Runner of the Month
|To nominate a fellow club member for runner of the month, just provide the name of your nominee, along with your reasons why you think he/she should win, to the Club Secretary. Nomination must be in writing, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using this form and must be received before the 1st of the following month. Members may be nominated on the basis of race performances, attitude and commitment to training, or for any other significant contribution to the club’s activities. The only restriction is that no member may win the award more than once during a 12 month period.|
|June 2015 – Michaela Clark – for significant improvement over the last few months (doing well on the Baildon Boundary Way), and ran an impressive 49:16 at Bendrigg 10k, and was a counter towards the Vets prize we won there.Also Nominated:Helen Roden – for doing a brilliant job with the Juniors on a Monday night. She’s there every week, always happy to get involved and is great with the kids, especially the younger ones. She is also a pretty decent runner herself!|
Mike and Alison Smith for their latest in their series of extreme 2015 challenges, the Cortina Trail – A brutal 30 Mile (47 km) Ultra race across the Dolomites with 2650M of ascent
Hillary Tucker – for representing our club on all surfaces including fell. She is often near the top of her age category in races, including a 3rd place in the latest vets race at Striders.
Jon Laye (2 nominations) – for consistent strong performance at races, doing well at the Otley 10, coming in at 1:12:16 – a great time for a tough course, and for being a very supportive and encouraging fellow runner to newbies and slowbies alike, holding back on his runs to ensure no one runs alone.
Stephen Greene – for both his performance at Otley 10 (1:11:33) and Beddrigg 10k (42:21). At Bendrigg, Stephen could have chosen to sprint past Craig at the end but chose instead to run alongside him and keep Craig going up Hearbeak Hill, crossing the line together. That is great team spirit!
Liz Willis – for coming first in her age category at Bendrigg, finishing in 52:45.
|May 2015 – Emma Goodall for running her very first 10k race at the Apperley bridge canter in a very creditable 1:11, she also finished 4th in the club 5k handicapAlso nominated: Martin Jones|
|April 2015 – Chris Mac was awarded runner of the month for April for completing the London Marathon in 3:02, a whopping 26 mins off his previous PB at Berlin last year and then generously thanking Abbey Runners for helping him achieve|
thatAlso nominated: Graeme Littlewood, Sarah Dobson, Michaela Clark, Mike Smith, June Wicks
|March 2015 – Joint award to Richard Gaffey and John Ward. Richard was nominated for running so well for the club at the PECO XC races, and for his 1:00:14 time at Thirsk 10. John was nominated for setting a club age-group best time of 1:12:01 at Thirsk 10.|
|February 2105 Gareth Cavill for Rombalds Stride (23 miles) in 3:30 and then running PECO the next day|
|January 2015 – Nick Rank for knocking 4 1⁄2 minutes off his HM PB at the Brass Monkey and for being a regular and encouraging member at Thursday night training.|
Also Nominated Andy Wicks, Helen Nurse, Jane Oughton
|December 2014 – Iain Manfield For his support given to all Abbeys, regardless of speed, at the recent PECO Races. At Pendas Field, half an hour after his finish time Iain was at the bottom of the last hill shouting out great words of encouragement to the last few Abbeys so they could put in a last effort to run to the finish line. This was repeated at Race 2 and 3. Having a ‘fast’ Abbey supporting the final few is much appreciated and makes all feel part of the Abbey Runners team.Also Nominated Carolyn Dewhirst|
|November 2014 – Laura WyldeFor being the first Abbey lady at the Abbey Dash and knocking loads off her PB, for also being first Abbey lady at her first PECO, and for training hard throughout the year.|
Also Nominated Gareth Cavill and Sharon Williams
|October 2014 – Two Winners this Month:|
David Nahal – for his 3.26 PB at the Yorkshire Marathon
Ian Patchett – for his encouragement to a fellow competitor at the Horsforth 10K, which resulted in an email being sent to the club, the content of which is copied below. An excellent role model for what running in Abbey colours should be about!
