Congratulations Mark Vaughan - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for January 2020
Kit secretary Mark lives and breathes kit, it’s a passion or perhaps some might say even an obsession.
As expected, he leads by example when it comes to being kitted out for race day. Another passion is cross country so the culmination of kit and cross country at the Herts County Cross Country Champs made for an ideal day out.
Mark turned up to race as expected exceptionally turned out in full North Herts Road Runner attire. Bobbly hat check, branded jacket check, race shoes check, even a fully branded North Herts Road Runner Marquee check. However, even this super-efficient and organised kit obsessive can get it wrong. Looking super nifty pre-race Mark reaches in to his kit bag (probably branded) to find he didn’t pack his vest but instead packed fellow kit secretary and wife Sue’s vest. Being the ultimate professional, he just donned his wife’s vest and raced.
You’ll need to ask Mark if this kit blip impacted his race performance on the day or if he found the ladies cut slightly liberating.
Congratulations Linda Aird - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for December 2019
We've saved the best to last as Linda Aird sees out the decade as Squirrel of the Month.
Linda has shown true squirrel spirit with her services to running whilst injured. Although unable to run in this season's cross country campaign Linda as been there supporting and taking numbers at the end of races.
She has provided so much encouragement to others and has selflessly turned up to club nights to help.
Linda you are an absolute legend and a super baker too!
Congratulations Pete Sibbett - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for November 2019
Pete has been awarded this months winner because he showed true squirrel character during the 3CXC at Wing.
Having set out to race hard and put himself in contention for an overall age category win, Pete stopped his race when a fellow club mate got into difficulties.
Pete stayed with him until Marshall’s were on the scene and the fellow runner was well supported. Despite having lost several places Pete continued on to finish his race.
Pete has been in the club (as a very fast runner I might add) and on the committee for many years, and has had many achievements and made some significant contributions to the club but despite several nominations for this prestigious award has never won it until now. This one it very well deserved.
Congratulations Ian Dalten - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for October 2019
Ian joined the club just over a year ago but soon became an established and well respected member of the club. He goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcome and is a truly inclusive runner. His words of encouragement and support have reached all in the club and he continues to befriend all newcomers.
Actions speak louder than words and no truer a statement can be said of Ian. He has excelled in his performances over the past year and continues to set new PBs in all distances. Ian has enjoyed gentle rivalries with many runners over the years and his enthusiasm reminds many of us about the real reason we started running in the first place.
He epitomises the ethos and ethics of the club and as such is a worthy recipient of our Squirrel of the Month.
Congratulations Ian Sutcliffe - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for September 2019
One of our more experienced runners it's safe to say Ian is an old hand with decades of experience at running and racing.
Ian's passion for running is so great he just can't stop himself from running. This became apparent to everyone during the Hatfield 5k series when Ian just wasn't satisfied to race the 2 lap 5k course and he continued on for a third lap of racing before crossing the finish line.
Such dedication has made him this months winner.
P.S If you see Ian at a race just remind him how many laps the course is.
Congratulations to our Club - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for August 2019
NHRR was selected at the England Athletics Volunteer Awards (East of England) as CLUB OF THE YEAR 2019.
This award was not just based on strong and improved performances in leagues and championships, but also how over the last 12 months we demonstrated our ongoing commitment to the sport and what opportunities we provided.
This is YOUR award. THANK YOU for being a SQUIRREL
Congratulations Tom Webb - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for July 2019
Tom has been awarded the July Squirrel of the Month for his performance and contribution to this year's Midweek League.
Finishing in times of 33.46, 33.23, 32.41 and 34.50 put him in the top three of every race and made him the overall league winner.
He was an integral part of the team that helped NHRR finish as the 2019 Midweek League Champions for the first time in the clubs history.
Congratulations Sheila Leavy - NHRR Squirrels of the Month for June 2019
Sheila has been awarded Squirrel of the Month due to her incredible resilience and positivity after a serious fall while racing.
The fall led to Sheila having to undergo several operations and left her confined to her bed and unable to walk. Her determination and positive attitude through out her recover has been an inspiration to all of us and it was great to see Sheila walk the mile race at Run Round the Garden in June.
Although unable to run Sheila remained a dedicated squirrel through her recovery supporting races and attending club socials from her wheelchair and later on crutches. As soon as she could was able to walk she walked to and from training session always smiling and encouraging others.
Congratulations Lorna Chambers - NHRR Squirrels of the Month for May 2019
Lorna has been nominated Squirrel of the Month for making her Half Marathon debut at our very own Greenway Challenge. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience and afterwards she reflected how much she had achieved in just a year and half running.
Running is all about enjoyment and achievement and we think Lorna personifies this and is a very worthy winner for May's Squirrel of the Month.
Congratulations Andrew Porter - NHRR Squirrels of the Month for April 2019
April is marathon month so it was a tough choice for SOTM as there were lots of great performances to choose from.
Andrew stood out after completing his first marathon at London. Running London Marathon had been a life long ambition for Andrew. He completed his marathon in 4.49 creating a new club record for V70 and raising over £2k for the charity Children with Cancer.
This makes Andrew a very worthy winner of Aprils Squirrel of the Month.
Squirrel of the month
This award is to celebrate and recognise a special club member who has show extraordinary commitment to the club or impressed with an outstanding achievement.