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Runners of the Month - 2021-2022

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.

Coralie PearsonOur first runner of the month is Cos who just quietly keeps delivering amazing achievements and I’m delighted to give her this well deserved recognition. Her times have been tumbling over the last few months with PBs at parkrun, 5 miles, 10k, half marathon and a massive marathon PB this month at Chester! Plus a sub 6 hour ultra this year! As well as smashing her own runs she goes out of her way to encourage and train other club runners on their longer distance runs to build their confidence and also to assist others to finish events. And she always has a smile on her face. She is a great ambassador of the club and a true role model! Well done Cos!

Kieran KeatingOur second runner of the month is Kieran. He is another club runner who just gets on with it without any fuss! His achievements and versatility are astounding. He has age category UK rankings from parkrun to marathon distance. He consistently wins his age category at parkrun and most recently came 2nd in his age category MV60 at the Cheltenham Half and ran an astonishing 3:31 at Manchester Marathon to come 25th in his age category (out of 288) and gaining a “good for age” time for London Marathon. And if you have a fly past with him on the roads of Cheltenham you will always be greeted by the most friendly of waves and acknowledgements! Well done, Kieran Keating!

Ivana WilsonIvana Is a keen and talented runner who is committed to her marathon training while also being a successful competitor in a range of local races from the Cotswold Way Relay to being part of the winning ladies team at the Bugatti 10k. Whenever I see her she also always has a smile on her face!

Graeme StoppGraeme could be described as the man behind Forrest Wheeler’s success as Runner of the Month last time, as he was extremely supportive of Forrest’s training. Then last weekend he knocked out a 1:50 result in the Cheltenham Half, on his own behalf. Generous with his time and support, he’s a worthy Runner of the Month.

Thom StephensIt's time to announce our first Runners of the Month for well over a year.
First up, is Thom Stephens: The photo border reads "I'VE JUST CONQUERED THE 100 KM ALONG THE RIDGEWAY", which says it (almost) all but Thom is also a long-time member who is always supportive of others undertaking running challenges. His performance in Race to the Stones was exceptional and as always it was completed with his usual good humour and lack of ostentation. Congratulations Thom!

Forrest_WheelerOur second Runner of the Month is Forrest Wheeler. I feel I should have a photo of some terrible food pun to accompany this post, and I apologise that I can only find this photo of Forrest taking part in Cheltenham's half marathon this year. As well as making us laugh with his cooking tips Forrest has come back from life-threatening ill-health to run his first marathon this Spring. Great company and an all-round worthy winner of the RoTM accolade!