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  • Marc Underdown Marc Underdown
    Chairman

    About

    About Marc Underdown

    Your most precious running memory

    turning on to the Mall on the first time I did the London marathon

     

    Favourite distance

    10 miles

     

    Best running achievement

    Spitfire Scramble Male 3-5 2016 winners

     

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit

    How long been running/member of WRC – 8+ years

     

    Top tip for running

    Embrace the 80% easy / 20% hard rule

     

    Post-race recovery ideas

    Protein and prosecco!

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    Definitely yes

     

    Who would play you in a file of your life?

    Has to be Matt Damon!

     

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song

    KouKou Move

     

    What’s your hidden talent

    Is being able to mimic a duck call a talent?!

  • Tony Wallen Tony Wallen
    Vice Chairman

    About

    About Tony Wallen

    Road or trail?

    Trail

     

    Swim, bike or run?

    Bike

     

    Favourite race

    Currently Slateman Triathlon in Llanberis

     

    Best running achievement

    Finishing Vitruvian Middle-Distance Triathlon in 5 hr 11 mins

     

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit

    Mizuno for road running shoes, Salomon for off-road.

     

    How long been running/member of WRC

    Running since 1995 / Member of WRC since 2007

     

    Top tip for running

    Don’t get hung up on it – it doesn’t pay the bills!

     

    Favourite pre-race breakfast

    Full Irish – it got me through Dublin Marathon!

     

    What goes on top of your chips?

    Mayo

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    Yes

     

    Favourite holiday

    Anything that combines sport and travel

     

    Claim to fame

    Appeared on Transworld Sport when they covered “Tough Guy”

     

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal

    Chocolate Brownie and a decent coffee

     

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

    The clue is in the name – they even won a court case to prove it!

  • Liz Stuckey Liz Stuckey
    Secretary

    About

    About Liz Stuckey

    Road or trail?

    Road

     

    Swim, bike or run?

    All Three. Can’t pick just one

     

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running

    Qualifying to represent Great Britain at the World Age Group Triathlon Standard Distance Championships in Cozumel

     

    Favourite distance

    Running – 5K, Triathlon – Olympic Distance

     

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit

    Adidas as their trainers suit my narrow feet

     

    Who is your sporting hero?

    Lucy Charles

     

    Post-race recovery ideas

    Milkshake

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    Yes

     

    Favourite holiday

    Australia

     

    Best ever movie

    Dirty Dancing

     

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal

    Chocolate

  • David Jobling David Jobling
    Treasurer

    About

    About David Jobling

    Road or trail?

    I’m defo a road runner but absolutely love the cross-country season as well.

     

    Favourite race

    It’s a no brainer, The Angel 5k’s!

     

    Favourite training session

    Any WRC club session, especially Thursdays.

     

    How long been running/member of WRC

    Member 26 years, with and without hair!

     

    Favourite pre-race breakfast

    Porridge, toast, jam & coffee – if I have time….

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    Turning the wording of that iconic cycle jersey round – hate marmite, love jams!

     

    Favourite holiday

    Any holiday with my wife of course!

     

    Best ever movie

    The Wrong Trousers

     

    Claim to fame

    Once sat next to late Corry celeb Vera Duckworth & Norma Major, not a running event…

     

    What’s your hidden talent

    Don’t have one, apparently…

  • Steve Hennings Steve Hennings
    Male Welfare & Fixtures Secretary

    About

    About Steve Hennings

    Road or trail?

    Depends on my mood & upcoming running goals

    Swim, bike or run?

    Swim so you don’t drown, bike for fun, run for life.

    Favourite distance

    Probably 5k. Regardless of how much Marathon runners bang on about running 26.2 miles, giving a 5k your all is one of the toughest races there is.

    Favourite race

    Chichester 10k

    Favourite training session

    Anything on the track

    Best running achievement

    Worthing Schools Long Jump Champion some time in the late 70’s

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit.

    Garmin

    How long been running/member of WRC

    Running since I was 10yo, WRC member about 2 years

    Top tip for running

    Dance to the beat of your own drum, and have fun

    Who is your sporting hero?