Also Nominated Duncan Clark, Nick Rank, Garry Brownbridge, Rolf Neugebauer and Jim Whittaker
|September 2014 -Laurence Lennon for his first sub 50 minute 10K in a time of 48:17 at the Spen Greenway 10K.|
Also Nominated Mike Smith, Peter Leach, Alison Smith, Roger Wilson and Kate Bell
|August 2014 – Amanda Rhodes RhodesFor competing in a triathlon on the morning of the leeds country way relay and still volunteering to come out and run leg 6 of the relay when her club needed her!|
Also Nominated Sean McCarthy, Liz Casey, Mark Hetherington, Liz willis and Jane Hallam
June 2014 – Martin Jones
For being the first Abbey Male at Otley 10 in 1:12:23 (4:39 faster than last year) and consistently putting in some very fast race times this year including Spen 20 and the Manchester Marathon
Also Nominated Zellany Neal, Isabelle Garside
May 2014 – Hilary Tucker
For Bluebell performance in 1h 38, first FV55
Also Nominated Nick Rank and Sarah Culkin
April 2014 – John Fortescue
For running his 18th Three Peaks race. Although not the fastest Abbey time no-one is anywhere close to reaching this number of Three Peaks races
Also Nominated Martin Browne, John Ward, Hilary Tucker, Jim Perkins, Alison Smith and Leanne Hague
March 2014 – Rachel Mackie
For turning out for every one of the 5 PECOs and playing a significant part in the Abbey Ladies team victory (again)
Also Nominated Nick Rank, Amanda Rhodes, Laurence Lennon, Dave Rayson, Amanda McNaboe, Lisa Stansbie, Ian Furlong and Martin Jones
February – 2014 – Lynn Taylor
For her performance at a windy Snake Lane, beating her previous 10 mile PB by 3 minutes and her previous Snake Lane best by 6 minutes
Also Nominated Sue Speak
January – 2014 – Sharon Williams
For coming first in her age category at the Brass Monkey and beating the all time Abbey record by over 7 minutes – on the back of some excellent race results in recent months, including Abbey Dash and the PECOs
December – 2013 – Ian Patchett
Nominated For focused speed training over the last few months – his recent improvement evident at the Chevin Chase where he finished in 55:20
November – 2013 – Dominic Nurse
Nominated for having a great run at the 17m Pendle Fell Race, a real tough one
Also nominated were Sharon Williams
October 2013 – Liz Willis
For her 3.49 pb in the Yorkshire marathon, her 10th, rounding off a year of good performances and qualifying her for the 2015 London marathon and being an awesome Ladies captain
Also Nominated were :
Garry Brownbridge, Kate Bell and John Halliwell
September – 2013 – Jason Praill & Jane Hallam – Nominated for organising the Trail Races & After Race Social
August – 2013 – Karen Garvican – Nominated – for her time of 18:59 at the Abbey Parkrun – which makes her the
She has also become a key member of the Thursday speed session group, with an inspirational “can do” attitude
Also Nominated were:
John Fortescue, Liz Willis, Cat Purdey, Sharon Woodruff and Lynn Taylor
July – 2013 – Andy Wicks – Nominated for PB at the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k in 41.54, followed by a time only 6 seconds slower at the undulating Harrogate 10k the following weekend
Also Nominated were
June – 2013 – Victoria Goulden – Nominated for being fastest lady at the Abbey 5k handicap and a strong performance at the
Otley 10 (2nd in age category).
Also Nominated were
John Ward, Jane Howie, John Halliwell, Andy Wicks and Sarah Grant
May – 2013 – Duncan Clark – Nominated for his win in his age category in Edinburgh in 2:54
Also Nominated were
Sue Speak, Liz Willis, Peter Leach, Jason Praill, Victoria Goulden, Lynn Taylor and Avril Illingworth
April – 2013 – Bev Benjamin – Nominated for her 3:44 PB at the Manchester Marathon
Also nominated were
Bruce Hetherington, Jenny Beasley, Bev Benjamin, Liz Willis, Ruth Dorrington, Sue Speak, Duncan Clark
March – 2013 – Maureen Taylor
Nominated for an awesome improvement at the East Hull 20 (and entering the record books for the first time) and for all her work supporting the Juniors with Mark.
