Congratulations Lisa Laundy - NHRR Squirrels of the Month for March 2019
Squirrel of the Month for March is the very inspiring Lisa Laundy. Lisa has been battling cancer for almost 20 years. Running has played an important role in Lisa's life helping her both physically and mentally deal with cancer.
The charity Macmillan Cancer Support have also been a major source of support. Lisa's Macmillan nurses worked with her to help her manage her medication so she could continue to run and are now helping her and her family live and cope with cancer on a daily basis.
Lisa set herself the challenge to run the Vitality Big Half. It was her first half marathon which she finished in 2:23:59 and raised over £1,200 for Macmillan Cancer Support as a way of saying thank you for everything they have done and continue to do for her and her family.
You can still donate to Lisa's fundraising page for Macmillan.
Congratulations Ali Blunt and Jennie Andrews - NHRR Squirrels of the Month for February 2019
February's Baldock Beast Half Marathon produced some great performances but it was the shoe swapping shenanigans of Ali and Jennie that won them the title of SotM.
Ali was competing in the half marathon when blisters drove her to take off her shoes and continue racing in just her socks.
Jennie had been marshalling and came to Ali's rescue by giving her the shoes off her feet to continue the race leaving Jennie to marshal in her socks.
An unbelievable but true story with both showing what being a squirrel is all about, passion about running with full commitment (to carry on even without shoes) and being there for others (giving up your own shoes).
Congratulations Matt Sayers - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for January 2019
There were so many great performances over the Cross Country season making it a difficult choice for 2019's first Squirrel of the Month Award.
But there can only be one (usually) winner and Matt has shown real commitment to the club, and to his training.
He not only scored in every one of the 3CXC races but he ran the last race in Wootton the day after he competed in the Southerns XC at Parliament Hill which is possible the hardest XC race ever!
He contributed to the teams overall win of the league, and won the individual MV40 catergory. Matt also performed well at the Herts county XC and won selection for the inter counties XC.
Congratulations Brian Bailey - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for December 2018
Brian's dedication to training the yellow group this year has made him a very popular winner of this months SOTM award.
The yellow group coach is described as hardworking, patient , friendly and very encouraging. He didn't let injury prevent him from coaching even when he couldn't run himself. Brian would cycle or walk shortcuts of the route, which was very much appreciated by the athletes he trains.
He is also a regular at the clubs popular First Saturday of the Month 5k where he is responsible for entries and results. He is always a willing volunteer and other club events where he can be seen cheering and supporting others.
Congratulations Naomi Parkinson - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for November 2018
Naomi has been awarded Squirrel of the Month for her work and passion in promoting mental health which has touched so many people in the club.
Naomi is now the clubs mental health ambassador reminding all of us about the importance of looking after our mental health.
She has been the driving force behind events like #RunandTalk and has used her own experience to inspire others to have the confidence to take proactive steps towards improving their own mental health.
Congratulations Jane Clarke - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for October 2018.
Jane has been an inspiration to many of us this year and is a very worth winner of this prestigious award.
After a serious accident earlier in the year Jane has remained positive throughout her lengthy recovery. Visiting the club and keeping in contact with club mates, she is always encouraging and supportive of her fellow runners. Jane even volunteered to help promote club activities by managing our STRAVA account and has done a brilliant job.
Running was an important part of Jane’s life before her accident and we are all so pleased to see the role it has played in her recovery and to have her back running at the club.
Congratulations Caroline Thrussell - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for September 2018.
Caroline has been award this prestigious award for her all round superb effort and multi tasking abilities at this years Round Norfolk Relay.
The Round Norfolk Relay just couldn't happen with out the support crews. Not only did Caroline do daytime and cycle support but she also took on the dreaded role of timekeeper.
After over 12 hours supporting and a very long drive back across Norfolk to Kings Lynn she then stepped up to take on extra cycle support when it was needed. This meant a very very early start the next morning and a 20 mile drive in the back of the van with two bikes to be where she needed to be to support the runners. Caroline's commitment makes her a very deserving Squirrel of the Month.
Congratulations Adam Bowller - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for August 2018
Adam was nominated Squirrel of the Month for his outstanding achievement of three PBs over three different distances in August for 10k (34:21), 5m (27:28) and 5k (16:15).
Earlier this year Adam ran one of the fastest marathons in the club for a few years, breaking the V35 club marathon record with a stunning 2:38.
He has also been an integral part of the NHRR National Master Relay Squad, cross country and midweek league teams.
The recent new father has to do a lot of his training by himself to fit with his family responsibilities but can be seen clocking up the miles on Strava with his newest training partner completing 'buggy runs'.
Congratulations Oliver Brady - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for July 2018
Ollie is one of the younger members of the club and is a very deserving winner of this prestigious award. His dedication to training has been rewarded by his significant improvement (and he hasn't been put off by having to train with lots of oldies twice or even three times his age).
His hard was evident by his performance during this years MWL consistently scoring for the men's team with times of 38.24, 38.23, 40.09 and 39.50. This would have secured him an individual prize if there had been a category for his age group.
His performances have been noticed by many club members and he has been awarded a place at the Standalone 10k to represent the club.
Congratulations Richard Harbon - NHRR Squirrel of the Month for June 2018
Richard is a very worthy winner of SOTM due to his extraordinary commitment to the club which he demonstrates in many and various ways.
He not only organised Run Round The Garden and our own MWL race in one month. A task requiring superhuman effort, and many hours of organising in the background, putting his own running to one side to do it.
But also, showing his not so superhuman side, at the recent Greensand relay, where he captained a team. After making sure that all his team members recce’d their respective legs, he got lost on his own. We won’t mention that Richards is a qualified mountaineer.
Richard's immense dedication is reflected in the roles he takes on in the club as our race director, president and more recently coach. These roles so often go unnoticed so we are especially delighted that this little token of appreciation did go to one of our unsung hero’s this 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.