The committee meets at approximately 3 month intervals – depending on how much business needs attending to! An agenda is posted on the web site at least a week beforehand. All club members can propose items for the agenda at any time, and may be invited to meetings to put their ideas forward in person if they so wish.
The club committee currently consists of 7 members as follows:
- Chris Usher – Chairman
- Steve Thomson – Vice Chairman
- Terry Penny – Secretary
- Jonathan Fox – Treasurer
- Laura Penny – Publicity & Club Championship Co-ordinator
- Jane Smith – Beginners
- Alex Penny – Club Coach
We are also looking for more group leaders – people who know the routes we run and are willing to lead or pace a group of runners round the course. This gives us much more flexibility on club nights, as leaders can choose their own routes and/or take a small group of runners and help them in their efforts to increase their speed and fitness. If interested, please contact chairman Chris (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
The committee is more than pleased to hear from club members at any time. If you have any feedback, ideas or constructive comments feel free to speak to us on a club night or email us at any time.
Here’s a quick profile of committee members:
I first started running in the early 80s and took part in the second London Marathon in 1982. After a lapse of several years, I joined the club in January 2013 and was appointed chairman the following November. As chairman I am keen to ensure the club meets the needs and aspirations of its members. I measure the success of our club, not by how large it is, but by the extent to which our members enjoy running with us and by the extent we help them achieve their goals – whether this be simply getting and keeping fit or achieving a personal best in a marathon.
Terry – Club Secretary:
I first started running seriously in my 31st year when I played a 5-a-side football match (Staff against pupils) at my school. I was unable to move or breathe properly for several days and I decided that things had to change. I ran the London marathon in 1982 in four hours and managed to improve on that time over several years. I joined Buckingham and Stowe RC in 2004 when there were very few members. It has been good to see the club attracting more members over the last few years.
I enjoy running half marathons, although I am getting slower now. I have plans for one big run when I reach 70.
Treasurer Jonathan says:
I moved to Buckingham in 2011 and joined the club in March 2012.
I started to run in the 1990`s and ran the London Marathon in 1996 then decided to take a break that lasted 15 years! I came back to running trying to stave off middle age and found a new sense of enjoyment by running with the club. My favourite distance is 10km and would like to run another marathon before I reach 50.
I have lived in Buckingham most of my life and joined the club in 2012 after I had been running solo for a few years.
The club has turned running into a social activity for me as I have met lots of lovely people, but also I have dramatically improved my performance through all the various training sessions led by the club. I enjoy racing, the half marathon is my favourite distance, but I have now got hooked on running marathons and reached my goal in Dec 2016 of running 100 marathons!
I started running with the club back in 2002. My first run was on a Monday evening, where I accompanied one of my daughters. Initially I thought it an experience not to be repeated and vowed to never run again but “the bug” took hold and I have been running ever since, completing many races, including several marathons.
During my time as a member, the club has grown from 3 or 4 runners doing the Monday and Thursday evening runs, to what it is today. Beginners are always welcome and their progression strongly encouraged.
I have been running regularly for several years now and have been a member of Buckingham Running Club since 2012. I enjoy racing all distances but my favourite is the marathon. I ran my first marathon in 2007 at Loch Ness and hated it! It took me 5 years to have another go (Berlin 2012) and this time I was hooked. My main running goal was to run 100 marathons (completed this in Dec 2015). I am now targeting a place on the World Rankings List which means running 300 marathons!
I am so pleased to be back running with the club after being injured for a year. I have recently just started running again and I have a long road ahead of me to get my fitness and speed back.