Committee

  • Bill Smythe Bill Smythe
    Chairman

    About

    About Bill Smythe

    Road or trail?
    Both but enjoy trail more

    Swim, bike or run?
    Run

    Your most precious running memory.
    Sub 70 min PB at Great South Run

    Which fancy dress character are you not ashamed of being passed by in a race?
    Anyone but the Rhino.

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running.
    Learning to speak Dutch.

    Favourite distance
    Half marathon

    Favourite race
    Cambridge half

    Favourite training session
    400m efforts

    Best running achievement
    Finishing Stort 30

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    Adidas Ultra boost

    How long been running/member of WRC
    4 years WRC, have always run short distance to stay fit.

    Top tip for running
    You have to enjoy it, so run what you enjoy most.

    Who is your sporting hero?
    Barry Sheene

    Best race location (any distance)
    Wales – Coed Y Brenin.

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)
    Cambridge half

    Best race medal
    Stour Valley Marathon

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Muesli, yoghurt and banana

    Charities raced for
    Royal British Legion

    What goes on top of your chips?
    Cheese and Mayo

    Marmite – yes or no?
    YES

    Cats or dogs?
    Dogs if I have to have a pet.

    Who would play you in a film of your life?
    Captain Obvious (hotels.com)

    Favourite holiday
    Somewhere without people.

    Best ever movie
    Last Man Standing – Bruce Willis

    Justify whether you think a Jaffa cake is a cake or a biscuit
    Cake, biscuits are not soft and spongy.

  • Liz Prior Liz Prior
    Vice Chair

    About

    About Liz Prior

    Road or trail?
    Both have their moments, I couldn’t possibly pick

    Your most precious running memory
    Crossing the finish line with my sister on her first and last 10k race

    Best running achievement
    Completing 57 miles at the Suffolk Back Yard Ultra. I had a total breakdown just before 50 miles and was convinced I could go no further, but a big hug and a pep talk later I was willing to cross the 50-mile marker and ended up doing another 7 miles

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    Adidas Ultraboost shoes and WRC training tops

    How long been running/member of WRC
    I’ve been running for 4 years and a member of WRC for 3 years

    Top tip for running
    On those days where you really don’t want to go, just chuck your kit on and get outside (aka JRF – Just F’ing Run). 9 times out of 10, I feel better before the first mile is finished

    Best race location (any distance)
    The Ekiden race is great for support as the ‘village’ is in the middle of the course, so you pass the WRC gazebo twice per lap

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Slice of white bread with peanut butter for a short-ish race, or a peanut butter sandwich and a banana for longer ones

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Sleeping for the rest of that day and eating everything the next

    Best ever movie
    Shawshank Redemption

    Are Jaffa Cakes a cake or a biscuit?
    Biscuit. Imagine finishing a cross country race, freezing cold and covered in mud, queuing up for a brew and then heading to collect your well-earnt cake….to find a Jaffa cake…

    Marmite – Yes or No?
    Marmite lovers have no place in my life

    What goes on your chips?
    Mayo, unless its with fish, in which case tartare sauce

    Cats or Dogs?
    Dogs – but don’t tell my cat that!

    Which fancy dress character are you not ashamed of being passed by in a race?
    Anything big. If they pass me, more power to them!

  • Liz Stuckey Liz Stuckey
    Secretary

    About

    About Liz Stuckey

    Swim, bike or run?
    All 3! Can’t pick just one

    Road or trail?
    Road

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running
    Qualifying to represent Great Britain at the World Age Group Triathlon Standard Distance Championships in Cozumel in 2016 and Lausanne in 2019

    Favourite distance
    Running – 5k, Triathlon – Olympic Distance

    Favourite training session
    Kenyan Hills

    Best running achievement
    Running – Helping the WRC ladies win the Essex Team County Championships in 2017
    Triathlon – The Alpe D’Huez Triathlon

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    Adidas Shoes as they suit my narrow feet

    How long been running/member of WRC
    15 Years

    Top tip for running
    Run for enjoyment.

