Member of the Month
The first Member of the Month in the year 2020 goes to someone who has emerged into one of the club’s most popular members. Ending 2019 with a flourish, she ran into January in fine fettle - Emma Smith has entertained us with her committed training exploits. She is in ‘heavy’ training for this year’s London Marathon and is showing us how it should be done by sticking to her plans and braving all weathers, both day and night. Even becoming a regular on the race circuit, her enthusiasm and camaraderie is a breath of warm air during a month that daunts most runners. Check out her London goal here. Congratulations Emma.
February’s Member of the Month award goes to our youngest competitive runner; enjoying her training and recording impressively pacey distances during the month, Lucinda Jones is growing into the club’s leading lady – her stylish performance in the popular Bourton 10km really showed she can lead the way for the club. With Shona now in ‘lockdown’ in Spain, Lucy has been running some quality sessions and is now neck ‘n’ neck with Carly in the Queen of the Roads competition! Unbeknown to many, Lucy has been managing a lower leg pain and despite TLC, it is a niggle that will not disappear easily and she has boldly run in discomfort at times. Hopefully, the rising star will be 100% for her target event - the Tewkesbury half-marathon in May - but for February, she hit a great target as MotM. Congratulations Lucinda.
The member of the month for March has been awarded to another shinning lady – no surprises in the gender choice as we do have a plethora of sparkling ladies doing their thang. However, what is a surprise is that we now have our first double winner! Yes, Laura Kent has impressed our two judges (Roy & Michael) the most for the second time with her exploits in March. Like during April 2019, Laura found glory in the half-marathon distance with another personal best (PB) time of 2:09 hr in the London Vitality Half. In addition to her helpfulness to the new members this year, she ran a new longest distance record by passing the 15 mile mark to record a PB distance of 16 miles. Congratulations Laura.
April 2020 was clearly the most restricted in the club’s long history; exciting events being cancelled and our running buddies becoming virtual! Our links were in danger of fraying without the club’s famous physical camaraderie. Thankfully, our Member of the Month lifted the competitive spirits, motivation, and the virtual camaraderie with a genius 5 mile frolic – Cameron Pay set the club alight as over 50 runners responded to his challenge to run and improve during April. Cam is regularly driving ideas and steering runners to better things – he’s a credit to the club. His frolic admin work, weekly reports, and results table isn’t something that can be done in 5 minutes, it takes hours and hours! Cam has teased out some great running from the club and also lifted the grey isolation cloud we are under with his fun and frolics. Congratulations Cameron.