Club Member of the Month
Club Member of the Month for May is Peter Coates, for breaking his own club marathon record at Halstead by over 2 minutes. He came 4th, narrowly missing an individual medal, but earned a team bronze. In training for this event Pete also broke the 20 mile and the 10k record club records which would be worthy nominations in their own right. Pete recently returned to running after being pestered by a club member. He works tirelessly to improve, has 3 young children and works an hour away from home and has shown true commitment to reaching the best possible performance.
CMOTM for April is Daniel Griffiths, for his incredible PB of 3:35:54 at the Manchester marathon which was a PB by 40 minutes and less than 6 months after his previous marathon. He has trained consistently and is always committed to Club nights on a Tuesday and Thursday.
March’s Club Member of the Month is Sharon Read, for her fantastic performances in the Essex 20 and Wilmslow Half Marathon where she broke under 1 hours 45 minutes. Both races were during the final weeks of a fantastic training block for the Manchester marathon.
February’s CMOTM is Andrew Read for a superb month of running, achieving a PB at Great Bentley Half, completing his first Ultra Marathon at St Peters Way, and great performances in the 5K time trial and the final NESS XC fixture. Andrew shows great dedication to his training and is supportive and friendly to all.
CMOTM for January is Rachel Dingley, who ran an excellent time at a 20k canicross trail race followed by cross country at Harwich the next day! She has really thrown herself into cross country and is consistently among our top scoring women.
Fiona Collins is our Club Member of the Month for December. She has only recently joined the club but has fully embraced our club sessions and improved so much in her running. She had never ran XC before but has completely thrown herself into it and put in some fantastic performances.
December’s CMOTM is Lysia Jiggins. Lysia trained consistently through the summer and into the autumn to prepare for her first ultra-marathon, the remembrance Hare and Tortoise event in Brightlingsea. Her hard work paid off with her completing 33miles and finishing as 2nd lady. A truly awesome and inspirational feat.
Tom Ashley is our CMOTM for October for setting 4 new pb’s during the month. Tom knocked 4 minutes off his PB’s at both the Chelmsford Half Marathon and the Tiptree 10. Not content with that, he knocked another 4 minutes off his pb at the second Chelmsford Half Marathon and finished with a 5k PB at the Chelmsford Park Run!
Liz Prior is our Club Member of the Month for September. After great dedication to a tough training plan, Liz had great performances in the Brighton Marathon and St Peter’s Way ultra, just 2 weeks apart.
CMOTM for August goes to Andy Notley, for his fantastic performance in the London Triathlon Weekend Warrior. The idea is to complete as many triathlons as possible during the weekend with the winner being the person who completes the furthest distance. Andy completed 5 Triathlons – 3 Olympic Distance, 1 Sprint and 1 Super Sprint which was a total of 193.15km in a total time of 9 hours and 47 minutes. Andy came third overall and was first in his age category!
Matt Jordan is CMOTM for July after a fantastic month of running. He ran the Wendover Woods 100 mile ultra, and although he was forced to retire, he managed to cover 70 miles in 16 hours, climbing 14,000 feet in the process. A couple of weeks later he was back in action and knocked out a 3:10 marathon running on his own on a track just because he felt like it. A few days later he ran a fantastic 5k at the Angel, finishing in 18:24.
Club Member of the Month for June is Gavin Laws, for his performance at the South Downs Way 100 Mile Ultra. He finished in a fantastic 22 hours and 59 minutes. The course is extremely challenging, with over 12,000 ft of elevation.