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Previous Years' Runners of the Month

The Almost Athletes members who were voted "Runner of the Month" in previous years.

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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Martin ThomasOur second Runner of the Month is Martin Thomas. Martin is a great support to the club & no mean runner. He is always one to put his hand up and offer his help at club races and events as well as marshalling stints when other organisers have appealed for help. He is a great help as Leg Captain on the Cotswold Way and is an excellent photographer too of his club mates at many races. At the end of January, Martin took on the challenge of the 40-mile Wychavon Way race & completed with a handful of colleagues in a shade under 8 hours. An amazing feat on a largely off-road and self-navigation course. His dedicated training & recces of the course no doubt paid off.  Keep it up Martin with your endeavours for 2018….

Gareth WilkesFirst up for ROTM in December is Gareth Wilkes. Gareth has worked incredibly hard at his training & in the last few months this has clearly paid off with some very impressive reductions in his times and new PBs. In the half, he took a massive 28 mins off his PB at Cheltenham, but then outshone this a couple of weeks ago when he cracked the 2 hours in 1.59.22 at the Victoria Park race in London. In November he went sub 25 mins at parkrun for the first time and took another massive 10 mins off his 5 mile PB at the Guy Fawkes 5. Well done Gareth, keep up the training & enjoy your running.

Kathy HaigAs Annie Lennox (google her, Kids) once sang, "behind every great man there has to be a great woman". Well that sums up Kathy Haig, our final ROTM for December. Husband Paul may have completed his 52 in 52, but it was Kathy in true Almost Athletes support crew style who was out on the road all over the UK & some European trips to help him get there. Despite spending far more time than is good for anyone in a camper van this year, Kathy has upped her running game too this year completing 13 Marathons, Halves, 10k s and trail races herself building up an enviable bling collection. Well done Kathy, awesome running and supporting in 2017.

Paul HaigNext up for ROTM December is Paul Haig, aka Haiggy McHaig as many of you will know Paul. What can be said about a man who to celebrate his own personal half-century took on the challenge of 50 marathons in the year? Well he has done it & gone beyond that too, with his 52nd marathon completed in 52 weeks on November 12th. Not content with that he has thrown in some triathlons including a full IronMan. His achievements have also raised thousands of pounds for Joining Jack, a charity that supports boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the muscle wasting & ultimately paralysing disease that is tragically nearly always terminal.
We are all in awe of your achievement Paul.