Your Jog Leaders
photo of a group of our Jog Leaders

YOUR LEADERS.

They've been through it themselves!

Get fit Falkland is lucky to have a fantastic group of volunteers. Every one of them has completed the Jog Leader course, including essential first aid, and possibly has other additional qualifications. That's important.

But maybe even more important is that each leader knows what you’re about to go through, because they’ve been through it themselves!

Every one of your leaders has started the programme in week 1, probably harbouring the same doubts and fears that you have right now. That's what's so special about Get Fit Falkland. Learning to become more active won't be like a military Boot Camp. Your leaders will never expect more than you are capable of. They'll encourage you, not shout at you. They're all ages and a good mix of men and women, so you'll find someone that will empathise with your concerns and help you prove to yourself - and the world - that you're capable of so much more than seems possible.

MALCOLM MACTAVISH.

photo of Malcolm Mactavish Malcolm is our principal Jog Leader. He began running when he was in his twenties, and took part in the third ever Great North Run. He gave up when twins came along and, over the next thirty years, became heavier, started to take pills for high blood pressure, and was on his way to real problems. In February 2012, he decided not to just sit back and go to an early grave. He made the decision to lose weight.

Looking around for ways to do that, he stumbled upon the NHS Couch to 5K programme. Nine weeks later, he was jogging/running for half an hour and had entered his first 5k fun run.  Since then, he’s become hooked.  In September 2013, he completed the Great North Run - thirty years after his first time.

Maybe more importantly, the following month he heard about Falkland Trail Runners and entered the Tufty Trail Race. He became a regular runner at Falkland, and was soon invited to join the committee. He enjoys running in the Estate, the camaraderie of the club and, most of all, the post-run cakes. Cakes? Yes, cakes. You see, although he started out at 97kg, he lost an amazing 30 kilos (almost 5 stone). He still counts his calories every day. But knows that the occasional treat does no harm - especially since you can run those calories off!

He is a fully qualified UK Athletics coach. Oh - and one more thing - in 2015 he completed his first ever marathon, at the age of 60!

ROD COOKE.

photo of Rod Cooke Rod joined Get Fit Falkland in October 2014 after realising he could not keep up with his young daughter as she practiced for her school sports. Having previously been a regular Hillwalker and Fun Runner, solo attempts to regain that fitness came down to over doing it and ending up scunnered!

The gradual approach of the GFF program along with the group atmosphere ensured he completed the program and transitioned to the main Falkland Trail Runners club.

As well as getting fitter Rod has lost 16Kgs and whilst he has no expectations of being a race winner he enjoys the personal challenge of participating in events including 10K at the Cape Wrath Challenge, FTR Lost Trails, FTR Dirty Weekend, The Tiger Escapade, FTR Frostbite Series and the East Fife Triathlon. In 2016, he undertook the ultimate running challenge - he completed his first ultra-marathon!

Get Fit Falkland and the Falkland Trail Runners have given him the ability and motivation to fulfill challenges which he thought he'd never see again.

BILL GILLAN.

photo of Bill Gillan Bill and his partner Teri were persuaded by a friend to come along to Get Fit Falkland in January 2014. We didn't know it at the time, but he was about to start a new activity that would change his day to day life.

Bill retired in 2016 and now has time to spend doing what he loves most. Playing a wide range of musical instruments. Keeping an equally wide range of animals - a dog, some ducks and chickens and a pair of goats. And running.

He’s become quite competitive - definitely the fastest jog leader in the area!

NESSIE KIRKBRIDE.

photo of Nessie Kirkbride Nessie has run on and off since her early twenties, first for fitness to do her job, and although thats partly true today..... she now just runs because she likes running.

Nessie likes exploring tracks and trails, and just being out and about. The "on and off" bit means she's been a beginner more than once, and ...... she says she's more of a penguin than a gazelle.

HELEN "H" MANUEL.

photo of Helen Manuel "H" is a recent "graduate" of the Get Fit Falkland programme but her enthusiasm is unsurpassed. She did her Jog Leader training and is also extending her running by moving up to training for 10km runs!

If you need someone to talk to and share your doubts and worries, "H" is the most patient of people!

LYNN SMITH.

photo of Lynn Smith "Pinky" makes fantastic (award-winning) miniature bears. She took part in the very first block of Get Fit Falkland. Although she’s been running for three years, she would be the first to admit that those haven’t been easy ones. But she has a lot of determination and inner strength, and kept rebuilding her confidence after a series of setbacks.

By early 2017, she had it cracked - full of joy and improving with every outing, Lynn is a real tough lady! How do we know? Well, she now does the occasional "Tough Mudder" assault course style event!

AILEEN TAYLOR.

blank image Aileen has been officially running since 2013, but there was a gap when she did become a couch potato. That all changed in October 2015, when she joined Get Fit Falkland. She openly describes herself in those early days as slow as a tortoise but the graduation day in St Andrews had a lasting and changing impact on her. The negative fears turned into positive optimism as she ran the 5k on her graduation day.

Over the years, Aileen has volunteered on committees such as the local Swimming Club. In get Fit Falkland, Aileen spent a block as an Assistant Jog Leader - covering the tail runner role, combining running with encouraging the runners. She has even been known to sing to runners - something that got her some positive feedback! With this experience, Aileen soon became an accredited Jog Leader.

She has now restarted cycling, swimming, badminton and is a member of her local gym. Aileen is enjoying the health benefits, and renewed self-belief.