MEET THE TEAM
Nicola Bird - Owner/Manager, Senior Fitness Instructor & Senior Jog Leader
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Hi I'm Nic, I'm the one who started off this crazy community we now call the Pink Laydeez! I manage the group and also instruct, jog lead/help actively at sessions on top of my full time job as an Accounts Controller. I couldn't be prouder of what we've evolved to become in the past 6 years - we've grown from around 10 members to over 50, 1 session per week to 3 now and sometimes I am in awe at how!
Relevant Qualifications: Level 2 Gym & ETM Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer (Nutrition, Outdoor Exercise, Circuits, Advanced Resistence & Newton Running Workshops included), INSANITY Instructor, JogScotland Jog Leader, Licensed Athletics Coach & Trainee Sports Massage Therapist (Qualified Swedish)
Likes: I actually really love running it gives me such a buzz and it really helps me when I need to escape and just have me time!
Dislikes: Up until recently I didn't like eggs or fish but after doing my own GET FIT WITH NIC plan I quite like them - ha! I really really don't like studying, but unfortunately to get through my sports massage exam I'm just going to have to face it and in the end it will be beneficial to both me and my clients!
What Pink Laydeez means to me: Pink Laydeez has taken over my life...I can't deny it... You come to our sessions and I can tell if it's for you or not before you even can and that's because we are a group of very diverse and unique females! We're not your average fitness group we are more than that - we gasp, sweat, laugh and cry with each other - at any time! We share our experiences with one another, we help each other and nobody is scared to speak up its crazy. I might manage the community and hold it together but the Laydeez within it make it what it is. I have great staff and clients and I respect everyone individually as they are - that goes for anyone past or present. So back to what it means to me - well that's easy it's camaraderie for me!
Pink Laydeez is like a second family to me and I've made many lifelong friends!
Elaine Lambie - Senior Jog Leader & Health & Safety Champ
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Occupation: Administrator for Research Support at Edinburgh Napier University.
Likes: Running, outdoor circuits, curling, going to the cinema
Dislikes: gun drill, bananas (?!?)
What I do at Pink Laydeez: Jog Helper/Jog Leader
What Pink Laydeez means to me:
The strong sense of community keeps the motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle and I am at my fittest and healthiest I have ever been. It has changed the way I think about exercise and I became a jog helper to give something back to the community.
Dawn Owenson - Senior Jog Leader, Trainee Instructor & Communications Champ
Hi my name is Dawn.
I joined the pink laydeez in August 2014 after I had done the moonwalk and wanted another challenge. I had started the couch to 5km program but found it hard to keep motivated by myself. The encouragement I received from the group was overwhelming! In May 2015 I completed my first half marathon (still can't believe I done it!)
So, after all the help I received from the Laydeez, I decided I would become a jog leader/helper to pay the support forward. You will usually find me towards the back of the group encouraging our
Laydeez on to the end of the route every week. I love the energy and banter we have every week, we are not just a running club we are a running family!
Donna Robertson - Senior Jog Leader
Work: Accountant, Lloyds Banking Group
Likes: Running, Circuits, Going to concerts and festivals, Cinema and Netflix
Dislikes: Sit ups, Bran flakes and Celery
I joined Pink Laydee in August 2015 after having my daughter and was looking for a way to get fit and lose weight as well as getting to know the area better as hadn’t long moved to Bonnyrigg. I was a non-runner and wanted to be able to complete a 5k and it had been a few years since I had done any exercise. I had tried a few other couch to 5k groups, but I didn’t feel very welcome and sometimes felt like I was keeping them back. Pink Laydeez was completely different everyone was very supportive and encouraging!
I completed my first 10k in May 2016 and first Half in Sept 16 which I never believed I could do, it was totally due to the encouragement from the ladies and the challenges set by Nic that I began to believe in my abilities. In July 2016 I became a Jog helper/leader to support new members (& Nic) and enable them to meet their goals as I did. I now enjoy many of the classes they don’t feel like hard work as you are spending fun time with the friends I have made since joining this group of Fab ladies. I now have a healthier life style and I’m training for my second marathon which I hope to complete in May 2018.
