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Previous Years' Runners of the Month

The Almost Athletes members who were voted "Runner of the Month" in previous years.

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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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!