North West Regional Council
- Jon Clarke (Chair) [successfully elected via 2023 ballot]: West Cheshire AC
- Clare Mallon: West Cheshire AC
- Dennis Wall: West Cheshire AC
- Lucy Evans: Sale Harriers
- Shelby Williams: Lions Running Community
- Uyai Ikpatt [successfully elected via 2023 ballot]: Trafford AC
- Marie Cartwright [successfully elected via 2023 ballot]: Manchester Harriers & AC
Jon Clarke (Chair)
Jon was elected on to the North West Regional Council in 2019, and elected as its Chair later that year. Jon is a competing M65 athlete, having returned to athletics in 2015 after 40 years in the wilderness. Since then he has competed all over the country in Masters and open events, plus Cheshire County Championships, and so far also represented GB in two World Masters Championships, plus a European Masters Games. During this time Jon also spent 3 years as Chairman of West Cheshire AC, so has a good understanding of both club operation and its difficulties, plus know what it is like to be a competitor.
Dennis has been involved in athletics since he was a teenager, competing in track and field competitions, road races, and cross country events. He is now a Level 3 Performance Coach, a Level 2 Field Judge, a Level 1 Track Judge, the Track and Field Officer and Vice-Chairman at West Cheshire AC.
He is interested in every aspect of athletics and helps to promote West Cheshire AC by writing weekly press reports for the local media and compiles the weekly club newsletter.
Lucy has been involved in athletics for over 25 years, competing at county, regional, national, and international level. Her proudest achievements include competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning the 100m and 200m at the World Masters Championships in 2018 and being awarded Life Membership to her club, Sale Harriers Manchester. Outside of athletics, Lucy specialises in Marketing, Events and PR. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Management Institute.
Shelby has been a runner since childhood, captaining her sports team at junior school and winning her first running trophy at the age of 13. Shelby started her coaching journey with the Leadership in Running Fitness course in 2010, as she has a passion for supporting others to enter the sport she loves and then went on to qualify as a Coach in Running Fitness in 2013 and she was awarded National Run Leader of the Year in 2019.
As a voluntary running coach and leader, Shelby’s approach to running and coaching is inclusive and fun, whilst encouraging people to be the best they can be which is why she believes she has maintained a large core group of runners who are on one hand at the competitive edge of running to the more recreational runner who enjoys running for the more social aspects. Having trained as a fitness instructor, Shelby also enjoys developing the strength and conditioning aspects of runners, which she believes is key to longevity in running. As a Guide Runner, Shelby is also keen to encourage people with a visual impairment to seek support so they can enjoy running to.
Over the years Shelby has enjoyed running around the world including in London as one of the first runners to cross the finish line at the Olympic Stadium; Las Vegas, Paris, New York and Canada.
Uyai started running by joining their work colleagues at lunchtime for social and structured sessions. A few years later after competing at various races from 5k up to marathons, Uyai joined their kids at Wirral AC. They have two girls who are U17 & U20 but have been competing from U9 & U11s. Whilst at Wirral AC, Uyai has represented the club in Northern League track & field events and cross country just to make things interesting.
When not an athlete, Uyai has various roles within the club. A Level 3 Field Judge, a recently qualified throws coach and a committee member in charge of officials. Uyai is passionate about grassroots athletics and a great believer in kids not specialising too early but competing in runs, jumps and throws.
In their day job, they are a Research Scientist. When not involved in athletics, Uyai likes to explore the great outdoors with their hiking group formed during lockdown and still going more than two years later.
Marie works in Sports Development in the charity sector. As an ex-elite sprinter, her love of high performance environments got her to pursue a career in the corporate sector. The 2008 global financial crisis drove her to follow her passion for sport and performance and retrain as a sports therapist and work in multi-disciplinary high performance settings. Her wish to further explore the influence of the mind on performance, lead her to gain further postgraduate qualifications in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Marie would describe herself as a people-orientated person. The legacy of her varied and valued careers means that she has extensive experience in negotiating deals and driving implementation at the highest level as well as at grassroots community level. She has worked on various independent projects implementing sport for social cohesion or mental well-being for women and girls.
Marie is a World Athletics sprints coach and has been a volunteer coach since 2004 at various London Clubs including Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC and Victoria Park Harriers AC.
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