Runner of the Month

Each month the club vote on a 'Runner of the Month'. The prize does not always go to the fastest runner, or may go to a Member that has made a significant contribution to the Club.

August 2019 - CJ Marlas

CJ has been getting quicker over recent years, but he's gone up another level this Summer with fantastic performances at the 3 Club Challenge and the Newark HM in a 1.53.07 PB! CJ's commitment to his training (and the results) have not gone unnoticed around the Club.

He is looking leaner and stronger in his running, as anyone at Thursday track would have witnessed. A popular team member, and a credit to the Club. Well done CJ.

July 2019 - Rashleigh Family

This month's award goes to Amanda, Jonathan, Annabel, and Ned. Amanda and Jonathan are committed club members, and clearly passing on the running bug to Annabel and Ned who are enthusiastic regulars at the Thursday night juniors' session and Parkruns.

The family also regularly turn out to volunteer at local races including Chase the Sun, Prestwold 10K, and Dishley Parkrun.

The Committee felt the family epitomise what the running community is all about and are a credit to the club. Well done Amanda, Jonathan, Annabel, and Ned.

June 2019 - Dave Goddard and Andy Simpson

This month's award goes to Dave and Andy for their respective completions of the Lake District's legendary Bob Graham Round, just a week apart.

They successfully traversed 42 fells to join the exclusive Bob Graham Round 24 Hour Club. An incredible achievement. Well done Dave and Andy!

Also a special mention to fellow Barrow club members that supported the rounds: James Smith, Ian Cox, Simon Cole, Chris Neil, Andy Simpson, and Andy Lipman on Dave's attempt, and Toni O'Donovan and Adrian Spencer on Andy's attempt.

May 2019 - Vicky Elston and Bomber Harris

This month's award goes to Vicky and Bomber for their superb London Marathon performances. All of Vicky's training paid off with an 8 minute PB in a time of 3:21. And Bomber powered home in 3:23, a position of 5,432 out of 42,428.

Bomber passed 1,730 runners in the second half of the marathon and 31 runners passed him. Vicky passed 2,272 runners in the 2nd half and only 4 passed her. Phenomenal running from both of them. Well done Vicky and Bomber!

April 2019 - James Smith

James ran a superb 2:49 PB at the Manchester marathon, coming off the back of some great performances. James also continues to give up his time to lead Thursday night coaching sessions, standing out in the cold to help the rest of us improve. And most of the club probably don't realise how much work James does behind the scene as Club Secretary keeping the BR show on the road. Well done James!

March 2019 - Alex Toll

This time our runner of the month award goes to Alex Toll. Alex is in fine form with a clutch of great times and placings throughout March: 1st overall at the Peatling Challenge (7 Mile), 1st MV50 at the Monsal Trail Half Marathon (in a cracking 1:22:45), and 1st V50 at the Oundle 20. Well done Alex!

February 2019 - Karen Bell

This time our runner of the month award goes to Karen Bell. Karen is in fantastic form on the road and XC. She won her age category for the Derby Runner XC, helping the Barrow ladies to claim 2nd overall. She also ran a storming PB in the LRRL Stilton 7, second Barrow Runner home.
Karen is also a great club member: impressing the coaches at training, a regular in club colours, and bringer of homemade cake to XC! She also has the significant role as Head Marshal for the upcoming Ashby20, a race that many Barrow Runners have 'enjoyed' over the years. Well done Karen!

January 2019 - Kristie Matthiae

This time our runner of the month award goes to Kristie Matthiae. Kristie is in seriously good form this winter with fantastic XC performances: a 2nd at Bradgate, a 3rd in the Leicestershire XC Championships (helping to secure the win for our ladies team), and a 4th at Bagworth. With Kristie leading the charge, Barrow ladies are sitting 2nd in the Derby Runner table after four races. Well done Kristie!

November 2018 - Sam Cleveland

This month our runner of the month award goes to Sam Cleveland. Sam is in sparkling form putting in great performances and times over recent months.
Sam truly gives his all in a Barrow vest (and often with no vest at training!), and is a great supporter of his fellow club members. Well done Sam!

