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Member of the Month

  • January

The first month of year has rolled by already and our first 2024 Member of the Month goes to the energetic Elaine Vincent. Historic data indicates that this is Elaine’s first outright MotM title (she did share it with Alec previously but that doesn’t really count). With a pleasing 2023 of sport behind her, she went straight to January racing in the Fladbury Festive Five – over a sticky course, she timed just 42 minutes to claim a runners-up spot in her age category. A regular attender of our club runs, Elaine featured in the new Boddington 10 mile event. Her finishing time of 1 hr 26 minutes fared well in a very competitive field. Now in her 9th year with TRC, Elaine has been/is a joy to run with. Congratulations.  

  • February

In his 14th year with Tewkesbury Running Club, Noel Green is now settled as an assured club treasurer. The month of February is always important for Noel – once he has accounted for the previous 12 months, he has the grand task of delivering the club’s financial position to the members during the AGM. Of course, Noel presented a comprehensive summary that was well-received. In addition, he has been busy ordering and distributing our club kit to members. Noel is a regular at, coach Mike Younger’s first Wednesday of the month sessions, and we will probably be hearing more from Noel as the club membership renewals start – something that involves liaising with the ever-evolving England Athletics! Noel is our MotM for February, thus underlining how fortunate and grateful we our for his endless volunteering in the name of TRC. 

  • March


March becomes a busy month for races as spring emerges, and our Member of the Month surpassed most with her endeavours.  

Jackie Layton recently joined our club and has literally hit the ground running. A regular on the club runs – and one who is downhearted when she can’t get to the Morrisons meet, Jackie is making remarkable progress. 

The beginning of the month saw her joining the Saturday morning mob for 11 miles followed by the Newport Half marathon the next day! 

Next for Jackie was the 23km Crickhowell Table Mountain challenge (Wales) as ‘preparation’ for the Lisbon Half Marathon (Portugal) in 26-degree heat. 

Ending her March with a glorious reward after her run in the new Gloucester Half Marathon winning her age-group, thus rounding off quite a spectacular month. 

Her March mileage shaped as a warm-up for April's double marathon challenge of Paris and London’s iconic events. Bordering bonkers behaviour in most people’s minds, Jackie blends nicely into our little running club. 

Congratulations on winning the March MOTM award. 

  • April

Our Member of the Month award for April goes to Andrew Gillett! Andrew joined Tewkesbury Running Club in January 2023 and was soon creating smooth ripples with some strong performances at the cross-country events. Great things were expected of Andrew with his efficient and effortless running style, but an achilles injury forced him to take a break from running.

With his rehab done, Andrew has had a fine start to 2024 culminating in an outstanding month of running in April: Taking his running kit with him (naturally) whilst visiting family in South Africa, meant a bit of Parkrun tourism in Johannesburg’s Homestead Lake Parkrun - some 5,500 feet above sea level! The sunshine agreed with him as a top 5 finish from 439 runners and a deserved 1st in his age group with 21:28 minutes.

Back home and putting his high altitude training to the test, he then ran his first marathon at the Newport Marathon Festival and finished in a speedy 3 hours 23 minutes - that’s under 8 minute/miles...  his pace over the first 16 miles was even quicker but too frequent WC stops hampered his last 10 miles! A meritorious performance.

Congratulations on your first MotM award. 

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  • May

Our star for the month of May goes to, none other than Jude Rodrigues! Jude has been one of the club’s most unassuming and supportive runners over the last 15 years – always showing an interest in others and giving his subtle and effective sentiments. Based in Pershore, Jude supports the club training runs when he can, while leading a busy day job, that includes keeping our club chairman on his toes. 

May has been a sparkling period for Jude with his attendance at x4 Parkruns over Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, a more competitive performance in the Dymock 5 mile race and going long in the Worcester half-marathon. Quite remarkably, he also managed to squeeze the “Great Birmingham” half-marathon in too! By anyone’s standards, a magnificent month of running. Congratulations Jude. 

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