Leonie strides ahead thanks to Attadale fitness group

Leonie Harper had never run before joining Attadale fitness group Y-Striders. She has since become a prolific runner.
Leonie Harper had never run before joining Attadale fitness group Y-Striders. She has since become a prolific runner.

LEONIE Harper had never run for exercise before joining Attadale- fitness group Y-Striders in 2000.

She has since completed 99 fun runs, close to 14,000km, raising thousands of dollars for various charities along the way.

“I had just completed an exercise study at UWA, was looking for a walking club and Y-Striders happened to have an open day, so I joined up,” Ms Harper said.

“I had never run and never thought I would ever be a runner, but it just sort of evolved over time really.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary last month, Y-Striders is a not-for-profit fitness club based at Troy Park catering to walkers, joggers and runners of all abilities.

Secretary and founding member Elizabeth Turton said the club held sessions every day besides Sunday and was looking to build on its membership of around 60.

“We have complete beginners up to marathon runners and there is no distinction between the walkers, joggers and runners,” she said.

For more information, visit ystriders.org.au.