Rey Smart is a qualified (UKA) Run Leader, Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer and holds a UKA running competition licence. He has a wealth of running experience, having, competed internationally and domestically on road, cross country and track at distances from 200 metres to half marathon. He is passionate about running, exercise and well being. He believes that running training can be used to facilitate self improvement and team building. A believer in community and youth development he volunteered at London Mini Marathon and the London Youth Cross Country.
Experienced in using a variety of equipment and techniques including machines, free weights, resistance bands and body weight to achieve and maintain fitness and physical goals. A motivator with a passion to support and coach people to reach their fitness goals.
2012: He ran over 800 miles by commuter running and to do shopping rather than drive. He started a running club at his company which ran 5 miles during lunch breaks.
2013: He raised money for charities including Cancer Research, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, Child Hope, Shining Light Ministries Inc (USA), British Heart Foundation, Msizi Africa and Poppy. Running his first race in March and by the end of that year he ran over 141 miles in 19 races in 5 cities across 2 countries. The locations included London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bath, Henley, Portsmouth, Atlanta (USA), Stockbridge (USA) and Blenheim Palace. He also joined the Queens Park Harriers and started working as a fitness coach.
2014: He continued running to raise money for charity, ran 18 races and conquered the Semi Marathon De Paris. He started to deliver running sessions from Asics Wembley Factory Store Running Club. He accepted London Captain role for Black Men Run and advocates exercise and healthy lifestyles.
2015: He added strength and toning exercises to the Asics sessions.
"Running is a sporting activity where the individual is completely responsible for their performance. They cannot complain that someone did not pass to them. They cannot take out their frustration through tough tackles.
Distance running impresses the importance of preparation, planning, training, implementation and focus. Start too fast and you may not finish. Don't plan or train it you will find it difficult and you may get injured. Don't prepare and someone will beat you. Don't focus and you will lose.
The principles of commitment, focus and determination applied in running distances are all transferable to education and business."