Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Council

Council Members

  • Ian Martin (Chair)
  • Janita Maaranen
  • Bill Eldridge
  • Becky Penty
  • Richard Lord

You can get in touch via yorkshumbchair@englandathletics.org

Ian Martin (Chair)

Ian MartinIan has been a member of several EA affiliated clubs over the years in Manchester, Milton Keynes, and Yorkshire, fulfilling a variety of committee positions. Ian is also an athletics coach, event group endurance coach, and level 1 track judge.

Most recently Ian founded a new club, Vale of York Athletic Community, where they currently Head of Coaching and Development as well as Athletics Committee Chair.

Ian still competes in track and field, cross country, fell, and road running as a masters athlete, and remains passionate about helping others develop a lifelong love of our sport.

Bill Eldridge

Bill EldridgeBill is a retired Physical Education teacher, now aged 71. In his younger days he was a runner, mainly cross country and road racing with occasional forays onto the track. He holds a 10 mile PB of 50:12 and a marathon PB of 2:27:03. He began officiating as a field official in 1993 at Level 2. He followed Timekeeping and Track Judging to level 2 as well as Endurance Level 2. In 2010 he was sent and signed for one of the single action orange starting pistols, so decided he should qualify as a Starter/Starters Assistant. He reached Level 3 in 2017 and it is now his main discipline. Bill has been a former Chairman of Humberside Schools AA, a former Chairman of Humber AA, and is at present the Starters Representative on the Northern Officials Association.

Becky Penty

Becky PentyBecky has been on the council for 2 years and is an athletics coach and event group endurance coach based in York. An active competitor herself, Becky enjoys competing over cross country, fells and the roads and has taken on numerous committee roles within her club, mostly recently that of Welfare Officer.

A trainee sport and exercise psychologist, Becky believes that sport and running in particular can have a positive impact on a person’s health and wellbeing.

Richard Lord

Rich LordRich Lord is Club Secretary and Co-Founder of Carleton Running Community in Pontefract where he is also a Coach in Running Fitness. CRC focuses on social running for all abilities and helping to get new runners started in the sport, and to be able to enjoy exercising together as a group. Rich has run over 100 races including 7 marathons. He has published two chart-topping books Rebuilding The Machine and Smiles Through The Miles which can be found on Amazon in e-book or paperback.