Steve Baker is a lifelong runner and qualified coach. He joined Tamar Trotters in 2007 after a running career mainly based in the North West. He represented Lancashire at schoolboy and senior level finishing in the top ten in the Inter Counties. He organised the Manchester to Blackpool road relay and won several track, road and fell races from 3000 metre through to 46 miles. He still competes in the over 60 age group representing England Masters over 10k and won the British Masters 10 mile championship.
I have been a member of the Tamar Trotters since the club started in 1996. Since then I have run thousands of miles proudly wearing the club colours. I have finished hundreds of races of various distances, in recent years I have targeted marathons in the UK and abroad and I am now working towards completing my 100th marathon late in 2022.
I like to help the club wherever I can and have held various roles within the club over the years. It is a fantastic club to be part of and I have enjoyed meeting lots of great people of all ages.
I started running in 2015, joining the club in the spring of that year. I can honestly say that running has changed my life and I have made some wonderful friends through the Trotters. Greatest running moment so far is running the Cardiff Half in 2019, finishing 13 mins behind my son! New to the committee in 2021, I want to work with them to have a successful and happy club.
I have been running with Tamar Trotters since 1996. I am an Athletics Coaching Assistant and qualified to run and lead groups in the running club. I have run various distances including 30 marathons, over 60 half marathons and other race distances too numerous to count. I have also paced at Plymouth Half Marathon on various occasions. I help with the Couch to 5k on a regular basis at the club on Fridays at 6.15pm and find I enjoy meeting new people and helping them achieve their goal.
I have been running with the Trotters for over 21 years, having participated in the 1999 Race for Life. Prior to that I used the gym and participated in various exercise classes. The Race for Life gave me such a buzz that I joined the running club. Having retired from teaching, I decided it was time to join the committee and therefore give something back to the Trotters. My favourite distance is the half marathon, and I have particularly enjoyed competing in triathlon over the last few years.
Although I had run alone for more years than I would like to admit to, I only joined the Tamar Trotters in 2009, when I figured that my children were old enough to be left in the house for an hour. I discovered that I really liked running in a group – chatting to others took my mind off the pain! I let myself be persuaded to run the Plymouth Half Marathon in 2013 by a work colleague and found that I really enjoyed that distance, so entered a few more over the next couple of years. I finally felt ready to tackle the marathon distance in 2015 and ‘16; I don’t think I feel the need to do that distance again…
For me, the benefits of running are improved cardio-vascular fitness, weight management and the freedom that comes with lacing up my running shoes and heading out of the house. Recently, I have been taking part in the odd virtual challenge, having discovered them during lockdown: RED January (which led to a 67-day running streak) and The Cornwall RNLI Virtual Challenge (228 miles in February and March) are examples of these.
I have been a member of the Tamar Trotters since 2000. Wearing the Trotters Vest I have taken part in marathons, half marathons and many shorter distances. My biggest achievement has been completing 19 Grizzly off road runs. Through the Trotters I started doing Triathlons in 2007 with other club members and compete each year in an event.