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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Shaun CarrShaun is our first ROTM for January. Shaun is a dedicated athlete & works hard both on & off road to turn in some highly credible performances. He is a regular track almost that has helped him no doubt to some strong PBs of late, plus a regular at XC. At parkrun he is well in the sub 20-minute bracket & within a few weeks of each other at the end of 2018 he PB-ed at 19:09 & then at 19:04. At the 7-Sins in the Forest he was 2nd overall in the 14 miler. Shaun took 10th overall and a new PB at the Evesham 10K and just this weekend he conquered the Mayhill Massacre with 5th place overall and 1st in his age category. Great work Shaun ….

Ollie NolanOur second and final ROTM for January is Ollie Nolan. Ollie certainly had an interesting 2018. He returned from breaking his ankle in September to running, getting 1st in his age category in the Severn Bridge night run in November and coming 2nd in his age category overall for our road running race series. He is a very supportive member of the club and continues to support at events even when he couldn't run. He completed his last event of the year at the Evesham 10k supporting and encouraging a run2help runner of which he is a stalwart member. The very next day he had his Brain Tumour diagnosis from which we are now thankful he is well on the way to recovery from. Keep it up Ollie ….

Pete MitchenerPete is our first Runner of the Month for December. Pete is a long-standing member of the club where he is a valuable & cheerful volunteer as well as turning in some very impressive running performances & times including the Sydney, Aus. Marathon recently.
Pete is also a core member of the parkrun team. He has often run as a pacer & helped many people including several Almosts to new PBs, as well as recently stepping up to be Run Director where he performed exceptionally well and got some nice comments from tourists in the visitors book.
Pete is currently fundraising with his Brighton Marathon place for The Alzheimer’s Society in memory of his much-loved Aunt who recently passed away from the condition.
He is also a jolly good “Knitter”. Check out his handiwork at Christmas Day parkrun. Good work Pete….

Fi BarnesFi is our second worthy Runner of the Month for December. Having fractured her foot in 2017, Fi has come back with a vengeance in her running in 2018 and has shown great determination to get herself back to peak fitness. During the year Fi has run six marathons in Castellon Espana, London, Stroud Trails, Chicago, Snowdonia and Broadway. The last 3 were completed in a six-week window alone.
Fi has stepped up to join the Almost Athletes committee this year where she has put a lot of energy into her role as Welfare Officer & has produced some brilliant work behind the scenes to review & update our policies as well as some new awards for club members you’ll be hearing more of soon.
Fi always runs with a smile on her face and is very supportive of other members in their endeavours .
Well done Fiona !....

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!