    My dad

    Favourite pre-race breakfast

    Ambrosia Creamed Rice

    Post-race recovery ideas

    Chocolate Milkshake, then feet up on the sofa

    Charities raced for

    I haven’t and wouldn’t race for a charity

    What goes on top of your chips?

    Salt & vinegar of course

    Marmite – yes or no?

    Marmite is a crime against nature

    Cats or dogs?

    Silly question – you can’t take a cat for run

    Who would play you in a file of your life?

    Probably Richard Gere as he’s got all his hair. Maybe Phillip Schofield.

    Favourite holiday

    Cyprus

    Best ever movie

    Donnie Darko

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song

    Remember you’re a Womble

    Claim to fame

    My dad installed Tommy Steele’s boiler

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal

    Rhubarb Crumble & Custard

    What’s your hidden talent

    It’s a secret

  • Sasha Rush Sasha Rush
    Female Welfare

    About

    About Sasha Rush

    Road or trail?

    Trail

     

    Favourite training session

    Pyramids on the track

     

    Best running achievement

    Receiving the Brian Humbles trophy

     

    How long been running/member of WRC

    Running 8 years, member for 2

     

    Favourite pre-race breakfast

    Porridge

     

    What goes on top of your chips?

    Depends, tomato ketchup, unless with salad then definitely salad cream

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    I’m a lover, pref on toast with peanut butter!!

     

    Cats or dogs?

    Cats

     

    Best ever movie

    I have 2! Uncle Buck and Drop Dead Fred

     

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song

    B52s Love Shack

  • Karen Flowers Karen Flowers
    Membership Secretary

    About

    About Karen Flowers

    Road or trail?

    Definitely Road

     

    Swim, bike or run?

    I am a ‘water baby’ at heart

     

    Your most precious running memory.

    Running my first marathon – a bucket list tick for me

     

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

    None

     

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running

    Moving from South Africa in 2000

     

    Favourite distance

    It’s got to be half marathons or marathons

     

    Favourite race

    Great Bentley Half

     

    Favourite training session

    30s/ 30s

     

    Best running achievement

    Knocking 40 mins off my marathon time in Brighton this year

     

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit

    ASICS

     

    How long been running/member of WRC

    2 ½ Years – can believe it’s been that long!

     

    Top tip for running

    Consistency each week – to minimise injury try and keep up the running (even when on holiday)

     

    Who is your sporting hero?

    Zola Budd – always ran bare foot – HOW???

     

    Best race location (any distance)

    Mont Saint Michel – France

     

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)

    Great Bentley

     

    Best race for support (any distance)

    Brighton (so far!)

     

    Best race medal

    Mont Saint Michel Marathon

     

    Favourite pre-race breakfast

    Porridge 2 hours before a race with a dollop of strawberry jam

     

    Post-race recovery ideas

    Chocolate Milkshake and stretching

     

    Best Award (not in running)

    Representing my Province in Hockey

     

    Charities raced for

    GOSH

     

    What goes on top of your chips?

    Vinegar

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    Definitely YES

     

    Cats or dogs?

    Definitely Dogs

     

    Who would play you in a file of your life?

    No idea!

     

    Favourite holiday

    St Lucia – Where I was born

     

    Best ever movie

    I am an 80’s girl at heart so it has to be Back to the Future

     

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song

    Agadoo!

     

    Claim to fam

    Bishop Desmond Tutu popped in to say Hi at my Wedding Reception

     

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal

    Dark Chocolate and Pornstar Martinis

     

    What’s your hidden talent

    None

     

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

    It’s a biscuit of course (no need to justify that!)

  • Bill Smythe Bill Smythe
    Men's Captain

    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

     

    Post-race recovery ideas

    Best Award (not in running)

     

    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

     

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song

    Claim to fame

     

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

    Cake, biscuits are not soft and spongy.

  • Carina Taylor Carina Taylor
    Women's Captain

    About

    About Carina Taylor

    Road or trail? 

    ROAD

     

    Swim, bike or run?

    Swim I love it

     

    Your most precious running memory.

