Harlow Running Club

Road & Cross Country Running (UKA 2658068)

Harlow Running Club Committee

President - Roy Steven ¦ ChairpersonPaul Dixon
TreasurerLinda Selby ¦ Honorary Secretary – ?
Membership Secretary – Sean Flynn ¦ Men’s CaptainAndy Terrell
Men’s Vice Captain – Robin Lozeau ¦
Ladies’ Captain - Janice Page
Ladies’ Vice CaptainWendy Schroder ¦ Publicity OfficerJohn Tennant
Social SecretaryJane Evans ¦ Race Director – ?
Recruitment & Liaison OfficerAndy Smith ¦ Child Protection Officer - ?
Triathlon Section Representative - Paul Schroder ¦ WebmasterAndy Kinney

President - Roy Steven


Profile: In a way I started running by accident. In 1968 when I was 17 years old, I was going to London with my dad when we ran out of petrol. I ran to the nearest petrol station with my dad who had run for Shaftesbury Harriers for many years. I kept up with him so he entered me into a race to see how I would get on. To his surprise and mine, I won the race. I started to do some training with my dad and his friends but was often moaning about them going too fast and that I couldn’t keep up. I found training very hard and stopped running after a month or so. Then I went back to running when I felt I wouldn’t be any good at football.
Training eventually got easier; I even looked forward to it. My best result as a junior was in my second year when I finished in 6th place in the Southern Cross Country Championships. This lifted me up to try harder. All the running on cold, wet and dark evenings suddenly seemed worth while.
When I moved to seniors I found it more difficult to get into the A team because of all the international runners like Dave Bedford in the club. I increased my training from GO to a 100 miles a week and eventually got into the A team. Getting into the A team didn’t give you any privileges, you still had to take your turn to fill the water heater and get the tin bath out for the baths after the club Cross Country race, no hot showers in those days.
My best Cross country race was the GLC 7 mile championships at Hampstead Heath. I finished 4th out of 1000 runners and was picked to represent the South of England. I was on the verge of getting an international vest when fate struck and I got my first bad injury. It happened in the Finchley 20 mile road race. I ran 1 hour 51 seconds but strained both my Achilles tendons. I was out of running for 2 years. By chance someone joined the firm where I worked that was also keen on running. He helped me get my injury better so to thank him, I joined his club Biggleswade. I ran for this club for 3 or 4 years. I never did get back to my old standard. My dream had gone but I started to enjoy running again. 
While out running I met Harlow Running Club members, they were all very friendly and supportive and it was so nice to be training with a big group of runners. I decided to join Harlow Running Club and with some very expert coaching I regained some of my confidence to keep trying and enjoy my running. Thanks to Harlow Running Club who has supported me through the ups and downs, I hope to carry on running for a while yet. 

Role:
Honorary position elected by the committee.
Represents club outside of the organisation.

Chairperson - Paul Dixon

Profile:

I took up running in my twenties every now and then to keep fit, but this got moreand more difficult as I got older (and fatter) so I  then started to look for goals to keep me motivated. Firstly 10ks but then longer distances and triathlons too.

I joined HRC in January 2014 as I needed some more motivation and have found this a friendly and inclusive club with something for everyone, whether you are a beginner, want to improve or just want to maintain your level of fitness.   

I believe running is one of the quickest ways to keep fit if you have other time committments and its affordable for anyone so what’s not to like?

Role:

Chairs club meetings
Responsible for organising and presenting awards at annual presentation evening
Represents the Club on outside organisations/meetings

Treasurer - Linda Selby

Profile:
I took up running in 1988 just before my 40th birthday! 'Life begins' they say, and it sure did for me.
I joined HRC in February 1991 and like many other members I was given advice and encouragement
and completed my first marathon in 1992.
I have competed for the Club at all distances over the years and held a few Club Records along the
way. I'm sure HRC will keep me running for a few more years to come.

Role:
Keeping club financial records
Ensuring money is spent prudently
Organising club bank accounts

 

Club Secretary - ?

Profile:

Role:
Producing agenda and minutes for committee meetings.
Acting as the central point for all club correspondence.

Liaising with outside organisations.

Maintaining the files of Club records and Personal Best times; Club Championship tables; London Marathon Club draw qualifications.


 

Membership Secretary - Sean Flynn

Profile:

I have always been keen on sports and I used to run several times a week in order to keep fit but I never considered running to be anything other than a means to an end. Although I did the occasional 10K race and even half marathon I thought myself to be a enthusiastic jogger rather than a proper runner. It was only when I entered to run in the Dublin Marathon in 2006 did I decide to take it seriously and that meant joining a running club.
I opted to join HRC on the recommendation of a couple of friends who were already members and I have never regretted it. The structured training and all the excellent advice and encouragement I received from the club enabled me to complete my first marathon in my target time of less than 4 hours.
The competitive aspect of club running is something I enjoy particularly when racing against other clubs in mid-week league races and cross country events. Being in a club has given me a passion and a love of running that I never realised was in me and I’m constantly striving to improve my performances and reach new goals.

