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 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. 
August 2021 Winner – Tony Bastin 

Congratulations to Tony. 

Tony always said that he only wants the ROM for his running, but the category includes
contribution to the club and sport – I reckon that the Lakes Weekend qualifies – it was
obviously a great success and that is down to Tony.

And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:

Lisa Stansbie, Janet Bastin, and Ali Ameri.


July 2021 Winner – Massako Kondo 

Congratulations to Massako. 

Masako was nominated for her amazing race performance at the Cookridge Community Run, finishing 2nd female.  Also for  her hard work at Tuesday and Thursday training sessions. 

And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:

Freddie Roden, Katie Taylor,  and Stef Brienen.

———————————————————————————————————————–June 2021 Winner – Matthew Holmes 

Congratulations to Matthew. 

Nominated for coming back from injury to run and all time 5k PB of an impressive 17.45. He also put in a strong showing at the HP Summer mile with 5.06. What’s more. it’s great to see him really enjoying his running and being part of the club. And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:
Adam Ellis, Duncan Clark, Ross Hutchison, Tony Bastin and Ed Newbould.


May 2021 Winner – Jacqui Elmer

Congratulations to Jacqui. 

Nominated for her performance in the Hardmoors Wainstones Trail Marathon (which is actually 28.5 miles) and has a climb of nearly 6,000 ft.  
Completed in under 8 hours, in warm conditions. The weather was foul, the ground was sodden, so a great effort.

And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:
Paul Green,  Adam Ellis and David Leslie.

———————————————————————————————————————April 2021 Winner – Laurence Lennon

Congratulations to Laurence. 

Laurence was nominated for organising the ‘Way in May’ runs around the Leeds Country Way, plus all the various training warm-ups that took place in April. These runs have attracted a wide variety of runners to doing longer runs in a group, have been good fun and enjoyable for all who have taken part. They have been good fun in no small part to Lawrence who has brought all involved together, reccied the routes and planned the arrangements for transport etc.

And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:
Paul Craven,  Faye Mullen, Laura Philips, Liz Walker and Ged O’Donnell


March 2021 Winners – Alex Firth & Sarah Field

Congratulations to Alex & Sarah. 

Alex – Very impressive running for the Grand Prix including a 21:49 at Woodhouse during March, with noticeable improvement over the Grand Prix as she is getting back into running after having a baby. Won the open competition.

Sarah – The first Abbey to complete the Bingo Card
A strong 5k time at Woodhouse Moor.
A first Peco type run around Roundhay and Temple Newsam and her first track session.

And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:
Paul Craven,  Meg House, Naomi Jones, Shauna Corrigan and John Ackroyd


February 2021 Winners – Alastair White

Congratulations Alastair. 

Not only did Alastair run every day in December up to Christmas as part of the ‘marcathon’ challenge, he’s at it again running every day in February for Cancer Research. He’s done over 200km in February so far! Top man

And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:
Paul Craven,  Ged O’Donnell, Meg House, and Martin Browne


January 2021 Winner – Ali Ameri


Congratulations Ali. 

Not only has he run 350km (well that’s his target and he’s only got 30km to do in 4 days) in January despite the terrible weather. But he’s run a 5Km PB and his very first marathon – sub 4 hours too.
This month we have been doing a charity running challenge at work and as team Captain Ali has contributed the most number of miles and also a huge amount of encouragement to the whole team. He’s got non-runners doing the C25K and supported them to longer distances and faster speeds. 

His love of running and the club is obvious, infectious and inspiring. 

And congratulations too to our other nominees for the month:
Martin Jones  John Ackroyd, Adam Ellis and Joseph Ibrahim


       December 2020 Winner – Simon Jones

Congratulations, Simon. 

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

November 2020 Winner – Vicki Richards

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.  

Well done also of course to our other top quality nominees in November:
Alex Firth, Jacqueline Elmer and Helen Roden.

October 2020 Winner – Julia Sheer & Liz Willis 

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) 

September 2020 Winner – Fiona Holmes

Congratulations to Fiona for being awarded our Runner of the Month for September!
She was nominated because she has improved loads over the last few weeks and is absolutely flying at the moment!
Anyone who enjoys running over 7 miles in the wind and rain across Scottish islands must be doing something right! Well done, Fiona!

Also nominated were Helen Roden, Tony Bastin, David Leslie,  Lisa Persico, and Zen Zenders.
—————————————————————————————————————–                     August 2020 Winner – Matt Ellis
Congratulations to Matt for being awarded our Runner of the Month for August!
He was nominated for his efforts on Sunday 23rd running the 9 Leeds Park Runs for Abbeys charity of the year. Not only his efforts running but the effort put in to make sure lots of Abbeys were involved and participated in the event – just what is needed as we slowly ramp up activity again.

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.
Also nominated were Duncan Clark, Tom Rogerson, Tony Bastin and Paul Craven

——————————————————————————————————————                       July 2020 Winner – Jasmine Salih
Congratulations to Jasmine for being awarded our Runner of the Month for July!
She was nominated for her unstinting work for the club and in particular running the Thursday training sessions carefully and safely and making them both fun and really useful in maintaining running fitness.
Everyone attending has enjoyed them and felt a benefit to their running. Top work!

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
Congratulations to David for being awarded our Runner of the Month for June! 
He’s worked really hard to get back to running after injury and has smashed his 5k and 10k PBs during the lockdown league. He’s also promoted the benefits of running in improving wellbeing and mental health.

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