Runner of the Month

Every 4-6 weeks or so the committee nominate one or two Runners of the Month - these are people who we feel have worked hard and improved in some way, whether that is by running their first 5K, coming back from injury or completing a longer event in an exceptional time. At the end of the year, at the club AGM, members have the opportunity to choose a male and female Runner of the Year by voting for the various Runners of the Month.

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Michael Grant Our second ROTM for September is Michael Grant. Michael goes about his own running in a very quiet and understated way to great effect, boy is he quick. He is though a total asset and support to our club with his weekly training sessions that he gives up so much of his time for. Michael's hill sessions at the race-course and Battledown are legendary and have without doubt helped so many of us to improve our running, be this in races or just simply for our fun and fitness. Michael is welcoming and supportive to all those who come along, no matter what standard you are at, he will ensure you get the most out of it. If you haven't been, give it a go but be warned, you'll have his "ARMS!" and "HANDS-to-HIPS!" still running through your head in the wee small hours.  Thank you Michael for all your dedication to Almost Athletes.

Doug Waymark Our much-missed friend Douglas was awarded our 1st Runner of the Month for August. Doug was an exemplary Almost Athlete, not only for his own running and triathlete performances which were the stuff of legends, but also for the help and support he willingly gave to other members and to the club. In July Doug had tirelessly helped Jules Jameson in her Cotswold Way challenge, spending the entire weekend, day and night, on the road to provide her with all the food, drink and support both physical and emotional that she needed. We recognised this dedication from Doug in his ROTM award. We will always miss him terribly.

Mark Medland Mark is our second worthy RUNNER OF THE MONTH for august. Mark is a long standing member of the club and always there to help out. A regular group leader and parkrun pacer, Mark is though particularly recognised this month for his guide running support to one of our visually impaired members. Being a guide is no easy task but Mark has relished the challenge and has guided Rob to PBs at 5k ,10k and now this weekend they take on Rob's first half marathon at Gloucester. Well done mark and good luck both for Sunday.

Sarah Fennell Our first June Runner of the Month is a very worthy winner in Sarah Fennell. Sarah is a real life & soul of our club and epitomises what it means to get fun & enjoyment out of your running. Sarah is a dedicated trainer and races at all distances including for the first time at the end of May, the marathon. She was more than a little nervous about the challenge In Edinburgh, but Sarah turned in a fantastic debut performance & we were all so pleased to have received an email from a fellow competitor who had tracked down our club to thank Sarah for keeping her going and demonstrating what being an Almost Athlete is all about We tried to find a running photo of Sarah looking anything but the happiest person in the race ... we failed. Well done Sarah.