Picking Member of the Month is usually a straight forward affair, with one club member standing out from the others either by producing a great set of race results or through a selfless act on behalf of the club. However, selecting July’s MotM was a different proposition altogether as there were four members up for consideration. And as each one was worthy of being chosen it’s only fair to mention the three who narrowly missed out.
First up was Shaun Brown, for an outstanding run at the Tynedale 10K. Shaun’s 2nd place finish was richly deserved and once again demonstrated the improvement he has made in the last 12-18 months. Desperately unlucky not to have already won MotM following his fantastic performance at the Hull 20, surely it can only be a matter of time before Shaun picks up the award himself.
The second member in contention was Becky Parkin. Not only has Becky proved herself an able athlete on the track (see race report from Morpeth T&F) but she also made the transition from Gp.4 to Gp.3. It can be pretty intimidating moving up a training group; running with different members and acknowledging the fact you may be ‘last’ for one or two sessions. But Becky took it in her stride and should be an inspiration to other club members looking to improve as a runner.
Next up for consideration was Simon Kristiansen. As anyone who has attended one of Si’s Technical & Strength sessions will attest, his enthusiasm and dedication to improving club members is second to none. The sessions are structured, entertaining and also very rewarding. Si is also heavily involved in setting the regular Tuesday/Thursday sessions and in developing the TBH Juniors section.
But the athlete selected as Member of the Month for July is… Terry Scott.
Terry had a tremendous month, finishing 4th overall at the Tynedale 10k, 6th in our very own Bridges of the Tyne race and winning 1st M40 at the Sunderland 5k.
And although Terry is one of the senior statesmen of Group 1, he can often been seen leading from the front, setting the pace for the ‘youngsters’ and encouraging everyone around him.