Our Team

AboutSam

Sam Ayers
Fitness & Running Coach

Over 25 years of teaching and coaching
AboutRachel

Rachel Mellor
Fitness & Running Coach

AboutJo

Jo Gillyon
Sports Massage Therapist

Sam

About Sam

Sam has enjoyed participating in exercise and sport in a variety of forms since an early age. In fact, she can still vividly remember some of the sports days and netball matches from her time at primary school. Over the years she has played netball, scuba-dived, climbed, kayaked, ran, biked and swam.

She has competed in several London Marathons on both the Good for Age and Championship starts, raced mountain marathons and competed in half and full Ironman triathlons. Having returned to road running as a member of BodyFit Cumbria Running Club, Sam is aiming to achieve the nationally recognised Gold Star age group standard as set out by the Road Runners Club.

More recently, Sam has taken up rowing with Lakeland Rowing Club, competing in both the single scull and double scull. She has competed at national 'Masters' level in both disciplines and has won an age group silver medal in the National Indoor Championships.

Sam is the driving force behind BodyFit Cumbria but has the very able support of her husband Geoff who does a brilliant job with the website as well as being a keen athlete himself. In addition to Sam, BodyFit Cumbria has Rachel Mellor working on a part-time basis providing top-quality running and fitness coaching. Tony Jewell, Andy Hayes and Judy Reynolds all offer voluntary support to our BodyFit Running Classes.

And last but by no means least, Jo Gillyon is an occasional running coach and our specialist Sports Massage Therapist.

Personal details

Name: Samantha Ayers

Home Address: Eaglesfield, Cumbria
Telephone: 01900 825974
Mobile: 07805 094701
Email: askSam@bodyfitcumbria.co.uk

Professional Body Membership:
England Athletics

Insurance:
Insured by Markel and England Athletics

Education

First Class BA (Hons), QTS
Primary & Outdoor Education with Environmental Science
Charlotte Mason College, Lancaster University

Vocational Qualifications

YMCA Level 2:
Fitness Knowledge
Gym Instructor
Circuit Training
Exercise to Music
Walking (Power)
Walking for Health

YMCA Level 3:
Fitness Knowledge (100%)
Advanced Gym Instructor
Client Appraisal
Sports Conditioning
Nutrition and Weight Management
Personal Trainer Award
Ante and Post Natal Instructor
Exercise and the Older Adult
Core Stability (Advanced)

YMCA Level 4:
Weight Management
For Individuals with Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus and/or Metabolic Syndrome

Wright Foundation:
GP Exercise Referral

Multitrax UK:
Stability Ball Instructor

MetaFit:
MetaFit Instructor

UK Athletics:
Level 3 Coach (Endurance Running)
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Member of the National Coach Development Programme

St. John Ambulance:
Emergency First Aid

Rachel Mellor

About Rachel

Rachel moved to Cumbria from Oxford in 2005, and became a regular member of Sam's Core Stability and Running Classes in 2006 after having her first child. She began work for BodyFit in May 2011.

Rachel started running for fitness at University, but it wasn't until she moved to Cumbria that she began to train to race and discovered fell running, which is now her passion. Rachel has been a keen climber since the mid-nineties and also enjoys getting out for a scull on Bassenthwaite or Derwentwater when time allows. She's a member of Keswick Athletics Club, the Lakeland Rowing Club and the Oxford Alpine Club. She lives in Pardshaw with her husband Matt and two children.

Personal details

Name: Rachel Mellor

Home Address: Pardshaw, Cumbria
Email: askRachel@bodyfitcumbria.co.uk

Professional Body Membership:
England Athletics

Insurance
Insured by Markel and England Athletics

Vocational Qualifications

YMCA Level 2:
Fitness Knowledge
Gym Instructor
Circuit Training
Core Stability

YMCA Level 3:
Fitness Knowledge
Exercise and the Older Adult
Nutrition and Weight Management
GP Exercise Referral

UK Athletics:
Leadership in Running Fitness (Road)
Level 2 Coach (Endurance Running, Fell Specific)
Member of the Local Coach Development Programme

St. John Ambulance:
Emergency First Aid

Hazel Davies

About Hazel

Hazel has been a regular member of the BodyFit Running and Core classes since 2009 and like Sam is a member of BodyFit Cumbria Running Club. Recently, Hazel has embarked on the coaching pathway for endurance running and volunteers with both BodyFit Running Classes and our Junior Running after-school club. Hazel works locally as a nurse and specialises in minor injuries. She lives in Cockermouth, with husband Mike, sons Callum and Zak. Hazel, Rachel and Sam frequently train together, helping each other to achieve their running goals.

