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 email@example.com 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.
December 2020 Winner – Simon Jones
Simon was nominated by a few of you for his superb performance at the Short Circuit Ultra on the 12th of December. The route was off-road and extremely muddy and the weather wasn’t particularly kind either. The course was 32.5 miles/52.3 km with 4,000 ft of climb, which Simon completed in 5 hrs 29mins, placing him a very impressive 6th overall! A great achievement All of this was fitted in around helping out at Junior training, which I believe he even attended the day after the ultra!
And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:
Sunny Cheema, Shauna Corrigan, Boe Claybourn, Paul Craven, Alastair White, Martin Jones and John Ackroyd
A big congratulations to Vicki Richards for winning our November RoM.
Vicki was nominated for completing her “100km in November”, finishing with a 10k PB of 69 minutes. She has also been giving lots of running mentoring and encouragement to others, helping other Abbeys achieve great things in Nov too.
A big congratulations to Julia Sheer and Liz Willis for being awarded our joint Runners of the Month for October! Yes, it was a tied vote!
Julia was nominated for continuous improvement before and throughout lockdown, and has moved her way through the groups, most recently running with Green Group. She just gets faster and faster. Completely embracing Abbey life, attending both sessions a week and some long runs too. She loves everything about the club which is so nice to see! She’s worked hard on the speed sessions which has obviously helped her improve. She’s inspiring to others from only starting to run 18 months ago during our 2019 C25K programme.
Liz was nominated for running three half marathons in three consecutive weekends – she ran the Elvington Big Flat Runway Half in 2:11, then the St Aidans Half in 2:15, knocking 4 minutes off her prior year time, then ran it again the following weekend and knocked a further 4 minutes off her time. She also ran a course PB on the Potternewton parkrun, in a time of 26:37!
Well done, both!
Also nominated were: David Leslie, Tony Bastin, Shauna Corrigan, Simon Jones, Jim Whittaker, All of our coaches and Freddie Roden (ineligible as he has won in the last 12 months)
Also nominated were Helen Roden, Tony Bastin, David Leslie, Lisa Persico, and Zen Zenders.
His 9 parkruns in a day in aid of Simon on the Streets was truly inspirational. It also inspired Tom, Duncan and Paul to run them with him, and attracted immense interest from the club in also running parkruns with him throughout the day, or cheering him on. It’s days like that that make realise just how special Abbey Runners is. Matt is an absolute hero.
—————————————————————————————————————— July 2020 Winner – Jasmine Salih
Also nominated were Martin Jones, Lisa Persico, Lisa Hulme-Vickerstaff, David Leslie, Sunny Cheema, Ali Ameri, Paul Craven, Faye Mullen Adam Ellis, and Graeme Litlewood.
June 2020 Winner – Dave Jackson
After his op and the postponement of the Yorkshire Marathon, he may have decided to take it easy. but during lockdown Dave has fired on all cylinders. He’s now onto Marathon training just in case. Onwards and upwards!
Other nominees were: Jasmine Salih, Ged O’Donnell, Liam Jenkins, Martin Jones, Steve Hodkinson, Ed Newbould, Mark Hetherington, Helen Roden, Julia, Sheer, Scott MacDonald, Paul Greene and John Ward
May 2020 Winner – Thomas Rogerson
April 2020 Winner – Andrea Cobo
Also for her continued commitment to the club, for encouraging and inspiring other club members and for her unwavering positive attitude. This has been particularly appreciated over the lock-down period
March 2020 Winner – Stephen Greene
Congratulations to Stephen Greene for being awarded our Runner of the Month for March! Stephen was nominated for his idea of Abbey tagging, which is a brilliant way of keeping us all connected and active during these dark times.
Not having goals (races) and the postponing of marathons, was a bit disappointing…. His idea is keeping Abbeys closer than ever!
February 2020 Winner – Judith Smith
Congratulations to Judith Smith for being awarded our Runner of the Month for February! Judith was nominated for completing her first PECO in sideways rain and for entering the Evensplits 5K series. Completing the PECO showed a great deal of determination and true Abbey grit.
From being a non-runner just over 6 months ago to the enthusiasm she has for her running on Tuesdays and also in races. She is happily challenging and pushing herself with her running. Example is running her 1st XC at the West park PECO in slightly less than ideal conditions. Also racing the Brownlee 5k and smashing her PB
January 2020 Winner – Kathryn Ashworth
Congratulations to Kathryn Ashworth for being awarded our Runner of the Month for January! Kathryn was nominated for being a committed and supportive group leader on Tuesday nights, and more recently looking after the Blue Group in Graeme’s absence.
December 2019 Winner – Freddie Roden
Freddie was nominated for his overall improvement in the year to December and his amazing performance at the Middleton Peco 2-mile race, coming in first 39 seconds ahead of the second place runner- an enormous margin in this competition. Also for winning in a Yorkshire schools race.
Alice Rogers, Alex Richards, John Ward, Malcolm Lavery, Simon Jones