    Completing for 1st London Marathon in 2014 for my Mum

     

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

    NONE, I HATE FANCY DRESS

     

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running

    LOSING OVER 7 ½ STONE AND BECOMING A PERSONAL TRAINER

     

    Favourite distance

    10KM

     

    Favourite race

    LONDON MARATHON

     

    Best running achievement

    COMPLETING TWO MARATHONS OVER 2 WEEKENDS FOR CHARITY

     

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit

    NIKE RUNNING KIT & ASICS SHOES

     

    How long been running/member of WRC

    SINCE MAY 2017

     

    Who is your sporting hero?

    MO FARAH

     

    Best race location (any distance)

    BRIGHTON MARATHON

     

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)

    BILLERICAY 10KM 2017 MY BEST EVER TIME

     

    Best race medal

    LEEDS CASTLE TRIATHLON

     

    Favourite pre-race breakfast

    CINNAMON BAGEL OR PORRIDGE WITH CINNAMON & BANANA

     

    Best Award (not in running)

    WINNING BEST PERSONAL TRAINING MANAGER FOR THE VIRGIN ACTIVE GROUP IN 2014 FROM RICHARD BRANSON

     

    Charities raced for

    NSPCC & CARDIOMYOPATHY

     

    What goes on top of your chips?

    TOMATO SAUCE & VINEGAR

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    LOVE IT ESPECIALLY MARMITE CASHEWS NUTS

     

    Cats or dogs?

    CATS

     

    Favourite holiday

    DUBAI

     

    Claim to fame

    OCTOBER 2013 APPEARED ON TV TEACHING A CLASS TO “THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX” WITH BILLY, SAM & LUCY

     

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal

    SUSHI

     

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

    DEFO A BISCUIT

  • Becky Grimwood Becky Grimwood
    Coaching Co-ordinator

    About

    About Becky Grimwood

    Road or trail? 

    Definitely both!

     

    Swim, bike or run?

    Run, but hope to do more of the others in the future.

     

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

    I don’t mind at all – gives me something else to think about!

     

    Favourite distance

    Anything long…marathons +

     

    Best running achievement

    Achieving my coaching qualifications and supporting newer runners in their transition to club running via the ITCR sessions.

     

    Top tip for running

    Run on your own and run with friends – mix it up and avoid doing all of one and none of the other.

     

    Best race medal

    My Northants Shires and Spires Ultra medal –  this was my first and only ultra (so far…) and it was the proudest I have felt completing a race. I LOVED it!

     

    Favourite pre-race breakfast

    Porridge with banana and honey

     

    Charities raced for

    The Family Holiday Association, NSPCC, Mind, Havens Hospices, Teach Africa

     

    What goes on top of your chips?

    Lots of salt and vinegar….mmmm chips…..

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    I have been known to dabble in this craziness occasionally.

     

    Cats or dogs?

    Both…. but don’t tell my cat (who is Lord of our house)

     

    Favourite holiday

    Western American road trip – awesome!

     

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song

    You Can’t Stop the Beat from the musical Hairspray

     

    Claim to fame

    My first ever parkrun was alongside Eddie Izzard – he beat me, but not by much!

     

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

    Hmmm….a cakeit? They belong in a biscuit tin not on an afternoon tea platter…but there is no denying their spongy qualities. Definitely a cakeit.

  • Scott Darney Scott Darney
    Press Officer

    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

  • James Montgomery James Montgomery
    Triathlon

    About

    About James Montgomery

    Road or trail? 

    Trail for running, road for cycling

     

    Swim, bike or run?

    Bike

     

    Your most precious running memory.

    Frankfurt Marathon 2012 – 3hrs 35mins

     

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

    I’ll allow a Rhino to pass

     

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running:

    Finishing Ironman New Zealand. I’d trained through the coldest winter for 30 years (2009/2010), a 4 week business trip to South Africa and suffered for 14 hours from a dose of food poisoning on race day.

     

    Favourite distance:

    Marathon

     

    Favourite race:

    Dartmoor Discovery

     

    Favourite training session:

    Not bothered – as long as it’s outdoors

     

    Best running achievement:

    Sub 21 mins at 5k

     

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit:

    Adidas

     

    How long been running/member of WRC

    Since I could stand/About 15 years

     

    Top tip for running:

    If it feels hard, you’re going to get injured; If it feels about right, you’re going too hard; If it feels easy, it’s about right.

     

    Who is your sporting hero?

