Member of the Month

Ian Reynolds – February 2022

How long have you been a member of BvH?

I joined BVH in 2017 after completing the beginners course.

If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a…

A pint of IPA would be nice.

Favourite racing distance?

Most of my more recent runs have been 5k, but, I haven’t really got a favourite distance. I’ve been planning on building back up to 10k and even further. I’d like to have a go at an ultra, one day, if my body will let me!

Favourite race/event?

The Sutton Fun Run was always a favourite of mine in the past. More recent events have been Thunder Run and Equinox Run at Belvoir Castle. But, of course running around Bournville in my pyjamas has got to be up there. Who’d have thought I’d be doing that! I also enjoy participating in parkrun, whether at my local one or as a tourist.

Proudest moment as a runner?

There are a number of them, ranging from completing the beginners course and discovering that I could still run a “bit” and winning Fastest Beginner at the Killer Mile in 2017. To completing my first 10k training run, many years after I’d last run that kind of distance in my 20’s, to completing three laps in both Thunder Run and Equinox. And of course, winning  this Member of The Month award.

If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club?

BVH are a very friendly, inclusive, welcoming club. Whatever your level, you will always find help and encouragement. They provide the opportunity to develop your running in any way that you could want. Whether that be going for a social run or improving your running through the help and guidance of the coaches, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience. 


Barrie Roberts – January 2022

It was a busy start to the year for Barrie – coaching twice a week, finishing off his CIRF coaching qualification, and representing Welsh Masters in the British Masters Indoor 3000m in Sheffield. Congratulations on being out first Member of the Month for 2022!

How long have you been a member of BvH?

I have run with Bournville Harriers from its inception – circa 2000.

If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a…

If I am in the vicinity of the Bar, I may well be drinking a pint of ‘Atlantic.’

Favourite racing distance?

I have competed in distances between 100m and  26.2 miles. I don’t have a favourite distance, but I do enjoy middle distance running.

Favourite race/event?

I don’t have a favourite race/event ,but the London Marathon and the Great North Runs are very special events in which to participate.

Proudest moment as a runner?

My  proudest moment as a runner? Winning the Annual  School 1 Mile Race – circa 1960 Dynevor Grammar School,Swansea —— OR  —— in more recent times, Winning the UK 800m indoor title at Lee Valley – circa 2014.

If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club?

The benefits of joining a club, such as Bournville Harriers ,are numerous. eg. Camaraderie,Coaching,motivation,inside information. Joining a club will invariably improve your running + your physical and mental health.
Running as part of a club team, whatever your level of ability and performance, is likely to give you more inspiration and motivation than running on your own, and that can help you to dig deep and discover your potential. You can run for your club’s benefit, but also your own.
People run for all sorts of valid and legitimate reasons, and whatever distance or type of running you hope to do, Bournville Harriers can help you in your journey. Use of the Club  can be a source of training partners.
We are well placed for those who live in and around Birmingham, a Commonwealth Games City, and have a reputation for being a friendly and inclusive seeking local club. Recently, we have had an influx of younger men/women join us. Members of BvH, and their distinctive teal/navy running vests, have been seen running/racing all over the  UK ,Europe and the wider world beyond , in recent years. Do come and join us!

How did you keep fit and motivated during the lockdown period?

My motivation and fitness levels during ‘Lockdown’/ Pandemic were enhanced by being able to train/coach some very special ‘Bubbles;’  albeit, under the supervision of the BvH Coaching Team set up. The Head Coaches knew,in advance, what I was hoping/planning to do. Many of those who ran during Lockdown, are now running regularly as members of BvH. Indeed,it is wonderful that we have so many new runners join us in the recent past.


Nicola Mann – December 2021

Dedication to training throughout the autumn led to a string of excellent race performances including podium finishes at Wyre Forest and NICE 10k. All on top of regular club representation at Road Relays and Cross Country. Congratulations Nicki on earning December’s Member of the Month!

How long have you been a member of BvH?

I joined BVH in 2015 after completing the Beginner’s Course 

If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a…

It won’t cost you anything…..as usually drink tap water these days! 

Favourite racing distance?

I used to love running ultras but after getting injured 18 months ago the physio advised concentrating on shorter distances. My favourite racing distance tends to change depending what I’m currently training for. Overall, I think my preferred distance is a Half marathon or 10 miler. 

Favourite race/event?

This season I’ve enjoyed participating in the XC  ….from the short 3km of Masters and National Relays, the 4 mile league races to the longer 5 mile Midlands champs and 5 and 7s. I like the variety and challenges the different courses pose. 

There’s always great camaraderie being part of the team and representing BvH too,  but also exciting as our Women’s team is going from strength to strength…both in participation and performance! Fab to see so many new members  running XC for BvH. 

Other races that stand out are Loch Ness Marathon and Pennine Barrier Ultra….a 50 miler which also includes the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. The scenery is spectacular in both ….making all those miles feel easier!

Proudest moment as a runner?

Completing 6 Ultra Marathons in 4 months in 2018 (including a couple of 100k events ), raising over £2000 for RSVP. 

More recently, running big PB’s to go sub 47  in Goodwood 10K and a sub 1:43 in Derby Half Marathon.  

18 months ago wouldn’t have dreamt it possible to get anywhere near those times. 

If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club?

Friendly, inclusive, supportive family of runners, with excellent coaching team to help develop as a runner and countless opportunities to get involved and participate in all areas of the club’s events/activities/coaching. Joining BvH certainly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! 

How did you keep fit and motivated during the lockdown period?

I used lockdown to focus on other areas of health and fitness besides running. Working on strength and conditioning, losing some weight by eating more healthily.  I also walked loads …exploring parts of Birmingham I’d never previously been to. 

After returning from injury,  I used strava to work on improving speed by challenging myself on different segments. 


Jude Glynn – October 2021

Quite the October for Jude – representing the club in Midland and National Road Relays, Cross Country Relays, Age Category win in the NICE 10k, and a PB at the London Marathon nabbing a club age category record. A hard earned October Member of the Month!

How long have you been a member of BvH?

I joined BVH after the 2011 Beginners’ Course so I’ve been a member for over a decade now!

If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a…

Cider

Favourite racing distance?

… hmm…. I’m not convinced I have a favourite -I just love a good race!

Favourite race/event?

… so many to choose from ! Probably Thunder Run although London Marathon, Kenilworth Half & the Action Heart Tuff Un rate highly !

Proudest moment as a runner?

Crossing the finish line of last year’s London Marathon having absolutely smashed it ! Those twenty months of training actually paid off!! Being awarded Club Member of the Year is right up there too though.

If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club?

Totally awesome club full of awesome people who I am privileged to train and race with and have as friends. The most inclusive club I’ve come across .

How did you keep fit and motivated during the lockdown period?

I ran every day in lockdown and stayed motivated with some virtual events – (not) parkrun, virtual WRRL as well as club events