Also nominated were Bev Benjamin, Liz Willis, Duncan Clark and Andy Wicks.
February – 2013 – Heather Sellars
Nominated for running really well at the 4th PECO XC, coming 2nd and holding off some very good runners whilst leading the Abbey ladies home to a closely-fought team victory over Wetherby.
Also nominated was Lucy Cohen – for a “cracking” first PECO XC
January – 2013 – Peter Persico
Nominated for competing in all 5 Peco XCs and his commitment to training and the club.
Also nominated were Heather Sellars and John Ward
December – 2012 – Greg Weatherhead
Nominated for good attendance at Tuesday/Thursday training, his results at the Peco XCs and his 18 minutes 5k at Parkrun.
Also nominated was Peter Persico
November – 2012 – Mike Smith
Nominated for his hard work on the new Abbey web site.
October – 2012 – Garry Brownbridge
Nominated for his performance in the Liverpool Marathon, where he reduced his PB by half an hour. Danny Joy, Matt Hallam and Greg Weatherhead were also nominated for exceptional performances.
September – 2012 – Phil Livermore
Nominated for some good runs on the fells including a 6th place at Whernside.
August – 2012 – Leanne Hague
Nominated for some great performances in the James Herriot, Round Hill Fell and the Leeds Country Way Relay.
July – 2012 – Martin Browne
Nominated for “raising the bar with the directorship of the Eccup 10 road race, this year,> the record number of entries must partly be attributed to his skilful and efficient management. Martin also puts a tremendous amount of work into the “Abbey Weekly” producing a humous, lively and informative newsletter…”
Also nominated was Leanne Hague
June – 2012 – Sharon Woodruff
Nominated for her 3rd place in the Wharfedale Half marathon which was considered an outstanding performance…
May – 2012 – Jan Forster
Nominated for her stunning first time ever marathon performance of 4 hours 11 mins at the Edinburgh Marathon.
Also nominated were Sharon Woodruff (3rd lady finisher at the Wharfedale Half), Jenny Beasley (superb PB busting run at the Leeds Half) and Phil Livermore (4th place at the Ripon 10 and strong performances at the Abbey Anniversary Fell Race and the Jack Bloor Fell Race).
April – 2012 – Dominic Nurse
Nominated for ‘crashing’ through the magical 4 hour barrier at this years 3 Peaks in a time of
Also nominated were Bruce Hetherington and Andy Wicks
March – 2012 – Wendy Hepburn
Nominated for completing all 5 Peco XC races and was 2nd W60 overall.
February – 2012 – Sharon Williams
Nominated for her PB at Dewsbury – a storming 41:20
Also nominated were Iain Mansfield, Dave Beston and John Ward
January – 2012 – Derek Martin
Nominated for his club 65 age records at the Brass Monkey 1/2 marathon and the Ribble Valley 10K
December – 2011 – Liz Casey
Nominated for her Peco XC performance…
November 2011 – Allison Skillcorn
Nominated for the Guy Fawkes 10 mile and her 5th place (1st Abbey lady) in the Peco XC race 1.
Also nominated was Ann Hall.
October 2011 – Richard Vandermark
Richard was nominated by 3 members for his great Chester marathon run in a time of 2.56;22.
Also nominated were Avril Illingworth and Liz Casey
September 2011 – Jeremy Rogers
Jeremy was nominated for some great race performances including a 3rd at the Horsfoth 10K in a time of 35.17
Also nominated were Rachel Mackie and Gill Barber
August 2011 – Jim Whittaker
July 2011 – Mark Hetherington and Bruce Hetherington were joint winners
Mark was nominated for organising the Eccup 10, Golden Acre Relay and the timed (magic) mile at the track. All have been really well organised and Mark has worked tirelessly making these events run so smoothly.
Bruce was nominated for being a veteran of 69 Park Runs over the years, Bruce is an omnipresent and supportive member of Uncle Peter running group, and a thoroughly nice chap. (I am looking for a photo of Bruce).
