Herne Hill Harriers wins Ronhill/AW Club of the Month

Latest round of awards also sees Michaela McCallum of Winchester AC named Ambassador of the Month for July

Saskia Millard, Katy-Ann McDonald, Alex Brown U13 Cross Country Relays

Herne Hill Harriers has been voted as the July winner of the Ronhill/AW Club of the Month awards, with Michaela McCallum of Winchester AC earning the accolade of Ronhill Ambassador of the Month.

Last year will always be remembered as a vintage year of British sport with the hosting of a home Olympic Games. This has had a positive impact on London club Herne Hill Harriers, which has not only seen an increase in membership, but last year was also one of the club’s most successful years in their history.

Both men’s and women’s teams gained promotion within their respective British League and UK Women’s Leagues and the under-13 girls won the Southern relay and National cross country relay team titles.

The club was founded in 1889 by a group of boys who met regularly in a tuck shop at 99 Milkwood Road, Herne Hill and the club is planning to celebrate its 125th anniversary next year with a series of celebration events including a dinner, a family day at the track and several social events.

The club has a friendly nature and it offers competition for all its members who are aged between eight and eighty, as past president veteran athlete Keith Newton explained: “We are local and friendly but also national and international in aspirations.

“We place emphasis on nurturing and developing our own young athletes, but our doors are also genuinely open to welcome new members, unlike some other clubs that operate waiting lists.”

McCallum, meanwhile, receives the honour of Ambassador of the Month, with the 47-year-old (pictured right) recognised for her dedication to coaching and campaigning.

Having represented England and GB as a marathon runner, McCallum has been a key member of the committee at Winchester AC and led the campaign to get funding for a track. More recently she has focused her efforts on developing the junior section of the club and coaching a group of middle-distance runners.

Although McCallum is now more involved with coaching and administration roles at Winchester AC, she still enjoys running in a few races outside of her job, where she has her own physio practice. “I run a few times a week now but still enjoy taking part in cross-country events and get dragged out for the odd track race!” she said.

However, Andy Greenleaf, who nominated McCallum for this award, explains she is still a valuable member of the Winchester team. “While Michaela now focuses on coaching others, she still regularly participates in the Hampshire Road Race League, often placing very well individually and in the WADAC scoring team,” he said.

Every month, we will announce the winners of the Athletics Weekly Club and Club Ambassador awards, which are supported by Ronhill and assisted by Hilly Limited and Ridgeway Textiles. The awards reinforce our joint commitment to grassroots club athletics and will culminate in our annual awards. You can enter here.

Winning clubs receive £150 of Ronhill kit and a trophy, while the chosen ambassador gets £100 of kit and a trophy.

» Read more about what Herne Hill Harriers and Michaela McCallum have done in order to deserve their awards in the July 25 edition of AW, which is available here, digitally here or from most WHSmith, Tesco and other leading stores

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