Here you can meet our amazing team of Run Leaders. All these ladies have their own running story and some have come such a long way to become the passionate and driven coaches they are.
All our Run Leaders are accredited Athletics Australia coaches.
Mel Warman - Owner and Principal Run Leader
Hi! I'm Mel Warman and I am the founder and owner of Boobs on the Run. I wanted to share my running story and why Boobs on the Run means so much to me and the community of women we have supported.
As a kid at Secondary School (High School) I used to love running. On sports days I would always be the one to run the 1500 metres and I was also a county runner at Cross Country. After school finished and college took over, running became less and less part of my routine.
I remember getting the call from my Dad asking me to come over to my parents place as they needed to talk to me. He sounded tense and not himself. My brother was overseas with the army at the time, so all sorts of negative thoughts were spinning through my head about what was happening. I had no idea it would be to tell me that Mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She was only 49. It was so unfair.
A month later we received news that my Aunt (my Mum's oldest sister) had also been diagnosed with breast cancer.
I started to run again. I just needed some "head time" and running allowed me to get that.
I joined a local running group and quickly became part of the community and eventually became a running coach through England Athletics. It became my sanity check.
During this time my Mum battled breast cancer, raised over $70k for cancer charities in the UK, which included having her hair shaved off in a middle of a pub. She did everything she could to beat the big C.
Unfortunately a year later we received news that the cancer had moved to her lungs. It was terminal. Mum still battled and continued to raise money during that last year, even though she was so tired. She lost her battle at the age of 52 and shortly after I lost my Aunt too who had developed secondary brain cancer.
Boobs on the Run has very much grown as a community, from the very first course to the last one just completed. We have helped over 900 women regain their self confidence, energy, endurance, they sleep better, eat better and most of all feel better. Plus we have raised over $52k for charity.
Alison MacDonald - Senior Run Leader
Nickname: Everyone knows me as Ally
Where did your passion for running come from: I played stacks of team sport as a kid/teen but never enjoyed running for its own sake. Fast forward a decade and I start running with a mate in a work "Corporate Cup" team. The Corporate Cup is a fortnightly 6km PB-based points race round Mrs Macquarie's Chair - how could you not love that, one of the prettiest locations in the world to run! Ran my first City to Surf in August 2000 and my first half marathon in May 2001. And joining Boobs on the Run in mid-2016 (after my dad died, and my training partner moved to Noosa) brought me fully back into my love for running. Thank you Mel and BOTR!
Favourite food: Yoghurt + The Healthy Chef protein powder + passionfruit + muesli. I could eat this for every meal. No joke.
Least favourite workout: hills ... I know how good they are for me though ! Not a massive fan of lunges either
Favourite run route: in Sydney, Blackwattle Bay. So pretty! But my absolute favourite is around my mum's place in Gundary. Dirt roads, bush, kangaroos and wombats. The best.
Tanya Jeney - Senior Run Leader
Nickname: TJ or Tan
Where did your passion for running come from: I joined the Boobs on the Run Get Running program with my cousin a few years ago and just fell in love with all of it. I love how much stronger my body feels, I love my running tribe of friends and I hope that I am setting an example to my kids on how to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Favourite food: Sushi and sashimi
Least favourite workout: I'm struggling to answer this one, I am happy to give almost anything a go. Maybe 90's style dance aerobics? Nothing else has made me feel less coordinated but it's still good for a laugh.
Favourite run route: Blackwattle Bay for a short run, anything along a coastline for a long run. Dee Why to Manly. Bronte to Bondi. Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge are all spectacular at sunrise.
Joy-Ann Brewer - Run Leader
Where did your passion for running come from: Hmm tough one but mainly I started running as I wanted to get fitter and be a good example for my kids, it had to be a sport that would fit into our lives. It gave me mental space which we all need with the busy world! I fell in love with then got a little addicted 😝😀. Running has impacted so many aspects of my life now. I'm actually a shy introvert ( people never believe that!) but running has given me such confidence to give new things a go!!
Favourite food: Percy pigs (Marks & Spencer lolly) and potato bread (Irish bread made with yes you guessed it potatoes!)
Least favourite workout: Squats
Favourite run route: I'm very predicable but mainly love running the bay but has some beautiful runs recently in Ireland
Vickiann Hewitt - Run Leader
Nickname: VA or Vann
Where did your passion for running come from: I wanted to run for about 5 years but never thought I could. One day I managed to run 1km and told a friend. She said if I could run 1km I could run 3km. So I ran 3km. Then I thought I should be able to run 5km. So I joined BotR. The rest, as they say, is history......
Favourite food: Pizza, pizza, pizza
Least favourite workout: Burpees - revolting things
Favourite run route: Sunrise on the The bay run
Allira Salem - Run Leader
Nickname: None that I know of
Where did your passion for running come from: A friend asked me to do a half marathon and I had not run in about 15 years and thought ‘how hard can it be?’ - turns out on no training it was hard and I vowed to get better. Since moving to Sydney 7 years ago running has allowed me to make loads of friends in the supportive running community in Sydney!
Favourite food: Japanese!!! Sashimi any day
Least favourite workout: Burpees - yuk
Favourite run route: Anywhere with some sunshine - the Bay in Rozelle is always a good run!
Rachel Eagleton - Run Leader and Nutritionist
Where did your passion for running come from: I was doing 6 week challenge with daily exercise. My trainer suggested running instead of walking. I struggled to the end of the street, to the end of the next street. Then I moved to Singapore and made a new friend who was a great runner, she suggested we did a 10k race together - I thought I was going to die but hat no other friends so had to pretend it was great fun!!
Favourite food: Dark Chocolate
Least favourite workout: terrible hand eye co-ordination/ball sports
Favourite run route: From Balmain, over the ANZAC bridge, around blackwattle bay, up and over Lilyfield Road then back along the far side of the baryon. That's 16km, there are plenty of bubblers and toilets. I also like running out to Barrangaroo.
Britt Welander - Run Leader
Where did your passion for running come from: It started when my oldest boy was 3 months old and a girlfriend from Germany called and said “I am running Stockholm marathon in 5 months, can I stay at your place?” Then I thought if she can do it I can. I ran my first marathon with her and the rest is history
Favourite food: Sushi
Least favourite workout: Yoga
Favourite run route: Running at Bondi or round in Centennial Park. You have so many options there with hills, undulating and flat.
Mel Andrews - Run Leader
Nickname: Melly Moo
Where did your passion for running come from: I actually don’t know. It’s something that I just did for a bit of exercise and over time it becomes a little addictive.
Favourite food: Sushi
Least favourite workout: Burpees - why do they even exist?!
Favourite run route: Probably the Bay run or anything with nice views
Sam English - Run Leader
Where did your passion for running come from: taught myself to run because I’d see people running and think I want to do that. I soon met heaps of amazing people through running and my passion for it now comes from wanting to spend time with the amazing runners I have met and my love of being outdoors.
Favourite food: I honestly don’t have a favourite because I love all food. Definitely have a weakness for chocolate
Least favourite workout: spin classes and burpees
Favourite run route: that’s really hard to answer. The Bay Run because it’s where I taught myself to run, many trails around Sydney - Spit to Manly, Royal National Park and anywhere in the Blue Mountains. Queenstown- the Botanic Gardens and Lake Wakatipu