RTW runners – a running group which is open to people of all ages (12 and above) and abilities. The group is led by Joe Watts, who is an England Athletics qualified Coach in Running Fitness & Personal Trainer and supported by Claire Henry, an England Athletics qualified Leader in Running Fitness.
Joe’s aim is to get the best out of anyone who would like to improve their running, whether it be their technique, speed, frequency or if you just want to meet, chat or run with other like-minded people. So, whether you’re a first timer, returning from injury or want to improve your fitness & endurance, come along to one of our sessions and you’ll be in safe hands.
Founded in 2016 and originally operating out of Southborough, Kent, the group is now expanding and will also be offering group sessions in Forest Row, East Sussex as of February 2020.
Group leader – Joe’s first running experience came following the 2012 London Olympics, when he was inspired by the success of Team GB and decided to go along to his local club, Tonbridge Athletic Club and he has been running ever since. In February 2017, Joe was awarded with “Most improved athlete” at the Club for the 2016/17 Winter season and in October 2018 was a runner-up in the “Sports Achiever” category of the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, “Love Where We Live” awards.
In April 2014 Joe became Event Director of Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5km that takes place in Dunorlan Park every Saturday at 9am. The event which is run entirely by volunteers from within the local community has grown steadily and in October 2016 the event was awarded, “Best Group” at the “Love Where We Live” awards; the event was also runner-up in that same category the following year (2017).
Joe is licenced as a Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF), Coaching Assistant and Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) having completed the relevant courses which are run by the governing body of Athletics (England Athletics). He holds a valid and current DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check, is first aid qualified (St John Ambulance) and is fully insured under UK Athletics insurance.
During the summer of 2017, Joe completed a 6 week intensive Personal Training course in London and qualified as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor and a Level 3 Personal Trainer. Although Joe has only been running for a little over 7 years, he has learnt a lot during that period and is keen to share his love and experience of running, health & wellbeing with others. 5km PB of 18:06; 10km PB of 37:12; Half Marathon PB of 1:25.27; Marathon PB of 3:08.05
Joe has learnt a lot during his time as an athlete and coach and is keen to share his love and experience of running, health, fitness & nutrition with others. Joe operates an athlete-centred approach where his aim is to get the best out of anyone who would like to improve their running, whether it be their technique, speed, frequency or if you just want to run with other like-minded people.