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.       

       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


              May 2020 Winner – Thomas Rogerson
Congratulations to Thomas for being awarded our Runner of the Month for May! He was nominated for his continued strong running, dedication to his training (and the club) throughout the lockdown.
Plus, he secured a 5k PB of 19:11 in the month too! Pretty darn good. 

Other  nominees were:  Alex Richards, David Leslie, Tony Bastin, Freddie Roden and Cal Clark

                 April 2020 Winner – Andrea Cobo
Congratulations to Andrea for being awarded our Runner of the Month for April!  She was nominated for
being really busy completing runs, posting positive messages to Abbey Runners and being an inspiring and inspired member of Abbey.

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

Other  nominees were:  Sophie Brady, Thomas Rogerson,  Faye Mullen, Ross Armstrong, Alex Richards, David Leslie, Duncan Clark, Sunny Cheema and Scot MacDonald.

             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!

Other  nominees were:  Alex Richards, Thomas Rogerson,  Andrea Cobo,  Jim Whittaker and Scot MacDonald.

               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

Other  nominees were Laurence Lennon, Alex Richards, Thomas Rogerson, Andrea Cobo, Helen Roden, John Ward, Jasmine Salih and Ruth Sarsfield ——————————————————————————————————————

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.

Well done also to our other worthy nominees, Mike Smith, Ali Ameri and Laurence Lennon

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.

 Also nominated

Alice Rogers, Alex Richards, John Ward, Malcolm Lavery, Simon Jones