Now that Paul Walters is publishing a weekly news article / e-mail (thank you Paul!), I am going to largely restrict my monthly update to matters relating to the running of the club, rather than repeating information in the weekly news.
Subsequent to the AGM, parent Sam Burnett put her name forward to stand for the remaining vacant position on the committee. In the absence of any other nominations, Sam is duly elected to the Committee.
The full list of roles on the committee are:
Chair: Malcolm Woodman
Treasurer: Anthony Collins
Secretary: Ginevra Stoneley
Membership Secretary: Jas Dhanda
Communication: Paul Walters
Competition: Andrew Bamford
Development: Ellis Cain-Jones
Juniors: Mike Gent
Social / Volunteering: Sam Burnett / Usha Stevens
I will also be taking on the coach liaison role on the committee.
See the e-mail version of this update for e-mail addresses if you want to contact any of us direct.
Summer Evening 10k
It is our Summer Evening 10k on Wednesday 3rd July. Our new Race Director, Chris Veale, has been busy over the last few months putting everything in place, with an emphasis on making the race eco-friendly. With just over 3 weeks to go, we already have 270 entries, so we are well on the way towards our goal of 500 runners.
The first call for volunteers went out last week, and over 30 members, parents and friends have already responded. However, we need approximately 70 people in total to stage the race, so if you are able to help and have not yet replied, please do so as soon as possible. I am sure there will be further communications on this topic over the next few weeks!
EA 360 review
Subsequent to the AGM, we have formally agreed with England Athletics that they will perform a 360 Review for us, to help us identify our strengths & weaknesses and to support the development of the club going forward. This review will be lead by Natalie Kavanagh Clarke, our Club Support Manager at EA.
The plan is for Natalie to meet with as many people as possible who are involved in the club, whether that is as athlete, parent, coach or committee member. There will be a number of informal sessions organised where Natalie will be able to get feedback. The current plan is:
- Wednesday 12th June: Committee
- Tuesday 25th June: Parents and juniors (at K2 session)
- Friday 5th July: Junior & senior coaches
- Tuesday 16th July: Senior athletes (at Battlebridge)
We also need to arrange a session with the Wednesday evening group of senior athletes, but the date for that has not yet been finalised.
There will also be an online survey, which will be open to anyone connected to the club. Details of this are being finalised at the moment.
Further details of all these meetings and the survey will be sent out as required.
MABAC Holmwood Common
Having said I am going to restrict these updates to club matters, I do want to break my new rule immediately, to highlight that we had 21 seniors running in the MABAC league race at Holmwood Common this morning. This is comfortably a record turnout, and there were a large number of new faces amongst the 21. Well done to everyone who ran, it will be interesting to see if we finish further up in the team competition with that many runners! The photo below is not quite the complete team.