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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Mark WillicottMark is our final Runner of he Month for December, an award for which he is long overdue. Mark goes about his running exploits and adventures in a very understated way, yet he is highly supportive of his colleagues and always willing to pass on his training tips & advice. He has long since gained his 100 Marathon Club vest & is now up nearer the 125. Marathons for Mark now though are more like “popping out for the milk”; he is one of, if not the club’s strongest Ultra Marathon runner with feats this year alone including Comrades 56 mile in SA with Anne-Marie in well under 9 hours and most lately the 100-mile Centurion Run in an amazing 22 hours 42 mins,  straight through the night. Brilliant running, all done in one of the oldest club vests out there ! Keep it up Mark.

James ClayJames is our first ROTM for October. James is a real, social, energetic member of Almosts as you can see. He has made a great success of his track sessions. He organises the Monday night training with a totally dedicated and focused approach, often conducting a lot of research and homework about running styles and techniques to supplement the sessions which have seen numbers attending grow considerably . Good work James!

Jayne MurphyJayne is our next deserving ROTM. Jayne has achieved a podium finish in this years club off road series including some great showings at Cheltenham Challenge Half, Forest of Dean Half and Standish to name but 3. Jayne is very modest about her phenomenal achievements and would no doubt put her success down to her guides. Jayne supports lots of club activities and while we were sad to see Ginty go, she has formed a great partnership with Keble, topped off with Jayne running the 2019 London Marathon for TeamGuideDogs. Keep it up Jayne !

Kev DendyKev joined us a few years ago after a relocation from London and together with Patricia have become very supportive members of Almosts. Kev has had a great year of very dedicated training and racing where his his impressive annual mileage target has helped break a number of PBs including most latterly going sub 2 hours for the first time in the half marathon at Birmingham. Kev is also a fanatical parkrunner where he is now well over 300 runs. Well done Kev !..

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!....