October 2018 - Alex Toll

This month our runner of the month award goes to Alex Toll. Alex ran the Chester marathon in a magnificent 2:53:00 running in an England vest. Alex shows great commitment to our club, training hard, and frequently turning out in Barrow Colours (when not in England colours!) Well done Alex!

September 2018 - Tim Hartley

This month our runner of the month award goes to Tim Hartley. Tim is already a club legend, but this month he won silver in the World Championship Masters 5K in Malaga. A fantastic achievement. Well done Tim!

August 2018 - Kayleigh Holt

This month our runner of the month award goes to Kayleigh Holt. Kayleigh has gone from strength-to-strength since joining the beginners' group and progressing to regular training nights. Her commitment and hard work has been paying off with impressive performances at races over the summer, including Prestwold 10k, Hermitage 10k, and the 3 Club Challenge. Well done Kayleigh.

July 2018 - Ollie Hatton

This month the runner of the month award goes to Ollie Hatton. Last weekend Ollie raced the Outlaw Iron-Distance triathlon in a superb time of 9h43m06, finishing with a 3h27 marathon after completing the 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike. Throughout his preparation Ollie's consistently attended club training sessions on both Tuesdays and Thursdays, supporting fellow runners across the club. Well done Ollie.

June 2018

This month the runner of the month award is shared by two members, Julie Pattison and Lucie Nagar.

Julie has improved massively since joining the club, increasing her fitness and the results are showing. Over the last 2 months she has set PB's at 5k, 10k and HM distance, the most recent being at the Prestwold 10k.

Lucie's running has gone from strength to strength, from starting with the beginners group less than 6 months ago, she is now a regular at training and races for the club. In the last month she raced Swithland 6, set a PB at Rothley 10k, reduced her Parkrun PB and was first at Loughborough Race for Life.

Well Done Julie and Lucie.

May 2018 - Caroline Watham

Runner of the month for May goes to Caroline Wathan. Caroline's been working really hard with her training recently and her efforts have shown. She completed two half Marathons in May, taking 10 minutes off her PB at Bosworth (1:57) and then bettering that with 1:56 in Liverpool.

Well done Caroline.

April 2018 - Ann Hillier

Runner of the month for April goes to Ann Hillier. Ann has had some outstanding races this year, including over the last month 1st FV50 at Hose HM, a 10k PB at Derby 10k and part of the 3rd place Vet Ladies team at the Livingstone Relays. Well done Ann!

March 2018 - Gazbo Sharlott

Gazbo has covered some incredible distances over the last month, including Bedford 20, Chester 50 (52m), Grindleford Gallop (22m), Punk Panther Ultra (39m) and the Peatlin Challenge (13m). On top of all of this, he's been a regular group leader on Monday nights with the beginners group.
Well done Gazbo!

February 2018 - Andrew Unitt

Runner of the month for February goes to Andrew Unitt. Andrew ran an impressive 3h36 at the Tokyo Marathon, and in doing so raised over £2600 for Changing Faces as well as completing all 6 World Marathon Majors.

January 2018 - Leicester Ladies XC Team

Runner of the month for January goes to our Ladies County XC Team, who secured a silver medal in the senior ladies. Well done Natasha Cuthbert, Kristie Matthiae and Louise Harman!

December 2018 - Andy Simpson

Runner of the month for December is Andy Simpson. Andy's been running really well the last few months, consistently at training and placing well in races, and last weekend he had a fantastic run at the County XC. Well done Andy!

November 2017 - Fiona Mee

Recently returned to running from having a baby, she has been working with Bridie Darcy (PT) on strength and conditioning. It has clearly paid off, as she has had 3 of her best ever races in November, all of which were club championship races. Fiona ran a PB of 56.39 at the Shepshed 7, finished the Seagrave Challenge in 2.45, and ran another PB of 48.02 at the Heanor 10K.

