Have a great week of running! Please be careful in the icy conditions!
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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.
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Issy is our first runner of the month for January. Issy is a regular attendee of many of our weekly training sessions which has clearly lead to a rapid development in recent months as she has been smashing her PBs over a number of distances. She is a keen parkrun tourist and her parkrun PB has tumbled recently and is now 22.23 which was set recently at Cannon Hill. She also delivered some impressive half marathon times in Stroud and in Cheltenham recorded a huge half marathon PB of 1:42:51. But all that was surpassed by an astonishing debut marathon in Malaga last month where she executed the perfect race, recording 3:48:46 and a huge negative split. Well done Issy!
Ela is our second runner of the month for January. Ela is another runner who has benefited from being a regular attendee of our weekly training sessions. Ela had a busy festive period at the Weston Christmas Cracker, being the first almost home at the Severn Bridge night run and winning her age group at King George V parkrun. Ela has been delivering a number of PBs in recent months. Ela finished the Angels 10k in a PB of 53.07 and has been regularly delivering parkrun PBs with her best time last week at Mallards Pike in 25.25. And she was a standout performance at the London Marathon where she smashed her PB by a whopping 57 minutes, finishing in 4:04:22. Well done Ela!
Katie Coleman is our first runner of the month for December. Katie is a very strong runner and is currently just outside the top 100 in her age category FV40 in the country. She recently finished 1st in her age category at the Guy Fawkes 5 and contributed to the 2nd place team prize won by the Almosts (a mixed team event). Katie is strong over all distances and this year she completed her first marathon for the Alzheimer’s Society in Brighton in a spectacular time of 3:30:15 (which would have been comfortably under 3:30 had they marked out the course properly!). Katie also supports other club runners as one of our Mental Health Champions and is currently training to be a LiRF with the ambition to lead groups of buggy runners. Well done Katie!
Kev Fairs is our second runner of the month for December. Kev is another club member who regularly supports other club runners having recently qualified as a LiRF and will now be leading groups most Wednesday evenings at club run. Kev also stands out as his own running has been developing really strongly in recent times and he has really been challenging himself over longer distances and a variety of different events. He has recently knocked out some very impressive times over a range of distances - 5 miles at Guy Fawkes, 10 miles at the Great South Run and over the 20 miles distance at Roly’s Run! And last weekend tackled the Forest of Dean Night Race. Well done Kev!
Our 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!
Our 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!