June 2011 – Alex Grant – Alex was nominated for his win at the Great Langdale Trail “20k” in his first race after coming back from injury.
Also nominated were Richard Foster and Mike Ayers.
May 2011 – Iain Manfield was nominated for winning the John Carr MV40 overall category. He was also 2nd MV40 in the PECOs and has been a valuable team counter in the PECOs for the past few years.
Also nominated was Peter Khoo and John Ward (not eligible).
April 2011 – Sheelagh Ratcliffe
Two nominations – ‘for her three times successful run at the Three Peaks, carried out in her typically understated fashion. It’s a tough race and she’s done it every time with admirable determination, encouraging me and others in the process’. and ‘for yet another no fuss, no bother completion of the Three Peaks fell race on a day when 89 runners failed to complete the course’.
Also nominated were Phil Livermore, Cat Purdy, Polly Wilding, Richard Oliver, Martin Browne and Rob Peat.
March 2011 – Phil Hammond
Nominate for racing every weekend in March, setting a string of PBs (at 10 miles, half marathon and 20 miles) and for submitting regular race reports for the club newsletter.
Also nominated was Jim Whittaker
February 2011 – Matt John
Nominated for his 2nd at Rombalds Stride and 4th at Winter Hill, beating some elite fell runners.
Also nominated were Gail Tombs, Jane Oughton and Jim Whittaker.
January 2011 – Dominic Nurse & John Ward
Nomination for Dom Nurse – for continually producing good runs at the Peco XCs and also good runs at Auld Lang Syne and Stanbury Splash Fell Races (Top 100 in both and first abbey at ALS)
John Ward for his time at the Brass Monkey plus his unflagging work on the website and his behind the scenes role in the Eccup 10 – designing the form and handling the on-line entries.
Also nominated were Lucy Partridge and Jim Whittaker
December 2010 – Richard Foster
Nominated for some good runs including the Chevin Chase and his help organising the Peco XCs.
Also nominated were Lucy Partridge, Jane Oughton and Brian Goodison
November 2010 – Victoria Golden & Colin Morath (joint winners)
Both nominated for great runs in the Leeds Abbey Dash
Also nominated were Jeremy Rogers and Avril Illingworth
October 2010 – Robin Owen:
Nominated for his run at Amsterdam Marathon in a time of2.59.44
Also nominated were: Victoria Goulden Derek Martin Richard Vandermark Sam Black and Hilary Lane
September 2010 – Dave Gillian
Nominated for continually getting PBs, and for his medal winning half marathon performance at the fireman games in Korea.
Also nominated were Matt John, Courtney Taylor Browne and Sam Black
August – Sarah Grant
Nominated for an awesome Sierre Zinal. 31k, 2000m climbing 900m descending. 4 hours 25.
Also nominated were Cat Purdy and Kate Johnson
July 2010 – Hetta Morath
Nominated for her World Record Marathon Row
June 2010 – Sharon Woodruff
Also nominated were Victoria Goulden, Dave Gillian and Jackson Hirons
May 2010 – Lisa Rudkin
Nominated for her performance in the Chester marathon
April 2010 – Andy May
Nominated for coming 2nd in the Blackpool Marathon in a time of 2:40.18
Also nominated were Andy Webster and Lisa Rudkin
March 2010 – Polly Wilding
Nominated for winning the Abbey Ladies’ xc and 4th in her league, and for running all 5 races.
Also nominated were Derek Martin, Jane Hallam, and Iain Mansfield
February 2010 – Dave Rayson
Nominated for another PB at Snake Lane in a time of 1:11.19
January 2010 – Duncan Clark
Nominated for breaking Brain Parry’s long standing half marathon time at the Brass Monkey.
Also nominated were Dave Rayson, Andy May, Ian Walsh and Robin Owen.
December 2009 – Sue Speak
Nominated for her impressive time of 4hrs 7mins 26 secs in the NY Marathon
Also nominated were Victoria Goulden and Alison Skilicorn.