Jessica Knox - Trainee Instructor & Jog Leader
Hi I’m Jess and I’m a trainee fitness instructor. I joined the Pink Laydeez in June 2018 after running my first half marathon. I really enjoyed running but had only ever done it on my own and after completing my goal I had lost the motivation. The laydeez were so welcoming and friendly and socialising on the move really made it far more enjoyable. I have a real passion for how physical exercise can help a persons overall well-being, so I jumped at the opportunity to become a group exercise instructor and start to give back to this amazing community! It’s a wonderful group who are all so supportive of one another and I cannot wait to help other members achieve their goals the way Nic and the team have helped me achieve mine.
Lauren Martin - Jog Leader & Fitness Instructor
Looking at family photos made me realise my little boy is now 3 and I can't blame my body fat on him anymore...as I was enjoying my takeaway sitting on the sofa haha!
I needed someone to help me on my journey to lose weight...when I met Nicola my lifestyle changed, I've got a lot more energy and can count on one hand how many take aways I've had since. I've also dropped a dress size in 6 months all thanks to Nicola for putting in the hard work making each class/session different, keeping us "pinks" on our toes, and to my pink family who welcomed me and continue to support each other every time we meet.
My likes; a challenge, exercise, singing (screeching), eating, my amazing family and friends!
My dislikes; not reaching my full potential...I do get a little competative with my left and right foot haha.
Come along to a session and see what you have been missing! I only wish I met the girls sooner!
Suzanne Aitken - Senior Jog Leader & Badges Champ
Hi. I'm Suzanne, wife and mum of 2 very wild but loveable young boys. I started running about 4 years ago, had a wee break and then came back to Pink Laydeez about 18 months ago. During my time away I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and the support from Nicola, Staff and members gas been amazing. But all is good - since then I have completed a half marathon - smashing my PB by 22 mins and completed my Jog Lead course. I am also currently training for my first of 2 half marathons this year. I love Pink Laydeez and all that it stands for. Fitness, fun, community and family. This group of Laydeez are second to none.
Sam Louden - Jog Leader & Mental Health Champ
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Hi my name is Sam and I joined Pink Laydeez in 2016. Before I started I was not much of a “runner” but after having my little boy I found it difficult to fit in exercise around him and work commitments so running seemed to be something that was easier to work around family life. It turns out that running in a group is much more fun than on your own, especially in a group as supportive as the Pink Laydeez! It is also works really well for me as a stress reliever and has made me more productive at work. Last year I ran my first half marathon and I would never have been able to do this without the encouragement and support from Nic and the Pink Laydeez community. This community is what exercise should be about – encouraging each other to be healthy, reach our goals and have loads of fun!
Louise Higginson - Jog Leader
Hi I'm Louise, I work full time in accounts and am a mum to 2 handsome boys.
I tried running on my own but I'd plan a route & just give up and I wasn't warming up or stretching which meant I was always sore after.
I found pink laydeez on the jogscotland website in June 2017 and got in touch with Nic, who put me at ease with the first email.
I felt the benefits from the very first run..... I warmed up, stretched and Nic started me off with a few helpful tips. I met a few laydeez, chatted and before I knew it we'd run 5k. I now have medals for 10k in Sept 17, kilomathon (13.1k) Apr 18 & my first half marathon in May all thanks to Nic, the pink laydeez staff & members.
Joining has improved my health, fitness and social life. You make friends and the whole group support each other in life & fitness goals.
I wanted to give back to the group and improve my running by becoming a jog leader/helper.
I like to have something to train for but I'm not a fan of running in wind or rain - another reason for joining staff now I can't opt out as easy!
