Meet the Committee

Who are we?

Graeme Johnston – Chair

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.

Trevor Bunch – Secretary & Welfare Officer

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.

Clare Everitt – Ladies Captain

I completed my first 5k at the club’s time trial in June 2015 as a guest and although I had never been a runner before, I had always wanted to do something to keep fit, I joined HRC at the end of 2015 as I needed the company and support of others to improve my running. My running has since gone from strength to strength and in 2019 I was joint winner of the PB league. This is my second stint on the committee, I love being involved and having a say in what goes on this great club.

Men’s Captain (Vacant position)

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!!

Yusuf Firat

Yusuf has been running since 2010 and served on HRC committee as treasurer between 2010 and 2015. “Love Running” is his slogan and he’s passionate about bringing people to running. He’s an England Athletic qualified run leader and has set up numerous run groups. He’s keen to improve the quality of life by introducing non-runners to running.

Carl Oldford

Friendly, sociable, encouraging and can always find me at sunrise on a Sunday.

Love marathons or anything over 13.1 miles really, oh and some bling 🏅. Recent finisher of Hadrian’s Wall ultra (70 miles), on the lookout for my next fix.

Marc Benson

I joined HRC in 2015 initially completing the Beginners Course in an effort to get fit and lose some weight as the gym etc just wasn’t working or enjoyable! I soon found (rather unexpectedly) that I really enjoy running….since then through HRC I’ve met some great people and raced all distances including a couple of marathons, all based on the regular weekly training and advice from HRC coaches. I have joined the committee as I thought it was about time I gave something back.

Tracy Quarrell

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. 

This summer I qualified as a run leader and hope to go on to pursue coaching further in the future. 

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!

Horace Shuriah

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.

Who does what?

CommunicationsWebsiteMarc Benson
 Facebook pagesMembers Page: Trevor Bunch, Grace Judge & Graeme Johnston
Public Page: Tony Bacon
 InstagramTracy Quarrell
 TwitterTracy Quarrell
 Emails to membersTrevor Bunch & Grace Judge
Fixtures and ResultsResults ArchiveMarc Benson & Yusuf Firat
 Club recordsMarc Benson & Yusuf Firat
 FixturesMarc Benson
 PB LeagueHorace Shuriah
 Club Grand PrixPromotion & Coordination: Graeme Johnston, Tony Bacon and Horace Shuriah
Results & Competition Admin: Marc Benson
 Race ReportsTony Bacon
Training sessionsBeginners courseHorace Shuriah & Stephen Reyes
 Structured trainingTrev Bunch
 Thursday club runTracy Quarrell
 Summer trail runsDelegate to club members
 Santa RunDelegate to club members
 Run and Talk groupExternal – Clair Nagorski
Coach DevelopmentTalks, courses and workshopsTrevor Bunch
Club AdminClub and member affiliationsTrevor Bunch & Grace Judge
 MembershipsTrevor Bunch & Grace Judge
 Committee Meeting MinutesTrevor Bunch
 Induction eveningsHorace Shuriah
 Welfare mattersSuzanne Pattinson & Trevor Bunch
Club FinancePayments, Receipts & AccountsGrace Judge
Team EventsKevin Henry SeriesTony Bacon
 Cross Country Winter SeriesHayley Wilson
 Cross Country ChampionshipsTony Bacon & Clare Everitt
 Ekiden RelayYusuf Firat
 Round Norfolk RelayStephen Reyes
Club racesTime TrialPromotion & Coordination: Tony Bacon
Results & Competition Admin: Marc Benson
 Thurlow 5m and 10m
 Kedington Kevin HenryGraeme Johnston
 Cross County race
Club eventsLondon Bus 
 Awards night 
 TalksTracy Quarrell & Horace Shuriah
Junior sectionTraining and competitionSil Clay
Member of the monthMember of the MonthClare Everitt
Health and SafetyRisk Assessments, Training, Equipment
Club kitClub kit and ShopMat Cowell

Non-committee roles

Suzanne Pattinson – Club Welfare Officer

Clair Nagorski – Mental Health Champion, Run and Talk leader

Contact Us

General inquiries should be directed through the Club Secretary…but any committee member is happy to help you!