    Who is your sporting hero?
    Lucy Charles-Barclay

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Toast

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Milkshake

    Marmite – Yes or No?
    Yes

    What goes on your chips?
    Ketchup

    Best race medal?
    Cozumel World Championships 2016

    Favourite holiday?
    Australia seeing the New Year’s Fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge was pretty special

  • Karen Flowers Karen Flowers
    Treasurer & Membership Secretary

    About

    About Karen Flowers

    Swim, bike or run?
    Run

    Road or trail?
    Both

    Your most precious running memory
    Completing my first marathon in Mont Saint Michel

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running
    Emigrating to UK in 2000

    Favourite distance
    Anything from half marathon upwards

    Favourite race
    Bromley 10k

    Favourite training session
    No favourites really – they are all tough

    Best running achievement
    Hamburg ½ – within 30 seconds of the 2 hour barrier

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    Hoka

    How long been running/member of WRC
    5 years

    Top tip for running
    Consistency.

    Who is your sporting hero?
    Francois Pienaar – 1995 Springbok Rugby Captain

    Best race location (any distance)
    Mont Saint Michel

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)
    Gt Bentley 1/2

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Porridge

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Chocolate milk, stretches, hot bath and a large glass of wine

    Best ever movie
    St Elmos Fire (Now Im showing my age)

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song
    Any 80s song

    Claim to fame
    Still trying to tick that box!

    Are Jaffa Cakes a cake or a biscuit?
    Biscuit of course

    Marmite – Yes or No?
    Oh most definitely YES

    What goes on your chips?
    Tomato Sauce or Chilli

    Cats or Dogs?
    Dogs

    Who would play you in a film of your life?
    Katie Holmes (I Wish!)

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal?
    Wine, wine, wine/ Liquorice/ Lentil Crisps/ Bean Chilli

    Which fancy dress character are you not ashamed of being passed by in a race?
    None of them – its always embarrassing – how do they do it?

    Best race medal?
    Hampton Court 1/2

    Favourite holiday?
    Anywhere at the moment – just give me a beach, sun lounger, my kindle and a cocktail

    What is your hidden talent?
    My sons would say its my hearing

  • Natalie Lilley Natalie Lilley
    Captain

    About

    About Natalie Lilley

    Road or trail?
    Trail, but I do like both.

    Swim, bike or run?
    Run. I’d like to be better at the other two, but am sadly terrible at both!

    Your most precious running memory.
    Completing the Essex 20 in 2020, just before everything stopped.

    Favourite distance
    Probably 5k – still working on completing longer distances in a decent time.

    Favourite training session
    Moneghetti fartleks. Isn’t that everyone’s? 🙂

    Best running achievement
    Completing the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee in spring/summer 2020 – 1000km in 4 months.

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    Hoka Cliftons.

    How long been running/member of WRC
    Have dabbled for years but only started running in earnest when I joined WRC in 2017.

    Top tip for running
    Get dressed and get out – even a short/slow run when you’re struggling for motivation can feel great.

    Who is your sporting hero?
    Lewis Hamilton. Probably not that relevant!

    Best race for support (any distance)
    There are lots of good ones but I like Langham 10k.

    Best race medal
    I like my Hare &Tortoise “ice cream sundae” the best.

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Jam on toast

    Marmite – yes or no?
    Yes, and loads of it!

    Cats or dogs?
    Both.

    Best ever movie
    Terminator 2, or Outbreak.

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal
    Pumpkin spiced latte.

    Justify whether you think a Jaffa cake is a cake or a biscuit
    Its a cake.

  • Adam Regan Adam Regan
    Captain

    About

    About Adam Regan

    Swim, bike or run?
    Run, always Run!

    Road or trail?
    Trail actually, though I do a lot more miles on the road

    Your most precious running memory
    Crossing the line at Manchester Marathon, the overwhelming sense of achievement, I never, ever thought I’d manage a marathon.

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running
    In the first year of my current job, I picked up the overall ‘Pride’ award for the department.

    Favourite distance
    10 miles, long enough to make you tired but under 2 hours, perfect.

    Favourite race
    Really enjoyed the Essex 20 actually!

    Favourite training session
    60 60’s – I much prefer the recovery being the same as the effort!

    Best running achievement
    Finishing Stort 30 in 5:36

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    I lean towards ASICS at the minute

    How long been running/member of WRC
    Started jogging originally in Jan 2013 to try and shift some weight for my wedding in May 2015. Never did anything longer than a 10k and didn’t own a running watch. Joined WRC and the world of Garmin/ Strava in Summer of 2018, just in time for the first pub run of the season.

    Top tip for running
    Don’t calorie count the day before a long run.. it sucks!!

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)
    Got my 10k PB at Langham, was a nice route!

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Peanut Butter on a toasted Bagel

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Cake.

