Meet The Team

Neil Featherby

Owner of Sportlink

Having had a huge interest in running footwear whilst being a serious athlete and having worked in the sports trade from the mid 1980’s, Neil opened Sportlink for business in 1994 so as to provide a first class service and professional advice on all aspects of footwear and equipment for runners and sports people.

As an athlete he represented England and Great Britain on a number of occasions including a World and European Cup competing in marathons and events all around the World whilst also winning the Leicester, Wolverhampton, Bungay and Norfolk (four times) marathons in the UK whilst boasting personal best times of 29 mins 28 secs for 10k, 49:47 for 10 miles and 2 hours 17 mins 35 seconds for the marathon. In International Competition, he also took the runners up position whilst running for England in Aberdeen as well as finishing 3rd in The Hong Kong, Malta, Bermuda and Luton Home Countries Marathons. Further honours include Norfolk AAA Marathon Champion 1986/87/89/90, Eastern Counties Marathon Champion 1987/89/90, South of England Marathon Silver Medalist 1991 and South of England Half Marathon Bronze Medalist 1992.

Neil is also a coaching advisor offering training advice on many aspects of specific fitness and sports nutrition for individuals and groups which includes a number of World Class and Elite sportsmen.

Neil holds diplomas in sports psychology and sports nutrition for which he has written several articles on these subjects along with training and fitness advice for various publications, magazines and newspapers.

Away from his working and sporting life, he spends a lot of time organising charity raising events to help local causes particularly for animal and rescue centres what with him being a huge dog and animal lover. One such charity event being the renowned Felthorpe Boxing Day Hare & Hounds Fancy Dress Cross Country Run. Since the first running of this very unique race in 2002, this crazy but huge fun event has become a must do run for many runners throughout Norfolk.

Steve Gibbs

Manager at Halesworth

As manager of the Sportlink Halesworth shop Steve is certainly no newcomer when it comes to running!

His first race was at the age of 12 when he ran in the Yarmouth Cross Country School Trials and, wearing his football boots he won! From this, Steve went on to the Norfolk Schools and East of England races, managing to finish high up each time. Consequently, Steve was invited to join the local Athletics Club and running became part of his everyday life.

As a Junior 800m and 1500m Track Runner, Steve gained County and Regional titles in several age groups. He competed in the English Schools Championships for both distances as well as the Welsh Championships (thanks to Steve's Mum’s Welsh nationality). Steve's greatest achievements as a Junior athlete were representing Wales at Home Country events on Track and Cross Country, and also the privilege of representing GB in the under 20s Cross Country. His PBs on the track were 1:55 for 800 and 3:56 for 1500.
For the last 3 years Steve has also qualified for the Championship start of the London Marathon, where he will be again this year, aiming for a sub 2:30. More recently, Steve came 5th in Coventry Half and 7th at North London Half Marathons.

Kathryn Hammond

Assistant Manager Taverham

Kathryn has been part of the Sportlink team, since 2014. Having always been interested in fitness in one form or another from childhood, running came to the forefront in 2009, predominantly as it fitted around family life and a small toddler. After joining a running club in 2010, Kathryn's confidence grew and she began to take part in local races, steadily building her distances from 5k right up to the marathon. Kathryn became a qualified run leader in 2014 and coached those new to running through a Sportlink beginners running group. More recently, Kathryn has taken to two wheels, incorporating cycling into her fitness regime. This year, in addition to running events, she has also competed in duathlons and cycling sportives. Kathryn is mum to the Sportlink Penguin, who can be spotted in all our crazy Christmas films.

Karen Hamilton

Sportlink Staff

I have been interested in fitness since my early teens and qualified as a fitness instructor in my twenties. Later working as a Primary School teacher, I was responsible for the delivery of the P.E. curriculum within the school (fantastic as I got to wear running shoes for work)!

More recently I have rediscovered my joy of running and now couldn’t imagine a world without it. I run with Waveney Valley AC and having just completed my Leader in Running Fitness, hopefully will be running with the Sportlink Halesworth Running Group soon as well as helping with beginners at the club.

Goals before my next milestone birthday include an ultra, a triathlon and learning as much about running shoe technology as I can.

Working at Sportlink things have gone full circle and I can now wear my running shoes to work again!

Pete Johnson

Sportlink Staff

Pete has been running for nearly 30 years, formerly with Thurrock Harriers, Basildon AC, Norfolk Gazelles and currently a member of Ryston Runners. He has covered all distances from 800m up to the marathon (2:34) Pete has been three times Norfolk Marathon Champion and Norfolk Road Runner of the Year. He holds the Southern Counties Bronze Medal for the London Marathon, over 50s and was recently ranked no. 1 on Power of 10 for 5000m. He is still active on the local running scene and can be spotted at many races.

From 1997 - 2014 he successfully managed The Runners Centre in Norwich , now retired he can be found working part-time on the team at Sportlink.

And he's much less scary than the other bloke!!!!

Daniel Skinner

Sportlink Staff
Daniel Skinner

Daniel has been running for just over 8 years and started as a sprinter. As an U13 he became lincolnshire 200m champion before move up the distances. As an U15 and U17 he was lincolnshire 800m champion and then as an U17 he became Lincolnshire cross country league champion. He's represented lincolnshire at school and club level, making the lincolnshre intercounties team for the past 7 years and the English schools team for the past 6 years. (highest IC finish was 54th last year). Daniel worked at the Lincolnshire Runner for two years before moving to Norwich where he attend the UEA.