October 2017 - Liz Robinson

Runner of the month for September is Liz Robinson, who after a break with illness made her return to the club. It was fantastic to see Liz back racing at the Leicester Half and more recently the Shepshed 7. Well done Liz.

September 2017 - Rik Hill

Runner of the month for September is Ric Hill. Ric has completed Equinox for 5 consecutive years, and this year took it on Solo, completing his target of 100k!

August 2017 - Amanda Hancock

Runner of the month for August is Amanda Hancock. At the recent 401 Festival Mandy won the series for her age (included a 5k,10k,1/2 in 2 days), as well as good finishes in each of the individual races. She's been quietly getting faster and faster, more often than not in the top 3 Barrow ladies at races, and a great example of how consistent training brings positive results.

July 2017 - Shared (see below)

Runner of the month for June is awarded jointly to all of our runners that have completed 100 miles, 100k or Ironman events in the last month. The committee didn't feel it was possible to single any one of these achievements out.

Ollie Hatton - Outlaw Triathlon
Kirsty Hillier - Outlaw Triathlon
Chris Trinder - Outlaw Triathlon
Andy Price - Lakeland 100
Ian Cox - Centurion North Downs Way
Simon Cole - Centurion North Downs Way
Ian Fisk - 100k at Beacon24

June 2017 - Jo Griffiths

Runner of the month for June is Jo Griffiths. Having never ran a marathon before, Jo completed the 'Cotswold Way 100 mile Run', 100 miles over 4 days. What a fantastic achievement, well done Jo!

May 2017 - Liam King

Liam's been running well recently, representing the club consistently at both Club Championship and LRRL races and setting PB's along the way. Liam's also been putting in a lot of time behind the scenes on the race committee, leading on the event marketing.

April 2017 - Steve Bailey

Steve has been working hard in the 10k training group His hard work is certainly paying off and is just getting faster and faster! He has been consistently setting new PBs since the Robin Hood half last September and in 2017 has had PBs at all distances including Lincoln 10k, Barcelona Half, Ashby 20 and the London Marathon, where he ran on one of our club ballot places.

March 2017 - Danny Butcher

Danny has been ever present at races this year, having completed all XC and league races in 2017. He's always one of our first finishers and is getting quicker and quicker. Well done Danny.

February 2017 - Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor started with the Barrow Beginners Group (Couch to 5K) in October 2016 and from day one has pushed herself as she wanted to improve her running. She continued after the New Year with the Advanced Beginners Group and has continued to push herself each week. Helen has done many Park Runs achieving PBs each time and has also run a 10k race earlier this year. She has since joined Barrow Runners and now also comes on a Tuesday night where she started in Sue's group. Helen is still pushing herself and before long will be moving up into Alison's group. Helen is deserving of Runner of the Month as this typifies exactly what getting into running is all about.

January 2017 - Kirsty Hillier

Kirsty was part of the successful silver medalists Barrow Runners Ladies Team in the recent Leicestershire County Cross Country Championships finishing in 10th place individually and followed this up with a strong performance in the Midland Cross Country Championships held on her doorstep at Prestwold Hall, where she led the Barrow ladies team home to finish 10th out of 27 teams in the Midlands region. Well done Kirsty, great running, in the toughest of disciplines.

December 16 - Rich Keep

Rich joined the club in April last year and has regularly attended club nights since. He signed up to the club's 10k training program and his hard work and determination paid off as he cut two minutes off his PB at Bolsover to finish in a time of 39:38. He also began running cross country for the club, including last weekend, running excellently to finish as 31st masters male in the county champs, in 45:16 for the difficult 6.6 mile course. He has signed up to another block of 10k training and also the Manchester Marathon and we're confident he can improve further.

November 16 - Emma Spencer-Cumberland

Having just returned from having her second child Emma smashed her half marathon PB at Leicester clocking 1.39, and taking over 10 mins off her previous PB. This was followed up with a 1.41 at the more difficult Clowne half marathon a few weeks later. She has worked really hard at getting herself back to full fitness and this has resulted in a quantum leap in her race times.
Well done Emma!

