Monthly committee update #1 – February 2019

Each month we’ll profile a different committee member, give an update on what the committee’s been working on, and look forward to future projects.

Meet… Fliss Russell, Treasurer

Fliss only joined Bristol and West two years ago, after benefiting so much from the WISE track sessions that she thought it was worth doing. She started running 7 years ago at the age of 53, to try and recover after a decade of health problems and to challenge the effects of ageing, menopause etc. That was challenging and she still has vivid memories of the challenge of Couch-to-5k, but it got her started. These days she is coached by Keith Brackstone and is incredibly grateful to him for all he has helped her with.

Committee responsibilities: Being one of those (theoretically!) semi-retired people, she took on some of the work that Keith had been doing when he retired, and now sits on the committee as treasurer; and also does the day-to-day financial management for the club and some admin work too, although she is currently being a tad cautious to avoid too much of that! You won’t often see her at Whitehall as she tends to train at WISE, but she’s around at local parkruns often enough (‘home’ parkrun: Eastville) if you’d like to say hi or catch up about anything.

Preferred distance: probably 10-miles.

Proudest achievement in running so far: finally nailing a sub-2-hr half marathon a month after her 60th birthday.

Proudest non-running achievement: walking the Camino de Santiago five years ago, 550 miles from the French Pyrenees to the Atlantic coast.

Non-running interests: include chocolate, motorbikes, needlework, more chocolate and sleeping.

What have we been working on?

Recent committee projects include:

  • Supporting the strength and conditioning facility at Whitehall.
    The committee supported the fit out of the S&C room at Whitehall, assigning funds, working with coaches to select equipment and then allocating it for sessions. We hope it goes from strength to strength!

  • Membership renewals
    You’ll all have had some contact with membership secretary Alice recently, who has just successfully dealt with the mammoth task of coordinating membership payments.
  • Maintaining our facilities
    The committee is heavily engaged in conversations about the facilities that we use and supports and coordinates the maintenance of these.
    • There is an ongoing project that aims to provide us with a (much needed!) clubhouse at Whitehall, which, despite challenges, rumbles on and is looking more positive as we move into 2019.
    • The need for a full-time facilities manager has been identified, and we’re going to be recruiting for this position soon.  
  • Planning of club events
    We’re hoping to have exciting news soon about the relaunch of the monthly club 5k races. We’ve also got a club summer athletics day in the making and are hoping to run our annual ‘Night of the 5000s’ event too.

What’s coming up?

The biggest event on our horizon is the club AGM, which will take place at the end of April or beginning of May.

This year, there’s talk of making this an awesome social event – with an opportunity for a pre-AGM club jog, as well as free food!

The AGM is a chance to get involved in your club: we’ll have a host of committee positions up for grabs, in addition to non-committee volunteer roles too. If you have ideas about how the club could be doing things better, then we want you there and we want you to get involved!

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