Role:
Ensuring membership records are kept up-to-date
Chasing and reminding non-payers of expired membership
Recording and handling of membership fees in liaison with Treasurer
Liaison for UK Athletics database.

Men’s Captain - Andy Terrell

Profile:

Hello, fellow runner, I've been running for about 10 years.  Like most lads I was into football and the like and would run for my school at sports day  and that was about it for exercise.
Running wasn't at the top of my list.
With age came an increasing waist line and when I hit 26 that was it, it was time to lose weight...
I started to run a mile a night, three days a week and then progressed to two, then four and within two years, by 2004 was doing seven mile runs.
At this time in my life my mum became very ill and was fighting cancer, my running helped me deal with the turmoil and looking back now I'm grateful I found running when I did.
In 2007, I ran the London Marathon in memory of my mum Elizabeth & my wife's mum Joan who died from MS.
After the marathon a friend of mine, who ran for Harlow, asked me to come along and since then I haven't looked back. A year later I ran the Marathon again and I knocked one hour off of my time.  Harlow Running Club really helped me with training, support and provided a friendly social environment too.
Early this year the club asked me to be  Men's captain, I was chuffed to be asked, now it time to give something back...

Role:
Motivatation of members to take part in races and events.
Organising training sessions
Keeping a record of members’ performances for club and press use

Ladies Captain - Janice Page

Profile:

I started jogging / running in my twenties after several years of being inactive, as I needed to lose weight and get fit.  I also did regular aerobics classes which sometimes in the summer we went for a short run outside, this then turned into a group of us ladies entering the Harlow Race for Life and the Hyde Park ladies 5K.  

I started to get the “running bug” as one Sunday morning in 2001 I sat on my sofa watching the Flora London Marathon and said “I want to do that! And I want to do it before I turn forty!”. Unfortunately I applied and was rejected for two years, but started to train with my husband by entering and completing several 10K and half marathon races. I then completed my first marathon in 2004 when I was 41.

I went on to complete several more marathons gradually improving my time but then decided to join Harlow Running Club in 2009 for more motivation and support. This year I completed my 11th Marathon and improved my time by 28 minutes, this is mostly a result of being a member of a sociable and enthusiastic running club.

Role:
Responsible for organising the club’s programme of races. i.e Harlow 10, Midweek league 10k, Ladies 5k and annual Cross country fixture.

Mens Vice Captain - Robin Lozeau

Profile:

When I was growing up in the USofA running hadn't been invented and I didn't fancy that Track and Field malarkey so most of my younger days were spent doing impressions of the Fonz at the local diner.  Once I moved to England I fell in love with English sports, particularly Athletics and was inspired by watching Roger Bannister as a promising youngster.  I tried to get into other sports but couldn't get the hang of Soccer at all so ended up supporting Chelsea thinking that any team that has a player called Peter Isgood in their team must be brilliant.

More recently I took up running and in spite of Harlow Running Clubs attempts to put me off the sport by running round a track 42 times every Tuesday evening, I have grown to love it.  I was one of the early participants in Park runs but only because I saw a load of guys sprinting one Saturday morning in Gunpowder park and assumed they must be running away from the Old Bill, so I joined them just in case (wouldn't want to be arrested for something I didn't do). It turns out I was wrong and the Fuzz were just parkrunners also, so I just kept going from there.

I volunteered for the job as Mens Vice Captain as I had always been a fan of Miami Vice and wanted to look cool in a white suit and wear shoes with no socks.  It turns out my main duties are to act as the Mens captains chief assistant, provide help for all his great ideas and prevent crime.  If you think of Andy T as Harlow RC's Batman, then I would be....................(you get the idea).  

Role:
Assisting Men’s team captain in all duties

Ladies Vice Captain - Wendy Schroder

Profile:

Role:
Assisting Women’s team captain in all duties.

Publicity Officer - John Tennant

Profile:
I took up running in 1993 after accepting a London Marathon place from the company I worked for. I'd watched the London Marathon on TV and fancied having a go. I ran on my own for a month and then joined Harlow Running Club. I hadn't run since school but I had kept myself reasonable fit by playing first football, and then squash which I still play. I really enjoyed the training runs and even more so the competitive side of running, on road and cross country. I completed my first marathon in 3.24 and and have so far run a total of ten with two sub 3 hour runs. I have also run over 100 10M, 80 10K and 50 1/2M races. All this was possible thanks to the encouragement and coaching from other Harlow Running Club members.