Eilidh Zielinski - Junior Jog Leader
Hey I’m Eilidh, I became a Pink Lady in 2016 and more recently have undergone my training towards becoming a Jog Helper. It all started when I wanted to drop a dress size or two for my wedding. This target also developed into a drive to become more healthy as well as an excuse to have a laugh with my pink family. I once hated running and would dread exercise especially in the gym however quickly after joining this amazing group I realised that exercise was in fact fun. The range of classes which I attend and the support from the amazing Nic and other laydeez has enabled me to achieve my goals and more. Not only have I become more fit, healthy and active but my mental health has also improved. My recent decision to become a Jog Helper was fuelled by the positive experiences I have encountered in this amazing group to date. I was once the beginner who struggled to find self motivation or to run more than 1k. I was the person who despised exercise and would avoid it at all costs as I didn’t know where and how to start. Now I want to provide the support and guidance to people who need that extra little encouragement to achieve their goals and feel better for doing so. There is no better place in doing this than Pink Laydeez, a fantastic and hugely supportive community who’s ultimate aim is to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles and above all have fun whilst achieving our personal goals!
Taylor Murray - Junior Jog Leader
Hi I'm Taylor! I have three beautiful young children, two very boisterous boys and a very inquisitive daughter. I started running just over a year ago shortly after having my third baby. I was never one for going out running, but found it the best form of exercise to fit around my family life. I joined Pink Laydeez at the start of 2019, joining this amazing, supportive group of ladies gave me the confidence to sign up for my first 10K. I completed the 10K Bluebell Trail Run in April 2019, then in May 2019 I took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. I could not have done this without the encouragement and support from Nic and the Pink Laydeez community. I'm a great believer in healthy body, healthy mind and I wanted to give back to this fantastic community so I became a jog leader/helper in order to give back the same support and encouragement I have had since joining Pink Laydeez.
Elise Rayment - Junior Jog Leader
Hi I’m Elise, a freelance Graphic Designer and mum to two young boys. I joined Pink Ladeez In January 2017 about a year after having my second child. I have always been a keen runner but needed a bit of extra motivation and push to get out and hopefully meet like minded people. Pink ladeez has given me the confidence to get to know the local areas and learn some great new running routes. I have learnt more about fitness, health and wellbeing and I have gained a great support network and friendships along the way. I have even tried classes outside of my comfort zone and loved them. Nic has been brilliant, not only is she someone I can rely on for support and motivation but has become a great friend too.
There is always opportunities for an event or something to train for and there has been many a road trip with lots of laughs along the way. I did not expect to gain such a strong sense of community and friendship.
Pink ladeez is great at encouraging and motivating people of all fitness levels and I love that as a jog leader I can help to be a part of this great community.
Claire Miller - Health & Safety Champ
Hi I'm Claire and I have two gorgeous girls, 6 and 2. I started doing some weekly classes shortly after having my second baby in 2018. After doing my two trial sessions I was hooked which was so surprising as I'd never been motivated to keep going to a gym before, but the welcoming and non judgemental nature of the laydeez was what did it for me. A few months of getting some level of fitness back, I decided to give running a go. I'd not run the length of myself since I was about 11 years old so this new found confidence to try something new was purely from the support and positivity that radiates from the group. In a matter of weeks I'd run 5k, kept working up to 10k and then finally completed the Edinburgh half marathon in May 2019. I've also tried other new things as part of the pink laydeez and found a love of weight lifting! I would never have tried it if I hadn't been in this group and love the variety of classes to keep it interesting.
I was delighted to join the staff team to help keeping everyone safe, which suits my safety nerd tendencies down to the ground.
Gemma Chapman - Senior Fitness Instructor
Hi I'm Gem
A bit about me: I've been part of the Pink Laydeez community, instructing some of our classes on and off between studying since 2014. With my background in ETM, circuits, outdoor training, gym instructing, personal training, Russian Kettlebells, Hatton boxing, Zumba, and Sports Therapies, I've been involved in a number of different session. Most recently I've been completing my MSc in Physiotherapy so have been able to bring some newly acquired skills and techniques to compliment to our classes.
Likes anything that makes me sparkle and binge watching TV shows
while eating steak and Diane sauce.
Dislikes celery and gun drills ha!
What PL means to me:
This community has brought me back from some dark times on more than one occasion, with the support from the Laydeez being second to none, so even as I come and go with my other commitments PL has a warm and fuzzy place in my heart - and I can't miss out the banter!