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
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.
Keeley White – 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, so I decided to join the club. Since then, I have taken part in many races and ran 2 half marathons which I never thought I would have been able to do! The weekly training and support from the club is amazing – I don’t think I could have pushed myself out of my comfort zone as much as I have without them! I have also made some great friends within the club and I’m hoping that by joining the committee, I can put something back into the club for all existing and future members.
Craig Sisson – Men’s captain
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I joined this club in 2014 around nearly seven years ago, intending to get fit again after recovering from a hernia operation. I successfully did the beginners course in January that year I instantly enjoyed it and in return I made lots of new friends. To date I have done many distances including 10k, 5k etc also have done a few half marathons including great north run 2018. I am planning on doing my first full marathon in May hopefully fingers crossed. I joined the committee to hopefully help out and hopefully put some of my experience back into this club .
Joined HRC in 2007 to lose weight and improve my fitness. Vowed to never enter races but I have probably done about 70+ from 5k to 50k, once I was bitten by the running bug. I have served on the committee previously and been Male Captain and organized the club Grand Prix for a few years, so I’m very happy to be back on the committee to help were I can.
Who does what?
|Area||Activity||Person to contact|
|Facebook pages||Current Admins|
|Emails to members||Trev/Grace|
|Fixtures and Results||Results Archive||Marc Benson|
|Club records||Marc Benson|
|PB League||Suspended for now|
|Club Grand Prix||Graeme Johnston|
|Race Reports||Monthly – Hayley Wilson|
|Training sessions||Beginners course||Suspended for now – Stephen Reyes|
|Structured training||Suspended for now|
|Thursday club run||Suspended for now|
|Summer trail runs||Suspended for now|
|Santa Run||Suspended for now|
|Run and Talk group||External|
|Coach Development||Talks, courses and workshops||Trevor Bunch|
|Club Admin||Club and member affiliations||Trevor Bunch & Grace Judge|
|Memberships||Trevor Bunch & Grace Judge|
|Committee Meeting Minutes||Trevor Bunch|
|Induction evenings||Suspended for now|
|Welfare matters||Suzanne Pattinson|
|Club Finance||Payments, Receipts & Accounts||Grace Judge|
|Team Events||Kevin Henry Series||Craig Sisson|
|Cross Country Winter Series||N/A 2020-2021 – maybe 2021-2022|
|Cross Country Championships||N/A 2021|
|Ekiden Relays – 2021 Virtual?||Keeley White|
|Round Norfolk Relay||David Bray|
|Club races||Time Trial||Craig Sisson|
|Thurlow 10||Trev Bunch|
|Kedington 5K||Craig Sisson|
|Cross County race||N/A 2021|
|Club events||London Bus|
|Lockdown engagement||All committee|
|Junior section||Training and competition||Sil Clay|
|Member of the month||Member of the Month||Steph Ravn-Aagaard|
|Health and Safety||Risk Assessments, Training, Equipment||Trevor Bunch|
|COVID Security||Trevor Bunch|
|Club kit||Club kit and Shop||Mat Cowel and Hayley Wilson|
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!