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 Senior Run Leader
Where did your passion for running come from: I have been running for almost 25 years now and my passion started at school with me often the only person who wanted to run the 1500 meters and the cross country. My passion to teach other people came about after my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was just 49.
Favourite food: Sausage and Mash
Least favourite workout: Lunges with a barbell
Favourite run route: My favourite run has always been the Mother's Day Classic in the Domain in Sydney. It's a fantastic day out and a great way for us without mums to celebrate their lives and also raise much needed funds for cancer research.
Rebecca Rumens - Senior Run Leader
Where did your passion for running come from: I joined BotR's Get Running program as a total beginner nearly 2 years ago with a vague notion that I could learn to run, what I didn’t expect was that it would change my life. Running has made me strong both physically and mentally and sparked a drive to achieve that I never had before.
Favourite food: Thai - red duck curry
Least favourite workout: Any form of crunches or sit-ups
Favourite run route: I work in the CBD and love a quick lunch time run - the route from Circular Quay under the Harbour Bridge and along to Barrangaroo is pretty special.
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
Helen Scott - Run Leader
Nickname: My parents call me Molly for no reason in particular... but it stuck
Where did your passion for running come from: My Dad was a runner and when I decided to do something about being overweight I decided I'd give running a go with my Dad. 3 years later I was running a marathon... so running must be in the blood
Favourite food: I run to eat pizza
Least favourite workout: Boxing - I'm not a fan of getting beaten up
Favourite run route: Sydney is full of amazing runs but currently I love going past Mrs Macquaries' chair, around the opera house, through the Botanics and back home - it's about 7k
Nicky Turnbull - Run Leader
Where did your passion for running come from: I started running as training for team sports. I realised that I actually loved the running for its own sake and since becoming a mum, I love the convenience of running and how strong it makes me feel.
Favourite food: Curry - I am English!
Least favourite workout: I know I should do yoga and Pilates, but never want to give up and opportunity to run to do them - so I stay inflexible instead
Favourite run route: I love running by our beautiful harbour - still such a buzz - and can make them as long or short as you want.
Zoë Fluit - Run Leader
Nickname: Too many to list, but I still go by my roller derby name a lot!
Where did your passion for running come from: Passion for running kicked in after I broke my ankle in 2012 and decided to treat myself like an athlete instead of giving up on my sport. So I rehabbed my ankle and got my fitness back, which included this thing called running...
Favourite food: Second breakfast and snacks
Least favourite workout: Anything that requires coordination, ball sport games
Favourite run route: Shellharbour parkrun is a must if you're in the area! We also have lots of beautiful routes right here in Sydney.
Kora Murphy - Run Leader
Nickname: I don't have one!
Where did your passion for running come from: At uni I discovered how good running makes me feel and how it helps me deal with stress, I've been running ever since.
Favourite food: Pizza
Least favourite workout: Anything involving ball skills, I also don't enjoy boxing (yes, also everything that requires good hand-eye coordination)
Favourite run route: The trails around Bobbin Head and the Coastal path in the Royal National Park.
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 run a half marathon in 2009 & I thought 'how hard can that be?!' I had not run more than 500 metres in about 4 years & thought that was decent preparation...took me 3 hours & I vowed to get better!!
Favourite food: Japanese!!! Sashimi any day
Least favourite workout: Yoga - snooze fest, although good for stretching I get bored!
Favourite run route: Coogee to Bondi or Bay run in Balmain! So many cute guys
Anne-Marie Cook - Run Leader
Where did your passion for running come from: My mum, dad and brother have all run marathons and I do have a slightly competitive streak... But I also love the adventure of running and how good it makes me feel. I've had wonderful encouragement from friends and family to keep going so that inspires me to take on more challenges.
Favourite food: Almond butter. I buy it in sachets so I can eat it on the trail too.
Least favourite workout: "I love doing burpees" said no one ever.
Favourite run route: My current fave is in the Blue Mountains on the Ultra-Trail Australia course. Running in the fresh mountain air makes you feel like you're flying.
Rachel Eagleton - Run Leader
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.
Vanessa Orr - Run Leader
Nickname: Neddi or Ned... as named by my 4yr host brother whilst an exchange student in Canada. It has stuck and they still call me this 20 years later.
Where did your passion for running come from: The endorphin rush and sense of accomplishment when I finish a run (doesn't matter how fast or long you go, the fact that you actually got out there and did it)
Favourite food: Pasta (but has to be gluten free these days)
Least favourite workout: Frog jumps (silly exercise they make us do at bootcamp) and spin class (my legs don't seem to work on the bike)
Favourite run route: I like running in different cities. The running festival in Melbourne every October is a favourite.