Focus on... Jonathan Frary, Curly’s Athletes
Posted: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:57
Jonathan (or Jono as he's better known) is Director at Curly's Athletes, a local sports event company that organises local runs such as the Donaster 10k and the Yorkshire Wildlife 5k. As well as organising the events he spends a lot of his time supporting the local community and helping people become more active.
In his own words, Jono says: "At Curly's we spend a lot of our time building up a community around our events while linking in with some amazing partners to help support getting people active. Our aim is provide people with their own Everest to climb, whether that's a one-mile walk or a marathon, while offering them the support and belief they can do it.
"I believe this is a great way of influencing a more active lifestyle - I've met so many people that have signed up to one of our events and have made a hugely positive lifestyle change."
Curly's has been up and running for just over two years now, but Jono has been involved heavily in sport since 2010. He's also a British Triathlon coach and coach mentor, providing guidance to British Triathlon coaches alongside some work as a professional coach.
Suitable for all ages
Since Curly's started Jono has seen over 15,000 people aged between one (in their buggy!) and 82 sign up to their events and every year that number keeps growing and growing, as do the number of events that they organise. In that time they've also won the best national 5k and best regional 10k at the national running awards for their Doncaster events. A fantastic achievement when you consider they've only been up and running for two years!
Curly's can help you set your own targets
Jono explains that with regular events throughout the year there's always something exciting to get involved in or build a target towards: "For the people of Doncaster we have the Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5k on 14th October, the Doncaster 10k on 25th November and the Great Sprout Scuttle 5k/10k on 9th December, all within a 4 mile radius of the town. These events start at £15.50 up to £22, and working with some amazing charities we'll also be launching a virtual events site with our first event that you can take part in for FREE!"
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Picture shows Jonathan Frary (central) with his brother and BBC presenter Mike Bushell, presenting the award for best national 5k run.