Who are we?
Trevor Bunch – Chairman, Coach & Welfare Officer
- 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
Mark Novels – Secretary, Membership Secretary and Coach
About 45 years ago I competed in the county swimming championships and dabbled in cross country running and longer distance track running. Since then, apart from a regular gym routine, I’ve had an on and off relationship with sporting activity. It wasn’t until my mid-50s, when an accumulation of excess weight prompted me to detox and take up running on a regular basis. However, I didn’t fully catch the running bug until I completed my first 10k race in 2021, surprisingly coming first in my age category and 16th overall. I went on to compete at several other distances and eventually joined HRC in March 2022. Since then, I’ve made some great friends and, with HRC coaching and support, I’ve improved my running, acquired a few PBs, and completed the Leadership in Running Fitness Course. HRC has done so much for me so, with retirement looming, it’s only fair I give something back.
Grace Judge – Treasurer
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.
Tracy Pelling – Ladies Captain and Coach
I ran with my Dad as a youngster. He would always joke that I had a stitch before I got out of the door! I stuck with it and ran at school and at Uni. When I was in my 20s and 30s I ran a little but kept fit generally doing dance, gym and yoga activities. In my 40s I took up running again and was encouraged by friends to join the club. My running times improved and I can now run longer with the encouragement of running buddies. I have met some lovely friends at the club and know that whatever pace I am running there will be a group and friends to encourage and keep me going.
I run because it keeps me fit, gets me outside and helps to calm my mind. It makes me smile.
My Dad still runs in his 70’s and is fit and healthy, job done!
Stephen Husband – Mens Captain
I started running during lockdown as a way to shift some chub and get out of the house without breaking the law. I quickly got the bug for it and through a recommendation I joined HRC. I am a competitive person by nature and am aiming high in my future for running. I volunteered for club captain in the hope that I can share my passion for running with as many of our members as possible
Sil Clay – Ordinary Committee Member, Junior Section Lead and 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!!
Horace Shuriah – Ordinary Committee Member and Coach
I joined the club in 2007 after getting an entry for London marathon for 2008 and have since competed in several distance races from 5k upwards, with my best achievement being the Grand Union Canal Race in 2018, which was made possible with support of the running club. I am also an England Athletics qualified run leader. I decided to be part of the committee so I can give support to the club and community who have supported me over the years.
Dan Everitt – Ordinary Committee Member
Cheryl Trundle – Ordinary Committee Member and Coach
You’re never too old to try something new! With retirement in the near future and more time on my hands, someone from the running club suggested I come along to the beginner’s group, the equivalent of couch to 5K, as she thought I might enjoy it. At 59, and having done no serious exercise for about 30 years I was more than a little apprehensive but at least my knees and legs were in reasonable shape.
I LOVED IT.
Friendly people, structured sessions to ease you in gently and at your own pace, great support and a sense of achievement. I found out I was rather competitive and even managed to go at a reasonable speed over a variety of distances.
Beware, the running bug will take you in its grip. ‘I’ll never do a marathon’ translated into races from 5k upwards, to, you’ve guessed it, marathons. I even managed to pick up some ‘good for age’ awards on the way.
Runners the world over always find lots to talk about and experiences to share wherever they are, and its always good to give something back to those just setting out and to those who’ve been around a little bit longer.
Lynnette Garstang – Ordinary Committee Member
I signed up to do a 5k charity run with my dog, but I realised I’d never run 5k before, my brother Carl encouraged me to sign up for the beginnings course starting in January 2017, a few months later I smashed the run with the dog. Since then I’ve run the London Landmarks half marathon 3 times as well as a few other races. I’m not a fast runner and I certainly don’t find running easy but I really love the buzz running gives.
Ian Elden – Ordinary Committee Member
First started running in 2012 to lose weight and get fit. Joined HRC later the same year and have been a member ever since, albeit second claim for some of that time during periods living elsewhere. Primarily a 5k runner but have dabbled at other distances with varying degrees of success.
Now back living in Haverhill but currently unable to run so asked to join the committee to remain involved and give something back.
Suzanne Pattinson – Club Welfare Officer
General inquiries should be directed through the Club Secretary…but any committee member is happy to help you!