September 2019: Chairman’s Update

I thought I’d just write another few lines to keep members updated as to what’s currently going on within the club and what has been happening over the last few months.

I have to firstly mention our club 10km road race and thank all those involved in the setting up and actually running of the day. An especially big ‘thank you’ goes to the 10km committee, which is a stand-alone group, separate from the normal club committee. I’m aware they have already started planning for next year’s race. It was very good news that Emma Fennon has stepped up to assist Cass with the main Race Director role. If you fancy getting involved in any small way with the race committee, contact Cass direct. (

Hopefully most of you are aware that our current Chairman, Alan Pritchard, has stepped down, and I will be Acting Chair until our Annual General Meeting (AGM). One for the diary is this year’s AGM, which will be held at Saxon Hill Café on Tuesday 26th November. This is your chance to have an input on how your club is run, and who is making those decisions. All members are welcome. An announcement will be made a month before the actual date.

A shout out for more members to become run leaders (LIRF); the club pay for your training. If you are interested, speak with any run leader, and ascertain what’s required; it really isn’t too onerous.

Our intention is to hold a survey, which all members can take part in, so they can give their opinion on how the club goes forward and develops. Hopefully this will be sometime around Christmas; more to come over next month or so on that.

Lastly, a gentle reminder that winter and the dark nights are closing in. Please always wear your reflective, and in due course, if you have any lights, wear them. Everyone has a responsibility for their own safety, not just the run leaders.

Martin Shortall