Committee members

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
  • Laura Penny – Secretary & Club Championship Co-ordinator
  • Jonathan Fox – Treasurer
  • Debbie Morris – Publicity & Socials Co-ordinator
  • Jane Smith – Beginners
  • Alex Penny – Club Coach

We are always 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 cwusher@aol.com).

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:

Chris writes:
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. I am also a qualified Coach in Running Fitness.


Steve Thomson:

I joined the running club in spring 2014 and have since become vice chairman. I had already run a few marathons when I joined the club but my speed has definitely improved with the variety of club training runs and the competitive club spirit. I have however tried some new challenges running 2 marathons in 2 days in 2017 and 4 marathons in 4 days in 2018. My first ultra marathon is in March 2018- a 31 miler. I am happy running all distances really and enjoy being competitive.

 

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.

Laura

Laura

Laura writes:
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 of running 100 marathons in December 2016!

Jane says:
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.

Debbie writes:

I began running in 2006 and quickly caught the running bug and started entering local races of all distances.  2015 was a milestone in my running career as I ran my first London Marathon, took part in the first ever Buckingham parkrun and joined BSRC!  I haven’t looked back since as with the help of the club I’ve achieved PBs at every distance and made lots of friends in the running community.

Alex writes:
I have been running regularly for several years now and have been a member of Buckingham Running Club since 2012 and gained my Coach in Running Fitness qualification in 2017. 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.