Louise Goddard is the founder of LegItLancaster and a well established name in the North West running community and has a unique understanding of physical and mental health issues.
Louise is an experienced athlete, currently on Team GB for Duathlon and representing England in the Marathon event at masters level.
Louise offers run coaching and mental fitness via exercise and rehab. (a qualified Sports Physio). She is a Mental Health Champion, supported by Sports England and England Athletics, encouraging people to run, walk and talk; via weekly groups, 1-2-1 sessions or the monthly #mentalhealthmile event in Williamson’s Park, Lancaster.
Louise works hard. She is knowledgeable, highly skilled and committed to improving the health of her clients; she works above and beyond the expectations of her role to engage people who would otherwise ‘run a mile’ in the other direction. She is the perfect example of great things that can be achieved from humble beginnings.
Her focus on SMART goals and her core values of empathy and unconditional positive regard have helped service users overcome life limiting stigma related to their physical and mental health. The feedback they give is always positive. The improvement (and evident sense of achievement) in participants reflects the positive personal impact that Louise has on individuals. Louise’s use of medals as recognition of participants’ efforts is fantastic for their self esteem and also as a strategy to reinforce exercise habits.
Louise is imaginative and inventive in thinking about how to engage individuals of all abilities in using exercise to improve and maintain emotional wellbeing. As well as the monthly Mental Health Mile, Louise organises Couch to 5k courses to support new runners and more intensive weekly sessions for experienced runners.