Latest round of awards also sees Poole AC coach Mark Pauley named Ambassador of the Month for April
Serpentine Running Club has been voted as the April winner of the Ronhill/AW Club of the Month awards, with Mark Pauley of Poole AC earning the accolade of Ronhill Ambassador of the Month.
Serpentine Running Club credits a running boom since the turn of the century for its 2200-strong membership. But it is not all about quantity for the “Serpies”, as there is significant quality among members across a range of areas of the sport.
Top athletes currently are Nick Torry (2:19 in London Marathon 2012), Richard Phillips (Wales international in mountain running), Becky Glover (world-class triathlon age- grouper), Sandra McDougall (third in Surrey cross-country championships this season and first in the Surrey 10km champs 2012), Andrea Clements (first place in the first leg of the national four-stage road relays last year) and Hilary Walker (club president and ultra-distance record-holder).
The club was formed in 1982 after the first London Marathon by a group who wanted to train for the next one. By the early Nineties the club was competing in cross-country, track and field and road running, but it almost folded in the late Nineties. However, aided by an increasing interest in running, combined with the launching of the club’s extensive website, the club enjoyed a revival early in the 21st century.
But that’s not all the Serpies have done to deserve the honour of Club of the Month! Find a two-page feature with the low-down on Serpentine Running Club in the May 2 issue of AW, which is available here.
Pauley, meanwhile, receives the honour of Ambassador of the Month, with the Poole AC coach (pictured right) recognised for his success and love of variety.
Coaching by the motto “variety is the spice of life”, Pauley has enjoyed plenty of success with his athletes. However, not only does Pauley want his athletes to reach their potential, but he also wants them to enjoy their sport and develop lifelong friendships.
Although Pauley enjoyed running at school, he was only persuaded to start competitively in 1981, running with colleagues who were part of Barclays Bank Athletics Club. He joined Poole in 1983 and ran at county level on all surfaces. He achieved many county medals at a time when, he says, “standards were very respectable”.
However, it was in 1988 when the then club coach Paul Whent made the decision to start a junior section that Pauley’s presence really began to be known. He explains: “I took up the offer to support Paul and attendance numbers started to grow. I enjoyed the experience immensely and as my performances plateaued, I devoted more time to coaching and less to competing myself.” From this day on, Pauley has never looked back, remaining involved and taking on increasing responsibilities.
Read more about Pauley’s achievements in the May 2 issue of AW, which is available here.
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.