Member of the Month

  • January

Our first Member of the Month of 2022 is someone who has never received the prestigious award before...despite being on the shortlist many times during the past 3 years. Sheena Moseley is a very popular member of our running club, her welcoming smile, laugh and dulcet Irish tone can be heard at most club nights as she is ever present on the Monday and Wednesday runs. Always encouraging other runners and being a perfect run buddy - as she likes to talk whilst others listen and catch their breath! Her running has flourished this month as she follows a 'revolutionary' new training plan; with great results at the Fladbury Frolic, the Cross Country at the Cotswold Farm Park and culminating in knocking 4 minutes off her PB in the Staverton 10 mile race. Congratulations Sheena.

  • February

February's Member of the Month is a popular and engaging member of our running club. Although being a recent winner of Club Person of the Year, she has never won the prestigious MotM award.

Sam Robinson is a regular on the club runs, whether it be on a Monday night helping out with the C25K and Jolly Joggers, or a Wednesday night encouraging from her preferred sweeper position. She is an ever present on the unofficial Thursday night run, cajoling runners to join her on a comfortable jog and Saturday mornings, putting in a longer run with a Morrisons breakfast after as reward!

Sam regularly tops 100 miles run in a month (200 if including her daily power walks), with February seeing her in the form of her life. 

An 'ever present' at the Cross Country, Sam put in a fine performance at this month’s Pittville run, helping the Ladies team score valuable points. 

Her unselfish work behind the scenes encouraging the newer and tender members is a credit to Sam, indeed trying to find a photo of Sam running on her own is an impossible task as it never happens! Congratulations Sam.

  • March

March is traditionally the month when the running activities warm-up with races popping-up near and far.  Springing into action for Tewkesbury was Alan Whitby – a genuine renaissance runner who keeps coming back with vigour after his setbacks. Alan had a splendid March in which he broke another of the club records; 20 mile races are hard – not as long as the marathon meaning you can run harder for a shorter but still be exhausted at the finish! Alan’s 2:22 20 mile record measures impressively against his V60 marathon record of 3:25, clearly highlighting his change in pace despite being 6 months more senior. Theoretically, he could have quietly jogged another 10k and broke the marathon record again!  Alan has rarely missed a club run recently and his lovely warmth is a credit to the club.  The cherry on top of his March achievements is the wonderful charity donations he raised for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. It has been a topping month for Alan and he quite simply runs away with our Member of the Month title. Congratulations.

  • April

April's Member of the month needs no introduction: our leader and Chairman has had an exceptional month, even by his own lofty standards. Hot on the heels of directing the popular Pendock Chicken event he went straight into the setting-up next month's Gloucester 10k. Whilst sharing his love of the great outdoors, he organised a jog for club members around the beautiful bluebell blooms near his home. A regular as a Parkrun tourist, travelling the country trying out different Parkruns, Nigel doesn't mind travelling to get his running fix. This April he landed in Boston USA, where he managed an impressive 3.38 marathon time - despite not being fully recovered from Covid! Boston Marathan became a nice training run for his upcoming Ultra marathons. Nigel's tireless work behind the scenes with the committee, supporting and encouraging others to share in his love of running in his friendly, quiet, and unassuming way is a credit to our Running club and himself. Congratulations Nigel, the MotM for April.

  • May

Congratulations to our Member of the Month for May, Alec Vincent. In what was a busy racing month - important too with the town's traditional 13.1 mile event back - Alec still managed to support the club training runs attending most Monday and Wednesday runs including Mike's monthly run, Kerry's May session and Roy's handicap. Brilliant club attendance aside, Alec has produced some prime displays in the local Parkruns. His splendid run in the Tewkesbury Half Marathon, where he came home in a new PB of 1:27 hr was clearly his best run for several years after recovering from a lengthy period with plantar fasciitis. Rarely seen without a smile on his face, Alec is a great asset to Tewkesbury Running club and we are very pleased to recognise his achievements this month and look forward to seeing what's to come during the rest of the year.

  • June

Our Member of the Month award for June goes to someone who likes to dip her toes in water, ride on cushions of air and then set about her running. Jo Chandler has had an amazing month of swimming, biking and running, culminating in her completing the IRONMAN 70.3 Westfriesland (Netherlands) in 6 hours 34 minutes. For us runners unfamiliar with triathlons, the 70.3 is the distance in KM of the non-stop swim, bike & run challenge, AKA a Half-Ironman... with the final run distance being a half-marathon 13.1 miles. 

Many club members when training for their ‘A’ race, struggle to fit in club runs in their schedules. Jo however, proved it can be done. An ever present at the Monday and Wednesday night club runs, Jo could be found diligently following her schedule, speeding up, slowing down, sprinting off and looping back, displaying a dedication many of us can only dream of whilst still managing to encourage those around her. 

Training for a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and then run a half marathon takes discipline and mental strength, having to train for it twice due to the event being cancelled last year is incredible – yes, Jo’s original race date was postponed – hugely disappointing with her training accomplished and then to lift herself up and start again to peak for the new start-line.  

Congratulations (half) Ironwoman Jo. An awesome achievement and now you are our MotM. 

  • July

The Member of the Month award for July goes to Tom Lee. Continuing his running journey with the club, Tom has had a fantastic year of running thus far. His arduous work in training paid-off with two personal bests (PBs) in July. The first came at the Evesham 10k with a time of 58.53 mins - smashing his previous best by several minutes and getting him his first sub-1-hour 10k. The second PB came in the Club's Wednesday evening GF5 handicap series, where a time of 48.23 mins was enough to gain him a podium finish along with knocking over 1 minute off his previous PB time.

Tom only took up running 12 months ago and Coach Mike’s protégé is continuing to go from strength to strength. His welcoming smile can be seen at most Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday runs... his determined smile can be seen when he races. Congratulations Tom. Keep on improving.