November 2009 – Steve Darcy
Nominated for his enthusiasm, commitment and progress – culminating recently with a sub 2 in the Clowne Half Marathon
October 2009 – Kate Bell
Nominated for her PB of 3:21:29 at the Abingdon marathon.
Also nominated was Lisa Rudkin
September 2009 – Jane Oughton
Nominated for her marathon sub 5 hours and her general commitment to the club.
Also nominated was Duncan Clark
August 2009 – Dan Wilton
Nominated for his run at the Reykjavik marathonwhich he completed in a time of 3:01:04.
July 2009 – Sharon Williams
Nominate for 2 good performances in the Rossendale and Todmorden triathons and a really good run at the Harrogate 10K
Also nominate was Mike Ayers
June 2009 – Peter Leach
Nominate for the continuing support that he gives to our new members.
Nominate for all round star service to the Club at all times and looking after the members. He makes all newcomers to the club feel welcome and it’s amazing how he remembers everyone’s name!
Also nominate was Jane Hallam to be Walker of the Month for her charity midnight marathon walk in Edinburgh in aid of a breast cancer charity.
May 2009 – Lucy Partridge
Nominated for finishing 5th lady at the Humber Bridge 10k and other excellent performances.
Also nominated were Emma Shultz and Duncan Clark
April 2009 – Hilary Lane
Nominated for her performance in the 3 Peaks and her support for others in this race and generally as Women’s captain.
Also nominated were Sarah Grant and John Ward
March 2009 – Peter Khoo
Nominated for a massive improvement on his marathon PB to 3.30.03 and for organising the Blackpool Marathon training group.
Also nominated was Liz Willis
February 2009 – Jane Hallam
Nominated (twice) for a great performance at Snake Lane – knocking 6 minutes from her 10 mile best time. She was also one of only two lady runners who represented the club in all 5 Peco XCs (the other being Liz Willis).
Also nominated were: Liz Willis, Dave Rayson and John Ward
January 2009 – Matt John
Nominated for his recent good form including 9th in the Brass Monkey
Also nominated were: Lucy Partridge and Robin Owen
December 2008- Cat Purdy
Nominated for organising the Calderdale Way women’s relay teams and supporting her partner.
Also nominated was Alex Grant
November 08 – Stella Cross
Nominated for her enthusiasm and commitment to the club and running, and finishing a first counter, for the Abbey ladies at the PECO XC at Ilkley.
Also nominated was Jim Whittaker for his recent fund raising efforts, and his performance at the Dash.
October 08 – Gerry Sutcliffe
Nominate for effectively saving a fellow runner’s life at Harewood Trail Race, giving CPR for up to 15 minutes before the paramedics and air ambulance arrived.
Also nominated was Katie Bretherick and Dan Wilton
September 08 – John Halliwell
August 08 – Polly Wilding
Nominate for running a great leg with Cat in the LCW Relay and being much improved over recent months.
July 08 – Mark Hetherington
For setting up and running the Junior section, and his dedication to the club.
June 08 –
(the most photographed man on the Abbey site)
For organising the Bob Graham Relay…….
Also nominated were Dave Rayson, Sue Speak and Mark Hetherington
May 08 – Jane Oughton
Nominated for PBs at every distance and completing her first marathon.
note… I cant find a better photo yet
April 08 – Richard Vandermark
Nominated for PBs at 5 mile, 10K(2) and 10 mile and his total contribution to club activities.
Also nominated were Mike Ayers, Polly Wilding and Bev Mottley
March 08- Rebecca Clapham
Nominate for doing well in the Wakefield 10K and the x-country races – and for turning out in club events.
Also nominated were Jasmine Salih, Andrew Wormald, Jo Haliwell and Eleanor Horsman.
February 08 – Jeremy Rogers
Nominated for traveling some distance (even when unwell) to represent the club in all 5 Peco XC races. He finished top of the Men’s open age category and top of the Abbey XC league.
Also nominated were Rebecca Clapham, Iain Manfield and Sheelagh Ratcliff
January 08 – Brian Goodison
Nominated for another good month, including first place for 50+ Vet at the Stanbury Splash fell race.
