I've now been with AVR 6 years now. I started going out with the yellow group on a Monday night and then moved up to the blue group as I improved. What I love most about AVR is the encouragement and support you get when racing. I feel proud to wear my AVR top and be recognised as an AVR member.
I joined AVR in 2009 following a recommendation from a friend, who told me that they were a "fantastic, friendly club" - How right they were. I enjoy all formats of running, road, offroad and the multisport options (Duathlon/ Triathlon). I became chairman in Jan 2021, after helping the juniors for a number of years. My main role is to be the lead ambassador for the club., along with to support the efficient running of the club and chair regular committee/annual general meetings.
I joined AVR in 2015 which was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love the club's long history, how inclusive it is and how friendly everyone is too. I have been a member of the committee since 2017 and oversee the use of the club's social media pages and sending out press releases as well as writing the monthly newsletter, The Valley News.
I have been Treasurer since the begining of 2021 - some may know that I am also an accountant by trade, so this is the logical spot for me on the committee. I also have experience from other leadership roles, for example as a former trustee of Hope Nature Centre (got involved via parkrun.) I look to bring this and my perspective as a slow runner to the committee. I've been running since 2003, and have done most local races as well as popular national ones like London Marathon and the Great North. These days I mostly parkrun and particularly enjoy tourism such as the recent AVR trip to Cardiff. Personally I run for the social side and to promote my mental wellbeing, but I also enjoy cheering on club mates across our ages and abilities.
I came to running in the early part pf 2014 looking for new challenges; I joined AVR later that same year. Since that time I have taken part in many races from 5k to Ultra Marathon. I am currently a LiRF with the club taking speed and hills sessions and will shortly be undertaking the Coaching qualification
In December 2019 I started in the role as the AVR Membership secretary, I had been on the committee previously. I have taken on the RD role for AVR Half 2020. I have been a member of AVR for 6 and a bit years. I love the friendships you make and when you turn up, however you are feeling, there is always someone to run with.
I am the JAVR Secretary - Co-ordinating and administering admin for JAVR and volunteering for training sessions to assist coaches. I joined AVR on 15th April 2010 I am predominately a Marathon runner and I much prefer long distance running to the shorter distances. I like to have a race booked for each month and always have another race booked in before the one I am training for is finished. I have done 10 Marathons, 50 Half Marathons and numerous other shorter races. My race ethic is “the bigger the challenge the better.
I joined Avon Valley Runners in 2017 after taking up running and doing some parkruns. I now love doing all kind of races on and off the road and seeing other AVR members out there competing and supporting each other. I take a club run out on Monday nights and I help Andy with the road race league.
Together with Jo Farion, my committee role is to encourage members who want to, to take part in off road events, especially Championship races. We select some of the events to include in the AVR Championship, seeking the races which others would like included. My role also includes keeping the AVR Off Road Championship tables up to date. Another side to my activities involves helping the slower runners by leading (from the back or from the front), training runs twice a week. I am the Race Director of the 5x5 trail race which is a series of 4 or 5 events during the year. I also try to keep part of the website up to date, but need help from others, especially to provide information. I am, together with anyone else who wishes to attend, the AVR representative on the Wiltshire Athletic Association. Finally I love volunteering at events as well as taking part. For the record, my slowest marathon is 3 hours, 15 minutes.
I first started running with my dog to stop her from chewing the house! When she got too old I thought I would join a club AVR, where not only did I gain confidence in my running I meet some wonderful people who without running would never have met. I soon learnt that without volunteers, clubs like ours can’t go on forever so I got more involved with volunteering, then I joined the 5x5 working group. I joined the club committee in 2019 as minutes secretary and moved over to support Anthony as the assistant off road race secretary in January 2020.
I have been a member of AVR/AVT for a few years now, but became a more active member in the last 2 years. My running journey started by going along to a Parkrun with a friend many years ago, and I have not looked back since. I enjoy challenging myself, and love the social nature of the running community. So far I have completed races up to half marathon distance, but this year I’m taking on my first ultra distance, and working my way into the world of multisport. I became involved with the Goal getters working group this year, and I’m enjoying the role of mentor (despite the difficulties this year with Covid-19). I am now looking forward to the role of AVT Secretary, taking over from Lil Morris, and hope that I can do it justice. I’m keen to encourage participation in multisport events, and motivate others the way that I have been motivated by AVR/AVT to explore new challenges and experiences.
I joined AVR I believe in February 2107. In January 2018 I became the Volunteer Coordinator for all AVR races. This led me to join the main AVR committee in January 2019 due to the roles I already assist with in the club. The coordinator role needed a constant feed of information on races, accurate information and discussion. In April 2019 I launched the AVR Volunteer reward scheme to assist promotion of volunteering and the positive aspects of it. I am also on the social working group assisting with the planning and running of social events within the club. In January 2019 undertook my LiRF to enable me to take regular club runs and in April 2109 I ran a 12-week 5K improvers course. AVR is a big family to me whether at events or training and I get great pleasure in helping and supporting others. The club gives me such a positive outlook and it’s a pleasure to be there help others and give back some of what other people have given to me.
I started running with AVR in November 2018 doing C25K. I’ve enjoyed the continued support from everyone at the club and how helpful everyone is. I took on the role of minutes secretary for the club in January 2020.
