Lee’s Inspiring Story: Ingle Runners

I’m Lee and my journey with running began in my teenage years when I started taking part in cross country at school. I found that running long distance came easily and I began to excel at this particular discipline. From this I then went on to run for the school, spending some of my weekends running around Graves Park. I developed a love for running which in turn led to a six month stint with the Hallamshire Harriers.

However, like a lot of teenagers other factors came into play such as girls and nights out with my mates. Running fell by the wayside, except for getting me out of a few sticky situations!!

Then at sixteen my running ambitions hit another hurdle. I started to struggle with my health and was diagnosed with Crohns Disease which can be a debilitating and life restricting inflammatory bowel disease. The disease also left me with osteoporosis. This led to long spells in hospital over a two year period, resulting in major surgery, having my large bowel removed and a permanent ileostomy bag fitted. Although this was a life changing decision it gave me my quality of life back and has never held me back.

I went on to secure employment, meet my partner Lex and settled down in my own home. Life was busy and so I only flirted with the idea of getting back into running and improving my overall fitness. Running was something I was always thinking about and was always going to do but time kept ticking by.

Then in 2017 I began to face my next battle. After having a few problems with my shoulder and hand I was sent by my GP for further exploratory tests. While this was ongoing my partner was facing her own physical and mental health challenges. Her struggle with mental health began to escalate and accessing the appropriate support became even more challenging.

In March 2018 my test results were back. It wasn’t good news. I was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease and the test also highlighted an aortic root aneurysm. My life changed again overnight.  Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopamine levels in the brain which can impact on an individual’s movement, speech, balance, memory, sleep and emotional wellbeing to name a few. However, each person’s experience of Parkinson’s Disease is individual to them. At this point I am in the early stages of my diagnosis and treatment. If you met me in the street you probably wouldn’t know I had Parkinson’s Disease.

Although the movement side of the disease is minimal my diagnosis has had an impact on my mental health. Then the unthinkable happened and Lex’s mental health began to deteriorate, ultimately impacting on her physical health and leading to her sadly passing away.

The combination of my diagnosis and losing my partner of 22 years has affected my mental health and at times it has been a struggle. Despite my struggles with my health the one thing that kept coming up in relation to Parkinson’s Disease and mental health was the positive impact of exercise. This naturally brought me back to running.

Getting out and starting to run again gave me focus and has been a big help with my mental health. After doing a few Park Runs I heard about a local running group near where I live, The Ingle Runners. So I decided to give it a go and joined the men’s group. Although it had been a few years since I had ran regularly the team at Ingle Runners are very welcoming and supportive and have put me at ease. The running club is for all abilities and it doesn’t matter what stage you are at in respect of your running journey, anyone can join in.

Despite all the health challenges I have faced throughout my life I am getting out there and running again. I cannot emphasise enough the positive effect that joining the club has had on my mental health. It has reopened my social life, got me out of the house and stopped me climbing the walls. It’s restored my motivation and my fighting spirit not to give in.

So would I recommend Ingle Runners you ask……….you bet I would!!!

Bring On 2020!

Well what a year for the Brendan Ingle Foundation! As the year draws to a close and a new one begins TOMORROW, we are reflecting on all of the great things that have happened in the last twelve months. All aspects of the foundation have been busy, and increasingly so as the year has progressed.

First of all we opened the doors to a couple of new members of staff and associates, enabling the foundation to grow and evolve for bigger and more ambitious projects. We also welcomed back former Professional Boxer and Amatuer National Champion Amer Killa Khan as a Boxing Project Coach for the Brendan Ingle Foundation. Killa was already working closely with the professional boxers but now works along side the school sessions.

It’s been an incredibly productive time seeing many projects come into fruition, in fact too many things to list them all here. We can start by mentioning the successful launch of the Holiday Summer Camp in the gym which started in July. This was a mixture of fundamental movement, from boxing to gymnastics to team sports, offering something for the youths in the area to explore over the summer holidays. Watch this space for future school holiday camps.

There was a change in the weekly sessions in the Ingle Boxing Gym, we added two new adult only boxing classes to the schedule, as well as a women only session, making the sport more inclusive and accessible to anyone interested.

The Ingle Runners have grown in numbers, strength and stamina every single week, and Wayne even started up the Ingle Runners Mens session. It would seem the sky is the limit for our runners. It’s been a pleasure for the leaders to see so many inspirational people getting involved and taking control of their health and fitness, building a bigger and safer community in Wincobank.

We continue to work closely with Hinde house Secondary School on a number of different year groups and mixture of sessions. Our Brendan Ingle Scholars from Year 7 through to Year 11 achieved their Bronze awards, and many of these boxers showing huge potential! Next term they will be working towards their Silver Awards. From an education perspective, we continue to mentor another group of pupils from the same school, focused more on skills outside of physical activity, and building good foundations for life post school education. With thanks to Rachel at RMC Dance Academy we have been able to deliver classes in boxing and dance at Concord Primary.

Finally we have seen a huge shift of improvement and drive within the Ingle Boxing Academy, the amatuers have shown heart and dedication in their training and the season isn’t over yet! Thanks again to the coaches for keeping the wheels turning and the focus sharp.

