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Runners of the Month - 2018-2019

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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Lorraine TaylorLorraine has continued her fabulous form this year to record new PBs at all distances from one mile, plus a very impressive debut marathon. Lorraine’s dedicated training has undoubtedly paid off but she is also a great club lady too, being a penguin ???? at Cheltenham water station and offering lots of ideas and support for her team mates. Her inaugural marathon success was at Chester where she cracked sub 4 hours in 3:59:18. Fabulous Lorraine! ...

Stacey AmberOur first worthy winner is Stacey. As her photo testifies Stacey really is flying at the moment no doubt thanks to her dedicated training where she clocks up her own serious miles and also at track nights where she gives her all. She was up with the milkman for leg one of the Cotswold Way Relay which she totally nailed. Always with a smile on her face she has secured recent PBs in the mile, in the 5k at the Pilot Inn race where she was first lady & at the Bugatti 10k where a new PB is no mean achievement on that course.  She capped this off with a 10-mile PB at Oldbury 10 on Sunday. Her Strava feed will wear you out just reading it. Keep up the great work Stacey!....

Rich BirchA relative new comer to the Club our next Runner of the Month has made a big impact in a short time. Rich has had a fantastic season so far with a number of new PBs and team wins as well as a great run on the Cotswold Way Relay. He is one of our quickest chaps thanks to his dedicated training especially around some of the trail routes near his home where his distances and paces are highly commendable. But Rich is a great club supporter too & in particular one of his nominations mentioned his help on the Bank Holiday run to look after the group & make sure everyone got home safely, thanks Rich . He is a great guy to have around the club and will always look out for his team mates. Well done Rich!....

Karla CleverleyKarla is our next Runner of the Month and defines the determination displayed by so many within the club. Karla loves her running & will never give up in a race even when the going gets tough and she has seen her times really improving.  Karla also builds up the clubs biggest stash of air miles by far with her far flung travels for a run including most latterly halves in Las Vegas and Seattle and completing a 10k and parkrun in her native New Zealand, hopefully she also popped in to see the family for a cup of tea whilst she was there. Karla is also a great supporter of Kim’s Fly-To-Help group & warmly welcomes all new runners. Her nomination also highlights how Karla also helped a fellow runner who was injured to finish her first half recently. Good work Karla!....

Deb CartlidgeDeb is our final ROTM for September. Deb is a “totally” dedicated athlete and is committed to her training whether it’s her own runs or at hills and at the track where she gives her absolute all and pushes herself to do better all the time. Deb is a fantastic support to her team mates, always encouraging others to do their best too & is often back onto the course at races to cheer others over the line. Deb is a great volunteer both for the club as well as at parkrun where she loves her marshalling duties. Her shouts of encouragement & support to all the parkrunners are legendary. Deb has had great results too where despite injury she has picked up club series prizes and a totally well-deserved Gloucestershire AAA prize. She has notched up several marathons of late & is now training hard for Snowdonia in October. Great work Deb & keep up the shouting!....

David Lawrence David is our first ROTM for August.  David has had a cracking season so far with a string of age category wins and PBs including Bourton One Mile most latterly. David really puts everything into his running and holds a host of club records currently for his age category. David is also a great supporter of the club and often helps out with route leading, encouraging his club mates and ensuring everyone gets home safely. Nice one David.