    Best ever movie
    Lock Stock & two smoking barrels, or The Green Mile, or maybe Gone in 60 seconds.

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song
    Anything David Gray, but probably Babylon. Karaoke classic

    Are Jaffa Cakes a cake or a biscuit?
    Biscuit – You eat more than one in a sitting

    Marmite – Yes or No?
    Yes

    What goes on your chips?
    Nothing!! Small bit of Mayo on the side but no salt and definitely not vinegar

    Cats or Dogs?
    I have one of each, they both have their moments

    Who would play you in a film of your life?
    Ricky Gervais – short, plump and sarcastic

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal?
    Maynards Fizzy Fish or a Morrision’s Doughnut

    Which fancy dress character are you not ashamed of being passed by in a race?
    It took me about 16 miles to catch up to a Rhino at Manchester in 2019

    Best race medal?
    Manchester is pretty good

    Favourite holiday?
    Florida! Rollercoasters, American Muscle Cars, Outlet stores and Pancakes. What’s not to love?

    What is your hidden talent?
    Not really sure!

  • Jo Smythe Jo Smythe
    Female Welfare

    About

    About Jo Smythe

    Swim, bike, run?
    Run. Well…. sort of.

    Road or trail?
    Trail. Unless it’s uphill and ploughed.

    Favourite distance?
    Half marathon.

    Fave race?
    Loch Ness Marathon.

    Best running achievement?
    Getting silver club standard in my first year.

    How long in the club?
    Nearly 6 years.

    Best ever movie?
    The Lost Boys.

    Sporting hero?
    Don’t know… Eddie the Eagle? He dared. Didn’t win though…

    Claim to fame?
    A Christmas card I drew was given to the Queen Mother on behalf of the Wrens.

    Marmite?
    Hell yeah.

    What goes on my chips?
    Curry sauce.

    Cats or dogs?
    Both.

    Best race medal?
    Stour Valley Marathon.

    Hidden talent?
    Don’t know. I hid it so well I can’t find it.

  • Dean Whittaker Dean Whittaker
    Male Welfare

    About

    About Dean Whittaker

    Swim, bike or run?
    Run, bike, swim in that order

    Road or trail?
    Road

    Your most precious running memory
    The feeling of pride when crossing the line and fundraising for Great Ormond Street and CDH UK.

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running
    Completing my first half marathon less than a year after starting running

    Favourite distance
    10K

    Favourite race
    London Vitality 10K

    Favourite training session
    Fartlek (he said fart :))

    Best running achievement
    Completing Couch to 5K in 29:57 and getting my PB down to 21:42

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    New Balance

    How long been running/member of WRC
    Running for just under 4 years, member of WRC for 18 months

    Top tip for running
    Don’t keep looking at your watch for pace/time

    Who is your sporting hero?
    Roger Federer

    Best race location (any distance)
    Never run myself but I would imagine London Marathon for the electric atmosphere

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)
    Maldon Parkrun 5K

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Porridge, banana, peanut butter on toast

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Short jog and stretch then indulge with a beer and whatever you can eat!!

    Best ever movie
    Smokey & The Bandit

    Are Jaffa Cakes a cake or a biscuit?
    Cake, would never dunk one in my tea

    Marmite – Yes or No?
    Yes

    What goes on your chips?
    Salt and vinegar, never sauce!!

    Cats or Dogs?
    Dogs

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal?
    Reeses, ChipSticks, Brewdog, Sunday Roast

    Which fancy dress character are you not ashamed of being passed by in a race?
    Any Marvel character, they are superheroes after all…..

    Best race medal?
    Both of my London Landmarks Half Marathon medals in the shape of St Paul’s and Tower Bridge

    Favourite holiday?
    Honeymoon in Sri Lanka & Maldives

  • James Blackshaw James Blackshaw
    Fixtures & Results and Trail Coordinator

    About

    About James Blackshaw

    Road or trail?
    Trail every time. It’s better for your bones, more scenic, and you don’t have to breathe in lungfuls of car fumes!

    Your most precious running memory.
    Being paced by my wife after struggling in my first ultra marathon.

    Best running achievement:
    Running for 18 hours.

    How long been running/member of WRC:
    Five long years.

    Top tip for running:
    Leave the Garmin at home occasionally and enjoy running for the sake of it.

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance):
    The WRC Angel 5k!

    Favourite pre-race breakfast:
    Heavily peanut-buttered toast.

    Cats or dogs?
    Dogs. You don’t get a lot back from a cat, too independent. Plus, you can run with your dog!

