Chippenham Harriers’ Committee members are elected at the club’s annual general meeting.
The Committee meets several times per year to manage club affairs such as deciding on Club Championship events, organising club races, arranging social events, training and coaching matters and membership fees.
Kirsty Murphy | Chairperson
Kirsty has been a harrier since 2006 and has been a keen volunteer for many years. She is a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and uses her experience to help new runners in the beginners program and existing members on our club runs.
Adrian Sweetman | Secretary
Adrian joined Chippenham Harriers in late 2012 after running the Bristol Half Marathon for charity and needing some motivation to keep going. Since then he has been a regular at the Friday pack run and WRRL races. Though some days finding running a hard slog, it’s much easier with the encouragement of fellow club members. Adrian volunteered to join the committee as he has found the support and friendship of the members a great help both in terms of running and life in general and it was time to ‘give something back’.
James Scott | Treasurer
I have been running with increasing enthusiasm since I was 18, initially as a means of fending off a beer belly at university. Running allows me time to gather my thoughts, make decisions and quieten my mind. It is also an opportunity to see beautiful places and chat with great people. I joined the Harriers a couple of years ago, when I was starting to take my running more seriously. I have since broken all of my personal bests several times with the structure and support of the club, also having entered the world of ultra distance running inspired by other club members. I don’t mind balancing a spreadsheet, so am currently the treasurer for the club.
Nicola James | Club Kit
Nicola took up running as a hobby at 35, with her first event a Race for Life 5k. She soon progressed onto 10k races and did her first half marathon in Chippenham in 2008. She completed her first marathon in 2015 and aspires to run the London Marathon. Nicola recently branched out into triathlon for cross-training and regularly runs and volunteers at Chippenham parkrun. Juggling the above with being a mother and a teacher, Nicola finds running and triathlon give her a social life and keep her sane!
Miles Wilson | Communications Officer
Miles was a graduate in the 2012 beginners program and following this he got the running bug. Miles became a running leader and then a running coach soon after. Since then he has been actively involved in Thursday & Friday night pack runs, Tuesday Night Efforts and the Beginners programme. Miles has now ran many half marathons, several marathons and has started triathlons to further his interest in running and fitness.
David Walker | Membership Secretary
David’s been running for many years with the club and as an all rounder and is as happy competing in the club mile event as he is in ultra running. David’s been heavily involved with the running of the club too from helping organise races, marshalling and setting up to selling club kit and coding the website there’s nothing he can’t do! Outside of the club David also enjoys triathlons, caravaning and home DIY.
Mike Bright | Coach, Leader Coordinator
Mike used to be over 17 stone after a few years of his weight going up and down, he decided to enter the Chippenham Half Marathon in 2009 as a target to keep consistency his training. He joined the Chippenham Harriers to help him with his training and fell in love with the Club. Not only did he discover a love for running but he made numerous good friends. He has have largely kept the weight off and has now completed over 15 marathons and 3 Ironmans. A former chairman of the Club, he now serves on the Committee as the point of contact for our fantastic Coaches and Leaders. Mike himself is a qualified Coach in Running Fitness, and one of the Club’s Mental Health Champions.
Valerie Light | Youth Chair
Valerie is a UKA qualified Athletics Coach with Chippenham Harriers Youth, having previously completed the Leader in Running Fitness and Coaching Assistant courses. She is the Youth section Chairperson and coaches the Youth on Wednesday evenings. She regularly runs at parkrun and is part of the Chippenham parkrun and junior parkrun core teams. Other sporting interests include orienteering and cycling. Valerie is a qualified Level 1 Breeze cycle leader, encouraging women to get cycling.
Amy Breward | Committee Member
Amy started running through our Beginners’ course in September 2012 and ran her first 5k in November 2012. Joining the Harriers led her to form new friendships and even meet her partner. Over time she has challenged herself to run 10k races and the Reading Half Marathon 2015. Currently unable to run due to injury, Amy wanted to give something back by joining the Committee and is responsible for organising events such as the annual Harriers Christmas Party and Awards Presentation.
Andrew Craven | Committee Member
I have enjoyed going for a run ever since Tears for Fears sang ‘everybody wants to run the world’. As a keen golfer I occasionally dabbled in running, mainly on a Saturday morning at Chippenham Park Run, which then quickly grew to a full-on hobby! By 2016 it was clear that I really needed to join the bestest running club in the South West, Chippenham Harriers. Since then, I have gone on to complete numerous races to include half marathons and marathons. In addition to foot races, I also enjoy triathlons and have recently completed a full Ironman distance. I am a regular at the Thursday night sessions, a member of the Chippenham Half Marathon Subcommittee alongside taking the lead in organizing the club’s summer and winter time trials.