We look forward to continuing the projects already in place, to see the progress and development of all involved, and for the exciting things in the pipeline which we can’t wait to reveal. We are grateful for all of the support for the work in Brendan’s name. Wishing you all a very happy and proactive New Year… See you in 2020!

Brendan Ingle 19th January 1982
The Sheffield School of Boxing

Festive Family Park Run & Litter pick

Our superstar Ingle Runner leaders Kirsty, Bridget and Tara have organised a morning of family fitness, litter picking and festive treats. This special event is to encourage families to come and take part in the Concord Park Run on Saturday the 7th of December, which starts at 9am. Whatever your age, walk or run, whatever suits your ability,  the main thing is that you all take part. This is the perfect opportunity for those who have been curious about the park run but haven’t quite taken the steps to taking part, come along and see what it’s all about. Look out for the Ingle Runners in pink or blue!
          
After the run join us for refreshments at St Thomas’ Church on Newman Road, followed by an organised litter pick in the Wincobank area… It’s the time of year to give back to our community and create a bit of togetherness on this lead up to christmas! There will be mince pies and other festive refreshments for everyone taking part in the litter pick & run. 
Follow the link to get started and register for Park Run. You will receive a personal barcode which you can use every time, right across the city. The best part? It’s free! We hope to see you and your loved ones there.
Keep up to date with local litter picking and other community events by giving the ‘Love Wincobank’ Facebook page a like & follow…

 

Ingle Boxing Academy

Boxing. Education. Community. These three components make up the Brendan Ingle Foundation, and if it wasn’t for the boxing club, both professional and amateur, the foundation wouldn’t be able to carry out the work it does.

The Ingle Boxing Academy is off to a very promising start this season with twenty active amateur boxers making up the current team. This includes three Yorkshire Champions, Jay Bunclark, Charlie Ellis and Faiz Raga, who will be fighting again on the 10th of November in the regional pre quarter finals in Hull.

                                        

We are more than thrilled to hear positive feedback from officials, who are noticing a huge improvement over the last eighteen months. All of our boxers are keeping busy, always in the gym training hard, regularly taking bouts and showing consistent improvements. They have been giving it one hundred percent in their performances, and win or lose they leave it all in the ring which is a credit to themselves, to their families and to the Ingle Boxing Academy.

Previously mentioned, Liam Arundel is continuing to works hard, who trains closely with coach Amer ‘Killa’ Khan, we are seeing an increase in his skills and dedication to both boxing and his education every week.

Max Ellis, Adam Abbas, Callum Hannon and Ryan McNally are all improving with each bout, showing determination and promising development in their boxing skills.

         

A special mention to the dedicated coaches who spend countless late nights in the gym, and take the boxers to shows all over the country on a voluntary basis. As well as support and encourage our young boxers in these important years of their amatuer careers. BIG thanks to Richard, Andy, Rash, Dean, Rikki, Matt, Isah, Conor, Musa & Regan.

The Ingle Boxing Academy is excited to announce a home boxing show onThursday 14th November, at the Greasbrough WMC, Church Street, Rotherham. Tickets will be £10, doors open at 6.45pm and first bout at 7.45pm. Come and show your support and see for yourselves the hard work this team has put in so far. We hope to see you there!

Ingle Runners Take over!

Since November last year the Brendan Ingle Foundation has helped fund the Ingle Runners Women’s group. Started up and ran by Bridget and Tara Ingle, and Kirsty Kelly, the numbers are on the increase every single week. Nearly 60 ladies attend across the two running sessions per week.

Photo Credit: Sheffield Star. Tara and Bridget Ingle

As a part of a Safer Sheffield and Community Well-being campaign these sessions have not only boosted the health and wellbeing of the participants, but also created a safe place for the them to come and feel included. The sense of community and support amongst these groups are second to none.

 

Off the back of this huge success the Brendan Ingle Foundation has launched a women only boxing session last month, as well as a men’s Ingle Runners group. Through the support and encouragement these sessions provide, participants have built up enough confidence to take part in the weekend Park Runs. The Ingle Runners have their own Park Run network and are clocking up the miles every week. There is no limit to how big a community can be, and Wincobank is certainly leading by example!

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Amer Khan Delivers Talk to Hinde House School

We tweeted earlier this week that the rise in hate crime has nearly doubled in just three years. Within schools, these incidents and crimes are towards teachers as well as amongst students.

This week ex professional boxer and firefighter Amer ‘Killa’ Khan from the Ingle boxing gym delivered a talk to the pupils of local secondary school, Hinde House. Amer previously went to this very school, and is a relatable person for the current students. On top of his full time job AND helping coach the professionals at the Ingle Boxing Gym, he is a key contributor to the foundations projects… delivering talks, workshops and coaching for our Brendan Ingle Scholarship programmes and mentor schemes.

