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 Simon Hills Captainís Report

 Iíd like to start my first of many Captainís reports by thanking my predecessor Paul Sperrin.  Paul has been the backbone of the menís team for many years and has guided us through a tricky injury ravaged period.  He is still an exceptional runner whose enthusiasm for the sport rubs off on all who train with him.  Paul is not your typical elite runner; he is always there giving advice and encouragement whatever your standard.  He can be found on Monday evenings at the track assisting a junior coach or doing an additional speed session.  On Tuesdays he and Bill Graham organize and lead the track speed sessions which cater for all abilities.  I know you will guide and assist me in the future and continue running at the very high standard for the Club.  Thank you Paul.

 Moving on, as many of you may be aware this is my second spell as menís captain and I hope it will be as successful as the first.  I have taken over from Paul at a very encouraging time.  We not only have many of our experienced runners back from injury Ė Rob Kingdom, Barry Dunn, Kev Rawlings, Keith Sawyer and myself Ė but we also have some new members who are showing real talent and are the future for the menís team Ė Allister Sheffield and Mike Blackmore.  My goals for 2005 are to take very competitive teams to all of the Midlands Road Relay Championships and by 2006 qualify for the National Relay Championships.  This has only been managed once before by the club and I know that with the talent on offer and some commitment we can achieve it.  For those of you that havenít experienced a day at Sutton Park in Birmingham, it is a fantastic day out with lots of national talent on display.  It is awe inspiring to rub shoulders and race against the nationís elite. 

October was a great month for marathons if your name is Ray Betterton (3:20:29), Warwick Fortescue (2:54:52) and Ron Shannon (3:12:21).  These are cracking times out of the normal marathon season.  Warwick continued his good form throughout November running a sub 17 min 5km at the Bridge Inn and a sub 58 minute 10 miler that puts him above me in the Club Championship.  Other runners who have been performing well throughout the last 2 months are Andy Phillips, Nick Kane, Barry Dunn, Ian Hoare, James Wade and Allister Sheffield.  It is encouraging for me to see Wayne Isaac, Mike Barry, Tony Mason, Toney Tovey, Mike Grinham and Gordon Lewis all enjoying their running at the moment too. 

Tony Mason leads the Sunday morning runs in the absence of Steve Corbett.  These start from Warmley Station at 8am, so all you lucky London Marathoners (or pre-qualifiers) get down there for your long slow runs throughout the cold winter months.   

Finally, I believe it can be a tough job to captain a team of men with varying degrees of experience and ability.  All I ask of you is your commitment in supporting me in as many events as you possibly can, as my aim is to see Bitton Road Runners back at the top where we belong. 

I hope you all have a great injury-free festive period with lots of fun, and I look forward to racing against and, more importantly, with you over the next few years.


Simon Hill

Menís Captain, Bitton Road Runners 

Male Athlete of the Month



Simon Hill. Bitton's Mens Captain.