Every month we honour a member of Bournville Harriers. You can nominate anyone who has had a positive impact on your experience at Bournville Harriers in the last month or so, whether by cheering you on at a race, keeping you company on a training run, keeping you sane through your latest injury, or by doing something else someone might deserve recognition for.
All we need is a name and a brief explanation of the reason you’ve nominated that person. We will sift through the nominations at committee meetings and may bring some of our own. The whole point of this is to recognise a wide array of members for doing all of the little things they do to make our club great!
The winner each month will win a limited edition Bournville Harriers Pin Badge and will get a short profile on the website. We have built up a winners’ gallery, which serves the dual purpose of honouring our members and giving visitors to the BvH website a flavour of who belongs to our club and why. Please note that you will need to be a paid-up member to win!
Nominations can be made by email by emailing email@example.com or by speaking to Dave on a club night.
January 2019 – Rhian Littlewood
How long have you been a member of Bournville Harriers? I joined in October 2014, just after running my first half marathon
If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a… Gin and tonic.
Favourite racing distance? I really enjoy 10k for the opportunity to run with a bit of pace. Winter is so full of cross country that I don’t seem to find much time for other races so it’s almost hard to remember.
Favourite race/event? Cross country! I love the team spirit, the challenge of different terrain and the adrenaline rush of running down a steep muddy hill. Also Man v Horse which was the most fun I have had at a race, even if it did break me a lot.
Proudest moment as a runner? It’s a tie between finishing Birmingham marathon last year and coming third in the Wythall & Hollywood 5k, which was my first and only individual prize for a race.
If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club? I would tailor my sales pitch to the person, as all good sales people do 🙂 We have such a diverse set of people linked by a common enthusiasm for running – there is a place for every runner in BvH. I would also impress them with some stats* about how much the average BvH runner improves after joining the club.
*Stats will be true in spirit but maybe not strictly fact checked.
February 2019 – Sean Rose
How long have you been a member of Bournville Harriers? I think it was 2004 when I first joined. The club then was no more than 40-50 strong and a post run drink was obligatory 😉
If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a… A Guinness. It has lots of iron apparently. That’s my excuse!
Favourite racing distance? I think 10k because you have to run hard from the gun but also need an adaptable race strategy.
Favourite race/event? It has to be the London Marathon. But it is a love-hate relationship. I have always said never again.
Proudest moment as a runner? I have 3 and it is hard to choose between them:
1) Running 2:44 in the London Marathon, especially as it was touch and go when my training fell apart. I stood on the start line knowing I had no buffer left to break 2:45.
2) Bournville hosting its first cross-country race at Cofton. That was our first winning year as a team. Back then we were in Division 4!
3) BMAF XC Relays 2013 when we won the M35 Gold. All the BMAF XC Relays were special in Derby as you could watch over half of each 3K leg from the stands. I have seen Dean P, Paul T and Orlando C close some phenomenal gaps.
If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club? We all run for a variety of reasons and BvH is the only club I know where you will find someone with a similar outlook.
March 2019 – Barrie Roberts
How long have you been a member of Bournville Harriers? I have ‘been around’ before (Birmingham-Rowheath) and throughout Bournville Harriers existence. Always based at The Pavillion, Bournville.
If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a… IPA Beer (but occasionally I am not drinking alcohol!)
Favourite racing distance? Favourite racing distance; possibly the 1 Mile (road or track)
Proudest moment as a runner? Proudest moment; probably winning the UK 800m indoor title track about 5 years ago at Lee Valley. (But also very proud to witness my wife Katie’s first Half-Marathon, here in Birmingham last Autumn, and to be part of a running family).
If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club? A local, accessible, welcoming and generally inclusive adult running club. All ages, men/women, all abilities. Performance, Participation, Encouragement and Enjoyment are important strands in the Club’s philosophy.
We have some amazing and remarkable people in our membership, who have run anything from 60m to ultra-distances, on a wide range of surfaces e.g. road, cross-country, trail,
April 2019 – Steve Doswell
How long have you been a member of Bournville Harriers? Since 2012. I came to Rowheath to run the Bournville Leafy 10K, loved the friendly buzz and the cakes afterwards and decided the future was teal!
If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a… pint of whatever guest ale’s on the pump on the left.
Favourite racing distance? Toss-up between 10K and a half-marathon. Probably 10K, though, because I can push myself, knowing it’ll be over soon!
Favourite race/event? As people know, I love Slovenia so it’s got to be Ljubljana Marathon/Half, held in late October. I’ve run the Half twice and the full 42K once and I’m going back for the full distance again this year. It’s a big event in a small scenic city, non-stop crowd support, superb organisation, fast course, there’s even chocolate on the way round – what’s not to like?!
Proudest moment as a runner? Hard to single one out. Every time I turn out in teal it gives me a strong sense of pride and belonging. But probably it was touching the Acropolis in Athens in March, having run over the hills from Marathon, knowing I’d completed what I’d set out to achieve with Running: Me Running EU.
If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club? Four words: Performance, Participation, Encouragement, Enjoyment. I know of no other club, company or organisation that so completely lives up to its values and fulfils its promise to new and potential members. Join – you, won’t be sorry. It may even positively change your life. It has mine!
May 2019 – Kate Green
How long have you been a member of Bournville Harriers? A grand total of 6 months! I started running with the club in January and always intended to join, but an upcoming cross country race spurred me to get my membership sorted that little bit sooner!
If you see me in the Pavilion Bar, you can buy me a… A large Sauvignon Blanc please!
Favourite racing distance? It’s really really hard to choose… I think most people now know that I like to do everything! I love parkrun for the Saturday morning community spirit and the opportunity to push myself on some (hopefully) really fast miles, but I also really enjoy marathons and ultras because I love understanding what my legs and mind need to be able to perform over a longer distance, and I love trails because mud and hills spell FUN!
Buttttt, I think I’ll go with marathons as my final choice, not just for the reasons above, but also because I’ve seen some pretty cool places because of them (NYC and Amsterdam to name a couple!) and I’ve got to know some great people as a result of long run training.
Favourite race/event? There’s actually too many to choose from!!
I think my favourite, favourite, favourite event has got to be the Maverick Peak District Middle Distance in 2018. Stunning scenery on a beautifully sunny day (although way too hot for running – I drank 2 litres of water across 17 miles!) with a load of glorious trails. It was just one of those days where I felt really lucky to be able to run and I just had a fab time. I also managed to sneak 3rd place.
Proudest moment as a runner? Ahh it’s a tie between these 3:
- Finishing and winning my first 50 mile Ultra in May of this year and then going on to win the Abersoch 10k 3 weeks later;
- Getting to the top of the Stairway to Heaven on The Grizzly course after almost a mile of pebble beach with a smile on my face; and
- Finishing New York City Marathon (my first ever marathon and the start of a deep rooted love for long distance events.
If you were trying to entice someone into joining BvH, what would you tell them about the club? Hands down the greatest thing you’ll ever do.