I’m 53 years old born in June 1967. I got married at St Thomas’ church opposite the gym 30 years ago in September this year. I have 3 children who are all now grown up. I work at Supertram on the wheel lathe ( I machine the tram tyres) In January 2017 I weighed 18 st 9.5 lbs I’d been wanting to lose weight for sometime but didn’t have the know how or the determination. My daughter had joined weight watchers at the village hall a few months earlier and lost over 20lbs. I hoped it could help me and was inspired to join by her success . To be honest it wasn’t really my environment sat in a room full of women discussing healthy eating and weight loss issues. But I decided to give it my all and committed to it 100%. I followed the plan and with the support of everyone at the group the weight dropped off 5 st 4.5 lbs in just under a year. I also did C25K to help me but it took me about 6 months to complete the 9 week plan . Over the next 6 months I ran a bit more, but my weight fluctuated. In June 2018, I got a Bakers cyst behind my knee and this unfortunately me stopped doing any exercise for 3 months! This lead me to gradually put weight back on and whilst I never gave up, I wasn’t as focused and stopped following the plan properly. Once the cyst cleared up I just didn’t pick up my exercise again and slowly gained just over 2 st over the next 12 months. In Summer of 2019 I started to become aware of a running group for women down at the Ingle gym as one of my daughters friends was running with them. I saw pictures on Facebook and Instagram of them going up Jenkin rd and was incredibly impressed! I’d also seen posts about the interval sessions on the common on Thursdays too but held back from joining. I then I saw that there would be a mens group starting up. I had a chat with a friend Andy Barker about joining and we both said we’d possibly give it a go . My eldest son Jordan asked if I fancied doing concord Parkrun, I’d not been running for ages but decided to give it a go. It was just before the mens group launched and I think to publicise it the women’s group were out in force! You couldn’t help but be impressed with the way they supported each other that day, the camaraderie between them was tremendous! I had a chat with Wayne about joining the mens group after the run and although I couldn’t make the first meeting I joined on the 2nd Tuesday. It was a bit of a shock when we went up Newman rd that night !! But I learned it’s ok to run /walk if you need to. It was a tough start but I was hooked. As the weeks went by I slowly improved my stamina. I started attending Thursday nights too and have really got hooked on Saturday Parkrun. Everyone at the group is really supportive of each other even though most are far better runners than me they never look down on you. Weight wise, the running has really focused my mind again. I know now mindset is so important. Since the the turn of the year I’m ½ stone down and at my lowest since May last year. My goal is to get myself in to the healthy BMI range and with amount of running I’m doing combined with healthy food choices I’m sure its attainable.
Last weekend we teamed up with SOAR and Park Run UK to launch a very special monthly event, the Connect 5K ‘Move Against Dementia’. The Ingle runners put their heads together with community development worker Rosie who focuses on Dementia friendly activity and awareness in the area. We would like to thank Rosie for coming in prior to the run to deliver an educational talk to the Ingle Runners Group at our monday post run coffee meet. All of the runners who attended learnt some valuable tips and facts on Dementia, as well as becoming Dementia Friends within the community. The aim of this Park Run event is to bring people together, raise awareness and create a safe friendly environment for people living with Dementia, or close to those who are. Amongst the Ingle Runners, star baker/runner Emma and Mens run leader Wayne put a huge amount of time into preparing flags, badges and a selection of delicious cakes for the first event on Saturday the 25th. It’s just like any other saturday Park Run at Concord, it’s for absolutely everybody, all levels and abilities and you can even do one lap if you wish. There’s plenty of ambassadors to help navigate you in the right direction, and offer a bit of support or be friendly face if that’s what you need. We meet from 8.30am, setting off at 9, monthly… Just look out for the customised flag and Ingle Runners/ high vis jackets and get yourself a badge to notify others you’re taking part. Following the run/walk event itself, there will be refreshments upstairs in the Concord Sports Centre function room, so don’t forget to grab yourself a free voucher for this too! It was a great turn out for the first event, we hope to see you at the next one on Saturday the 29th of February. Get in touch with us if you would like to get involved by taking part or helping out. Together lets Move Against Dementia.
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!!!
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!
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!
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! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date on all of our projects and sessions. https://twitter.com/inglefoundation https://www.instagram.com/inglefoundation/ https://www.facebook.com/brendaninglefoundation
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!
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
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…
Adult Boxing Fitness Classes Location: Ingle Gym, Newman Road S9 1LP Tues/Thurs: 7-8pm Sat: 3-4pm Recommended for anyone aged 18+ looking to improve their fitness and learn the basics of boxing. Delivered by qualified ABA boxing coaches. If you know someone who would be interested please share this post with them. Cost: £5 per session What to wear/bring: Sports clothing, comfortable trainers, bottle of water and hand wraps if you have them. Other equipment will be provided Any questions? Feel free to get in contact Email: email@example.com