|January||Benji Darken||Benji Darken joined HRC in 2017 at the age of 12 and trained with the adults until he joined the HRCJ section when it was formed. Over the last few years he has done HRC proud by winning numerous trophies and he is very committed to his running and is disciplined with his training.|
Benji is a great team player, more so during lock down challenges and is always participating and striving to do his best for the team.
In these challenging times we find ourselves in, Benji has managed to stay focused and motivated to get to half marathon distance.
|February||Melanie Catton||Mel joined HRC in 2014 not long after her second son was born. She’s a naturally fast runner who doesn’t give herself enough credit! In the new year she started training with Kelly Mepham and has worked really hard sticking to her training programme even during lockdown, whilst working full time and with three young children at home. Her hard work is starting to pay off and she is seeing lots of improvements in her times.|
|March||Mark White||Mark has been no stranger to a challenge during his time at HRC and his 4x4x48 challenge was quite possibly the most gruelling one yet! Mark has constantly shown that no matter how tough it gets or how tired you are, to never gives up and power through – sometimes with a wheelbarrow race, piggy backs, head stands, mud fights, you name it!!He has helped to raise a lot of money for very worthy causes close to his heart which shows just what a caring person he is. Mark is an inspiration to everyone in the club and he will continue to find new challenges and keep people laughing wherever he can!|
|April||Stephen Reyes ||Stephen was nominated for organising and leading the clubs first covid-secure beginners course. Since joining the club in 2009 Stephen has lead most of the beginners courses, enabling 100’s of people to go from couch to 5K in just 10 weeks. His endless enthusiasm is infectious, and you can’t not feel motivated when Stephen is around.|
Stephen is also well known in the club for organising the RNR teams every year, and of course his Mr Blobby hi-viz!
|May||Emily Cutting||Emily joined HRC in 2019 and she encompasses everything HRCJ stands for – It is not only about speed, but also, participation, consistency and determination.|
Emily always finishes her reps during training regardless of how long it takes her. That attitude has finally paid of as this month Emily achieved her sub 30 minutes 5k with 29:43 An amazing achievement
Well done Emily
|June||Dan Everitt||Dan joined HRC in 2016 and has been awarded MoM for his amazing successive PBs and achieving an amazing sub 23min 5k in last months TT. In addition to this he is always helping fellow runners and the club itself and leading club run groups!|
He has run several half marathons and is aiming to run sub 2hrs this year or next.
He loves to help people reach their running goals and is great at ‘getting people round’ a run.
|July||Dionne Walford||Her brother has a few words to say –|
“As a brother I’m proud how Dionne kept at it when the going got tough. From “ Baby steps “ with the beginners through to achieving her first 5Ks of which I buddied up with her ….learning a few new swear words as we went !!
Injuries and covid got in the way along her journey, but achieving a half marathon, coincidentally which she raised loads of money for charity, makes all those blood sweat and tears worth it . Bloody well done sis x”
Well done Dionne
|August||Josh Wigmore||Some words from Sil – For those of you who have been with HRC for a few years will remember Josh mixing with the adults at TT’s. As soon as he turned 12 he joined HRCJ and has been going from strength to strength. He is very dedicated to his training, which is paying dividends as he is currently top of the PB league. Josh is also a great team player, whether doing his best for his team in games or cheering on others in races. Keen to learn and improve and a pleasure to coach!|
|September||Michelle Brazier Gardner & Ellen Williams||Fran had some words about their achievement and its a really really good read!|
‘Ellen wanted to complete an ultra and decided on the Thames Path Ultra and asked Michelle only a week before as I was worried her doing it on her own as it would go into the night.
They hadn’t trained and decided that whatever happened they would stick together and see how it went.
I followed by car stopping at every checkpoint. They kept a steady pace, rested well at the checkpoints and never once left each other, when one was faltering the other kept them going.
Nightfall brought on a different atmosphere, they said at times quiet scary. The fog rolled in, visibility almost nil but they ploughed on, Michelle especially keeping an eye on Ellen near the Thames!!
When they ran in at 2.30am Sunday morning my god they looked absolutely shattered, but standing 10 feet tall.
The air was foggy and still and cold and for a moment they hugged, just the two of them in an unbelievable embrace of triumph.
It was an outstanding day, two friends, 30 years difference between them, but bonded in one common goal to push themselves to the limit and to finish, together.
I will remember this day forever the sheer determination, true friendship and endurance and just what two great runners that stuck together could achieve.
62 miles, 19 hrs from Putney Bridge to Henley on Thames, not one complaint, kept true to each other and ran their hearts out, very emotional indeed.
They really deserve to be recognised it was everything that running is about – true camaraderie and guts
|October||Louise Harris||Louise joined our beginners course in 2018 and in a bid to improve, was soon a regular at Parkruns before she had even finished the course.|
Louise ran over 100 miles in October, she ran with another HRC runner to help them complete their first half marathon.
She also completed the virtual London marathon by doing laps of Haverhill and finished October with Bury 10k.
Louise often volunteers to be tail walker at Parkrun, last runner at time trial and leads the 12mm group on Thursdays.
She is one of the most supportive and encouraging runners within the club.
She never worries about getting herself a pb, she just wants to help others succeed and enjoy running.
|November||Kate Russell||A little bit about her:|
Kate joined our junior section when she was just 12 and it was clear from the start that she was determined and disciplined.
Her focus has never faltered while training and this has paid off.
Kate set herself a target at the beginning of the year to run 5k in under 22 minutes. She achieved that this month by running a 5k in 21.53.
She was second u15 girl at Framlingham xc and 8th u15 girl at The Eastern Athletics xc championship in a fantastic time of 16.55.
Well done Kate, she will be another junior to watch out for in the future.
|December||Hayley Wilson||Hayley joined our beginners course 2014 and quickly got the running bug.|
In 2016, she joined the committee, 2019 she become female captain and in 2020 she stepped up to become club chair.
To say Hayley loves xc would be an understatement and is always trying to recruit new xc runners!
Despite being very poorly for a huge part of November and December, Hayley put together a very detailed and professional AGM and then went on to organise HRC cross country, with water, singing, elves and mulled wine all a week before Christmas!
Well done Hayley, job well done.