s.  I was hooked immediately. My interest and fascination with yoga led me to  complete a two year training course with the London Yoga Teacher Training in  2005.  I joined the SLJ team teaching Yoga for Runners in 2013.

 

 

Jo May

Although I have always liked to keep reasonably fit, I really got into fitness after having my youngest daughter in 2010. I started by attending Post natal outdoor fitness classes and loved the impact this had on me both in terms of physical and emotional well being. I then started running and really got the bug! I ran my first 10km race in 2012, then trained for and ran my first half marathon in 2013. I then moved to running a selection of mud/ obstacle races (great fun!!), before running the London Marathon in April 2015. As well as training myself, I have been studying for the past few years and qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer in 2014.

I became involved with SLJ during my training for the marathon and found their long distance course as well as group classes/ runs invaluable in getting me to the start line. Its not just about the running/ exercise sessions. It's the support, friendships and fun that go with it that makes SLJ truly special and for that reason I am very excited to be part of the coaching team.

  • Leader in Running Fitness Run England
  • Personal Trainer