    Best ever movie?
    Hot Fuzz

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal:
    Anything that is salted caramel-based.

    What’s your hidden talent?
    Used to be able to solve the Rubik’s cube in 25 seconds, but I’m a little out of practice at the moment.

    Justify whether you think a Jaffa cake is a cake or a biscuit:
    A biscuit is hard when it is fresh, and goes soft when it goes off. A cake is soft when it is fresh, and goes hard when it goes off. Hence, a Jaffa cake is either a fresh cake or an off biscuit.

  • Scott Darney Scott Darney
    Coaching Coordinator

    About

    About Scott Darney

    Road or trail?
    Both

    Your most precious running memory.
    Finishing my first Half Ironman Triathlon (Vitruvian) in 2015 and my first Full Marathon (Paris) in 2016

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running
    Quitting smoking and stopping the binge drinking to become a runner and triathlete

    Favourite distance
    Half Marathon

    Favourite race
    Trail Half Marathon Wales

    Favourite training session
    Track Sessions

    Best running achievement
    Finishing 10th Male at the Trail Half Marathon Wales in 2018 and beating my previous years’ time by 17 minutes.

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    New Balance

    How long been running/member of WRC
    5 years running, 3.5 years member of WRC

    Top tip for running
    Take your trainers on holiday and use running as a way to explore new places

    Who is your sporting hero?
    Emil Zatopek

    Best race location (any distance)
    Coed y Brenin, Wales (Trail Marathon Wales)

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)
    London Assembly League, Battersea Park 5k – high quality field, fast and flat course

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    UCAN Superstarch Mix

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Slow and Easy recovery run

    Best ever movie
    The Karate Kid (1984)

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song
    Talking In Your Sleep, The Romantics

    Claim to fame
    One half of the Hole-In-One-Twins – My twin and I both hit a hole in one on the same round of golf

  • Jason Lilley Jason Lilley
    Webmaster

    About

    About Jason Lilley

    Swim, Bike or Run?
    Run, but I love the bike too. I am the world’s worst swimmer.

    Road or Trail?
    I love both!

    Biggest acheivement – Running or Non Running?
    Cycling John O’Groats to Lands End unsupported in 8 days 3 hrs in 2014.

    Favourite training session?
    Parklife

    Best running achievement?
    Completing my first ultra marathon in Feb 19.

    Top tip for running?
    Enjoy it! Otherwise, what is the point?

    Favourite pre race breakfast?
    Shreddies with banana and two coffees.

    Best race to achieve a PB?
    Langham 10k.

    Post race recovery ideas?
    Keep moving. Sitting still will stiffen you up.

    Preferred running brand
    Montane for tops, Asics for shorts, Altra for trail shoes, Nike for road.

    How long have you been running / a member of WRC
    Running for a few years on and off – joined WRC in 2018.

    Best race medal?
    Either Last One Standing 2019 (the only medal I’ve got with DNF on it!) or Blackwater Ultra – it’s huge!

    Marmite – yes or no?
    Yes, but just normal Marmite – they need to stop flavouring other things with it!

    What goes on top of your chips?
    Ketchup and lots of salt and vinegar.

    Cats or dogs?
    We have both!

    Best ever movie?
    The Shawshank Redemption

    Who would play you in a film of your life?
    Tim Robbins, apparently (although he has more hair than me these days).

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal?
    Dark chocolate and strong coffee.

    Justify whether you think a Jaffa Cake is a cake or a biscuit
    It’s a cake – the clue is in the name!

  • Damien Walsh Damien Walsh
    Press Officer

    About

    About Damien Walsh

    Swim, bike or run?
    Run

    Road or trail?
    Mmmmm, I’m new to trail and I really like the challenge.

    Your most precious running memory
    Doncaster Half Marathon, I joked about getting a sub 1:30, but I never believed I could until I literally did. It really lifted me.

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running
    Staying alive and keeping going, surviving a number of traumatic experiences

    Favourite distance
    Half Marathon or 10k I’d say at the moment

    Favourite race
    2019, was probably the Stebbing 10. I found the Tiptree 10 really tough but went into Stebbing with tactics which which made the run that little more special.

    Favourite training session
    Cromwell hill brings out the devil in me

    Best running achievement
    Doncaster Half Marathon, once again because I didn’t believe I could perform how I did. I’d also say taking part in so many races in 2019 from not previously taking part in any.

