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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Simon Jarvis Our first Runner of the Month for November is Simon Jarvis. Simon has had a tremendous season as one of our most consistent & quickest performers. He bagged a new marathon PB in Amsterdam with a cracking 3:33. In the half he scored successive PBs in Copenhagen when a 50m front crawl PB would have probably been more likely and then another PB at Cheltenham in 1:25 where he was first Almost home.  He defended his first Almost home title too at this year's Meteor Mile.  Simon is also a huge advocate of parkrun where he is a fundamental member of the core team at Cheltenham.  Dedicated training & commitment has really paid off for a genuine nice guy. Well done Simon!

Hayley Woolnough Our second ROTM is Hayley Woolnough. A relative new comer to running, Hayley began with a Couch to 5k programme only a couple of years ago and has never looked back since. She joined Almosts & has really stepped her races and running this season. She trains hard to deliver some brilliant results with a string of PBs this year including at Cheltenham and Stroud. She has built a formidable partnership with her sister Deborah and at this years Great North Run they had a ball and raised £1000 for Alzheimers research. Hayley always runs with a big smile on her face and the funkiest socks on her feet. We were really chuffed for her too when she got a London Marathon 2018 place, you'll blast it Hayley!

Michelle Balchin Michelle is our third and final ROTM for November. Michelle is a dedicated and active member and a real asset to our club. She has no hesitation in volunteering when there is a job to be done as well as of course turning in some excellent performances. She trains hard with some big mileage as well as track training for her speed. At Snowdonia Marathon 2 weeks ago she ran an excellent sub 4 hours on this rather "lumpy" course. This year she has turned to pacing too, bringing home the 1.45 runners bang on target at Cheltenham and Stroud, earning her some brilliant feedback in a runners blog from one particular chap she helped reach his target. Michelle is also a founder member of Cheltenham Junior parkrun where she remains a core team member bringing on the next generation. Great stuff Michelle.

Rachael Nolan A big shout-out for our first September ROTM Rachael Nolan. Rachael simply loves her running and racks up the miles both home and abroad, as well as some epic cycling too to supplement her training. Rachael is a great asset to the club, helping with run-leading and active in the local couch-to-5k group. She is always very supportive of her colleagues and is a regular volunteer at parkrun. She has also done a marvellous job at getting her mum and dad involved. Mum Beverley went through couch-5k to become a parkrun regular and dad Ollie is now a half-marathoner, most latterly the Great North Run with Rachael. A super example of a family loving its running together.  Good work Rachael, keep it up !