Also nominated were Rebecca Clapham, Sheelagh Ratcliffe, Peter Leach and Jo Drugan
December – Eleanor Horsman
Nominated for her vast improvement and her positive attitude both as an individual and a team member.
Also nominated were Brian Goodison, Liz Casey and James Franklin
November – Liz Willis
2 nominations for her huge improvements and her PBs.
Also nominated was Cat Purdy
October – Sarah Grant
Nominated for winning the York’s Vets AA Grand Prix F35 category after leading for virtually the entire series.
Also nominated were Katie Bretherick and Jo Drugan
September – Dave Beston
Nominated for his fell running articles published in the club magazine and his overall commitment to the club.
There were 3 other nominations…
August – Andrew Wilson
4 nominations were received for Andrew. He displayed true club spirit standing in at the last minute in the Leeds Country Way Relay, ensuring that we had a complete Men’s B team.
July – Alex Grant
Nominated for finishing 6th (2nd MV40+) in the James Herriot club trip race. Also winning the first leg of the Washburn Valley Relay. And for his hard work organising the Eccup 10.
Also nominated were Jane Hallam and Derek Martin
June – John Brooksbank
Nominated for his Vets 50+ third place at the Blaydon Race. Beating some high class north-eastern club runners in the process. He also stepped in at short notice to captain the men’s team in the Bradford Millennium Way Relay.
May – Louise Oldridge AND Seb Sillito
Nominated for performances at both the Leeds 1/2 Marathon and the Meanwood Valley Trail Race.
Also nominated were Sam Black, John Halliwell and Steff Challan
April – Andy May
Nominated for his performance at the Rotterdam Marathon where he did a time of 3:16:03 in very hot conditions and for supporting the Abbey Runners at the London Marathon.
Also nominated were Mark Smith, Rebecca Clapham, Peter Leach and Pat Brady.
March – Lisa Rudkin
Nominated (by 2 members) for her performance at the Wakefield 10K, where she was first LV35 (out of 88 finishers in this category).
February – Fran Robson
for PBs at the Dewsbury 10K and the Snake Lane 10 Mile, and for giving up alcohol for a month to improve her performance.
Also nominated – Seb Sillito and John Ward
January – Mark Hetherington
Nominated for knocking two minutes off his PB in the Brass Monkey half marathon and an impressive run in the 2nd SDXC at Abbey. Also for his continued commitment to the clubs coaching and emails etc.
Also nominated – Louise Oldridge, Jane Oughton and Daniel Sumerfield
December – Derek Martin
The nomination was for “Driving to Luton , running a marathon, driving back, writing a race report and then editing the club Newsletter into the early hours, all on the same day.”
Thanks Derek… Only one nomination
November – Cat Purdy
Nominated for the big improvements over the last few months, rounded off with an excellent time at the Abbey Dash. Nominated by Colin and Hilary
Lisa Rudkin: A big improvements over the month, rounded off with an excellent time at the Abbey Dash.
October – Andy Wormald
Nominated for excellent recent performances including at Holmfirth 15.
September- Lisa Hulme-Vickerstaff
Nominated for her performances at Wetherby 10k (first LV35) and Leeds Country Way Relay (with Sarah Wilson, fastest ladies on Leg 6)
Martin Browne: Another great month; PBs at Hyde Park 5K and, by 6 min’s, at Selby Half
August – Peter Scaife
Organising Leeds-Country-Way Men’s B team and services to North-England journalism.
July- Caroline Jordan
Winning the club handicap, and eagerness to participate in cross country races!
June – Alex Grant
A Great performance at Garburn Trail Race, standing in at the last moment for the Bradford Millennium Way Relay and doing a top job in organising the Eccup 10.
Also Nominated: Dave Dickson, sub 3-hr marathon at Blackpool [new club MV45 all-time best] and ‘previous services to the club’
May – Kate BellAn impressive PB at the Sheffield Half Marathon (1:34:07) and a renewed enthusiasm for hard training!
April – John Fortescue
76 th position in the Three Peaks fell race and sub-4 hours for the first time.