    Eddy Merckx

     

    Best race location (any distance)

    Somewhere that involves mountains

     

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance):

    Not the flattest, not the hilliest – Great Baddow 10

     

    Best race for support (any distance):

    London Marathon

     

    Best race medal:

    Ironman New Zealand

     

    Favourite pre-race breakfast:

    Big bowl of Porridge with banana and blueberries

     

    Post-race recovery ideas:

    See food and eat it

     

    Best Award (not in running):

    3rd place Twickenham Cycling Club’s Hill Climb Championship – I’d only been a member a few weeks and still a junior!

     

    What goes on top of your chips?

    If they were on the plate long enough, just a pinch of salt.

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    OH YES!

     

    Cats or dogs?

    Cat

     

    Who would play you in a file of your life?

    James Garner

     

    Favourite holiday:

    One that you have to train for

     

    Best ever movie:

    Star Wars

     

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song:

    I listen to Planet Rock.

     

    Claim to fame:

    Swapping Adrian Chiles as a running companion for the Cheeky Girls at the 2005 London Marathon

     

    Favourite meal:

    pizza (any topping…. yes, even with pineapple!)

     

    What’s your hidden talent

    I used to be able to put my big toes in my mouth!

     

    Justify whether you think a Jaffa cake is a cake or a biscuit:

    I’ll need another packet to decide…

  • James Crisp James Crisp
    Website Guru

    About

    About James Crisp

    Road or trail? 

    Trail for easy runs, road for training

     

    Swim, bike or run?

    Run and Bike

     

    Your most precious running memory

    Best new runner 2016

     

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

    Roadrunner. Meep Meep!

     

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running

    Walked the Pennine Way at the age of 18. 330 miles in 16 days carrying a tent.

     

    Favourite distance

    5k

     

    Favourite training session

    Pyramids

     

    Best running achievement

    First time breaking 18 mins for 5k.

     

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit

    Brooks shoes

     

    How long been running/member of WRC

    Running to get out the house since 2009, Member of WRC since 2014.

     

    Top tip for running

    Double tie your laces

     

    Best race location (any distance)

    Snowdonia National Park

     

    Best race to achieve a PB in (any distance)

    Great Bentley Friday 5

     

    Best race medal

    Wales Trail Half wooden coaster

     

    Favourite pre-race breakfast

    3 Weetabix

     

    Post-race recovery ideas

    Protein shake and compression gear

     

    What goes on top of your chips?

    Ketchup

     

    Marmite – yes or no?

    Yes, with cheese

     

    Cats or dogs?

    Neither

     

    Who would play you in a file of your life?

    Jim Carrey

     

    Favourite holiday

    Camping in the UK

     

    Best ever movie

    Reservoir Dogs

     

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song

    Cha Cha Slide

     

    Favourite sweets/crisps/drink/meal

    Dark Chocolate and Espresso

     

    What’s your hidden talent

    Can curl my tongue like a starfish

     

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

    Biscuit because that’s what isle you find it them a supermarket

  • Charlotte Roberts Charlotte Roberts
    Social Secretary

    About

    About Charlotte Roberts

    Swim, bike or run?

    Run, Run, Run

     

    Your most precious running memory.

    Always running with my dad

     

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

    Jesus – it gives me faith!

     

    Biggest Achievement – Running or non-running.

    Being awarded my Chess Brownie badge.

     

    Favourite distance

    Always the distance I’m not currently running!

     

    Favourite training session:

    Efforts

     

    Best running achievement

    Completing a race when you felt like you really really couldn’t

     

    Top tip for running

    Keep putting one foot in front of another

     

    Who is your sporting hero?

    Mo Farah

     

    Best race for support (any distance)

    London Marathon – without a doubt!

     

    Post-race recovery ideas:

    Ice bath and a pint of beer

     

    Cheesiest song, guilty pleasure song:

    Barbie Girl – Aqua

     

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

    It’s a cake (otherwise they’d be called jaffa biscuits)

  • 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?!

  • James Blackshaw James Blackshaw
    Trail Running

    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 the wife after struggling in my first ultra marathon.

     

    Best running achievement: Running for 18 hours.

    Preferred running brand – shoes or kit

     

    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.