Role:
Produce publicity material about the club
Press liaison for race results and club events

Social Secretary - Jane Evans

Profile:

Role:

Organises club social and fundraising events throughout the year e.g. Christmas meal, presentation evening, quizzes etc.

Race Director - Martyn Coulter

Profile: 


Role:
Motivatation of members to take part in races and events.
Organising training sessions
Keeping a record of members’ performances for club and press use

Triathlon Section Representative - Paul Schroder

Profile: 
I enjoyed football at school but for some reason I could never get into running despite my Dad being a runner.

My partner Wendy Spring who is long term member of the club decided I should try running properly so at the age of 30, she printed the Couch to 5K plan. It was a very tough few months (for Wendy as well) but officially my running career started in 2011 after spending many years as a devoted couch potato.

I completed in my first 10k race in the October of that year in just over an hour in France, with our friends Jo and Peter Mills (whom are also members of HRC) till this day 10k remains my favourite distance.

I did my very first marathon in 2014 in 04:23:29 which I was very pleased with having only been running properly for just over 2 full years at the time. I have now even managed my first of many (hopefully) triathlons in 2015.

I love running and I love the club, hence why I decided to get involved further. There is no way I would be the runner that I am today without the club, support and comradery that we enjoy as members.

Role:
Triathlon Section Representative


Recruitment & Liaison Officer - Andy Smith

Profile:
I grew up playing football from as early as I can remember, although during my school years took part and competed in the majority of sports, including running.

Running became a big part of my life during my college years when I first joined Harlow Running Club (junior section), competing mainly in the 800m & 1500m track events during the summer months, and Cross Country throughout the winter. After approximately 5 years of running, and being a member of Enfield & Haringey, and Newham & Essex Beagles as well as Harlow Running Club I returned to playing football.

I have worked in the leisure industry for over 16 years and have seen hundreds if not thousands of sportsmen and women take part in a multitude of sports at all different levels. After working at Mark Hall Sports Centre for approximately 2 years, seeing members of the running club training week in week out whatever the weather at least twice a week, I thought to myself “I want to be part of that”!

So I re-joined the club, and in under a year I have PB’d at 5k, 10k & half marathon distances on a number of occasions, and represented the club at mid-week league road races and cross country events. Also, in less than a year I have become a committee member, so I will be on the lookout for runners old and new to come and join our great club. You will more and likely see me at The Harlow ParkRun on Saturday mornings, so please come say Hi, and if you are interested in joining Harlow Running Club do come and talk to me.

Role:
Recruitment and Liaison Officer
Produces and distributes material to help recruit members
Publicises the role of club with other local organisations and sports clubs

Child Welfare Officer - ?

Profile:

Role:
Ensuring all Child protection legislation is adhered to by club and members.

 

 

 

Webmaster - Andy Kinney

Profile: 

The 1999 Great North Run was my first ever race, which was long before I knew that Running Clubs existed which weren't filled with Paula Radcliffe, and Mo Farah wannabes. For many years I followed the 'peak and trough' approach to fitness, that effectively meant going from fit and healthy, to overweight and breathing hard while climbing stairs. 

I had a moment of utmost clarity while struggling mightily to complete the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon in 2009 that my approach to simply turning up unprepared was just not making me happy. In conjunction with a chat with my Dad after the family ran the Dublin Marathon in the same year, it was time to make sure I didn't come to regret paths not taken.

I was the type who would sit in the pub with mates saying that I had no need to physically go see the Pyramids, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Kremlin, as I could simply see the pictures on Wikipedia. In 2010 I started my runcation approach to travel. Now, I'm keen to see the world with my own eyes, while at the same time running races in as many foreign destinations as I can.

In that vein I joined HRC which has been one of the best fitness decisions I've ever made, as the club is incredibly inclusive. My running is best described as a plod but at no time have I felt anything but welcome and encouraged.

With the support of HRC I improved my running beyond my expectations, while visiting places that I barely knew existed. The highlight of my running career was in 2012 when I completed the Marathon des Sables, a 150 mile, 6 stage, 7 day, self-supported race through the Sahara.

Role:
Keeping the website up-to-date
Liaising with other committee members to keep members and public are informed of club races and other activities via the website.


Important Announcements

RACE RULES: Members are reminded that it is now against UKA and BARR rules to swap race numbers WITHOUT permission from the race organisers.  If a runner of an affiliated event is found to be in breach of this rule, then the runner can be disqualified and further sanctions applied to both the runners and their clubs.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Oct 17 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct 24 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct 31 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Nov 1 at 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM