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 2009 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.
Richard Flesher | Treasurer
Richard started to run on and off in 2013. He then completed a solo Couch to 5k programme and continued to increase the distance up to half marathon, by which time running had become a hobby. Richard gained a ballot entry into the London Marathon in 2017, was persuaded to join the Harriers by his now-wife and has never looked back. Richard’s running has gone from strength to strength and has benefited massively from the experience of club members and qualified running coaches.
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’.
Nicola James | Membership Secretary
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.
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.
Liz Barnett | Welfare Officer
Liz has been running with Chippenham Harriers since 2013, having originally started by taking part in our Beginners course. She has since gone from strength to strength and completed her first marathon in 2015. Liz is a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and regularly leads Friday-night pack runs.
Rohaise Des Voeux | Committee Member
Rohaise started running with the Harriers Beginners programme in 2011 and discovered just how much she enjoyed it. Since then she has gone on to qualify as a Leader in Running Fitness, a Coaching Assistant and is now an Athletics Coach. She is actively involved in the club, both with the Beginners Programme and helping coach the Harriers Youth. Rohaise is particularly fond of road running, especially half marathons, and enjoys taking part in the Wiltshire Road Race League. She is currently the Harriers Ladies Road Captain.
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.
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.