Committee

What is the committee?

The club is run by a group of volunteers who are elected from the pool of existing members. They meet regularly (every 6 to 8 weeks) to discuss the running of the club.
 
The committee is made up of honorary offices and ordinary members. Details of the different posts are listed below.

How can you join the committee?

Any member may stand for election at the AGM (held in May). To stand for election you must have a member officially nominate you and another to second the nomination.
 
We welcome anyone to stand for election to the committee. You do not  have to be either a top class runner or have been a member since the dark mists of time to be a committee member.
 
You do not have to be on the committee to help with the running of the club. Help is welcomed on an informal basis to help organise and run club events. Why not ask a committee member if there is anything that you can do?
 

Who is on the committee?

Honorary Officers

Chairman – DAVID PIMM
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I joined the club in August 2009 but have been running since I ran for the school and borough (fast approaching 50 years ago!).  At university I was Captain of Athletics, ran cross-country, 800m and 1500m and half marathons just as road running was beginning to flourish.

Running with the club in recent years, especially competing regularly in Grand Prix events (age-graded), has helped improve my times markedly.

My hope is that we can be a club that both welcomes and encourages runners of any and every standard, and nurtures some really top club athletes.”

chairman [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

CLUB Captain -ALASTAIR McGEOCH-WILLIAMS
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“I joined the club in September 2013 and then the committee in May 2016.

I’ve been running in some capacity or other since the age of 10 and was fortunate enough to run in the same cross-country races as Mo Farah (before he became famous!) as a teenager. After moving to Surbiton, I knew that joining a local running club would be the best way to meet people and improve my race performances. I have enjoyed the variety of events on offer, from the Surrey Cross-Country league to the Grand Prix races, and I’ve become more competitive and made some great friends along the way.”

Alastair looks after the Grand Prix along with Steve Ramek.

captain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

VICE CAPTAIN – BEVERLY GOW
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“I first started running at the grand old age of 45 and completed my first ever 5k at Kingston parkrun in Sep 2014.  I finally gave in to the nagging of some of the 26.2 Kingston parkrun regulars and joined the club in Apr 2015.

I had previously never been active, so I am now making up for 45 years of sedentary lifestyle by getting in as many half marathons as possible.  I am not fast but can plod, far and love a challenge.  I have completed a marathon, but I have literally dreamt of running the London marathon, and one day I may just achieve this. 

I joined the committee in May 2017, to represent the clubs ‘menopausal women’, and manage club kit stocks.”

vicecaptain [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

kit [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

Treasurer – David Pearce
David Pearce Amsterdam 2015

treasurer [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

SECRETARY – MARIA CENALMOR
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“I joined the club in Nov 2011, right after a Cross Country Surrey League match… I loved it! And I have been a member of the committee since 2013.  

I started running in 2011. I never thought this would be an enjoyable activity, it turned out to be great. I love the constant challenge…. You can always run faster or further. I like distance running and did my first and last marathon in 2014 (London). Now I’m just training for half-marathons. I love the social element that the club brings and running with people makes it so much more fun.”
 

secretary [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

Ordinary Members

MEMBERSHIP – JOHN BENNETT
 IMG_0110 I joined the club in 2011 after watching my wife Andrea win Best Newcomer at the awards night for the previous year. I was a late convert to running but tried to run regularly while working in Vauxhall and running with the club in the evenings. The support of the members on the Sunday long runs got me through my first marathon in 2013. Since retirement I have managed to improve my times and it is all down to the support of the club members.
MARK CANNINGS
 

Mark joined the committee in 2018.

Javier Fuentes
  The javelin!
Sue HAWKER
  Sue is one of our 2017 recruits to the committee.

 

LAURA HOOKE
 

Laura joined the committee in 2018.

HANDICAP AND GRAND PRIX – STEVE RAMEK
IMG_6437 “I started running in October 2011 at the same time as i joined the club.

I had just stopped playing football and wanted to keep my fitness up, so thought running would be a good idea..

Had never really run before that apart from the normal school cross country.

Have absolutley loved the last few years of running and have even got one of my daughters into parkrun.”

Steve looks after the running of the handicap and Grand Prix.

BECKY STOPFORD
 

Becky joined the committee in 2018.

MICHAEL STREET
 

Michael joined the committee in 2018.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR – Peter Tozer
Peter Tozer 2015 Club Mile

I joined the club in 1989, the first of 10 London Marathons. Middle-aged addiction to 26.2 miles prompted me also to run Paris four times, New York and Barcelona. Was Grand Prix Organiser for seven years from 2001, also club chairman for three of those years. Haven’t won a race since 1949 Toddlers Race at Woolwich Barracks! Favourite races: Dorking 10, Claygate Country 5 and Wedding Day 7k.

 

James WALSH
 

James joined the committee in 2018.

Other Contacts

WEBSITE – RICH KIRK
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Richard is not currently a committee member but looks after the technical aspects of the website.

“I became club member in 2012 when I moved to Surbiton with my wife Vicki (also a club member and former committee member). 

I have been running since 2006 when I took part in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. Since then I have run to lose weight, maintain fitness and enjoy the social side of our sport. You will frequently find me in the bar after runs or on a Sunday.

I have been responsible for the website since we moved to the current wordpress version. My work on the website started when I put the handicap results online in 2014. We then renovated the website in 2015.

website [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk

Surbiton's friendly running club. Open to runners of all standards, fast or slow. We participate in local races of all distances.