Personal details

Name: Hazel Davies

Home Address: Cockermouth, Cumbria
Email: askHazel@bodyfitcumbria.co.uk

Professional Body Membership:
England Athletics

Insurance
Insured by Markel and England Athletics

Vocational Qualifications

UK Athletics:
Leadership in Running Fitness (Road)
Coach in Running Fitness (Endurance)

St. John Ambulance:
Emergency First Aid

Jo Gillyon

About Jo

Jo moved to Keswick from East Yorkshire in 2003. She was a novice runner when she joined Keswick Athletic Club in April 2004 and did her first fell race a month later. Jo has remained passionate about the sport ever since and has progressed to captaining the Keswick women's team to success in the Fell Running Championships. Jo competes at all distances but particularly enjoys long distance fell races and mountain marathons. In 2014 Jo and running partner Catherine Evans won the 'Old County Tops' Fell Race women's category for the 3rd consecutive time. The pair have also won outright, the Dark Mountains short score course in January 2014. As well as working with BodyFit, Jo works as a sports massage therapist in Keswick alongside Sue Read.

Personal details

Name: Jo Gillyon

Home Address: Keswick, Cumbria
Mobile: 07946 438541

Professional Body Membership:
England Athletics

Insurance
Insured by Markel and England Athletics

Vocational Qualifications

UK Athletics:
Leadership in Running Fitness (Fell)

YMCA Level 2:
Fitness Knowledge
Gym Instructor

Independent Professional Therapists International
Advanced Diploma in Sports Massage

St. John Ambulance:
Emergency First Aid

Judy Reynolds

About Judy

Judy moved to Cumbria from Croydon in 2006. Until 2010 the only sport she had been involved in was dance, aerobics and sailing. Judy joined Sam's Beginners Running Class and hasn't looked back since. She now regularly completes in local races and in 2015 fulfilled one of her life ambitions of running a marathon. Judy is a great advocate for getting people running of all ages and abilities, no matter whether they consider themselves 'sporty' or not! Judy is also a BodyFit Core Class member and can thoroughly recommend them for helping her improve her posture.

Judy is works at the Lake District Wildlife Park, and lives in Great Broughton with husband Nick and has three grown up children.

Personal details

Name: Judy Reynolds

Home Address: Great Broughton, Cockermouth, Cumbria

Insurance
Insured by Markel and England Athletics

Vocational Qualifications

UK Athletics:
Leadership in Running Fitness (Road)

First Aid at Work Certificate

Tony Jewell

About Tony

Tony is a native Cumbrian, born in Whitehaven and his first involvement in athletics was in 1962. Encouraged by his father, he competed at handicap sprint events and junior fell races at shows around the county. This continued to 1967, when at sixteen he started work at Sellafield. In the early 1970s he kept fit by cycling and in 1976 when distance running was becoming more popular he joined the Cumberland Fell Runners Association (CFRA).

As well as competing on the fell, Tony also took up road races with 10 milers and marathons being favourite distances. In the early 1980s, Tony competed in the Cockermouth, Windermere and Bolton marathons. In 1985 he completed the London Marathon in 3 hours 2 minutes 50 seconds.

In 1986, Cumberland Fell Runners was formed from the old CFRA, and Tony being on the committee proposed that any juniors could join free of charge with the aim of encouraging youngsters to take part in the sport of fell running. At the time, Tony's children were young and he hoped they would take up fell running. His legacy continues today, as his grandchildren now fell run.

In 1988, Tony was part of a team that helped Joss Naylor on one of his epic charity runs around all the 'Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District', a fantastic achievement and a very memorable three days.

Tony has two sons and daughter Emma who initially progressed from the BodyFit Cumbria Beginners class to participating in 10K and half marathon events. Tony has been running with BodyFit since 2013 and enjoys the structured training. On retiring from Sellafield after 47 years, he has become interested in coaching and now has a regular voluntary role with the BodyFit Cumbria Running Classes; passing on his coaching advice to all levels of runners from complete beginners to more seasoned runners.

Tony's aim for the next few years is to compete well locally as a Vet 65 and to complete a half marathon in under 1 hour and 50 minutes. Tony also enjoys parkruns and has achieved his 100 parkrun milestone.

Personal details

Name: Tony Jewell

Home Address: Cockermouth, Cumbria

Insurance
Insured by Markel and England Athletics

Vocational Qualifications

UK Athletics:
Leadership in Running Fitness (Road)
Leadership in Running Fitness (Fell)
Coach in Running Fitness (Road)
UKA Level 1: Movement Skills for Athletics

St. John Ambulance:
Emergency First Aid