Our Board

Anna Christophorou

Anna has been working in the field of Mental Health and addiction for 20 years, both in the UK and New Zealand. From needle exchange to start up services, prison and residential programmes, Anna’s passion is connection, supporting people to see their potential and experience new opportunities.

A founding member of the Speed Freaks group, her drive has taken the ‘running for recovery‘ mantra forward into its own Charitable Trust.

Outside of work, hills and mountains are favourites, as is hanging out with her young adult kids and taste-testing local cafes.

Tony Fallon

Tony is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and qualified Radiation Therapist.


He has worked for a number of years in the health sector, as both practitioner and manager, in both Ireland and New Zealand.

At Canterbury District Health Board, Tony worked across the planning & funding team before joining Nova Trust, a leading alcohol and drug rehab service provider, as a member of the Leadership Team in 2017.

A self-confessed data geek and passionate advocate for harm reduction and sensible drug policy, Tony is the current Chair of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and holds governance roles in the New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme.


In his spare time, he can be found trail running in the Port Hills or on a road bike in Banks Peninsula

Raelene Rees

Chartered Accountant and part-time runner, more enthusiasm than ability!

Sitting at a desk all day means that it’s a necessity to extend myself on the w/end, out there in all weathers doing stuff with others – running, biking, multisport, I’ll give most things a go….  In my day job I’m helping clients with their IRD responsibilities, and caring for their business so that they can do what they do best, and leave all the numbers stuff to me. 

Our main office is at Riccarton, and we have a small office in Rangiora,  I am also the South Island Regional Manager for Venus Women’s Business Group.

I don’t have a lot of down time lol, but when I do it would involve a book and a seat outside.

Kevin Grimwood

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Community Events Waiver

Taking part in a Speed Freaks social event recognises that participation in running and walking is a potentially hazardous activity and you are aware of all risks associated with such participation, including, but not limited to, falls; contact with other participants, spectators, or others, or vehicular or other traffic; the effects of the weather, including heat and/or humidity, wind, cold, and wet or slippery surfaces; falling tree branches or other overhead objects; and the crowded nature and other conditions of the course, all such risks being known and appreciated by participants. By taking part you assume personal responsibility of any potential risks and hazards.