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Graham Harper
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Unlike some of the others I haven't 'always run' in fact I left starting running a little late.. well, very late. Someone I worked with ran the London Marathon and I think I was almost jealous. When the marathon was on the telly I almost resented the fact that another year had gone by and I couldn't run one mile let alone 26! I've never been sporty, never go to the gym but eventually I started to run a little bit - first a mile, then nearly two....

I entered my first ever 10k at age 50 and was quite surprised that not only was I not last but I did pretty well. Runners come in all shapes, sizes and ages it seems. Why didn't I start running earlier?

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President

Colin Wareham
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Colin



Having been involved with sport on and off since about the age of 4 setting up a running/ sports shop became inevitable. We very quickly started to focus on specialising in running and from this with the help of two other keen runners Anita and Amy set up Harpenden Arrows in 2007.

Up until this point I only jogged to keep fit in order to help my Tennis. Very soon after setting up the club I began to run further and for longer. The club started to grow and so did my enthusiasm for running distance. The main catalyst has been running with other people.

 

Through the club I have met some wonderful people who give tips, are able to identify with when various running problems are encountered, encourage and support through the ups and downs (mainly ups) of running. I have ran 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and now completed 4 full marathons.
My main role as chairman is to keep control of our very able, enthusiastic, hard working and demanding committee. To ensure the club continues to grow and fulfil the clubs aims and constitution.

Webmaster: Colin served as club Chairman throughout the club's first 10 years stepping down in 2017 but remaining as an active member of the committee as club President.

 

Treasurer

Louisa Thompson
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I took up running just over two years ago to lose some weight get fit etc etc.  My first race was the Whipsnade 10k and I was happy just to complete it.  
 
Soon after that I was persuaded by some Arrows to join the club and since then have run distances and places I would never have considered. 

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Arrow of the Month May 2015

Development Committee Chair

Louise Crosby

I have been running on and off for most of my life with varying degrees of commitment, but only began to take it seriously in the last 15 years. Watching the London marathon in 2003, I wistfully commented on how amazing it would be to run it, only for my children to look at me sadly and say ‘It’s a shame you’re too old’… I eventually got a place in 2007 at the age of 47 and was hooked!

I have since discovered just how enjoyable it is to be in a club with the support, motivation and challenges it brings. I have learnt that running races that are ‘not my distance’; trying to keep up with the faster runners on club nights; leading groups and encouraging people to try new things; mixing up my training and running regularly brings lovely rewards and keeps me enthusiastic and motivated. I also found that even mud and hills can be fun when you are part of a team.

Louise at the 2015 London MarathonWe run for different reasons and at different levels, and the thing I love about the Arrows club is that we pride ourselves on being friendly and sociable as well as offering activities to encourage those that are more competitive. Having spent the last few years as Ladies Captain, I am now developing my coaching skills and looking forward to contributing to the development of the club.

The Development Committee is always receptive to new initiatives or feedback on how we can do things better - this year we have launched the Club Challenges and given the Club League a face-lift. If you have some ideas please speak to me any time or contact me on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Men's Captain

Men's Captain for 2015: Simon Speirs (or Speirsy)

As Men’s Captain I want to help everyone to enjoy running for running’s sake, rather than for whatever the reason that got you started in the 1st place. I enjoy just putting my shoes on and going off for a trot anywhere or anytime and I’d like people to feel the same. But so often running is such an individual sport - battling against the clock, yourself, a hill or just that next step. Being part of a club and a team helps to keep my enthusiasm for running alive.

Personally, I like trying lots of different distances, running on the trails rather than on roads, mixing up my training and using a head-torch to keep off the roads during the long winter months. I know that this is not for everyone - but hopefully no-one will mind me trying to encourage others to give it a go.

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Club Secretary

Michael Hessey

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Looking back I think that I have always ran - but only for about a maximum of one lap around an athletics track. I then presumed that my legs would fall off or my heart explode. I couldn’t get my head around running two or three, let alone four laps which my 1970s and 1980s heroes - Ovett, Coe, Cram etc - were doing, at world record pace, every week.  

 

Those people I used to watch on telly early on a Sunday morning every April running 26.2 miles around the streets of London, were, I considered, totally bonkers. 

I am now one of those people.

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Riana Walsh

Elected in Feb 2017 Riana has played a big part already in the Annual 5K invitational and is currently assisting in processing Club League data.

Ladies Captain

Ladies Captain Jillian Russell ('the smiley Scottish one')

 

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Richard Moreton

 

I first started jogging/running 7 or 8 years ago as a way to lose a bit of weight after having done little in the way of exercise apart from swimming for some years. I started off really slowly, jogging with the dog as cover. Slowly this extended beyond 5-6k once a week to twice a week this went on for several years although I did manage to loose a few pounds on the way and realised that I started to enjoy it!
 
It was really only when I considered entering an event at my son’s school, St. Georges’ Great Curry Run 2012 whcih was about 22km, this was much further than I had ever run before.
As a result I started to run more but I picked up an injury and missed the event although I did manage to enter my first public events later that year – Wheathampstead 10k and then Herts 10k, which took me c 52-53mins.
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