The assembly’s were  held to not only raise awareness of hate crime as a whole, but to also inform students how to identify and report hate crime. These talks were a chance for some of the foundation staff to introduce themselves, who will be working closely with the school in the future. The presence of relatable mentors like Amer, Conor and Sophie within the school aims to bridge a gap between students and teachers, and encourage a communicative environment for all participants. There was a huge emphasis on the boxing gym being a shared space for all, regardless of background, race, religion and so on. These talks proved both inspiring and educational to the year groups involved, and everyone at the foundation looks forward to future plans with Hinde House.

Follow the link below to read a recent write up in the Sheffield Star!

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/sheffield-boxer-killa-heads-back-former-city-school-inspire-next-generation-817725

The foundation works very closely with local schools and will be posting more information about the Brendan Ingle Scholarship programme soon.

A Promising Future For Liam Arundel

Last year, as a part of an alternative learning set up with local schools, the Brendan Ingle Foundation carried out a mentoring scheme with a small number of pupils at high risk of either expulsion, criminality or anti-social behaviour. The programme consisted of a mixture of boxing sessions in the gym, onsite mentoring at the schools and extra curriculum from interview skills to litter picking in the community.  The aim of these sessions were to teach a number of skills such as self-discipline, self- conduct, respect and sociability, all of which can be transferred into strong foundations for everyday life.

Amer Khan was one of the coaches to take part in delivering the talks, classes and workshops at the schools, having attended the same high school as the group of students, he demonstrated that it is possible to turn a lifestyle around and contribute positively to society. The idea was that along side the health and fitness benefits of boxing, the sessions would also include exercises and activities that would build confidence, teaching the students that they too are capable of achieving big.

One particular student who found himself on to a promising pathway through the programme was 16 year old Liam Arundel. Who at the time was predicted to fail most of his GCSE’s and missing a majority of school. Through the process of mentoring with Amer and the Brendan Ingle Foundation he achieved good marks in a majority of his core subjects and secured himself a place on a Level One Mechanical Engineering course at Barnsley College. As if this wasn’t enough he picked up some incredible boxing skills, showed immense dedication and drive, and went on to box competitively winning a number of amateur bouts. Liam is a shining example of a lost teenager who has developed into a confident, friendly and hardworking young man. With huge boxing profiles such as Billy Joe Saunders and Kid Galahad around the Ingle gym,  he’s looking up to the best in the business. He is still an active boxer for the Ingle gym, and top of his training and college course, Liam comes into the gym to spend time with the next round of pupils coming through the mentor scheme, leading by shining example. The sky’s the limit for Liam!

No Place For Hate in the UK

Today marks the first day of National Hate Crime Awareness week. Hate crimes in the UK are on the rise, just in the last year there has been a 17% increase in crimes and incidents. The organisation (NHCAW) is campaigning to encourage authorities, councils, police and other key partners to help reduce hate crimes and incidents in their local areas.

We know that Brendan firmly believed regardless of your background everyone had a place in the Ingle gym, as long as you showed respect for not only yourself, but for the people around you…

Here at the Foundation we strive to carry this on throughout the community and are working along side the South Yorkshire police in a campaign for a Safer Sheffield. We are providing social, fitness classes and run clubs for the locals, creating a safe place for all, a wider sense of community and connection, as well as improving general well-being. Follow the links to find out more about the National Hate Crime Awareness organisation, and how you can support it.

https://nationalhcaw.uk/

https://youtu.be/zj7vj_PVsFY

#NationalHCAW #NoRoomForHateUK #SafePlaceForAll #WeStandTogether

 

Unveiling of the Brendan Ingle Plaque

Friday the 4th of October was a special day in Sheffield with the official unveiling of the Brendan Ingle plaque outside the famous Ingle boxing gym. Lots of familiar faces gathered on Newman Road, Wincobank, who’s lives have been heavily impacted by Brendan’s positive life philosophies and selfless actions. Amongst those were the likes of former world champion, now Sky Sports presenter Johnny Nelson, professional boxer Kid Galahad, and Sheffield musician Shaun Doane. It was a family occasion with Alma, Dominic, Bridget, Tara and John all present. The cast Iron plaque is a modest installation on the foot of the entrance to the boxing gym, where the ‘Ingle Way’ will eventually begin. (You can find out more about this just a few clicks over from our blog on this website. ) The modest plaque has been funded by generous donations from both football clubs Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, Parsons Cross Boxing Gym, Matchroom Boxing as well as a number of private donations. The plaque is just a small gesture in a very big picture for the community. With plans to develop the outside playground in the near future, the foundation is increasing the use of this outside space more and more through it’s various projects in sport and physical activities. There wouldn’t be a more suitable way to honour Brendan Ingle’s memory. An ode to his legacy.

 

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/sheffield-boxing-great-brendan-ingle-honoured-plaque-outside-famous-gym-643384

 

 

Women Only Boxing Sessions

Last night we held our second Women Only Boxing session at the Ingle Gym. After successfully launching the class only last week, we opened the doors to 22 smiling faces! A huge well done to all of the ladies who took part. This is a community class open to all ages and levels. Our main focus is to get fit, have fun whilst doing it and learn some boxing skills along the way! You can find our session times on our website.

Watch this space to see what else we get up to…