Meet the Coaches
Brian coaches everyone from Couch-to-5km beginners, right through to Marathon runners.
With a Level 2 Coach in Running Fitness (CIRF), Sarah has coached everyone from Couch-to-5km newbies, to Marathon runners.
Kevin switched to running several years ago after previously playing football and cycling. He enjoys running for fitness and wellbeing, particularly trail running and 10k distance events.
Fitness fan Oran took up running in 2016 as a means of de-stressing and spending less time behind a desk. Now a qualified LIRF, he aims to share his passion for running with others.
John became interested in running after his wife completed the Couch-to-5km programme in Bangor and persuaded him to try it as a recent retiree. John took to running immediately and since progressed to coaching.
Distance runner, Mary is a record-breaker. Claiming the Irish titles in both the Half Marathon and Marathon distances.
Coach Arthur was also Club Chair' for 2022/23. His organisation skills extend far beyond the stopwatch and he makes sure everything/one is running smoothly.
David started running in 2018, just after his 65th birthday! He is proof that it is never too late to start running. David joined WPR in 2019 and became a coach in 2022.
Tom started running in 2014 as a means to improve his mental and physical health. Tom loves taking part in 5k-10k races, and became a LiRF in 2020. He has been a WPR since the beginning.
Tim started running back in 2018, as a means of increasing his fitness and to help him unwind. Needless to say he caught the 'running bug' and now describes his happy place as "on the trails".
Coach / Club Founder
Club founder, 'Big' Ivan is well known, as he's been involved in the local running scene for well over a decade. His passion to get people running started with Couch-to-5k, but he now mentors all levels. His moto: 'run for fun!'
Welcome to Ward Park Runners
Ward Park Runners is an all inclusive group welcoming members with a range of abilities from all backgrounds from newly graduated Couch to 5k runners right up to marathon runners! Each session is completed at an individual's own pace - it's your session and we want you to get the best from it.
We aim to promote, foster and encourage running through training, competition and good friendships.
Our aim is to grow the club community, offer a range of training session and encourage communication between members to support each other.
Join us every Monday and Wednesday at 7.10pm (Locations confirmed on Facebook). Non members are very welcome and can pay as you train for just £2 payable on the evening