October 16 - Mick Winkless

Mick joined the club earlier this year. He started running in Sue's group and has since moved up into Alison's group on a Tuesday night.

His first race was Rothley 10k where he did 58:39 minutes. Not satisfied with that he then moved onwards and upwards to the Snowdonia Trail Marathon, as you do, which he completed in a time of 4hours 10 minutes. In between he has done many varying distance races including league races. More recently during October, Mick did the Leicester Half Marathon, followed by the Skeleton run and then the first Cross Country race at Holly Hayes.

Mick embraces anything that is thrown at him and is fully committed to his running and every race that Andrea has entered him for!!!! Well done Mick, very well deserved.

September 16 - Linda Pullen

Runner of the Month for September is Linda Pullen. Linda's times have tumbing recently and in September she set a 15 min half marathon PB, with a 2.08.33 at the Great North Run. Just 2 weeks later she knocked a further 2 minutes off this with a 2.06.21 at the Robin Hood half marathon in Nottingham. Well done Linda!

August 16 – Chris Neil

We don't normally nominate committee members for the Runnerof the Month award, however on this occasion the decision was unanimous. August's Runner of the Month is Chris Neil. Chris has been in excellent form recently setting PB's at Ulverston 10k (34.14) and Rushcliffe Parkrun 5k(16.52), as well as being a regular at the summer LRRL races and training. Well done Chris!

July 16 – Andrew Price

The Runner of the Month is Andrew Price. This is because ofhis fantastic achievement in running The Wall, along with recent PB's at 5K,10K and marathon distance – well done Andrew!

June 16 – Chris Murray

The Runner of theMonth is Chris Murray. This is because despite successes of April, (including an MBE, clearly overshadowed by completing the Boston Marathon!) Chris kept his feet firmly on the ground, between strides at least, and managed to represent the club almost every weekend afterwards, including; Livingston Relays, May Day Challenge and the West End 8. So May's Runner of the Month award goes to Chris for his continued enthusiasm for the club after a couple of very memorable months. Hopefully this will encourage Chris's passion to continue now all those race miles are accumulating and the legs need some incentive to keep going! Well done Chris!

May 16 - Pauline Bawtree

The Runner of the Month is Pauline Bawtree. This is because Pauline achieved PB's in all four LRRL Winter League races this year, which isa fantastic achievement, finishing with a 4 minute PB in the Desford 6. Great commitment in training and now coming to Thursday's speed training sessions have obviously benefited Pauline this year – brilliant, well done Pauline!

March 16 - Lloyd 'Flave' Bowler

The Runner of the Month is Lloyd 'Flave' Bowler. This is because of his fantastic XC performance recently as well as several other PB's- well done Lloyd!

January 16 - Hannah Cheyney, Pete & Mandy Yates, Dawn Storerand Simon Cole

The Runners of the Month are Hannah Cheyney, Pete &Mandy Yates, Dawn Storer and Simon Cole. This is because they all accompanied '401 Marathon Man' Ben Smith around the whole of the Runner Bean Honesty Marathon course during particularly adverse weather conditions on 30th December- well done all!

December 15 - Ollie Hatton

The Runner of the Month is Ollie Hatton. This is in respectof his fantastic win in Beast, which is a 10 mile obstacle race in Melton -well done Ollie!

November 15 - Matt Riley

The Runner of the Month is Matt Riley. This is in respect of his Marathon time of 3.23 at the Bristol/Bath Marathon in October, clipping a mere 35 minutes of his previous best! Special mention should also be given to Emma Neil in respect of her 1st place finish in the Palma Half Marathon in a time of 1.26 which was another fantastic achievement! Well done both!

October 15 – Emma Neil

The Runner of the Month is Emma Neil. This is because Emma has been running incredibly well recently. Highlights include running 42minutes for the last leg of the Equinox 24 hour race, holding off a close 2nd place and securing the Barrow Team the win. This was followed up a week later with a massive half marathon PB, 1.25.09 at the Robin Hood Half. Well done Emma!