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    Brooks PureFlow7

    How long been running/member of WRC
    9 months

    Top tip for running
    Build your core strength!

    Who is your sporting hero?
    Tyson Fury

    Best race location (any distance)
    Not sure yet. It would have been the Rome Marathon this year 🙁

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Peanut butter on Toast

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Kick ups with a football with some pals and then a Toby Carvery

    Best ever movie
    Sea Biscuit

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song
    Foreigner – I want to know what love is.

    Claim to fame
    A track I produced was played by DJ EZ 13 weeks on the trot on Friday Night Kiss.

    Are Jaffa Cakes a cake or a biscuit?
    Cakes

    Marmite – Yes or No?
    Yes

    What goes on your chips?
    Curry Sauce

    Cats or Dogs?
    Dogs

    Who would play you in a film of your life?
    Bruce Willis

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal?
    Mushroom Wellington in wine sauce

    Which fancy dress character are you not ashamed of being passed by in a race?
    Batman and Robin

    Best race medal?
    Stebbing 10

    Favourite holiday?
    Fuerteventura

    What is your hidden talent?
    Movie making

  • James Attenborough James Attenborough
    Social Media & New Member Liaison

    About

    About James Attenborough

    Swim, bike or run?
    Swim and Run

    Road or trail?
    Road Races, Trails for long runs

    Your most precious running memory
    Going to Lisbon to run a half marathon and being on a bridge at the start with thousands of others with a helicopter overhead filming us.

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running
    Completing the Essex 20.

    Favourite distance
    10k

    Favourite race
    Colchester Half

    Favourite training session
    Any in the Orchards Wickham Bishops

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit
    Mizuno Waveriders

    How long been running/member of WRC
    3 years in May 2021

    Top tip for running
    Embrace the rest days as much as the run days!

    Who is your sporting hero?
    Eric Cantona

    Best race location (any distance)
    Vitality London 10k

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)
    Angel 5k

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    Peanut Butter on toast or fruit and Yoghurt

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Long soak in the bath, followed by eating 5x the amount of calories you burnt.

    Best ever movie
    Forrest Gump

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song
    Sweet Caroline

    Claim to fame
    Yes, I’m related! (very distantly)

    Are Jaffa Cakes a cake or a biscuit?
    Cake, biscuits can be dunked…

    Marmite – Yes or No?
    Hell no

    What goes on your chips?
    Gravy

    Cats or Dogs?
    Dogs but Cats are far more self sufficient

    Who would play you in a film of your life?
    I’d love to say someone like Robert Downey junior, but I’m way more of an Adam Sandler!

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal?
    Steak and chips

    Which fancy dress character are you not ashamed of being passed by in a race?
    I’ll tell you after my first marathon, I caught the penguin at BD5

    Best race medal?
    Hadleigh 10

    Favourite holiday?
    Egypt, being in the desert at night was awesome!

    What is your hidden talent?
    My dancing…wait that’s not hidden or good is it?!

  • Thomas Ashley Thomas Ashley
    Kit Secretary

    About

    About Thomas Ashley

    Road or trail
    I enjoy both but sometimes fear an injury with trail races. I also love a muddy obstacle race a couple of times a year too!

    Favourite race
    You can’t beat the atmosphere from the London Marathon, especially when family and friends are dotted down the course cheering with banners!

    Best running achievement
    Running my 2nd London Marathon. Despite missing out on sub-4hrs by 4mins, I had knocked 40mins off my PB and it also gave me the confidence that I could achieve sub-4hrs next time.

    Preferred running brand
    Asics

    Top tip for running
    Don’t tie your laces too tight. Allow your feet to expand inside the shoe during the race.

    Best race medal
    Phoenix Races (multiple distances). These are massive medals!!!

    Favourite pre-race breakfast
    For longer races, 2 bagels – 1 with jam, 1 with peanut butter. Plenty of water!

    Post-race recovery ideas
    Some gentle jogging a good amount of time stretching. If you’re by the sea, jump in! Also, eat and drink whatever you want on race day – You deserve it!

    Best Award (not in running)
    Top goal scorer for my football team when I was 15! I still have the trophy!

    Charities raced for
    I’ve raised money for a range of charities, but for my 2 London Marathon places I raised £2,700 for Little Haven (who my sister was a nurse for) and £3,330 for Farleigh Hospice (who my mum is a nurse for).

    Justify whether you think a Jaffa cake is a cake or a biscuit
    Isn’t it a running team in Suffolk?!