Contacts

   

                  General Enquiries:        secretary@runningclubs.org.uk

Michael White - Tel  01306 888886/07900504346

     

                  Chairman:  Dick Meredith        chairman@runningclubs.org.uk

Dick was Chairman of Garden City Runners in Hertfordshire for 25 years and is now Club President.  He is a past Chairman of the British Association of Road Races (BARR) and is on the Board of ABAC.  Organised the Garden City 10 Road Race for 10 Years.

 

             Vice Chairman:  Gordon Robbins

Gordon has been an active member of Bitton Road Runners for many years.
Being an active runner and the race director of The Easy Runner Sodbury Slog ensures he is fully aware of runners' needs.
As permit and road running secretary for Avon Athletic Association, he also has an in depth knowledge of race organisation and standards.

         

                Secretary:  Michael White        secretary@runningclubs.org.uk
Michael, after military service with the Parachute Regiment, spent the remainder of his working life in the insurance business, latterly running his own insurance underwriting company at Lloyds of London. A keen runner, he joined the Dorking and Mole Valley club in 1976, serving them for 7 years as their secretary. He resigned as the club secretary in 2005 due to the club's support for the Foster Proposals. He became the Secretary of ABAC and now belongs to Cranleigh Tortoise and Hare Runners. He has run 30 marathons including 10 London Marathons and the South Downs 80.
 

                Treasurer:  Selina Da Silva

Selina has been a keen marathon and ultra runner since 1995 (having now completed more than 200 marathons) and a committee member of the 100 Marathon Club. She was Women's Running Network organiser for 3 years, coaching 80 runners. Currently employed as an accountant for a manufacturing company.

 

                 Webmaster:  Rod Baron            webmaster@runningclubs.org.uk

Rod has been active in road running in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk for a number of years, having maintained websites and produced results systems for several local running clubs and event organisations. He spent many years as the Technical Manager for the Round Norfolk Relay, concentrating on the technical aspects of the race such as online data, results and communications. Rod is a qualified Course Measurer.

Ian Champion


Ian has been involved in road race organisation since 1977.  He was connected with
London to Brighton between 1980 and the last race in 2005 and also with all 29 London Marathons since 1981.  Qualified as a referee, he is president of the Road
Runners Club a national rather than local based club.  
 

 

John Turner

John, a competitive runner since 1957, was Fixtures Secretary and then a Chairman of Tonbridge AC in the 1960s, and more recently Secretary of Ely Runners from 1987 to 2011. He was Race Director of the Grunty Fen Half-Marathon 14 times from 1991-2010, the Ely New Year's Eve 10k Road Race from 2000-2010, and the Turing Trail Relay 2006-2009. Currently i/c Training for Ely Runners.

Steve Crane

Steve has been a member of Bedford Harriers AC since 1999 and race director of the Bedford Half Marathon for 6 years. He is currently Bedford Harriers Race Management Secretary & committee member and is a Road Race Referee & Course measurer. Occupation - Company director. 

Richard Dajda

Richard has been involved in club administration for Royston Runners for over fifteen years and is a race director with experience of road, cross-country and trail race management. As a “bad for age” runner he runs for fitness rather than glory and by being on the committee he hopes that he can contribute towards ARC members staging safe and enjoyable races.

 Rick Overington

Rick has always been a runner but joined his local club Little Baddow in 2008 and took over as membership secretary in 2011. He enjoys all forms of running but particularly the lovely countryside that his club has to offer and the many off road runs that are available in the vicinity.

Rick has a law degree and has worked in insurance since 2008 in Employers & Public Liability claims for two large insurance companies and for a city law firm. As well as membership secretary duties he also runs the club’s website and social media.

 Richard Harbon

Richard is the Principal Race Director for North Herts Road Runners with 20 years of race organisation experience both with the club and other organisations. His experience includes road, cross country, trail running, duathlons and adventure racing.

 
The above named are all members of road running clubs. They are acting individually in response to what they see as the imposition of undemocratic, costly and bureaucratic solutions on the sport. They believe that road running (and related activities – cross country, fell and trail) should have separate governance and no longer be a cash generating adjunct to the sport of athletics. They have set up the Association of Running Clubs so these activities can have an option which the appointed bodies have not seen fit to give them.
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Most importantly, and in stark contrast to other structures which have been set up post Foster, none of these people has any vested interest in, nor earns any money from the sport