Committee & Contacts

General Enquiries

If you have any other enquiries please feel free to contact the committee members below or our webmaster regarding the website.

David Buffham, Club Chairman  (LiRF Qualified )
Sue Heppell, Club Secretary  (LiRF Qualified )
Matthias Schmid, Club Coach  (LiRF Qualified )
Chris Heppell, Club Treasurer  (LiRF Qualified )

Committee & Leaders

Ponteland Runners Committee consists of Chairman David Buffham,  Secretary Sue Heppell, Coach Matthias Schmid and Treasurer Chris Heppell.  All the committee are LiRF qualified leaders.  In addition to the committee members we also have 2 additional leaders, Chrys Hudson and Chris Wright.

Chairman – David Buffham LiRF

David took on the role of Chair at the AGM in 2012 and has watched the club grow in 2012 since we made an effort to advertise and push a web presense to help find new members.  David is a keen racer,  being present at many local runs each year.

Secretary – Sue Heppell LiRF

Sue started running over 20 years ago to assist fitness for playing squash.  The squash has stopped but the running still continues.  A keen swimmer, cyclist and runner Sue has completed Cycle Sportives, triathlons, & Running races.  Sue has played both squash and tennis for local teams in the past.  A triathlon with open water swimming and perhaps olympic distance are Sue’s next challenges.

Coach – Matthias Schmid LiRF

Matthias is the club coach.  He organises the majority of the Monday training sessions for club members.  Matthias’s whistle is well known,  and hated, amongst the members,  but he will encourage and help you improve your running whatever the standard your currently at.

Treasurer – Chris Heppell LiRF

Chris supports Matthias in running the clubs main Monday night sessions.  Chris has been running regularly for the last 25 years.  Also a keen Road Cyclist and recently a beginner swimmer Chris completed his first triathlon in 2011 which had been an ambition for a couple of years,  but Chris has to learn to swim first so he could complete the triathlon. Chris enjoyed 5-a-side football, squash and Mountain Biking in the past but now concentrate on Running, Road Cycling and Swimming.
I’m LiRF ( Leadership in Running Fitness ) qualified, thanks to support from England Athletics and TBSF ( Tony Blair Sports Foundation ), and L2 Cycling Coach qualified, thanks to support from British Cycling and Tyneside Vagabonds ( my cycling club ).

Leader – Chrys Hudson LiRF


Leader – Chris Wright LiRF

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Recent Posts

Club Open Evening & Couch to 5km 🛋️

We will be hosting our annual open evening on Wednesday 17th April 2024 at 7pm at Ponteland Leisure Centre car park.

This will also be the start of our popular couch to 5km sessions, which will finish with our summer club handicap in June.

If you are interested in joining our club to meet new people and improve your fitness there is no better time! 

We will have groups available for a wide variety of paces including a beginners session, so there is something for everyone.

If you wish to join our couch to 5km sessions, you need to sign up via our membership form.

If you would like more information please contact

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