As we approach the end of an amazing Olympic year, we'd like to take a moment to thank you all for your continued support and congratulate our growing JB Personal Training family on some fantastic achievements over the last twelve months.


May:  JBPT Summer Bootcamp 2012

This year's summer bootcamp truly embodied the JBPT mantra "If it ain't raining, it ain't training." Our hardy bootcampers were undeterred, braving the elements to tackle an array of challenges from scramble nets and jerry cans to sack races!  Join the fun in 2013 with our growing range of both early morning and evening fitness classes in Swindon.



June:  Michelle May's first triathlon

In June, our Michelle completed her very first triathlon, the Cotswold Women Only Triathlon, at the Cotswold Water Park just north of Swindon. Massive congratulations to Michelle not only for finishing the event but also for raising £2,000 for charity. This is a brilliant starting point for anyone tempted to "give tri a try", with a novice event swimming leg of only 200m (equivalent to eight lengths of a standard sized pool). So start training now and you will have plenty time to join us next year!



July:  Run JB Couch to 5K Course Launched

Shona joined JBPT full-time in July, enabling expansion of our personal training service and the launch of Run JB, our beginners running group.  Our summer Couch to 5K course, based in Lydiard Park, was a great success, culminating with our graduates completing the 5K Swindon Parkrun in August. Check out our JBPT YouTube channel for more footage of the event!



August:  Couch to 5K graduates complete ParkRun

Our Couch to 5K course runners successfully completed their first ever 5K after 8 weeks training! Many congratulations to Paul Cowling, Ann Broomfield, Nicky Daley, Linda Robinson, Sue Cripps, Aline Coutts, Loren Cowling, Barbara Kirkup and Amanda Bond!  Elsewhere, Janet Palmer took part in the Guernsey Marathon team relay event. Completing her 7km leg as a member of her family team, Janet enjoyed fabulous views and glorious sunshine!



September:  Tony Hardy, Chris Madumere, Dan Hardy and George Reed complete Scotland Coast to Coast

In September, Tony Hardy, Chris Madumere and Dan Hardy completed the grueling 107 mile long Scotland Coast to Coast event, cycling, running, hiking and kayaking there way from Nairn to the Isles of Glencoe. Together they raised over £4000 for the Swindon MS Therapy Centre, which supported his brother Alan before he died from the illness in June last year.





October:  Tony Hardy completes Swindon Half Marathon

Tony Hardy picked up a hat-trick of medals this autumn. Hot on the heels of the Scotland Coast to Coast, he headed for the Cricklade 10K and lastly the Swindon Half Marathon in October. Tony plans to follow this with a half-ironman triathlon in 2013!


November:  Christine McLachlan bikes Vietnam to Cambodia

Christine battled the side-effects of numerous vaccinations to make it to the start of her epic Vietnam to Cambodia bike ride in November. The 400km route took her from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, through traditional Vietnamese villages, gorgeous streams and rivers, passing paddy fields and stunning mountains.



December:  Dawn Chivers climbs Kilimanjaro

Dawn grasped the opportunity of a lifetime to climb the world's highest free standing mountain. Its highest point, Uhuru Peak, is a staggering 5,895m above sea level. Congratulations Dawn for scaling such heights and raising £600 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

"2 years ago I found myself over weight and extremely unfit - My biker lifestyle of beer and burgers had finally caught up with me! Something had to be done! So, I got myself a Personal Trainer (JB Personal Training, Swindon) who got me to see the error of my ways and motivated me to totally change the way that I lived. As a result, I am thinner, fitter and madder - hence this crazy climb up a bloomin' great mountain (sprained ankle and all!) that would have been impossible just a couple of years ago.

Inspired by these remarkable achievements?  Why not make 2013 an unforgettable year by reaching your health and fitness goals.  Personal Training can help you get there, whether you want to emulate such feats or simply lose weight and improve your health.  Contact us today to learn more.



  1. Everyone is welcome. Run with your children, push toddlers in their buggies, even run with your dog if you want to.
  2. Being surrounded by nature is one of life’s simple pleasures.  No traffic, no worries.
  3. The weekend goes so quickly, so why waste a chunk of it in bed?  Getting a run in first thing on Saturday morning makes you feel virtuous and sets you up for the rest of the weekend.
  4. There’s zero hassle.  Register once, then just turn up with your barcode whenever you want.
  5. Age grading is a real motivator for improvement - you can excel whatever your age.  For example, Run JB’s oldest runner (in her 60s) is second highest in our age grading rankings!
  6. It’s everywhere.  Away visiting friends or relatives for the weekend?  No problem – just look up their local event.  With 153 locations all over the UK, chances are it won’t be far away.
  7. It’s a great social event.  You meet loads of like-minded people and can stick around for a good natter over coffee after the run.

Remember, you were Born to Run! Inspired to join in? Register online at the ParkRun website and reinvent your Saturday mornings!

For a fascinating behind the scenes account of how parkrun grew from its humble beginnings to become such a phenomenal success, check out Debra Bourne's book: parkrun: much more than just a run in the park


Running used to be a necessity, the only way early humans could survive and thrive and spread across the planet. You ran to eat and to avoid being eaten. You ran to find a mate and impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life together. You had to love running, or you wouldn't live to love anything else."

- Christopher McDougall, Author of

  Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't or shouldn't run.  There is a lot of scaremongering over the supposed dangers of running. That's why I love the quote above.  Running is the most natural thing in the world. 

Of course you may encounter problems if you try to do too much, too soon. That's why it is important to follow a structured progressive training plan, such as the one we use at Run JB in our Couch to 5K beginners running course in Swindon.  But don't for a moment think that you are a) too old (I regularly and unashamedly get beaten by more experienced runners a decade or more my senior) or b) too heavy (beginners programmes involve running initially for no more than 60 seconds at a time between walking intervals).  Still need convincing? Watch this clip of the 2012 UK Biggest Loser contestants (including 32 stones Kevin) finishing their 5K race in the very first episode!

As a general rule, you should aim to increase total mileage by no more than 10% per week. Use cross-training to complement your running programme and lessen the risk of injury.  I am a great advocate of a "quality not quantity" approach to endurance running, having successfully completed my first marathon by running no more than three days a week.  Cardio-respiratory fitness can be further improved by incorporating other forms of exercise such as rowing, cycling or swimming into your training plan.   Lastly, remember not to neglect resistance training. Muscular endurance is crucial in order to maintain proper running form when you get tired towards the end of a run.  Make sure you complete at least one weekly resistance exercise session. This doesn't necessarily mean lifting weights in the gym - bodyweight exercises such as those used in Metafit classes are extremely effective if tailored appropriately.

I'll be examining several of these running training topics in more detail in future blogs.  In the meantime, rediscover your natural instinct and get out running!

If you need to discover or regain your running "mojo", then look no further than the truly inspirational

Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

I owe a debt of gratitude to my brother for buying me this book as a Christmas present seven years ago. Reading it reignited a dormant passion for running which at the time had been overtaken by my international rugby commitments. It inspired me to begin a running journey which would lead to me eventually running several marathons, completing an ironman, and ultimately founding Run JB, Swindon's only women's running club.


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