Shelley Meyern

Chair & Run Coach


I was initially inspired by friends running the Brighton Marathon in 2012 and I decided to start running and raise funds for Dementia UK by running the Brighton 10k that November. I’ve always been sporty but running was my nemesis! As someone with asthma I’ve always found it hard to run continuously but the challenge was set and I met it head on! Looking back I hated that 10k run and wasn’t sure I would continue with it but, a few months later something clicked and I haven’t stopped running since! I have now run numerous 5k and 10k races as well as half marathons and marathons. My favourite run has to be the Great South Run and I’ll be back in Portsmouth in October 2021 for my ninth as I love this 10-mile race.

From starting running in 2012, I completed my first marathon, London, in 2014 and what an experience it was!  Undeterred, I was back on the start line for the London Marathon in 2016. This is probably my proudest running moment as I achieved my sub 4-hour marathon goal, and took 36 minutes off my first attempt finishing in 3:59! I also raised over £1600 for charity in the process for another cause close to my heart, animal welfare. I completed the Loch Ness Marathon in Sept 2017 which was amazing!

I am a Level 2 qualified running coach as well as being a qualified run leader. I also hold a Diploma in Sports Nutrition. Getting a PB is always an amazing feeling but, its just as much a buzz helping other to achieve running goals.

Fun facts about me

When I am not running, I love spending time walking my three rescue dogs, who are all lurchers, watching Arsenal FC and if I am sitting down, I am likely to be watching Sky Atlantic – Greys Anatomy and Chicago Fire are my current favourites! I have been known to bake the odd thing or two, after all, I need to refuel after all that running! I also volunteer for Lurcher SOS, a dog rescue who saved two of my own, a small but fantastic rescue doing great work and I have an adopted Donkey called Ashley!