The Committee – Who are we and who does what?
Hayley Wilson – Chair
I joined one of the beginners courses in 2014 and was pretty much hooked despite spending many years believing I couldn’t run. The coaching and encouragement from HRC has helped me to run lots of events up to 20 miles. Not only did my fitness improve hugely I met so many new people and made many new friends. As with many others running has been a ‘go to’ during difficult times and has helped me to manage a series of life-changing events. I joined the committee as I enjoy organising things and wanted to help out more and contribute to a club that has given me so much! I am very passionate about off-road running and organise our annual cross-country event.
Trevor Bunch – Secretary, Coach Education and Development, Coach
I was never into exercise, at all. That changed in 2002 when I was working at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. First my dog and then my cat had got sick, so sick that the local vets couldn’t do anything for them. Luckily, I was working alongside some of the best vets in the world, and my pets received amazing care. To try and repay them in some way, I agreed to join the team of people running the 2002 London Marathon for them. And that’s how it started..
To cut a long story short here’s what I’ve been up to since then.
- Joined HRC in 2007
- Haverhill Running Club committee – Men’s captain (2010), Chairman (2011-2012), Secretary (2013), Chairman (2014-2015), Secretary (2020). Race Director for club races.
- Greater Cambridge Athletics Network – Committee Member from 2010, Chairman (2013-2017), Treasurer (2017-2019).
- Suffolk County Athletics – member of Executive Committee since 2015. Road Running Secretary and Men’s Team Manager for road events. Chair of the popular Friday 5 Race Series.
- Coaching – I began coaching in 2010 (Level 1) and completed Coach in Running Fitness (Level 2) in 2011 and Event Group Endurance (Level 3) in 2016.
- Officiating – Event Adjudicator since 2013, Level 1 Official achieved 2016 and progressed to Level 2 Endurance in 2018.
- Co-opted onto the England Athletics East Region Council June 2019
Grace Judge – Treasurer, Membership Secretary
I started running in 2003 as I wanted to get fit and lose weight when I was approaching my 40th birthday. I ran my first races up to half marathon whilst living in South Africa and as a member of Paarl running club. I returned to the UK in 2005 and joined Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC as I was working in Hampshire. I moved back to Suffolk and joined HRC in 2015. I have run London marathon twice, the first time for my 50th birthday and then again in 2016. I have learnt so much and progressed my running with the help of the fantastic coaching that HRC offers. I am now working part time so though this was a great opportunity to give something back to the club.
Mark White – Men’s Captain, Club Training, Coach
I’ve been a member of HRC for six years now. I have learnt so much about my running through the coaches and many other experienced runners, that I thought it’s about time I tried to give “something back” to other runners in the club. I have been a Leader in Running Fitness for four years and will be taking the Coach in Running Fitness course this year. Stepping up to the committee as men’s captain is a role I’m very much looking forward to and HRC will again be a fighting force in 2019!
Rhiannon Beal – Ladies Captain, Social Events
In 2018, I joined the January beginners course, to give me something to commit to, other than just work, and I can honestly say it was the best thing I ever did, despite the fact that I always thought I could only run short distance. I am now officially hooked on running! Being surrounded by such a supportive group of people every week, has helped me to improve both my running and general fitness, as well as making some amazing friends. Running is definitely something that gives me purpose and I can always rely on it to lift my mood. As the running club has done so much for me, I wanted to give something back, hence joining the committee. I love encouraging and helping people, as well as getting them involved, so thought what better position to try than the Women’s Captain! I am also a very sociable and chatty person, so will be organising your social events this year! I hope that, throughout the year, I can help all of you in one way or another, so please always feel free to come and say hello, if you see me around!
Sil Clay – Junior Section Lead, Coach
I have been running for a long time, covering all distances up to marathons and have been a member of HRC for nearly nine years. I am a Level 3 Endurance coach and lead coach to the Junior HRC section. I am also the coach for #RunAndTalk, something I resonate with. Running is one of the three cornerstones of my life. My husband, my two boys and running have seen me through thick and thin after a life changing illness. I run because I can and there simply isn’t anything I cannot find a solution to, once I lace up my running shoes!!
Graeme Johnston – Communications
I grew up in the North East where I was a junior runner of a reasonable standard, then life took over and I had a break from running for about thirty years. I started again in my late forties to improve my fitness and support my cycling, and I have not looked back. I joined HRC in 2018 and it took my running to a whole new level, not just with the structured coaching on offer but more importantly I discovered how much more fun it is to run with other people. HRC is such a supportive running club, it’s not just there for the experienced, elite runners but for all those who wish to enjoy running and develop themselves. I joined the committee to help support those who have discovered (or rediscovered!) running later in life and continue the tradition of the happy running club.
Craig Sisson – Club Running Events
I have been running and a member of HRC for 6 years now, covering all distances in that time. With the highlight being running the London marathon in 2019. I never thought I’d get hooked on running but I soon caught the running bug and now running is a huge part of my life. I enjoy running with my friends and other members of HRC as everyone is so friendly. I joined the committee in 2020 as I wanted to help out in the club and focusing on keeping the club competitive.
Gina Hickey – Communications
I joined the beginners course in January 2018 to run 5k for charity in the March of that year after not running since school. Since completing the course, I caught the running bug and continued to build up mileage, compete in more races and I proudly completely my first half marathon in 2019. The best thing about the club is how friendly and supportive everyone is, and I have made lots of new friends. I am excited to have joined the committee and will continue the good work for the club.
Melissa Wasdall – Results and Fixtures
Mark Phillips – Junior Section Representative
For some time I’d been wanting to lose weight and get fit, but I’d not really taken any action. Then one day my better half announced that she’d enrolled us both on the beginners course starting in Jan 2019. With two young active sons I decided to give it a go and found I enjoyed the challenge every week. I set a goal of running as many of the Kevin Henry races as possible and then found myself enrolling in more races as my fitness and confidence grew. It’s great to be able to run with my boys, even if I can’t keep up with them! Running has changed our family, as although we run at different paces its something we can do together.
Who does what?
|Communications – Gina Hickey & Graeme Johnston|
|Emails to members|
|Fixtures and Results – Melissa Wasdall|
|Club Grand Prix|
|Training sessions – Mark White|
|Thursday club run|
|Summer trail runs|
|Run and Talk group|
|Coach Development – Trevor Bunch|
|Talks, courses and workshops|
|Club Admin – Trevor Bunch|
|Committee Meeting Minutes|
|Club Finance – Grace Judge|
|Payments, Receipts & Accounts|
|Club and member affiliations|
|Team Events – Mark White and Rhiannon Beal|
|Kevin Henry Series|
|Cross Country Winter Series|
|Cross Country Championships|
|Round Norfolk Relay|
|Club races – Craig Sisson|
|Cross County race|
|Club events – Rhiannon Beal|
|Junior section – Sil Clay|
|Training and competition|
|Member of the month – Gina Hickey|
|Health and Safety – Trevor Bunch|
|Covid Officer – Trevor Bunch|
|Club kit – Mathew Cowell|
Suzanne Pattinson – Club Welfare Officer
Clair Gale – Mental Health Champion, Run and Talk leader
General inquiries should be directed through the Club Secretary…but any committee member is happy to help you!