Club Member of the Month
A huge congratulations to Will Radley who is our CMOTM for October 2023. Will managed to take 22 minutes off his marathon PB in 2:52:38 and did well with the training leading up to it. He also had great support from his family. He also came first at the Writtle XC and used his taper week to be a pacer at Tiptree 10. Will is also friendly and encouraging to everyone.
A huge well done to our Club Member of the Month for September 2023 – Clarice Sanderson. Clarice completed the Dragons Back Race; our very own Dragon Back conqueror, with temperatures regularly hitting 36 degrees (in Wales!). 6 Days, 108 Miles, 24,500 ft elevation, and several WRC Vests. In the preceding 9 months she spent countless hours running around Danbury, embraced yoga and strength training, and spent more time on the stair stepped than anyone should in a lifetime. Most CMOTMs are earned for races, well nobody could ever achieve what Clarice has this past month! Not only is she extremely supportive of everyone around her, but she lifted all our spirits taking on this challenge, this little dragon tamer lives the dream! Three cheers, Clarice!
Our Club Member of the Month for August 2023 is Lysia Jiggins. Lysia was nominated for running 55 Miles at Outrun 24. This was after having an injury and not managing the training she had planned for it. Lysia is also one of the friendliest and most supportive members of the club.
Our Club Member of the Month for July 2023 is Colin Short. A stalwart of the club and has been an active member for many years. In the last few months Colin has undergone 2 serious operations, which for many would have finished their running ambition. Not Colin however. His determination to restart his running has resulted in him being a member of the clubs MV60team at the Ekiden Relays and him taking part is his first parkrun as one the club’s pacers at Maldon. He attends most Tuesday club sessions as well as many race events as a supporter. A real inspiration!
June 2023Our Club Member of the Month for June 2023 is Jonathan Moore. Despite his assertions that he doesn’t like runs greater than 5km and insistence he had no interest in running a marathon he signed himself up to the challenging Race to the King and committed to the training plan developed by Jodee to run some significant distances more than 5km every weekend, including a trail marathon as a training run in East Hanningfield. He also got injured in late April and had to stop the runs all together for a few weeks. Despite all this he set out on a very warm day, in June, with some proper hills and proceeded to finish his first 50KM ultra marathon in 86th place out of 348 runners. This was his first ultra race. He got to the start line in good shape, listened to advice (finally wearing a wet cap!!) and made great progress along the course.
The Club Member of the Month for May 2023 is awarded to Dan Griffiths for his amazing Edinburgh Marathon run whereby he got under the 3 hours in a new PB (by 36 minutes!) after the dedication he gave to his training, and looking at his splits they were pretty consistent with his last mile the quickest! It was also a much hotter day than he would have expected. He also ran several PBs in the lead-up to the race
Our Club Member of the Month for April 2023 is Sarah Naughton for signing up last minute to do the Essex Road Relay (about 12 hours before) despite the fact she was already doing the Little Bromley 10K. Sarah started her leg in the Road Relay about 1 hour after finishing Little Bromley.
Our CMOTM for March 2023 is Owen Dare for taking 5 minutes off a 30-year old club record at the Essex 20 which was originally held by John Roberts. This was also a PB for Owen. He was also only a minute away from the club Half Marathon record at the Victoria Park Half Marathon where he finished first in his category and gained a Diamond Standard.
Our CMOTM for February is Heydon Mizon, for his incredible PB and Club Record at Great Bentley Half, and for winning first place in the NESS XC league for 22/23, having attended all five events and finishing in the top 10 for each. Heydon is a great supporter of the series and the club’s place in it, and represents the club really well. Along with posting to Facebook to encourage members and getting involved in the intra-club competition. All this while working his other training “obligations” around the events.
Our CMOTM for January is Pete Riley, for his commitment to x-country running and representing WRC throughout the season, particularly in January where he raced x-countries in the Essex Open X-Country Championships, NESS League at Writtle, Southern Championships at Beckingham and then the next day at the NESS League at Wix.
Club Member of the Month for December is James Attenborough, for taking on the role of BD5 Race Director with enthusiasm and hard work. This was James’ first time as a Race Director, but stepped forward when needed and put a lot of time and effort (along with the rest of the race committee) in making sure the race was successful and profitable for the club and the Helen Rollason charity. This was on top of James’ other committee role of membership secretary.
November’s Club Member of the Month is Jodee Mayer, for fantastic improvements in both her half marathon and 10 mile times. Jodee also regularly assists the club with a wide variety of matters even though she isn’t on the committee.