Committee

Showing members elected at the club's Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 25th February 2016

Chairman (and Webmaster)

Andrew Gwilliam

Andrew Gwilliam

chairman@barkingroadrunners.org.uk

I took up running again in January 2012 after several years. I soon got involved in Valentines parkrun, where I am now one of the two Event Directors. I was also a parkrun UK Ambassador for two-and-a-half years. I joined BRR in August 2012 through knowing several club members at parkrun. I became the club's Chairman in February 2015, having already been the Webmaster since January 2014, and was also the Media Secretary for a period of time. I'm currently training for my first marathon, the twenty-lap Kent Roadrunner.

Vice-Chair (and Administrative Secretary)

Alison Fryatt

Alison Fryatt

vice-chairman@barkingroadrunners.org.uk
admin@barkingroadrunners.org.uk

I started running in 2009, when I hit my mid-forties and realised how unfit I was! I entered a lot of local races to keep myself motivated but it was only when I joined Barking Road Runners in 2013 that my times really began to improve and I felt confident enough to run my first halfs and full marathon. I became BRR's Administration Secretary in September 2013 and the club's Vice-Chair in February 2015. I am also joint Event Director at Barking parkrun. I'm a shy person but I love the wide range of interesting people I've become friends with through the club.

Captain

Rob Courtier

Rob Courtier

captain@barkingroadrunners.org.uk

I started running many years ago, probably before most of my members were even born! I joined BRR in 1994 and became the Captain in February 2015 (a role I had also carried out for 8 years in the past), having been Chairman for a couple of years. I have completed many marathons during my running career, the latest of which was Abingdon in October 2012. My fastest marathon was in 1997 3 hours 47 minutes. Most Saturday mornings you will find me at Barking parkrun where I am a staunch supporter of helping out and generally getting people into running.

Treasurer (and Social Secretary)

Dennis Spencer-Perkins

Dennis Spencer-Perkins

treasurer@barkingroadrunners.org.uk
social@barkingroadrunners.org.uk

Having contributed to running and playing Sunday morning football since 1980 I decided in 2005 to hang up my boots at the ripe age of 50 years and finally join Barking Road Runners (BRR), after having been nagged by Rob Courtier to join over a number of years of working with him. However, I'm no stranger to running long distances as I ran the Woodford Half Marathon in 1985 and the East London HM in 1986 and my training then consisted of running about 3 miles in my then fashionable Green Flash pumps!!

Since joining BRR I've helped on the Marathon Water station in 2005 and ran the first of my seven London Marathons in 2006 and one Abingdon Marathon in 2012 and numerous other challenging runs. The training never gets any easier but the support and encouragement of other members is always valued. I became Social Secretary in 2006 and with the help of other members have helped to organise various events, i.e. presentations, day trips, quiz nights, etc, etc. Barking Road Runners is like an extended family for me, most times we get on, and then there are occasions when we fall out, but that's how families are.

Club Secretary

Kresh Veerasamy

Kresh Veerasamy

secretary@barkingroadrunners.org.uk

Media Secretary

media@barkingroadrunners.org.uk

(Position vacant)

PR & Marketing Secretary

Andy Preston

Andy Preston

pr@barkingroadrunners.org.uk

I joined Barking Road Runners in 2013. I ran my first London Marathon in 1998 when I stopped playing Rugby League, and was looking for another sport to keep myself fit. Never considering myself a particularly fast runner, my training was limited to preparation for the 26.2 mile challenges.

Now a veteran of 10 marathon-distance races, my running has come on in leaps and bounds since joining BRR. The variety of training, regular diary of races that the club have encouraged me to get involved in, and the friendly and motivating club environment has enabled me to achieve previously unthinkable Personal Bests at a range of distances from 5K to ultra-marathon.

I also like to combine my running with multi-sport events such as triathlon.

Membership Secretary

Maria Bartlett

Maria Bartlett

membership@barkingroadrunners.org.uk

I joined Barking Road Runners' Beginners Group in October 2012. Having not run since I was a teenager this was all new again and I enjoyed my first night so much I kept going back each week. I ran my first 5k in Nov 2012. In January 2013 I joined the main club and since then I've done loads of club races including cross country. My next challenge is to run the London Marathon.