From Southport in Merseyside originally. I first started running way back in July 1998 after I joined the Territorial Army and had to pass a BFT (Basic Fitness Test) which then included a mile and a half run. Vowing never to run a marathon ever again, a golfing buddy gave me his London Marathon entry form and by a stroke of luck the following April I lined up on the start line in London to run my first of 2 Marathons to date. Moving to Trowbridge in 2010 I ran on and off for a couple of years then a change of job saw me lose my running mojo. Rediscovering it, and parkrun, shortly after Mrs Sawyer (Dawn, also AVR) started the parkbench to parkrun program at Southwick in late 2018. Running as a family we somehow along the way adopted the name TeamSawyer and that has kind of stuck, with George (14, also JAVR and former parkrunner of the month) being the youngest member of our little team.
I joined AVR in Sept 2016 at the age of 60 when I signed up to the Beginners Course having decided to challenge myself to try running. After completing beginners, I followed on with the 5 - 10k Improvers Course and am grateful to all the run leaders for supporting me successfully through these courses. I joined the AVR committee in January 2018. Within AVR I've found friendship, support, encouragement and enjoyment of a new fitness activity. I think what I love most about AVR is the fact that it caters for runners of all ages & abilities making everyone feel part of the club. I am now a qualified LIRF so to anyone who thinks they've left it too late to start, I can show you that age is certainly no barrier to learning to run.
I've been a member of AVR for 7 years after doing the beginners course in January 2014. I have completed a few half marathons though 21k currently feels like a very long way!! I am now happiest running 5k a couple of times a week and 10k at the weekends-trying to maintain a level of fitness whilst balancing work and family with everything else that is going on at the moment. I would be more than happy for anybody to get in touch - for a chat, a walk, a run
I have been a member of AVR for approximately five years and I love anything running, so being part of a friendly and successful club is fantastic. Seeing people enjoying their running, smiling, (most of the time), wearing club colours, supporting their club, achieving their personal goals, PB's etc and seeing plenty of AVR members at these league events is extremely rewarding. I always love turning up at club training sessions, where our coaches and run leaders all do such an excellent job, learning techniques, and catching up with club mates, sharing stories about races, running experiences, hills and learning about training hints and tips etc, is something that I continue to love.
I joined AVR in 2006 after taking part in many AVR organised events - Over the Hills, Trowbridge 10K etc. I became a committee member the following year and then stood as Chairman for 5 years before handing this over to the current chairman, Warren Wade. I trained and raced regularly with AVR taking part in many local races and also triathlon. For me running has been about personal goals and fitness rather than competition. I’ve always combined it with circuit training and gym work to aid other interests such as climbing. I had shoulder injury in 2009 which took nearly 2 years to recover from, during this time I started coaching AVR with Alan Hayes. We had a great bunch of athletes and ran sessions in Trowbridge Park on Tuesday nights or Southwick Country Park on Saturdays. I will always be thankful to Alan for his time, encouragement, humour and sarcasm, helping me to become a Level 2 coach. These days I just about keep fit with a variety of fitness classes and gym work. I have been learning to fly a microlight and hope to qualify as a pilot early in 2020. AVR is a great club that I am very proud to be involved with. When I stepped down as Chairman I was given an Honorary life membership, this was not only a great surprise but also a great honour, I treasure the tankard to this day. Although I don’t get to club I am still involved in the back office helping with the website and IT. email: Webmaster
I became a member of AVR as an absolute beginner in 1987, 1 yr after the formation of the club. But as my husband Bob Ellis was a founder member I have been involved from the start. It took me a long time to get to running any distance and I always ran on road. The club was very small with no coaches but a wealth of experience to draw on from other club members. I quickly became involved in committee issues, 1st supporting Bob and then becoming a committee member myself. I have been Chairman twice but our club had far fewer members then and the issues covered in meetings were nowhere near as technical and challenging as our esteemed chairman and secretary have to cope with now. In all, with 2 maternity breaks I think I have served as a committee member for over 25yrs. Time for new blood. I decided to run my 1st marathon in 1996, it was that or give up running as I was bored, and I have gone on to run a further 10 after realising distance events were my forte ( I have a marathon pb of 3.36) Later, struggling to motivate myself on tarmac, I discovered off road running about 15 yrs ago and was hooked. I now enter off road events to complete not compete. I don't attend club nights as often these days, but rest assured, if you slice me down the middle, AVR is there all the way through like a stick of rock.
I first joined Avon Valley Runners in 1987 and had several good years competing on the local road race circuit before finally ceding to injury. I also spent ten-years on the club committee serving in a number of roles including Club Captain and Honorary Secretary. I am now a Life member of the club and a Vice-President advising the current club committee on a number of issues, most recently COVID-19 compliancy.
Ted originally started running just to keep fit for playing squash however he has had a great running career. One of AVR’s great supporters with a wicked sense of humour and also one of the founder members of the club, sadly Ted had to give up running himself after having knee surgery in 2009. Ted was the AVR Club Chairman from 1992-1995 and again in 2006-2008. He was Club President from 2012-2019 and became Vice President in January 2020.
I have always enjoyed running, I've never been a good runner but I've never been a bad runner. The one thing that is constant, I've always enjoyed running. That’s what running is all about, it means different things to different people. I am proud to be a founder member of a great club, but it is the people that make the club what it is, from the serious runners chasing times to the runners who use it as a means to keep fit and de-stress. The club is made and run by the Committee and the people who get involved in the activities organisation - this is something we should always be thankful for. I have been a lifelong vegetarian and believe in the sanctity of all life. My activities as you would guess are, running, swimming, cycling and walking. Other interests include travelling, Buddhism, and trying to get a recognisable tune out of my Yukulele.