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.
Our first runner of the month is Ceri Schofield who is having quite the season. This is demonstrated by the fact she is third in the open category of the Road race series and has been helping the club pick up team prizes. Ceri did a fantastic job at the London marathon earlier in the year, posting a time under 4 hours. She has been setting PB’s throughout the year, most recently at the Meteor mile and at the Oldbury 10 miler the following day. Ceri has recently started trail running which she has taken to very quickly. She was 5th in the recent Afan Forest Half Marathon. Ceri also coaches some of our club members, helping them achieve their best. Congratulations Ceri!
Our second runner of the month is Kev Fairs. It turns out that 13 is actually a lucky number for Kev. At last weekend’s Cheltenham half marathon Kev dropped under 2 hours for the first time which represented a 13 minute PB. This result shouldn’t come as a surprise though as Kev has showed considerable gains over the past 12 months. He also took 13 minutes off his Bugatti time from last year to lower his 10km PB below 55 minutes. All of this has been achieved despite ignoring advice from our illustrious chairperson, as Kev suffered a fall seconds after Claire warned of a potential hazard! Great running Kev!
The first runner of the month is our resident drummer, Duncan Mounsor. Dunc loves his running at the moment and it’s being borne out in his results. Most notably has been the raft of impressive performances at parkrun, lowering his time below 21 minutes and achieving first in his age category regularly. This year has also seen him run his fastest half marathon in 7 years; particularly impressive as it was over the very tough Bourton Hilly Half. He ranks inside the top 600 for the UK in his age category over 5km this year and his 10km times are showing a steady improvement. To cap it all off, he’s also going well in the club’s handicap series. Congratulations Dunc!
Our second runner of the month is perhaps a little overdue as she’s been quietly building an impressive set of results. Amy Sheer has been achieving great things for a while now but over this year, she’s regularly winning her age category over 10km and contributing to our ladies winning team prizes at most events they enter. She did an incredible job at the Southampton Marathon earlier in the year, finishing in 3:30 in her first marathon. Also of note is the fact that Amy features inside the top 50 in the UK for her age category over 5 miles and inside the top 75 for 20 miles, showing her great versatility. You can also always rely on Amy to be running late for Thursday night track sessions! Well deserved Amy!
Our first runner of the month is Martin Foster. Martin is a very consistent performer and his hard work this year has seen him PB in many of the races he has run. Most notably, he completed his first Marathon at Newport in an impressive 3:04 and only last weekend he smashed his parkrun best showing his versatility as a runner. These results are the product of a lot of hard work and Martin is a great supporter of all the weekly sessions the club puts on. We’ll even forgive him the fact that he sometimes puts his baseball cap on the wrong way...! Congratulations Martin!
Our second runner of the month is Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto. Joanna is heavily involved in the club, both through supporting others and getting involved in the race series. She has been achieving great things but has been going about it in her typically understated way. She recently placed first in her age category at the Stroud Trail Marathon and only last week she ran the very hard Cheddar Gorge marathon. She’s a great inspiration to others and she is currently running every leg of the Cotswold Way as part of her training. This is a small recognition of her hard work, so congratulations Joanna!