Windle Valley Runners wins Ronhill/AW Club of the Month

Latest round of awards also sees Malcolm Gammon of Weston Athletics Club named Ambassador of the Month for June

Windle VR XC team March 2013

Windle Valley Runners been voted as the June winner of the Ronhill/AW Club of the Month awards, with Malcolm Gammon of Weston Athletics Club earning the accolade of Ronhill Ambassador of the Month.

Founded 24 years ago, Windle Valley Runners have always tried to keep one step ahead of the game and in doing so they have become experts in exploiting the benefits of social networking. This has been a particular help in getting new blood recruited into their ranks.

WVR’s roots go back a few years earlier than its official establishment though, as founder member Bob Webb recalls: “I took part in both the 1982 and 1983 London marathons and the interest generated locally gave me the idea to organise a fun run on Windlesham Field of Remembrance in May 1983. This attracted more than 200 participants and was such a success that a 10km race was arranged for the September of that year on the same course we still use today.

“Both events were so well attended that they continued to be held on an annual basis for many years, along with a relay marathon. A small group took our fun-running to the next level and began entering races, which subsequently led to the formation of Windle Valley Runners.”

But it has been within the last two years that the club has really been revitalised with membership having increased by 25% during the last nine months. It continues to grow and the average age of club members has also fallen by nearly four years in the last 12 months.

Gammon, meanwhile, receives the honour of Ambassador of the Month, with the 57-year-old (pictured right) recognised for his organisation and hard work.

Inspired by a place in the London Marathon in 2002, Gammon took up athletics at the age of 46. Now 57, this initial induction into the sport has escalated into a life passion that has seen him become a key figure at Weston Athletics Club, as well as improve his own performances as a runner and represent Great Britain in his age group at ITU world duathlon competitions.

As well as being a keen runner, Malcolm also became involved with administration and team management roles at Weston. He has been road running manager for the last seven years, co-ordinating club activities and training. As a level-one coach, he is also part of the club’s 23-strong coaching team, led by experienced head coach Ian Carpenter, and is a member of the club committee.

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 Windle Valley Runners and Malcolm Gammon have done in order to deserve their awards in the July 4 edition of AW, which is available here, digitally here or from most WHSmith, Tesco and other leading stores

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