We’ve both always led active lives and we’re passionate about sharing our enjoyment of sport, fitness and the outdoors with others, which we now do through Barnes Fitness, offering individual and group training and organising events for runners, triathlete, duathletes and swimmers.
Running first brought us together — we met through Reading Roadrunners in 2008 and since then we’ve both been representing the club at local and national level, as well as coaching fellow members and marshalling at events.
And it was experiencing so many running, triathlon, duathlon and swimming races that inspired us to develop the Barnes Fitness Sports Events, taking all the best bits from everywhere we’ve been and creating friendly, welcoming challenges open to all.
Alison Millar | reading
Just to say thanks for another set of challenging Run Club sessions. Ellie and Ian are both brilliant motivators and a great inspiration in so many ways. In fact you are sooo good that I fear me and my mates will be coming back for more for a long time to come. Apologies in advance! Lol!
Eugenie Verney | Half Ironman, Ascot
Ellie and Ian run a very impressive, professional business. They’re both outstanding coaches — without Ellie I doubt I’d have ticked a half-Ironman off my list! — and they’re also accomplished event organisers. I’ve both competed and marshalled at Barnes Fitness events, and their attention to detail — always the key to a well-run race — really is second to none. Above all, they love what they do and their enthusiasm is completely irresistible!