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.

Anne-Marie Willicott Welcome to our Runners of the Month for July and our first worthy winner is Anne-Marie. She is a dedicated and hardworking athlete who puts an incredible amount of grit & determination into her training & racing. She runs everything from parkrun to ultras and is well on the way to the 100-Marathon Club. She is also a Cotswold Way regular including last weekend. Most notably of late, Anne-Marie returned to South Africa to tackle once again The Comrades Ultra Marathon, all 55 miles of it. This time for the “DOWN RUN” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban which she completed in an amazing 10 hours 34 minutes. Well done Anne-Marie.

Ingrid Harris Ingrid is our second, well deserved Runner of the Month for May. Ingrid is a dedicated and enthusiastic runner who has long since joined the-100 Marathon Club & wears her vest with pride. She has been in a particularly rich vein of form of late with category wins at the Cirencester 10k & at the off-road Chedworth 10m. Ingrid was also part of the winning ladies teams at the Dymock Half and also at the Bourton Hilly Half. Ingrid always gives her all in her races, keep it up !

Mariel Chretien Our final Runner of the Month this July is Mariel. Mariel is a great club supporter and organises many weekends runs for her team mates on and around the local trails where she is truly at her happiest. Of note of late, Mariel completed the Stroud Trails Marathon but selflessly gave up her own run & time to help a club colleague who was injured during the race and ensured he got over the line too. She also completed the incredibly tough ultra, double Marathon “Race to the Tower” from Stroud to Broadway on The Cotswold Way in a brilliant 15 hours 57 minutes finishing at 12.30am. Awesome achievement Mariel.

Daniel ReevesWelcome to our Runners of the Month for May and our first worthy winner is Daniel Reeves. Dan is a dedicated and hardworking athlete who puts an incredible amount of grit & determination into his training & racing. He is always cheerful & very supportive of his club team-mates at events and regularly turns out to support the Almosts even at races he is not able to compete in. He has recorded some notable PB performances of late too. At Tewkesbury Half by over 27 minutes and at Berkeley 10k. Dan is a dedicated parkrunner too & has truly mastered the Cheltenham course. Well done Dan & keep up the good work.

Rob RennellRob is our second, well deserved Runner of the Month for May. Rob is a keen and enthusiastic runner and has not let his visual impairdness hold him back or restrict him in his efforts to better his performances. He ran 4 half marathons last year at Swindon, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud as well as numerous 10Ks and he is only a handful of runs away from 50 parkruns and the glory of the red T-Shirt. Rob is a great club supporter and always wears his vest with pride when he competes. Mention should also be made of Rob’s guide runners, especially Mark Medland who is in the photo with Rob above & has supported Rob all the way in his endeavours. Well done Rob

Dave RogersOur final Runner of the Month this May is Dave. He is truly flying at the moment but it is all down to his hard work & cranking out the big miles, his Strava feed is highly impressive! His dedication has paid off with a new marathon PB at Stratford Upon Avon two weeks again in a brilliant 3:11, which he then followed up in the heat of Liverpool this weekend with an equally brilliant 1:30 for the half. Dave goes about his running exploits in a very quiet manner but is a great clubman supporting his colleagues & encouraging them to do their best too. He is a pretty mean cyclist too, even when he’s forgotten his “clip-ins”! Well done Dave, tip-top running ….